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11/23/2015: Spectators Calling Lines

Is it permissible for spectators to call lines during a hunt?

09/21/2015: Check Points on Scorecard When Rabbit Was Not Seen

Q: Dogs A, B, C and D are struck in on a rabbit. They run it for approximately half of a circle and then go into a check. All four dogs are minused 20 points for the check. About two minutes into the check, Dog A opens first, followed by the other three dogs, and they start moving the track again. Dog A was awarded the recovery (20+). The dogs then went 200 yards further and the track broke down...

08/11/2015: Q & A

Calling Dogs Away from the Area Voids Bark Count Q: The other day I was at a UKC field trial where my dog took a minus I didn’t agree with. According to the judge, I did not declare her struck until the fifth bark, so I asked for a cast vote, but they all voted against me. I’m curious how you would rule on it. Here’s the scenario. Midway through the hunt we called time out and moved to a...

06/09/2015: Q & A

Ineligible Strike Call Q: Dog A is the first dog to open up, but is not declared struck by the handler. Fifteen seconds later, Dog B opens up and is declared struck for 100. Immediately after Dog B is declared struck, the handler of Dog A declares his dog struck although the dog has not made another bark since that first one 15 seconds earlier. Should a strike call be accepted in this manner? A...

05/05/2015: Performance Pack Judge Selection Clarification

Q: Are Performance Pack clubs obligated to use any individual who requests to judge on that day? A: There’s no question that judges in Performance Pack play a major role in the success of any clubs event, so it’s a great question.

04/06/2015: Drawing Casts and Judges

World Qualifiers and Hunt Directors Q: Can clubs use a Hunt Director for a World Qualifying Event? A: Clubs have the approval to use a Hunt Director at a World Qualifying Event, with the understanding that clubs assign an individual who is well-qualified and capable of following all event procedures. Drawing Casts and Judges Back in the day, it went largely unnoticed, or was universally...

03/09/2015: Scoring Lines

The following topic of scoring lines is relative to the Hunting Beagle format. It’s a good refresher course found in the Full Circle archives. Scoring Lines Scoring speed and drive is one of the basic fundamentals of scoring dogs and, for many, gets the adrenaline pumping. There’s just something truly exciting about watching and listening to a pack of Beagles trail through a marked line. This...

02/16/2015: Striking Dogs Hot Topic!

Several months ago, I had an interesting discussion with Bill McFarland and a few others surrounding a topic that is not only controversial, but that is also being scored inconsistently. It’s not a matter of blatant incorrect scoring, but rather some judges are not clearly aware of the proper way to score certain strike call situations.

01/19/2015: Accurate Direction. “Nice!”

The term “accurate direction” was mentioned in previous Performance Pack Running Rules on no more than two separate occasions. I find that rather interesting considering that it is a fundamental part of what judges should be looking for when it comes to scoring dogs in the field.

12/15/2014: 2015 Performance Pack Format Changes

This month’s article is strictly dedicated towards any changes that are coming up in the Performance Pack format. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2015. Master of Hounds Certification Judge Requirement The rules committee passed a new policy where only Licensed Certification Judges may serve as a Master of Hounds at a UKC Licensed Performance Pack Event. This is pretty straight...

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