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Saturday, October 11, 2014

DAY 1: Flight C: Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey; Test 1 “The Valley”



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 at Flight C, we were advised that there were a lot of handles early and that they were continuing. This test ranged from five to nine minutes depending on the dog work. We watched quite a few dogs run this test. The handlers seemed to be split on which bird to pick-up second. Half would go for the middle flyer and the others opted for the right-hand bird. We saw a few nice jobs and several hunts as dogs tried to work out which bird they were picking up. Most of the blind work was very nice and we saw one dog that lined the blind.





"Tux" a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever used for "Set-up Week."



Enormous umbrellas work great in the hot sun!


Otter Creek's Karma MNH, "Karma," with Rick Winnie

#151 - Ida Red Glenelm's Baby Boomer "Buddy"
Anchors Away III MH QA2, "Anchor" and Lyle Steinman




 


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