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Sunday, October 12, 2014

DAY 2: Flight C: Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey; Test 1 “The Valley” Con't

Judges Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey started Flight C at a test called “The Valley.” This is a land triple with both a blind and an honor had the mat set in the shade of a grove of trees. All birds were rooster pheasants. The test was shot from right to left. The first bird located 70 yards to the right of the line was thrown to the left. Bird two was the flyer station located in front of the line and shot to the right at 85 yards. The third bird was to the left of the line at 63 yards and was thrown to the right. The single blind was run to the far left at 80 yards under the trees. Five to seven minutes appeared the average length of time to run the test.

When we arrived today at Flight C, we found that the wind was coming directly into the handler's face. This gusting wind was forcing the flyer throw to be shorter and appeared to be confusing the dogs on which mark they actually picked up. We stayed at the stake and watched nine dogs run. There were two handles, two pick-ups and three no-birds. The no-birds were all at the flyer station due to the strong wind gusts. 

Brian Hartfield speaks about the adverse conditions at Flight C.

Dee and Paul Lance

ALMOST lost the tent with a GIANT gust of wind!
Judges Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey with Larry Kimble


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

Donut Hole


The Valley

Rifle Range

The Corner

Speed Bump




Meet Your 2014 Judges

2014 MNRC Schedule of Events

2014 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2014 Master National Training Grounds Guide