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Nite Hunt Rules Proposal Results
Posted on 09/03/2013 in Coonhounds.

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The seven UKC Chartered Breed Associations met on Friday, August 30, 2013 to discuss and vote on the following rules proposals. It takes a majority vote for any proposal to pass. Those proposals that passed will go in effect beginning on January 1, 2014.

An in-depth clarification of each passed proposal will appear in the Advisor Column in the November Issue of
COONHOUND BLOODLINES.




UKC Coonhound Rules Proposal Official Results 2013

Rule 2. POINT SYSTEM:

1.) Failed
Change available tree position points to:
(b). 125 points for dog declared treed first, 75 points second, 50 points third, 25 points fourth. After one minute second tree position is not available. After two minutes, third tree position is not available. The only position available after two minutes is fourth tree position.

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Rule 4. POINTS WILL BE MINUS:

2.) Failed
Eliminate (d) and change (g) to:
(g). Dog treeing, but not declared treed, when judges arrives, will be awarded next available tree position. In the case of two or more dogs split tree points are awarded. Those strike and tree points will be minused, regardless of how the tree is scored. Dogs shut out on strike to receive minus tree points only.

3.) Failed
Eliminate Rule 5b and add to Rule 4:
Any dog(s) coming into a tree, after the judge arrives, to receive its strike points minused, regardless of how tree is scored. If dog is shut out refer to Rule 3(d).

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Rule 5. CIRCLED AND DELETED POINTS:

4.) Passed with Amendment
Add to deleted points section:
If a majority is not reached to plus, minus or circle strike and tree points, when scoring trees and a hunting judge is used.

Amendment: When a majority is not reached and half of the votes favor minusing points when scoring a tree and a hunting judge is used.

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Rule 6. DOGS WILL BE SCRATCHED:

5.) Failed
Change to implement time period for dog not hunting to:
(d) Failing to make any attempt to hunt within any 15 consecutive scorecard minutes. Time is temporarily paused when time out is called or if dog is leashed at a tree but it then continues when dog is recast. A dog must be gone for five minutes or be declared struck before time is lifted.

6.) Failed
Replace (i) with:
(i) If dog trees on its first three trees of the hunt without having opened on track (judge’s decision).

7.) Failed
Add rule to cover dog aggression towards cast members as follows:
If dog shows aggression towards any cast member.
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Rule 8. TIME OUTS:

8.) Passed
Remove (c) and replace with:
When all dogs in cast are on leash and have been scored.
9.) Passed
Remove (i) and replace with:
If all dogs are declared treed or on leash time out shall be called after 10 minutes of hunt time has been used walking to split tree(s). Time is back in during shining time or if dog leaves tree.
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Rule 11. HANDLERS AND JUDGES:

10.) Passed
After rule stating: {Where dogs split up Judge will go} etc. add sentence:
If all dogs are declared treed and handled, cast may score trees in most convenient order.


11.) Passed with Amendment
Change rule: {Permission will be given for other handlers to go to their dogs on split tree} to:
Judge may give handler permission to handle dog on a split tree unless cast is in the process of shining or scoring tree.

Amendment: Judge shall give handler permission to handle dog on a split tree unless cast is in the process of shining a tree.


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Rule 16. TIES:

12.) Failed
Change tie-breaker rules to:
All ties to be broken as follows:
1) The dog that has the most plus first tree points.
2) If still a tie, the dog that has the least number of total minus points.
3) If still a tie, the dog that has the most plus strike points.
4) If still a tie, the dog that has the most circle tree points.
5) If still a tie, the dog that has the most circle strike points
6) If still a tie, dogs involved with hunt in one hour intervals until tie is broken, or flip a coin if all parties agree.


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Rule 17. GENERAL INFORMATION

13.) Passed with Amendment
Replace rule that states: {spectators may not shine the tree} with:
Spectators may not shine the tree, unless, all handlers in cast agree. However, spectators are not included in the majority required to score trees and shall have no part in any scoring discrepancies.

Amendment: Spectators may not shine the tree, unless, all handlers in cast agree. However, spectators are not included in the majority required to score trees and shall have no part in any scoring discrepancies. The decision to allow spectators to shine or not must be decided at the beginning of the hunt. That decision applies throughout the duration of the hunt.


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