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on Way to Woods -Q: This question came up the other night at a UKC hunt that I was involved in where two dogs had been withdrawn and we were down to two dogs left in the cast.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.
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