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11/08/2012: Tracking/Controlling Combo Systems

After the unveiling of the new Alpha™ tracking and controlling combo unit at Autumn Oaks, they have been the hot topic of discussion. These discussions include whether or not they can even be used during the course of a UKC nite 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 when considering some of the newest gadgets that have become available to hunters for their dogs.

10/11/2012: World Championship

With the World Championship Zone Semifinals right around the corner, the following notes may serve to clarify any concerns, questions or misconceptions relative to the event. Bench Show – There will not be a bench show at any zone locations. Those dogs entered in the World Show Championship will go directly to the Finals and confirm their entry on Saturday prior to the posted deadline for the...

09/06/2012: Only One Entry in the Category

Q: In a situation where only one dog is entered in the hunt or category, may the dog still be hunted and receive Championship Points according to UKC’s policies? A: This question still comes up every now and again, believe it or not. Or even the theory suggesting the only dog entered is “an automatic shoe-in for the win. No competition to decide who’s the best on this night.”

08/06/2012: Reminders

Tracking Device Rules Reminder: Recently the UKC made a change in their Hunt Test (HTX) rules to allow the use of locating devices during hunt time. Somewhere along the way, wires are getting crossed in that this policy includes Licensed Nite Hunts. It does not!

07/13/2012: Q & A

Curs in UKC Nite Hunts Q: Because we have several guys in the area hunting Cur dogs we are entertaining the idea of scheduling a hunt for them at our club; however, this subject has brought on some heated debates. Some are saying they would hunt right along with the coonhounds, and others say they can’t hunt at all. Please cover this topic in your advisor. JC/KY

06/04/2012: Puppy Papers Reminder

For 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 Positions

This 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 Step

As 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 Events

The 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.

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