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Three Simple Formats For Inspecting Dogs
Posted on 02/15/2012 in HTX = Coondog.

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For those clubs that are holding HTX events, or even considering them, you are going to want to file this in the old memory bank or clip it out and hang it up at your clubhouse. Let’s take this opportunity to explain in detail how to arrange inspectors for your next hunt test. It’s really easy if you remember these basic options. And I hope that you will find that having a significant number of inspectors committed to a certain night should not be something to worry about in determining whether or not your club should try a hunt test.
Option One. This is the best option for those clubs that are blessed with a supportive membership.

In this option, you simply send out one, two or three dogs with a single inspector. Three dogs is quite an undertaking if you don’t have one or two bow out early on faults. That’s three hours of hunting time, not counting the time you use to and from the clubhouse and switching spots.

One person inspecting two dogs is an enjoyable night. Both handlers and the inspector can be in the woods on all drops, which is not the case with Option 3 below. This does require inspectors willing to leave their dog home and inspect dogs for fellow hunters. If your club can count on three or four guys like that, this is the best option.

Option Two. This is the best option if you have lots of hunting close to your club.

For those clubs that have a dozen or so nice drops within 10 miles of your club, this option works well. You simply pair up hunters that are not regular hunting partners and send them to the woods for one hour. At the end of the first one-hour inspection, all hunters return to the clubhouse. At that point you pair hunters up with someone different than they went to the woods with in the early round (again making sure to keep regular hunting partners separated).

This works well when you have club members that want to run their own dogs in the hunt test. They can run a dog in one round, inspect a dog in the other, and guide for both. This option works great if you are in an area that you can get groups back and forth quick. Remember that these one-hour hunt tests do not typically require calling time out several times to find new ground. They go much faster.

Option Three. This is the best option to hunt the most dogs with the least amount of club help.

In this option, you will be sending a group of three individuals, who are not regular hunting partners, to the woods. One of them needs to be able to guide. In order to satisfy the inspection guideline that prohibits handlers from swapping inspections, you need to set it up as follows:

    • Handler A inspects Handler B’s dog.
    • Handler B inspects Handler C’s dog.
    • Handler C inspects Handler A’s dog.
The person who is not inspecting nor handling on a given drop must remain at the truck.

This option really only requires a club to have enough individuals show up at a hunt test to guide. Three or four guides can accommodate the largest of hunt tests if you draw them out in this manner. This option requires a lengthy three-hour trip to the woods, but it does not require the group to return to the club until finished.

Keep in mind that the requirements for serving as an inspector are pretty general, and most everyone who shows up to run the hunt test will qualify. There may be some, however, who are not qualified, and you need to be mindful not to send them out as in option three above and put them in that position. If that happens, have one of your club members inspect for anyone who is not qualified and send the rest of your dogs out in groups with handlers that qualify to inspect.