07/09/2011: Have You Done Your Part?Right from the get-go, it starts with you, when you fill out a Performance Pack judge’s application at a club or when you request one with the intention of sending it in to the Field Operations Department. At that point in time, there are already a few very important questions you should have asked yourself before going any further.
05/09/2011: Checks/RecoveriesThis month I was torn between a couple of different topics I felt needed to be discussed in this column. It really could have gone either way. One of the topics could not have had better timing, you might say, yet it would have required more time to put together properly than the deadline would allow.
04/09/2011: April Full CircleJed Nichols As competition hunters, we are continually trying to obtain dogs that can consistently be competitive from trial to trial, and also account for their game when hunting season rolls around each year. Some hunters focus on one aspect more than the other, and justly so; to each his own. Feed what you like, but let’s not forget that when we pull into a field trial, we are knowingly there...
03/09/2011: March Full CircleThis question was submitted by a MOH and actually happened at a licensed event at which he was acting as the official. Just when we think we have seen it all, something like this comes up and shows us how wrong we are.
01/09/2011: January Full CircleOver the course of the last year or so we have, on a couple of different occasions, received phone calls from individuals complaining that they were at a Performance Pack trial and the host club had so and so judging and that they didn’t think that the person even had a judge’s card!
11/09/2010: November Full CircleSince we are now turning the corner from summer to fall, with winter close on its heels, I thought this would be a good month to touch base on our hunt cancellation policy. In light of last winter’s harsh snowstorms wreaking havoc throughout the Midwest, we received many early Monday-morning phone calls regarding whether or not clubs had the right to cancel a hunt last minute due to weather and poor conditions.
10/09/2010: October Full CircleThe month of October means fall is on its way, and with it comes many of the things that we as outdoorsmen daydream about all summer long. Depending on what state you reside in, it can be the opening month of deer hunting (bow), duck and goose season, or just about any other season opener with regard to what “neck of the woods” you’re from and the state guidelines regarding hunting seasons.
09/09/2010: September Full CircleThe 2010 UKC Performance Pack Rules meeting took place on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at UKC Headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Those in attendance and voting on proposals were Field Representatives Glenn Landry of Pennsylvania, Dave McVay of Ohio, and Lee Clemens of Illinois. As predicted, there were very few changes made to the Performance Pack Honor Rules for the 2011 Rulebook. Listed below are the Proposals that were submitted to the Rules Committee and how they were voted on. Also included are three policy changes that address Judges, certification procedures and those serving probation.
08/09/2010: August Full CircleJed Nichols Question: Four dogs are struck in. They completely circle the rabbit twice before one of the handlers finally sees the rabbit and calls a line. Dogs A, B and C score on the line, and D missed it. The rabbit continued to run another half circle before turning down a fence row and going down. After running the three minutes, the whole cast went to where the dogs broke down and found...
07/09/2010: “Loss”By the time this article arrives in your mailbox, we will be approaching the end of June. Wow! Where has the first half of the year gone? With the summer months upon us, bringing with them hot, humid days and very little ground moisture to be found anywhere, we as field trialers will be faced with a decision we will have to make every time we cut our hounds loose in a trial.