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Saturday, October 18, 2014

DAY 8: Flight D: Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen; Test 6 “Donut"



The “Donut Hole” test is a land/water triple, double blind, walk-up and diversion shot. This triple is shot right to left. When the dog picks up the short, right mark, the diversion is shot. The short right mark at 34 yards throws to the left, the middle at 124 yards throws to the left and the left-hand flyer at 40 yards shoots to the right. The first blind is 98 yards just off the backside of the right-hand bird. Blind number two at 79 yards is right and deep of the left-hand bird. This test took an average of eight to ten minutes per dog.

We caught up with Flight D at the "donut" for their sixth and final test. There were 66 dogs called back to this last series. The wind was at the handler's back. The gallery laughed that at this Master NAtional, this was the third time they had had a downwind test. As we watched the test unfold, we found that the dogs were having problems with the short, right walk-up bird. The dogs were blowing through the cover and having to be handled back in to retrieve this bird. The blind work was excellent – one dog lined the left hand blind. The test took between 5-8 minutes per dog.










#29 Point Doc's Bigfoot Jet MH, "Jet," with handler Jim McCurry
#27 Outlaw Miss Jozie Wozie MH, "Jozie," with handler Jeff Manuel

#28 Kenai's Yukon King MH, "Yukon," with handler Jim Martin



 


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