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Regulations for UGA Hunting Tests

Guidelines for Flushing and Pointing Breed Hunting Tests.

Published by The Upland Gundog Association, L.L.C. 2012.

 

The Upland Gundog Association (UGA) is an upland hunt test and trial organization dedicated to all sporting breeds and upland bird hunting.  The UGA focuses on providing a genuine, realistic and educational upland experience.  Our hunt tests and open challenge events showcase superb gun dogs and give hunters, trainers and handlers a fantastic upland venue to enjoy.  We also offer comprehensive, hands-on demonstrations and clinics that focus on training top quality bird dogs from the earliest puppy stage up to a finished level gun dog.  We can create a demonstration or clinic around your needs!
UGA Hunt Tests, as well as the Gundog Open Challenge have hosted some of the most talented bird dogs in the country.  If your dog hunts, we strongly encourage you to participate and enjoy a great day in the field not only with your dog, but others like you who love to hunt upland birds and train bird dogs.  We have something for people and dogs of all experience levels, from beginner to seasoned veteran!

Photography and Videography-It is also understood that all participants grant the Upland Gundog Association, L.L.C. permission to use their likeness in any photographs, videos, or other digital media (“photo”) taken at every event, in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration. It is understood and agreed that all photos will become the property of the Upland Gundog Association, L.L.C..

We offer the following HUNT TEST, TRIALS, AND COMPETITIVE HUNTS:

Hunt Test

  1. Upland Gundog Hunt Test – Retrievers/Flushers
  2. Upland Gundog Advanced Hunt Test – Retrievers/Flushers
  3. Versatile Gundog and Versatile Advanced Gundog Hunt Test

Field Trial

  1. Open Challenge Trial- Pointer and Flusher Divisions

Hunting Competitions

  1. 5 Man/ 50 Bird Competition (unlimited dogs, shells, etc- 2hr time limit)

Youth Events

  1. Beginning Handler Test- Youth driven, for newcomers to the sport of all ages as well, any age dog

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Hunt Test Categories

Pointers

1.       Upland Gundog Test

2 Passing Runs earns a Gundog Title ( UG ). 

This test will be in single dog braces. E-Collar use will be permitted in this test. If at any time a judge feels an abuse of the e-collar by handler, the participant will be asked to remove the collar from their dog during the run or possibly be disqualified from the event.

Time limit will be 20 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to point, hold point for 5 seconds or until flush, and retrieved shot bird to handler within the given timeframe. If a dog holds point for five seconds and the bird is flushed by dog or “pops” on its own, the handler is still able to shoot the bird for full credit toward the run. However, if a dog points a bird but creeps in causing the flush then the bird cannot be harvested and will not count toward the run.

Dogs and handlers will be judged on Hunt-ability (is the dog birdy, and working the field adequately to find birds), Trainability (is the handler able to control the dog and dog respond in a reasonable fashion), style, (how the dog works the field, holds point until flush, and retrieves shot or wounded birds back to handler).

It is required a dog return the bird to handler within 1 steps of original shot taken to count as a retrieve.

2.      Upland Gundog Advanced Test

2 Passing Runs earns a Gundog Advanced Title ( UGA ). 

This test will be in two dog braces. No E-collar is permitted in this test.

Time limit will be 30 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to point, be steady to wing and shot, and retrieve shot birds to hand within the given time frame. A clean run with consist of 50% of produced bird finds, points, retrieves to hand, and a single honor of the other dogs point which will conclude that run within the given time frame.

All dogs retrieving the bird will demonstrate force fetch training (retrieving to a “heel” while holding bird in mouth until commanded to release). Failure to deliver to hand will result in a fail of the hunt test.

The Advanced Gundog test will be judged more critical and require the dog and handler to display more advanced skills and handling.  In this test, 2 dogs and 2 handlers are run at the same time in the field. Like the Gundog Test, dogs will be judged on hunt-ability (drive, intensity, how the field is worked), train ability (is the dog handling for the handler in terms of taking direction, staying in fair range, responding to whistle and voice commands, thoroughly covering the ground, and establishing a set quartering pattern), and style.

Pointing breeds will be steady to wing and shot, holding point until shot and also be required to honor another dog during the test.  Once a honor is established the honor dog may have his collar held by his owner so that the point dog may get the retrieve.

Honoring.

Once an honor has been established, the dog’s handler will be given the go ahead by judge to hold his/her dog’s collar while the other dog gets his retrieve. If the honoring dog breaks or gets loose on the brace mates retrieve it will be disqualified immediately.

