06/04/2012: Puppy Papers ReminderFor some reason, we continue to receive event reports where the dog is not yet permanently registered. Not many, but some. Usually, we find the owners think because they can now enter the dog as Conditional that they can also enter a dog that is not yet permanently registered. That is not the case at all.
05/01/2012: A Lesson On Strike PositionsThis month we’ve gone back to the archives and dug up five different topics. While each topic is different, they all have one similarity in common. Consider it a lesson on “strike positions”.
04/02/2012: Watch Your StepAs we venture into a new season we are reminded of a very important participant to be considerate of. The “senior” handler. They rightfully deserve our consideration and respect in that they may have lost a little “pep-in-their-step”, for lack of a better term.
03/01/2012: All Youth Hunts Are Now 90 Minutes!For the past several years, UKC has allowed organizers the option of holding one- or two-hour nite hunts at their youth events. It worked well for the most part, although it did result in some confusion at times.
02/01/2012: The Use of Tracking/Training Combo Units in Licensed EventsThe dog world is truly blessed with the ever increasing and available technologies for the purpose of tracking, training and controlling coonhounds. Who would have thought twenty years ago we would be tracking every move a dog makes today via a mapping system? One of the hot topics currently surrounds the latest available gadgets that have both controlling and tracking capabilities built into the same handheld device.
01/02/2012: The Two-Hour ManiacThis month’s article is a bit off the path of your traditional A, B, C, D situations. Instead it addresses the handler, referred to as the Two-Hour Maniac, who many of us have drawn out with at one time or another, especially for those who have a good number of nite hunts under their belts.
11/18/2011: Point ValuesHot Topic. In light of the most recent World Championship Zone Events where several dogs were scratched for incomplete scorecards, it quickly became a hot topic of discussion.
11/04/2009: Dog Declared Treed That Has Not Been Declared Struck; Dog(s) Declared Treed Possibly Taken Off TreeDog Declared Treed That Has Not Been Declared Struck; Dog(s) Declared Treed Possibly Taken Off Tree
06/04/2008: Something Stinks, Strike Position Question, Who Has Authority to Assign Non-Hunting Judge and Calling Time Out not Always an OptionGPS Tracking Systems in UKC Licensed Nite Hunts While we welcome today’s higher technology it brings with it some concerns. For instance the new Garmin Astro’s have many different useful options when it comes to using them for training purposes or tracking hounds as well as GPS telemetry for human navigation all built in one unit. The most common question raised is; are they allowed to be used for navigational purposes such as finding your vehicle or otherwise during the course of a nite hunt?
03/06/2008: Complaints: Master of Hounds, Licensed Event Participants and Event Participants RemindersAs much as we hate to see it the UKC Field Operations Department does receive complaints on officials from time to time. And if a licensed official cannot do their job sufficiently then we do want to know about it. The UKC does keep a file on hand of each and every licensed official - good or bad. This month we would like to take a little time and address a few issues. Addressing them will hopefully allow our officials to better themselves if they find themselves in these situations.