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.
04/24/2006: Squalling, Boats, Coon Crossing Road, Place of Refuge and Extending DeadlinesQ: In a four-dog cast, Dogs A, B and C are declared struck and treed. Dog D has not struck. The five minutes elapsed and all handlers go to the tree. The dogs are handled, and one handler asks me if squalling is permitted. I replied yes. The handler of Dog D disagrees and says, “No, we can’t because one dog is still out hunting and may come into the tree if we squall.”
01/12/2006: Refusing Entries and Stationary Rules/Previously Scored TreesQ: Our club has been involved in a situation where a guy that comes to our club events always seems to make problems on the cast. Some of the hunters do not like to draw him and have to put up with his antics all night. It has gotten to the point where some guys just simply withdraw their dog without even going to the woods if they draw him. We have on a few occasions put a non-hunting judge on this guy but it doesn’t seem to stop him from questioning every call that is made that doesn’t suit him. Our club feels that we need to do something about this guy before we start loosing entries because of this problem. We hate to have to tell anyone they can’t hunt at our club but feel we have no choice. What is the best way for our club to handle this situation? JR/AL
01/01/2006: Dog Moving From Tree to Tree, Dogs Declared Treed / Coon Caught, Reminder to Clubs Regarding Formal Complaints and Honesty and IntegrityQ: Four dogs in a cast are declared struck. Dogs A, B, C and D are declared treed in that order. The cast members arrive at the tree and find Dogs A and B are on one tree and Dog C is treed on a separate tree. Meanwhile, Dog D is running back and forth between the two trees barking treed. It is determined that both trees run into each other, therefore, the decision is made to score both trees as one. How should Dog D be scored, who is running back and forth between both trees? DW / IN
12/12/2005: Scratch or Minus, Babbling, and BellsQ: 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?
11/12/2005: Communications Policy and Minusing Dogs For Quitting A TrackQ: In a four dog cast, dogs A and B are declared treed. Dogs C and D go up the creek another 500 feet and are called treed. All dogs are declared treed and we start to them. Dogs A and B leave their tree and go to dogs C and D. They are declared treed again. I minused dogs A and B for leaving the first tree and when we got to dogs C and D, all dogs were on the same tree. I drew a line through dogs A and B tree points and minused their strike points because a coon was seen. Handler’s A and B said that they still had two minutes left on the tree but I say all dogs were declared treed so all trees were closed. Am I right? It would not have made a difference in the outcome as all dogs were scratched for off-game ten minutes later. KB / OH
10/12/2005: Scoring Situation, Stationary, Dogs Checking In, and MOH ReminderQ: In a four dog cast, dogs A, B and C are declared treed. The five has expired and the cast arrives at the tree. The cast finds dog D is also treed on the same tree but was not declared treed. How do you score dog D? CP/GA
08/22/2005: You would think after all these years of applying the Nite Hunt Honor Rules, that every question would have a solid, though admittedly not always easy, answer.You would think after all these years of applying the Nite Hunt Honor Rules, that every question would have a solid, though admittedly not always easy, answer. Recently, a question surfaced involving a situation that could very easily happen, and yet the rules do not clearly define what to do in the event that it did happen.
08/12/2005: Youth and Parents and Eight MinutesYou would think after all these years of applying the Nite Hunt Honor Rules that every question would have a solid, though admittedly not always easy, answer. It seems logical that every situation that could come up would have already been addressed with the addition of a rule to cover it. NOT.
07/06/2005: Judges, Drawing Casts and Judges, Immediate Family and 2-1-1 Votes.We have received several phone calls and complaints as of late concerning Judges. They’ve mainly been regarding not having a good Judge to judge a cast or no one in the cast really wanting to take on the responsibility. Maybe we can offer some suggestions that might help if this is a problem at your club.