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Flushers

1.       Upland Gundog Test

2 Passing Runs earns a Gundog Title ( UG ). 

 

This test will be in single dog braces. E-Collar use will be permitted in this test. If at any time a judge feels an abuse of the e-collar by handler, the participant will be asked to remove the collar from their dog during the run or possibly be disqualified from the event.

Time limit will be 20 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to flush and retrieve shot birds to handler within the given timeframe.

Dogs and handlers will be judged on Hunt-ability (is the dog birdy, and working the field to find birds), Trainability (is the handler able to control the dog and dog respond in a reasonable fashion), style, (how the dog works the field, holds point until flush, and retrieves shot or wounded birds back to handler).  It is required a dog return the bird to handler within 2 steps of original shot taken to count as a retrieve. NO AIDING OF THE RETRIEVE IS ALLOWED (i.e. throwing shells or other objects to help the dog mark). Dogs must mark shot birds, or be handled to the fall area.  Handler is permitted to unload firearm and place on ground with action open to handle the dog towards the fall area.  The handler is only permitted a few steps within the area they took their shot to handle their dog.

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2.      Upland Gundog Advanced Test

1 Passing Runs earns a Gundog Advanced Title ( UGA ). 

 

This test will be in two dog braces. No E-collar is permitted in this test.

Time limit will be 30 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to flush and retrieve shot bird to handler within the given timeframe. A clean run consists of 50% bagged total birds found per dog, clean retrieves to hand, and a single honor of the other dogs retrieve by returning to handler during brace mates retrieve, which will conclude that run.

The Advanced Gundog test will be judged more critical and require the dog and handler to display more advanced skills and handling.  In this test, 2 dogs and 2 handlers are run at the same time in the field. Like the Gundog Test, dogs will be judged on hunt-ability (drive, intensity, how the field is worked), train ability (is the dog handling for the handler in terms of taking direction, staying in fair range, responding to whistle and voice commands, thoroughly covering the ground, and establishing a set quartering pattern), and style.

The Advanced Flusher test requires each dog to honor one time per run.  An Advanced flusher will be asked to either sit on commond, or be recalled to its handler while the other dog retrieves a bird.  Judges will instruct handlers to have their dog honor when the bracemate dog finds a bird, this way the dog that locates the bird ends up getting the opportunity to make the retrieve.  Honors can be at heel, or sitting in the field, as long as the dog does not break or interfere with the retrieve in any way.

All dogs entered will demonstrate force fetch training and must deliver to hand. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. NO AIDING OF THE RETRIEVE IS ALLOWED (i.e. throwing shells or other objects to help the dog mark). Dogs must mark shot birds, or be handled to the fall area.

To pass a dog must locate birds in the field, flush, and retrieve shot birds within one step to handler. Missed shots will not count against the dog and handler. Caught birds with no point will not count toward the qualifying score. Advanced dogs must honor and retrieve to hand, sit on flush and honor another retrieve, etc. We are judging the dogs hunting ability and the dog’s ability to produce birds and get them from the field to the bag. Birds deemed unsuitable for table due to a dog chewing, hard mouth, or eating the bird before it arrives to handler will count against the retrieve score for the test.

If a bird is harvested by handler during any point that it should not, the handler will be warned by the judge one time. If it occurs again, the handler will be disqualified from the run immediately. During a wild flush, handler must be able call dog off the bird and continue hunting in a timely fashion.  It is the Judges determination if the dog’s trainability is that of a gundog during a run and can fail a dog for lack of.

Retrieving.

A clean retrieve to handler consist of a “continuous” return of the bird. A dog is allowed to drop a bird up to 2 times in the field while retrieving it. If it drops the bird a third time before reaching within two steps of the handler then the retrieve will not  count toward the runs official score/tally. NO AIDING OF THE RETRIEVE IS ALLOWED (i.e. throwing shells or other objects to help the dog mark). Dogs must mark shot birds, or be handled to the fall area.

 

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR HUNT TEST BOTH DIVISIONS

Running Birds.

If a dog is trailing a running bird, point must be established at least 2 times for 3 seconds each, after that the bird may be flushed by dog or handler and count toward the run.

Wild Flushes.

