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09/29/2014: Tailgate Talk

This month, we will be talking about evaluating performance, and how Hunt Tests aid the everyday breeder in selecting stock with proven and certified ability. All of us, as hunters and houndsmen, are guilty of defining our hounds by certain aspects of their lives. Many of us competition hunters solely define our dogs by their titles and win streaks, who they beat last weekend, and who they’re...

07/09/2014: Hunt Test Updates

As the weather has improved over the country, so has the interest in UKC Hunt Tests. Hardly a week goes by without a new club joining the ranks of those hosting these unique events. Of note is the new way we list the Hunt Tests, both in COONHOUND BLOODLINES and on our website, ukcdogs.com. You will find the Hunt Tests conveniently listed with all the other upcoming UKC Licensed Coonhound Events...

06/04/2014: Hunt Test-Imonial

We had a Hunt Test last Friday night. There had not been one at the club for a few years. We were not sure what to expect. We had nine dogs, of which four passed. Grand Nites we thought would pass did not. Registered dogs we did not think would pass did. We had some dogs tree multiple coons, and some tree slick. We had some dogs change their mind about hunting and go back to the truck and...

04/09/2014: Now is the time to schedule Hunt Tests!

I know it seems like I say that, or something similar to that, nearly every month, but it is especially true this month. Now that spring is right around the corner (we all dearly hope), it is the time to get your Hunt Test schedule worked out with your club and get them scheduled in our system.

03/14/2014: Hunt Test Updates

“In early February an interesting question came to our department. One HTX participant wrote: “I was wondering if the UKC has contemplated strongly urging clubs to host Hunt Tests. I have begged my local club, but the officers seem resistant. They have finally agreed but have stated that I will be the person in charge of all Hunt Tests if I want them so bad. What else can be done to encourage...

01/13/2014: Focusing on the pleasure of hunting tree dogs by recognizing confidence and ability

Over much of the country, the winter chill has set in. For us in the north-land, we keep thinking about all the times we complained about the heat of the summer and wished it would be cooler. I think we all regret those wishes now!

12/18/2013: Hunt Test-Imonial

I think the HTX program is the best thing going for young dogs to prove themselves (not the handler). I had great judges all three times Rebel was hunted and feel that competition dogs should earn the HTX title at some point.

11/05/2013: Hunt Test Updates

For most of you reading this, coon season is in or will be shortly. Nothing like now to get your young prospect in the woods for some one-on-one TLC. Also, what better time of year is there to be in the woods than late fall and early winter? The temperatures are cooling, the leaves are falling, and every one of God’s creatures (including coons, coon dogs and coon hunters) want to be out to feel the cool night air.

10/11/2013: Hunt Test Updates

Although the heat of summer was officially upon us, several clubs gave Hunt Tests a try in August. We’ve heard from clubs in Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who have held their first Hunt Tests recently, and they are enjoying them. There are, very likely, other clubs that are also holding their first that haven’t contacted us through email or phone calls.

09/09/2013: Q & A

Q: How old does a handler have to be in a Hunt Test?

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