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Out On A Limb – November
Posted on 12/09/2010 in Out On A Limb.

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Todd Kellam

By the time this issue reaches your mailbox, clubs will be able to schedule a UKC Licensed Hunt Test to be run on squirrel. We have talked about the concept in this column in the past and what a great opportunity it is for a wide variety of people with differing situations. Rather than discuss “why” you should try a Hunt Test near you, this month I thought we would focus on the “how” for those clubs and individuals who already know “why”!

To Schedule A Hunt Test

There are two ways in which your club can schedule a Hunt Test. The fastest and easiest way is for someone from within your club to log on to www.ukcdogs.com and go to the Cur & Feist page. Once on that page you will see a button that says “Licensed Hunt Tests”. Click on that button and it will take you to the squirrel dog hunt test page. From that page you will be able to find a hunt test in your area, schedule a hunt test, print out the rules and policies and also print off the forms you will need to conduct your hunt test.

First, however, let’s get the hunt test scheduled. When you click on “Schedule A Hunt Test”, a template will come up that will walk you right through the scheduling process. You cannot schedule a hunt test less than 30 days out. Keep in mind, however, that if you schedule your hunt tests 60 days out, UKC will also list your upcoming hunt tests in the magazines.

For those clubs that do not have a member who is online (are there any clubs left that don’t have a member online?), there is one other way to schedule a hunt test. If you call in to UKC and ask for the Field Operations Department, a member of our staff will be glad to get online and schedule the event for you.

To Conduct Your Hunt Test

While it is very simple to hold a Licensed Hunt Test, there are some basic forms you will need to do so.

- The first thing you will need are some evaluation forms. From the Licensed Hunt Test page of the website you will see the link that will allow you do print off evaluation forms. Print as many as you would like or think you will need. You probably won’t need more than a dozen for the dogs that will be testing, but it’s nice to have plenty of extras to give to people in attendance so they can take one home and use them on some practice hunts. The evaluation form does also include the running rules which the participant and inspector will need in the woods.

- You will for sure want to print off at least one copy of the Hunt Test Policy form to post in the clubhouse and reference should any questions come up regarding policies and procedures. You may want to make extra copies of this form as well to give to people in attendance.

- The final form that you will need is the Official Report Form. You will print this off from the same page that you find all the rest of the forms. I would advise printing off two of these, one of which you will fill out and send to UKC after the event and one that you will fill out and retain for club records. All dogs that are evaluated go on the report regardless of whether they pass or fail. Remember, there is no fee to conduct a hunt test, but there is a $3 recording fee for every dog that runs.

Again, if you do not have someone from your club who can print these forms off of the UKC website, simply give us a call at the office and we will send them to you.

The Hunt Test program is simple by design and very user-friendly. However, if you have any questions along the way, please feel free to give us a call and we will walk you through it. I think those clubs that give this a try will really enjoy the atmosphere surrounding the hunt tests. It’s non-competitive and more like just getting together for a pleasure hunt than any other event that you may have experienced. Even the best dogs don’t pass on some days so keep that in mind, and don’t give up if things don’t go ol’ Sparkie’s way the first time out.

Good luck!