If a dog is running the field and flushes a bird or a bird pops before a point is established, then the bird flushed will not be counted toward run and cannot be harvested by handler.  If a bird is harvested by handler during any point that it should not, the handler will be warned by the judge one time. If it occurs again, the handler will be disqualified from the run immediately. During a wild flush, handler must be able call dog off the bird and continue hunting in a timely fashion. It is the Judges determination if the dog’s trainability is that of a gundog during a run and can fail a dog for lack of.

Retrieving.

A clean retrieve to handler consist of a “continuous” return of the bird. A dog is allowed to drop a bird up to 2 times in the field while retrieving it. If it drops the bird a third time before reaching within two steps of the handler then the retrieve will not count toward the runs official score/tally.  NO AIDING THE RETRIEVE BY THROWING OBJECTS TO THE FALL AREA IS PERMITTED.  ADVANCED DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO MARK A SHOT BIRD AND MAKE THE RETRIEVE.  A HANDLER IS PERMITTED TO HANDLE A DOG TO THE FALL AREA FROM THE SPOT THEY FIRED THE SHOT FROM.

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Versatile Gundog Test

1 Passing Runs earns a Versatile Gundog ( VG ). 

This test will be a land series and water series. E-collars permitted (gundog only).

 

Land Series

Flushers

3 bird plant. 2 out of 3 clean birds will constitute a pass.

To pass a dog must locate birds in the field, flush, and retrieve shot birds within one step to handler.

Missed shots will not count against the dog and handler. We are judging the dogs hunting ability and the dog’s ability to produce birds and get them from the field to the bag. Birds deemed unsuitable for table due to a dog chewing, hard mouth, or eating the bird before it arrives to handler will count against the retrieve score for the test. There are no trapping penalties for flushers.

Pointers

3 bird plant. 2 out of 3 clean birds will constitute a pass.

To pass a dog must locate birds in the field, point for 3 seconds, and retrieve within one step the birds to

handler. Missed shots will not count against the dog and handler. Flushed birds with no point will not

count toward the qualifying score. Trapped birds will not count. We are judging the dogs hunting ability and the dog’s ability to produce birds and get them from the field to the bag. Birds deemed unsuitable for table due to a dog chewing, hard mouth, or eating the bird before it arrives to handler will count against the retrieve score for the test.

 

Water Series

Water series will be 3- single marks. 2 out of 3 clean constitute a pass.

To the Line-

Handler and dog will wait in holding blind until called. Once called they will approach line. Handler will call for mark by raising hand up signaling gunning station to launch and fire. A duck call will be used, then the launch, then gunfire. Dead ducks will be used in this event.

Retrieve-

The dog must enter the water within 10 yards (marked by stakes) on either side of the line. Any water entry outside of this area will be a DQ on the bird. But the dog will be allowed to finish the retrieve.

Once splash occurs, the handler can send or release dog collar for the mark. The dog must demonstrate memory of the mark by taking a good course to retrieve the bird. Cheating a bank after retrieve of mark will be allowed within reason in the Gundog test (judge’s discretion). The retrieve must be within a reasonable amount of time (judge’s discretion).

Bird must be retrieved to the handler within one step. Meaning handler may take one step forward off line to grab bird or pickup bird. Any more than that and bird/retrieve will not count.

 

Versatile Advanced Gundog Test

2 Passing Runs earns a Versatile Gundog Advanced Title ( VGA ). 

This test will be a land series and water series. E-collars not permitted.

 

Land Series

Flushers-

3 bird plant. 2 out of 3 clean birds will constitute a pass.

This test will be in two dog braces. No E-collar is permitted in this test.

Time limit will be 30-minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to flush and retrieve shot bird to handler within the given timeframe. A clean run consists of 50% bagged total birds found per dog, clean retrieves to hand, and a single honor of the other dogs retrieve by returning to handler during brace mates retrieve, which will conclude that run.

The Advanced Gundog test will be judged more critical and require the dog and handler to display more advanced skills and handling.  In this test, 2 dogs and 2 handlers are run at the same time in the field. Like the Gundog Test, dogs will be judged on hunt-ability (drive, intensity, how the field is worked), trainability (is the dog handling for the handler in terms of taking direction, staying in fair range, responding to whistle and voice commands, thoroughly covering the ground, and establishing a set quartering pattern), and style.

The Advanced Flusher test requires each dog to honor one time per run.  An Advanced flusher will be asked to either sit on command, or be recalled to its handler while the other dog retrieves a bird.  Judges will instruct handlers to have their dog honor when the brace mate dog finds a bird, this way the dog that locates the bird ends up getting the opportunity to make the retrieve.  Honors can be at heel, or sitting in the field, if the dog does not break or interfere with the retrieve in any way.

