Out On A Limb – October
Posted on 10/09/2010 in Out On A Limb.
This month I have one of those “good news and bad news” propositions for you. The good news is that the Hunt Test Evaluation Rules and the Evaluation Form have been completed for hunt tests on squirrel. The changes that were made to the existing rules used for hunt tests on coon were minimal and even include some changes that I would expect to see brought into the coon hunt test rules in the near future. The bad news is that in trying to work out the title for certification it has brought up some issues not previously thought of and that has us at a slight standstill for the moment. I would expect those to be worked out soon and we’ll let you know when you can go ahead and schedule one of the all new hunt tests on squirrel for your club.
Plans are progressing nicely for the 2011 UKC World Squirrel Dog Championship. As a reminder, this event will be held March 11 and 12 in Franklin, Indiana, and hosted by the Johnson County Houndsmen. There will be a last chance qualifier on Thursday afternoon but don’t put all your eggs in that basket if you are hoping to get qualified. You will find qualifiers which are listed as WQE’s in the Upcoming Events List of Full Cry and COONHOUND BLOODLINES magazines, along with the UKC website here.
Keep in mind, we are spreading things out a little more this year and will start the World Championship on Friday morning. The World Championship Show and the Final Round of the hunt will take place on Saturday. This event was a tremendous success last year in Franklin and we are looking for an even larger event this year. Start getting those dogs qualified.
I’d like to resurrect that portion of this column that we used to do each month called Spotlight On UKC Dogs. If you have a cur or feist dog that has done some winning in the UKC Program, we would love to feature a short write-up about your dog and a photo or two. Or if you know of a deserving dog in your area, by all means, feel free to do a write up on the dog and send it to us with a couple photos. Readers are interested to know the breeding of the dog, where it came from, a little about the dog’s hunting style, where the dog earned it’s points, if it’s produced any good pups, etc.
I’d really like to see the UKC Program give more recognition to those that are participating in it than some of the other programs do. Good dogs deserve to be recognized, and we need your help to do that. Contact me if you have any questions about this and I’ll be glad to help you.
In closing I will say by the time you read this, hunting seasons will be in full swing around much of the country. I hope each of you finds plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sport with a young dog, a young hunter, family members and friends. Be safe and be responsible in all matters that make hunting the greatest pastime we’ll ever know. Oh, and be patient, especially when you call UKC needing any help from me. I’m going to be in the woods too - every chance I get.