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WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2014 Master National Hunting Test, October 9-19, 2014, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Styan and Gwen Jones. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2014 Master National, held this year in and around Corning, California.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

DAY 8: Flight A: Blake Lemish and Michelle Love; Test 6 “Rifle Range”

“Rifle Range” is a land triple with a blind and an honor using all pheasants. The first bird is thrown to the right at 84 yards. The second on the handler’s right is thrown to the left at 104 yards. The flyer is the third bird and is to the handler’s left and is shot to the right 110 yards. The blind is to the left of the flyer at 125 yards. The terrain for this test is very uneven, throwing the dogs off-line both left and right. This test took an average of five to seven minutes depending on the work of the dog.

When we arrived at the "Rifle" to watch Flight A, we found that they had 84 contestants back to the sixth and final series. It was 62 degrees and the wind was blowing from right to left, across the test. This wind made the test what it was designed to be. The right-hand bird once again was landing behind a mound and the flyer was going deep and left. The dogs were working hard and doing a nice job on this test. In watching ten contestant, we saw one pick-up, two handles and seven nice jobs. Handlers were using the wind to their advantage and we also saw a dog line blind. What a great way to finish the 2014 Master National.

#111 Fast Fred's Tank MH, "Tank," with handler Ray Shanks

#117 Creole's Loup-Garou MH, "Spook," with handler Ida Richards


#120 Windy City's Wild One MH, "Trouble," with handler DuWayne Bickle

#119 Georgia's Gold Label Ruger MH, "Ruger," with handler Ray Shanks
H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N  !!


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2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

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Rifle Range

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2014 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2014 Master National Training Grounds Guide