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UKC 2013 Hunting Beagle Rules Proposal Official Results
Posted on 11/05/2013 in Full Circle.

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The Hunting Beagle Rules Committee met at Centreville, Michigan on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Those present consisted of five UKC Field Representatives, two representatives of the National Hunting Beagle Association and two members of an Advisory Committee. It took a majority vote of those present to pass a proposal. Several rules did pass with an amendment, as noted. There were several proposals not included, but similar to one already on the ballot, that were considered.
Any proposals that passed will go in to effect on January, 1, 2014. The Full Circle column in the December issues of American Beagler and COONHOUND BLOODLINES will have an in-depth clarification on all of the following rule changes. Additionally, any UKC policy changes will be addressed.

UKC 2013 Hunting Beagle Rules Proposal Official Results

Proposal 1 - Passed with Amendment
Veterans Casts
Amend current Veterans Cast rule when it results in odd number of entries on either side.
Amendment: Any handler 55 or older may request to be drawn to a Veterans Cast. An owner, including any co-owner partnerships, may have no more than one dog drawn to a Veterans Cast.

Proposal 2 - Passed
Eliminate Rule 3 (c) and add the additional clarification to (a).
[In the event more than one rabbit is seen ahead of trailing dogs, lines to be established for each rabbit. Dogs to be scored on the line they come through on.]

Proposal 3 - Passed with Amendment
Change rule for when strike points are plussed:
[Strike points shall be plussed for all dogs that are struck, or strike in, on a track after: 1) the rabbit is seen by a non-hunting judge or a majority of the cast when hunting judge is used (provided judge determines dog(s) is trailing the rabbit seen) or 2) after speed and drive points are awarded to a dog.]
Amendment: The strike points of all dogs shall be plussed after speed and drive points are awarded to any one dog, provided the dog was: 1) declared struck; and 2) ran the majority of the track.

Proposal 4 - Failed
Eliminate any portion of rules requiring dogs to trail rabbit for a complete circle before speed and drive may be awarded. Change rule to:
[A line may be called one minute after the first dog is declared struck. Subsequent lines may be called one minute after the first dog scored on the previous line.]

Proposal 5 - Failed
Eliminate the following portion in Rule 4(a):
[or when it is obvious to the majority of the cast members that a dog or dogs have recovered the track to a runnable state.]

Proposal 6 - Failed
Change and add to Rule 4(d):
[If rabbit was seen by majority of the cast or a line was scored then no dogs to be minused when track is lost or ends. If rabbit was not seen by a majority of the cast or no line has been scored all struck dogs to receive 25 minus points.]

Proposal 7 - Passed
Add new rule to Rule 4 as follows:
[On first offense, after the first three minutes of the hunt the judge shall ask for a call on any dog that has opened three times that has not been declared struck. The dog must be declared struck by the handler on its next bark. Otherwise, the dog shall; 1) be minused the next available strike position and then 2) awarded that position by the judge. For second offense see Rule 6 (c).] (Change Rule 6 (c) to reflect consequence of second offense)

Proposal 8 - Passed
Replace Rule 7(c) with:
[When judge instructs all dogs to be leashed simultaneously, call time out immediately.]

Proposal 9 - Passed
Change current hunt time rules: (based on result of time out proposal)
[Club will designate option of 60 or 90 minute hunt.]

Proposal 10 - Passed
Add following rule to Rule 9:
[Non-hunting judge must be assigned to all one-dog casts.]

Proposal 11 - Passed
Add following rule to Rule 9:
[If only one cast member remains, that handler must return to MOH/HD for a non-hunting judge to complete hunt. Deadline may be extended if necessary for the cast involved.]

Proposal 12 - Failed
Change section in Rule 13(c) to:
[Cast winning dog is not required to have of a total score of plus points in order to advance or place in the event.]

Proposal 13 - Passed with Amendment
Add the following to last sentence in Rule 14 to only allow hunting in one hour intervals be at the clubs discretion.
[if still a tie; dogs will hunt in one hour interval until tie is broken (club’s discretion) or flip a coin, if all parties agree.
Amendment: [If still a tie, dogs involved will hunt in one hour intervals until tie is broken or flip a coin (club’s discretion).]

Proposal 14 - Failed
In General Information change section under Rule B stating: {Speed and drive may be scored three times only on the same rabbit} to:
[Speed and drive points shall be awarded until the track is lost or goes to a place of refuge.]

Proposal 15 - Failed
In General Information Rule C.
[Eliminate checks.]

Proposal 16 - Passed
In General Information Rule C. Add:
[If multiple dogs open simultaneously recovery points may be split for dogs involved.]

Proposal 17 - Passed with Amendment
Eliminate any reference to split tracks and implement new rule section under General Information that includes:
Split Tracks: If dogs split up and are trailing on separate tracks judge shall instruct pack to be reunited. Judge to determine which group to be handled and recast to opposite track. No further scoring to take place until all dogs are reunited as a pack. Dogs moved from one track to the other will retain their original strike positions and are not required to be re-struck.
Amendment: If it becomes evident that dog(s) are on split tracks, without the likelihood of the pack uniting on the same track momentarily (judge’s decision), time out shall be called and all dogs shall be handled. Any un-scored strike points shall be deleted. The only time speed and drive points may be scored on split tracks is in accordance with Rule 3 but must then be handled immediately after.