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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DAY 5: Flight A: Blake Lemish and Michelle Love; Test 3 “Valley”

“The Valley” is a land triple with both a blind and an honor and 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.

This morning it was 58 degrees with a brisk breeze out of the southeast, swirling in this low area. The sky is partly cloudy with good visibility and the ground is still wet from last night's rain. Additional comments from the Judges this morning instructed the contestants to handle their dogs rather than have them leave the area of the fall and establish big hunts. We watched eleven dogs run this test today. There were two pick-ups and three handles. The problem area continued to be the flyer. Some dogs went left of the flyer blind and others got far too deep. There were also some very nice jobs. The test continued to average about 5-6 minutes per dog. Everyone seemed to be doing a good job on the blind.


Master National Running Order

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2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

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2014 Master National Training Grounds Guide