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.
03/31/2007: Declared Treed But Not Declared Struck, Babbling and BellsScratch or Minus -- Q: In a four dog cast, dogs A, B and C are declared struck. Dog D falls treed and is declared treed without being declared struck by the handler. Is the dog scratched for not being declared struck first?
12/13/2006: Strike Positions Available, Catching Coon on Ground, Didn't See The Situation But Are Asked To VoteStrike Positions Available Q: Recently I was the judge in a cast where a situation arose that in the 27 years of competing in nite hunts I never had this happen before. On the first turnout we split the strike points between all four dogs in the cast. Dogs A, B and C were declared treed. We scored the tree and cut them back to dog D who was still trailing. The question is what strike position(s) are open? I scored all three dogs at 25 strike points was that correct? JD/WI
10/24/2006: Casting Dogs Where Guide Doesn't Have Permission, Showing Dogs In The Proper Order, Dogs Barking In The BoxCasting Dogs Where Guide Doesn’t Have Permission Q: Recently, I drew out in cast, where unbeknownst to us cast members at the time, we turned our dogs loose in a woods where our guide did not have permission to hunt. The dogs were all struck when suddenly a four-wheeler could be heard speeding across the field towards us. Obviously upset, this guy started yelling at us that we do not have permission to be there.
08/24/2006: Following Procedures and Filing a Formal ComplaintFrom time to time it might be necessary to give everyone a little refresher course on the importance of following procedures when it comes to questioning calls that are made in the woods during competition. It’s not uncommon for a concerned owner or handler to call the office on Monday morning complaining of a call that was missed the prior weekend and sometimes expecting a quick fix. Unfortunately, too many times the answer given may be one that is not easily understood when it becomes obvious that proper procedures were not followed.
08/24/2006: Demanding Ten Minutes of Shining Time - Dogs Out of Hearing - Signatures on Scorecards - Deadline RemindersQ: Even though it seems like a no-brainer, this question pops up every now and again. Can a handler demand that the whole ten minutes be used when scoring trees even though a coon was seen in the tree by a majority of the cast during the first five minutes of shining time or anytime before the ten is up?
08/24/2006: Shut Out Scoring Situation - Tardy Handlers / Cast Lost on Way to Woods -Q: This question came up the other night at a UKC hunt that I was involved in where two dogs had been withdrawn and we were down to two dogs left in the cast. Dog A is declared struck and treed. Dog B has not opened. Within the five minutes but before it expires, dog B is also declared struck and treed with a line drawn under his strike points. Before we got to the tree, dog A was heard off the tree running track again and was minused its tree points. The argument was that dog B should be awarded strike points since we did not physically see both dogs on the same tree. In other words, they could have been on separate trees. What is the proper way to score this situation? Please advise. JP/NC
06/08/2006: Veterans Casts, Declaring Dogs Struck After the Fact, Grand Nites at the Local ClubQ: The other night I went to a local club and entered my dog. There were three other guys at the club who planned on hunting that were also over 60 years of age so the club allowed us to be drawn out together in a Veteran’s Cast. Ten minutes or so into our hunt one of the gentlemen suddenly complained of feeling ill. He had a friend with him but he was under 60 years of age who asked if he could continue handling the dog. Would it have been permissible for his friend to continue handling the dog for the remainder of the hunt in a situation like this under Veterans Cast rules or policies? JH/OK
04/24/2006: Dog Is Back, but Handler Is Not - Delaying Completion of CastQ: I was a hunting guide at a major event recently where a situation arose that I felt was handled improperly, or at least involved bad sportsmanship in the way it was handled. Here’s what happened. I was leading the cast by two coons when a time-out was called. Three dogs were in the trucks, including my own. A young man who was handling a dog in the cast was the only one who did not have his dog. The dog was quite a ways from the trucks so I did what I thought was my responsibility as a guide: go with the kid to get his dog. The cast agreed to meet where the trucks had been parked at the road.