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Changes To The Rules and Policies Of UKC Licensed Hunt Tests
Posted on 06/15/2012 in HTX = Coondog.

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A couple of questions in the last month prompted us to sit down and have some discussions regarding the Hunt Test program. To be honest, these were things we really hadn’t given much thought to in the past. Perhaps it’s the mindset many of us have after participating in the Nite Hunts for so many years. Many of these policies have worked so well over the years, and we have become so accustomed to them, that you just don’t think about it.
We all do have to keep in mind that we have different goals for the Hunt Test Program and some policies that are best for one program may not be the best choice for the other. We are fortunate the way the Hunt Test program is set up that we have a few more liberties in making changes throughout the year than we do with, say, the Nite Hunts for, instance.

So we have some changes for you to make note of in regards to the Hunt Test program.

I’m going to warn all you diehard UKC competition hunters that you may want to sit down before you read this. You have to look at these things with an open mind as you are determining what is best for an individual program. When you think about what it will take to make the Hunt Test program most appealing to pleasure hunters, I guess we have to step back from our competition hunting mindset. I mean, the dog still needs to go hunting, run a track, tree and stay treed for five minutes on a coon that we see. Until they come up with an iPhone app that makes it easier to do that I think we are going to be okay.

Use Of Transportation On A Hunt Test

I honestly never even gave this one much thought until last month. The primary concern is that of older or handicapped hunters who would enjoy participating in the Hunt Test program but simply cannot get through the woods well enough to do so. Allowing the use of an ATV has never been allowed in the competition hunts and still will not be allowed.

We have discussed this topic at length and have decided to permit the use of some form of personal transportation while participating in a UKC licensed hunt test. The benefits and opportunities far outweigh the concerns. The goal of this program is to get those people who do not typically participate on a nite hunt cast into the woods with the opportunity to put a degree on their dog. It is exciting that this could be the opportunity that older or handicapped hunters have been waiting for. I’ve always wished there was more that we could do to accommodate physically challenged hunters on a competition cast so I’m glad the Hunt Test program is designed in a manner that allows us to make this provision.

Use Of Telemetry Systems On A Hunt Test

Rule 7 of the Hunt Test Rules deals with electronic devices. Electronic devices are, for the most part, prohibited from use on a licensed Hunt Test. There is a sentence in Rule 7 that says, “Tracking collars are permitted.” That was always interpreted, however, to mean that a handler could run his dog with a tracking collar on him, but that you could not use the receiver for the tracking collar during hunting time. As we look more closely at that interpretation, we really have to ask ourselves what it would hurt to allow an individual to see where there hound is at any given moment. That’s what we would do if we were pleasure hunting. Maybe the dog is getting into a situation that could be dangerous, or maybe we just need to know which side of the river he is on. I bet there are not many nights spent pleasure hunting where the Garmin stays in its holster until it’s time to go home.

Effective immediately, UKC will no longer have any restrictions on the use of tracking collars while participating in a UKC Hunt Test.