01/03/2013: The Elimination Style Hunt FormatUKC currently has two different formats for the running of licensed events. The differing procedures for running these two formats can be found in their entirety in the Official UKC Cur & Feist Rulebook.
12/03/2012: 2013 Squirrel Dog World ChampionshipWe have some changes to announce this year, so this month’s column will be dedicated to that. In fact, the only thing that is not changing will be the date, so mark your calendars for March 9 and 10. The ads for this event will start running next month so be sure to watch for those ads for entry forms and complete details.
11/09/2012: Out On A LimbI would like to give you two things to think about this month. Are we asking enough of these dogs? And do the rules permit handlers to play too many games? With rule changes coming in the near future, these are some of the things we have been thinking about lately.
09/06/2012: Before it's Too LateThis won’t be news to anybody, but I need to say it. Shoot, I’ve been told this a hundred times and though I never doubted for a minute that it was anything but the truth, I guess you try not to think about it. I’m talking about letting someone know that you care about them because you never know if and when you will see them again. Two very different situations drove that point home for me in the last couple weeks. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. I hope I do a better job practicing it.
06/29/2012: Out On A LimbThe first thing we need to do this month is send an apology out to all those who placed in the UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship. A little mix-up last month resulted in my column featuring the UKC World Hunt running in Full Cry, but unfortunately the photospread featuring the winners did not appear. I am very sorry about that, and I have been assured they will run this month. Thanks, again, to all those who attended and congrats to those of you who placed. It was an excellent event.
07/09/2011: World ChampionshipsI bet a week doesn’t go by without someone asking me if UKC has ever thought of holding a World Nite Hunt for the Cur and Feist dogs. Well, it may be more like once a month but seems like once a week. Just so you can all see it in print, I’ll give you the official answer. Heck, yes, UKC would love to hold a World Championship for the Cur and Feist dogs on raccoon.
06/09/2011: A First Look At Squirrel Dog Hunt TestsThe recent UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship kind of pre-empted my ability to promote the new Hunt Test Program for squirrel dogs the way I needed to. In checking the upcoming Hunt Test schedule recently, I saw that only the Johnson County Houndsmen in Edinburgh, Indiana, have Hunt Tests scheduled. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the Johnson County club jumped right in and scheduled some events.
05/09/2011: 2011 World Hunt RecapAnother World Championship has come and gone and all in all it was a very enjoyable and successful weekend. First I would like to congratulate Chuck and Mark Gaietto on their new World Champion, Garner’s Jukebox Babe, a three-year-old Mountain Cur female.
04/09/2011: Out On A Limb – AprilThe UKC Hunt Tests for Squirrel Dogs are up and running! Now remember, this is a web-based program and all details can be found at www.ukcdogs.com. For those of you who are not on-line, we want you to feel free to contact UKC to schedule a Hunt Test, to find the Hunt Tests nearest you, or to request forms necessary to conduct a Hunt Test.
03/09/2011: He Who Traineth Well, Scoreth HighWhat does it take to make a World Champion? Nothing sums it up better than a short story written many years ago by a Champion bird dog trainer named Joe Glascock. This piece made such a profound impression on me that I have saved it and refer to it often. With the UKC World Championship right around the corner it seems fitting to include it here.