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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...

03/09/2015: Understanding the UKC Hunt Test Evaluation Form

Understanding the UKC Hunt Test Evaluation Form The UKC Hunt Test Evaluation Form is extremely simple and easy to use. Once acclimated with its three main parts, anyone can successfully complete one at the end of an evaluation. 1) Basic Information This section of the Evaluation Form is designated for basic information on the dog being entered. Participants should list the dog’s name...

02/16/2015: How to Schedule a UKC Hunt Test

The UKC Hunt Test Program is one that was designed to be as simple as possible. In a world so technologically advanced and sophisticated, it only made sense to make scheduling an HTX event an easy process completely through our website.

01/19/2015: Hunt Test Evaluation Rules

Since my first installment of Tailgate Talk back in August of last year, I have been receiving quite a few phone calls and emails about the Hunt Test program.

12/15/2014: Qualifications of being an Evaluator

This month, we will be covering the qualifications of being an evaluator in UKC Licensed Hunt Tests, and how clubs can more readily supply them at each event. The UKC Hunt Test program was designed to be a simple alternative to the hustle and bustle of Nite Hunt activities, an event that even the pleasure hunter could readily enjoy. Along with their easy-going nature, these events are extremely...

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