07/09/2014: Calling Time Out is a Majority of the Cast Decision!Q: The other night we had a situation where three dogs were running a track. The judge’s dog had not opened. The judge kept looking at his handheld (telemetry) and as soon as one of the dog’s located on a tree he immediately says, “My dog is getting close to a road and I’m calling time out!” The guide asked the judge where his dog was at. The guide told him there is no road there in the...
06/04/2014: Refresher Course TopicsThis month’s column features a couple refresher course topics. Part of the reasoning for them is to also hopefully allow for a better understanding of the answers to one or more of other included topics. Not Accepting a Call - Refresher Course Q: Do judges have the authority to not accept a strike or tree call by a handler? A: Yes they do have the authority to not accept a call. Whenever a...
05/08/2014: The Eight Minute Clock and TelemetryQ: In a four-dog cast, three dogs got treed approximately 900 yards ahead of the cast, while Dog D continued trailing a separate track off to their right. After scoring the tree, we could not hear Dog D so the cast walked back to the spot where we last heard Dog D. At that spot is where the judge started the eight-minute clock on the dog. After listening for a little bit and still not hearing the...
04/09/2014: Slam Payout with No Cast WinnersQ: The club had a UKC Slam Event where no casts came in with plus points. How is the prize money distributed?
03/06/2014: Q & ACast A: All dogs are declared treed. The cast starts shining and right away they see eyes in the tree. All cast members agreed, “Yes, we see it.”
02/10/2014: New Telemetry RulesQ: When will the new telemetry rules go into effect? A: The new telemetry rules will go into effect on January 1, 2014 for all UKC Licensed Nite Hunts.
01/13/2014: New Tracking Telemetry RulesIt’s no secret there’s been a lot of discussion in the past year on the use of tracking telemetry during a hunt. Ideas of a less restrictive policy have been ongoing far longer.
12/18/2013: Recent Rules ChangesThis article is strictly dedicated to the most recent rules changes. It’s important to understand that these changes will go in effect on January 1, 2014; current rules apply until then.
11/05/2013: UKC 2013 Rules Proposal Official ResultsThe seven UKC Chartered Breed Associations met on Friday, August 30, 2013 to discuss and vote on the following rules proposals. It takes a majority vote for any proposal to pass. Those proposals that passed will go in effect beginning January 1, 2014.
10/10/2013: Q & A Update, Rules ProposalPlease Note: The Question/Scenario and Answer below originally ran in the Advisor Column in the 2013 July Issue. The UKC’s response to the scenario was based on very basic common sense and scores the dog in that specific situation for what it did and without any doubt. However, further consideration for variables that are often included in such situations suggests that it is in the UKC and the sport’s best interest to retract that original answer/response and replace it with the one provided here. Otherwise when the scenario varies even just slightly, it complicates matters too much.