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Posted on 08/06/2012 in HTX = Coondog.

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Just a couple of minor things to touch on this month. This first one was the result of a phone call that really took me by the surprise. The caller wanted to know if it was permissible to run three dogs together and at the same time during a hunt test? I was kind of shocked that the question came up, but not nearly as shocked as I was to find out it doesn’t really specify that in the rules! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe it. I guess it’s one of those things that was so obvious to me that it got overlooked in the original drafting of the rules.
The rules do allude to that in 4(a) and 5(f), where it says “dog must go hunting alone”, but I think what we’ll do to clarify that a little better is change the heading on Rule 2 to say “Dogs shall be hunted alone for one hour.” I just wanted everyone to be aware of that in case it comes up at an event near you and someone has an old evaluation form that does not reflect the change.

The second thing we need to address is the subject of hunt test cancellations once they have already been advertised. In most cases, hunt tests are scheduled in plenty of time for me to include them in the upcoming events listing in this column. When that is the case, we abide by the same policy we have for nite hunts, and that is an event cannot be cancelled for any reason.

In an odd situation where the event was posted on the website only, and has not appeared in the magazine, we will handle cancellations on a case-by-case basis. I could see a situation where someone schedules a hunt test from home and then finds out at the club meeting the next weekend that they scheduled the wrong date. We would not have a problem with a change in that regard as long as the event listing had not been printed in the magazine.

The reason we have to be so strict on that is because it is imperative that people be able to trust what appears in the upcoming events list. A person has to be absolutely sure when they jump in the truck and drive a considerable distance to attend a hunt test that it will actually be held. I think it’s especially important in these early stages of hunt tests because they are so scattered and there are people driving quite a distance to attend them. Please make sure you understand that the same no cancellation policy that is in effect for nite hunts is in effect for hunt tests as well.