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UKC Master of Hounds Apprenticeship Policy Change
Posted on 08/12/2014 in Full Circle.

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The Hunt Director format was implemented several years ago where clubs could choose that option opposed to using a Master of Hounds for their UKC Licensed Hunting Beagle Hunts. The few differences between a Hunt Director and a Master of Hounds are such that the individual serving as Hunt Director:

• Is not required to be a licensed Master of Hounds.


• May enter a dog they own in the event, if handled by another individual.


• Does not rule on questions brought in from the field (those questions are ruled on by a panel of three individuals).


Otherwise, just like a licensed Master of Hounds, the HD is responsible for assuring all event procedures are followed and is responsible for the Event Report be complete, accurate, includes all required signatures, etc.


These days a majority of clubs are choosing the option of using the Hunt Director format because of two common factors: 1) There may be an issue finding a local licensed official and/or; 2) the HD may enter their dog(s) in the hunt. That’s all good and is a good option for clubs to have; however, with fewer clubs using the Master of Hounds format, individuals that passed their test to become a licensed Master of Hounds are sometimes finding it very difficult to get their apprenticeship program completed. For this reason the UKC has made the following change to its Master of Hounds Apprenticeship Program.


Effective immediately, individuals serving their Master of Hounds Apprenticeship may do so under a Hunt Director, provided the individual serving as Hunt Director at the UKC Licensed Event is a UKC Licensed Master of Hounds. An apprentice is subject to the same restrictions as the Hunt Director. Their dog may be entered in the event but may not be handled by the apprentice. An apprentice must remain at the clubhouse at all times. All decisions must be made by the Hunt Director. In the event a question comes back for a ruling the matter is resolved using a qualified three-person panel.


Dog Not Yet Transferred to New Owner with Regard to Multiple Entries


Q: When a new owner enters a dog in the event that has not been transferred into their name, is the event official required to split the entries when that same owner has another dog entered in the event? Here’s an example. Dog A is owned and registered to Allen Gingerich. Dog B is registered to Todd Kellam but was recently purchased by Allen Gingerich. The Bill of Sale (on the backside of the Registration Certificate) shows that Allen Gingerich is the new owner of Dog B but has not yet been transferred/registered to him. May/should Dog A and Dog B be intentionally split or drawn to different casts?


A: Owners having multiple entries in an event are only intentionally split if the dogs are registered in the same owner’s name. The registered owner is the name on the front side of the dogs Registration Certificate. Multiple entries may not be intentionally split otherwise. The individual the dog is registered to is what the official must go by. Per the example given above, Dog A and Dog B may not be intentionally split or drawn to different casts.


The only two exceptions to this rule are: 1) a dog(s) that was single registered on the day of the event or is still pending UKC registration; and 2) a non-registered dog(s) that is entered in the event. These entries should be split, if possible.


Non-Controlling Collars (new) for Garmin Alpha 100 Approved for Use


Q: Garmin just came out with a new collar they call the T5 that does not have any controlling features (stimulate or tone) on it. This collar is compatible with the handheld of the Garmin Alpha. May the handheld of a Garmin Alpha be carried by the handler during the hunt if linked to this new T5 collar?


A: The original collar, a track and train combo that came with the Alpha 100, was compatible with that handheld only, which is why that handheld was not approved for use during a hunt. Those Garmin Alpha owners who have been a little stressed out that your system could not be carried and used during the course of a UKC Licensed Hunting Beagle Event, your day has arrived! Garmin has responded with a new collar (T5) that is compatible with the Alpha handheld. If linked to the T5 collar, the controlling features on the handheld of a Garmin Alpha system is non-functioning and may be carried and used during the hunt. The quickest way to recognize the T5 collar is by the solid orange GPS module cover. GPS module covers on all other Garmin collars are black.


Another new collar on the market is the Garmin TT15. This collar is capable of tracking and training (thus the TT). This collar is compatible with other Garmin systems such as the Astro 320. The Astro 320 does not have a controlling feature on its handheld portion of the system, therefore, would make this collar approved for use during a hunt if linked to such a handheld.

If any of this is confusing, just remember this. Any tracking system, regardless of brand, that is also capable of controlling the handler’s dog, or any other dog in the cast where toning features are concerned, may not be carried or used during hunt time. For any further rules regarding the use of telemetry during the hunt they are available for review at each UKC Licensed Event. Those rules are printed on the back side of the Master of Hounds/Hunt Director Checklist that is read off publicly by the event official before casts are called out.