12/18/2013: With the recent rule changes for the Hunting Beagle format, combined with what seems like numerous other changes, there won’t be enough space to include everything in one article.
11/05/2013: 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.
10/11/2013: The following proposals will be discussed and voted on by the 2013 Rules Committee, made up of UKC Field Representatives, two representatives from the National Hunting Beagle Association, and two individuals representing an Advisory Committee. There are several other proposals not on the ballot, but that pertained to a proposal already on the ballot. Those will be considered as an amendment where applicable.
09/09/2013: Q: On the first turnout of the hunt, and after the first three minutes expired, a dog opens and is immediately declared struck by Handler A. Handler B tells the judge that the dog opening is his dog. Shortly thereafter, a second dog opens. Now Handler B acknowledges that he struck the wrong dog and that the second dog opening was, in fact, his. The judge then awarded first strike to Handler B’s dog and second strike for Handler A’s dog. Shouldn’t Handler A have at least received a warning for striking the wrong dog?
08/05/2013: Recently, the topic of whether or not the handler of a one-dog cast could be assigned to judge their own hound came up on the UKC message forums.