All dogs entered will demonstrate force fetch training and must deliver to hand. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. NO AIDING OF THE RETRIEVE IS ALLOWED (i.e. throwing shells or other objects to help the dog mark). Dogs must mark shot birds, or be handled to the fall area.

 

Pointers-

This test will be in two dog braces. No E-collar is permitted in this test.

Time limit will be 30-minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to point, be steady to wing and shot, and retrieve shot birds to hand within the given timeframe. A clean run with consist of 50% of produced bird finds, points, retrieves to hand, and a single honor of the other dogs point which will conclude that run within the given timeframe.

All dogs retrieving the bird will demonstrate force fetch training (retrieving to a “heel” while holding bird in mouth until commanded to release). Failure to deliver to hand will result in a fail of the hunt test.

The Advanced Gundog test will be judged more critical and require the dog and handler to display more advanced skills and handling.  In this test, 2 dogs and 2 handlers are run at the same time in the field. Like the Gundog Test, dogs will be judged on hunt-ability (drive, intensity, how the field is worked), train ability (is the dog handling for the handler in terms of taking direction, staying in fair range, responding to whistle and voice commands, thoroughly covering the ground, and establishing a set quartering pattern), and style.

Pointing breeds will be steady to wing and shot, holding point until shot and be required to honor another dog during the test.  Once an honor is established the honor dog may have his collar held by his owner so that the point dog may get the retrieve.

 

Water Series

Water series will be 1- double. 2 out of 2 constitute clean run.

To the Line-

Handler and dog will wait in holding blind until called. Once called they will approach line. Handler will call for marks by raising hand up signaling gunning station to launch and fire. A duck call will be used, then the launch, then gunfire. Dead ducks will be used in this event.

The handler will call for two marks, one at a time. The dog must be steady. Breaking will result in DQ. Creeping is permitted, but no more than 5ft in front of handler. Handler may re-heel dog as necessary. If dog creeps past the given mark more than once or has been re-heeled excessively, then they will be DQ’d. This will be judge’s discretion.

Honor-

Each dog will be required to honor another “go dog” during both marks thrown. Once the “go dog” is sent for the first mark, the honor dog may retire and be led away on leash by handler.

On the first dog of the day, a “by-dog” will be in the honor position so the “go-dog” must run marks with another dog near the line. On the last dog of the day, a “by-dog” will be running the marks so the “go-dog” must honor.

Retrieve-

The dog must enter the water within 10 yards (marked by stakes) on either side of the line. Any water entry outside of this area will be a DQ on the bird. But the dog will be allowed to finish the retrieve. The judges will be looking for a solid line to the mark, through any type of shoreline cover (cattails, lily’s etc.).

Once both marks are thrown, the handler can send the dog to whichever mark he chooses first.

The dog must demonstrate memory of the mark by taking a good line to retrieve the bird.

Each handler will be granted 1- handle/correction on the double. No checking of the second mark by the dog is permitted. If a dog ignores correction of handler or a handle is not given during the retrieve of the 1st mark and the dog swims to check the second mark, the dog will be DQ’d.

Cheating a bank after retrieve of mark will be not be allowed. A direct line to bird and a similar line will be required to have a clean run. In the event the dog takes a bad line back or exits the water on the other side of pond, then the dog will be DQ’d.

Bird must be retrieved to hand, demonstrating a finished retrieve. Handler may not move forward off line to assist in the retrieve, and may not move backwards more than 1 step. If a dropped or fumbled bird before brought to hand occurs, the handler will be permitted 1- correction to dog for retrieve. If it is not clean after, then the failure to retrieve to hand will result in a DQ.

Blind-

Each dog will be required to retrieve a dead duck on a blind after the double marks.

The blind will be clearly marked for the handler. The handler may then send the dog. Each handler will be allowed 3 handles/ corrections max on the blind after the dog is sent.

The dog must take a decent line toward the blind. The dog may hunt/ search for the bird once across the water within reason. This will be judge’s discretion. The dog is judged on the ability to find downed game blind, but not on the search of the game once there. Once the dog locates the blind, it must return to handler, the most direct route across the water.

Any dog that take the cheats the bank back, runs through a gallery, etc., will be DQ’d. Bird must be retrieved to hand, demonstrating a finished retrieve. Handler may not move forward off line to assist in the retrieve, and may not move backwards more than 1 step. If a dropped or fumbled bird before brought to hand occurs, the handler will be permitted 1- correction to dog for retrieve. If it is not clean after, then the failure to retrieve to hand will result in a DQ.

