11/09/2012: Tracking/Controlling Combo SystemsAfter the recent unveiling of the new Alpha™ tracking and controlling combo unit, they quickly became one of the hot topics of discussion. The main concern whether or not they can even be used during the course of a UKC licensed hunt. Although the UKC has always strictly stood by their written rules, and avoided waiver of such until or unless changed, we can quickly find ourselves behind the eight-ball.
10/11/2012: Measuring DogsReminder: It is important that club officials follow the proper procedures of measuring dogs at their licensed events. The rules found under “Measuring Hounds” clearly state that all hounds (other than those permanently measured) must be measured prior to entry of hunt or show.
09/06/2012: Deadlines ClarifiedQ: Using 6 a.m. as the deadline to enter the event, is it considered as “in time” so long as you are entered prior to 6:01? A: For whatever reason, it seems like we hear more debate over time issues in terms of deadlines to enter or returning scorecards compared to yester years. In those days everyone accepted the old clock on the wall as what we went by without argument. Today, the Master of Hounds might easily be involved in a deadline issue argument with a participant who’s cell phone time doesn’t match up to the split second of the clock on the wall at the club.
08/06/2012: Casting Dogs Where Guide Doesn’t Have PermissionAs many of our Beaglers may already know, my job description and focus has, for the most part during the past eight years, surrounded UKC’s Coonhound Programs. One of my duties includes writing an Advisor column each month similar to Full Circle. The only difference is the format. Recently I’ve been asked, along with Todd Kellam, to “sit in” and share some of the programs’ duties.
03/09/2012: Scoring Lines (Hunting Beagle)I’m not 100% sure why it is so fun to score lines (speed and drive), but for me it has always had a way of getting the adrenaline pumping. I would be willing to wager that this would also hold true for a lot of other competition hunters that are competing today, as well as those in years gone by.
02/09/2012: What’s in a report?While reports may not seem to be very detailed, in actuality they really are quite comprehensive. A Hunt Report, for instance, contains almost every essential piece of informa- tion that is required to keep accurate and precise records of every Beagle Hunt throughout any given year.
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.