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05/19/2016: Tailgate Talk

This month, we will dive into some more scenario based discussion, and how to best handle these particular situations should they arise at a licensed Hunt Test.

02/15/2016: Tailgate Talk

This month, we will be looking more in depth as to the true meaning of an HTX title.

01/25/2016: The One-Hour Hunt Time

This month, we will be discussing the one-hour hunt time utilized during a Hunt Test. As the current UKC Hunt Test Evaluation rules plainly state, a dog must hunt one hour during any UKC Licensed Hunt Test, with only one provided exception to that rule. “2. Dogs shall be hunted for one hour. If the dog is trailing as time runs out, hunting time may be extended for an additional 15 minutes if the...

12/14/2015: To Fail a UKC Licensed Hunt Test

Failure in the Hunt Test realm can be looked at a lot differently than failure among other avenues of competition that exists in the dog world today. Because a hound fails an exam may not have any bearing on whether that dog is a capable coon tree’er or not. It simply signifies that the conditions and circumstances were not in that dog’s favor on the night of its exam.

11/23/2015: Hunt Test Weather

Fall is a time of the year when the weather is as diverse as the changing colors of the trees! This month, we will discuss how weather can affect your dog’s performance during a Hunt Test. Any coon hunter will tell you that fall is, by far, their favorite time of year. Whether it’s the cooler temperatures, better running conditions, or just the fact that Coon Season is just around the corner...

09/21/2015: The Full Potential of the HTX Program

This month, we will be discussing how to use the UKC Hunt Test program to its full potential. One of the greatest advantages to the United Kennel Club’s Hunt Test Program is the simplicity of the event itself. When Todd Kellam and several other committee members set out to create the program, the idea that the program should be simple in format and execution was essential. This makes the Hunt...

07/13/2015: The "Hunt Test Dog"

This month, we will be looking at the “Hunt Test Dog”, and what makes this hound successful within the Hunt Test Program. Anyone that has been involved with coonhounds for an extended period of time has a general idea of what constitutes a pleasure hound. Most would say, if you took the time to ask, that a pleasure hound is one that goes hunting and can run and tree a wild raccoon. Whether this...

06/09/2015: The UKC Hunt Test Program, You'll Find What You're Looking For

As the sun slowly faded behind the oak stands that lined the outer skirts of the corn-stubbled fields, it seemed to give way to a more prominent, artificial light. Life in the Pennsylvania countryside was just beginning to ready itself for the night, as the birds sang their last song on the roost, and darkness blanketed the woodlots. From the depths of the timber came a shrill cry that broke the...

05/05/2015: What is a Hunt Test?

This month we will be discussing just exactly what a Hunt Test is, and how you and your hound can get involved. To this day, there are people that compete with coonhounds on a regular basis who do not know what a UKC Hunt Test is. I find it rather odd that such a successful program can exist and yet still be shrouded in mystery to some. While the UKC Nite Hunts still remain one of the most...

04/06/2015: Club Participation

Arguably, member participation is one of the touchiest subjects that exists in the coonhound world today. In order to hold an event, regardless of whether it is a Nite Hunt, Bench Show or even a Hunt Test, club member participation will ultimately be the deciding factor in its success. Today we see a lot of clubs with great membership lists - 20, 30 or even 40 individuals that pay their dues and...

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