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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DAY 5: Flight B: Megan Baker and Allyn Foster; Test 3 "Eucalyptus” Con't

"Eucalyptus" is a water triple with a blind using all dead drake Mallards. The scenario is a small duck hunting pond with several channels. The order is left to right. Bird number one is thrown to the left at 85 yards. Slightly to the right of this bird at 65 yards, bird number two is also thrown to the left. The handler and dog turn to the right for bird number three. It is thrown to the left, landing 101 yards from the line. To reach bird number three, the dogs must cross two pieces of water. The 116 yard blind is run to the left of bird number one to the end of the pond, exits the water and finds the blind on the left side of a mound.

When we first arrived at Flight B today, we heard that the wind was once again in the favor of the handlers and their dogs. A gentleman in the gallery advised us that during set-up week, not a single dog could find the right-hand bird. That has not been the case late yesterday or early today. The Tangelo tossers are throwing these birds high and long. They are beautiful to see. The first two dogs that we watched did an excellent job on their marks and blind. Then the wind started to change. Five of the next seven dogs had to handle on the middle bird.

Chris Akin explains the "Eucalyptus" Test

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The Eucalyptus trees from which this test got its name


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