01/09/2012: 2011 Rule Proposals2011 rule proprosals and policy changes.
12/09/2011: They’re Called Minus Points!Minus points are as big of a part of field trialing as any other aspect. Granted, they are not the most enjoyable part, but as competitors and rabbit hunters we need to just accept the fact. Nobody likes it when their dog eats a minus, but - let’s face it - it’s going to happen.
11/09/2011: Basic Entry GuidelinesThese are some pretty basic guidelines that are easy for every club to follow. If they are followed, it will ensure that participants are getting treated as equals and that the playing field is level for everyone.
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.