 

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Beginner Division

This division has been created to allow both youth and newcomers of ALL AGES to the sport of Upland Hunting. It is a platform to participate and be educated in the field during an actual hunt test. This test will be conducted with the handler, judge, and dog. Though we do not require an adult to walk with the youth handler, it is encouraged by the UGA and may be required legally depending on where the event is taking place.

During this test, the handler will be given tips and encouragement by the judge to help make their experience with their dog in the field safe and successful. No handler will be judged on birds killed or bagged. This division is to educate and further the passion in the individual to continue upland hunting and working their dogs.

All dogs participating will still be held to the same requirements regarding level of obedience that is in the UGA Gundog Division rules. This is to ensure that everyone in the field or surrounding fields are unaffected by a run. Keeping dogs in the boundaries of the field and good obedience are key.

*Note- All handlers’ youth or adult must have a certificate from their state for a Certified Hunting Course. If they do not, or are not old enough to get (under 12yrs), then they may still walk with their dog and guardian, but will not be allowed to carry a firearm.

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5 MAN/ 50 BIRD   &    3 MAN/ 30BIRD

HUNTING COMPETITION- RULES

 This event is for 5 man teams. Unlimited dogs of any breed are permitted and there are no penalties for shells shot. The rules are simple.

Each team has 2 hours from start of hunt to finish to place as many birds on the hanging board as possible. In order for the birds to count, they must be “table worthy”, not blown apart or mangled breast, and must have head attached to bird. All teams must stay inside their designated fields.

Any birds deemed unworthy or headless will be disqualified and not count toward the total amount.

Any teams that are caught hunting outside their fields or causing interference to another team will be penalized 5 birds off their final total score.

All birds must be hung on the hanging board before the 2hr mark is reached. Any birds NOT HANGING will not be counted by judge for final tally.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be given to the top three teams team members along with any sponsor prizes or cash pot.

 

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Gundog Open Trial Competition

The Gundog Open Challenge will be held at every hunt test event and be offered in flushing,and pointing divisions. This competition is open to all gundogs and no previous hunt test title through any organization is required in order to participate. Dogs of all abilities will be entered into a single event and the best time wins.  The objective of the Open Challenge is for dog/handler teams to find, flush or point and retrieve shot birds (3 total) in the fastest time.

Pointing Division Rules

This event is OPEN to All Pointing Breeds, Any Age, and any handler. This includes Pointing Labradors.

(The club host may increase or decrease the run time due to weather, number of entries and/or property conditions.)

This test will be in single dog braces. Open Events will consist of one, 20 minute, 3-bird plant of Quail, Chucker, or Pheasant. Time limit will be 20 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to point, hold point for 5 seconds, and retrieved shot bird to handler within the given timeframe. Dogs may be handled (casted) or directed to a fall area, but NO AIDING of the retrieve will be permitted (i.e. throwing objects to lead the dog to the fall area). The goal is to point, flush, shoot, and have 3 retrieved birds within one step to handler in the least amount of time. Handler must not move within 2 steps from original shot site of flushed bird. Fastest time wins. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place dogs.

NO point or bird credit will be awarded if the handler calls point and the dog advances before a 5 second point has been established causing the bird to flush. Handler must call point and count either out loud or visual with fingers for judge. Once point is established, judge will acknowledge and give the go ahead to harvest the bird.

NO point or bird credit will be awarded if the handler flushes the bird before the 5-second count is complete.

If while working a field, a random bird lands in the field, the dog may work the bird with no time delay. The dog will be required to establish 5-second point before the bird can be shot. The Exception will not apply on this bird.

If a safety was called and granted on a bird, this bird will be considered dead for the brace. No communication with the dog after the point is called until the judge states the point is good

Pointing: Credit is given when a dog points, handler calls point, dog remains stationary (dog does not advance) for 5 seconds. (The dog may stand, sit, or may shift its weight from foot to foot, but cannot advance in any way toward the bird). If the dog advances, the judge will stop the count and indicate no point established. When the dog stops (reestablishes a point) the handler can then call point and a new 5 second count will start. After 3 points are established and no bird produced, the handler may release the dog to hunt up the bird. At this time if a bird is produced and flushed by the dog, FULL Credit will be given for that find due to the established 3 points prior.

 

Flushing Division Rules

This event is OPEN to All Flushing and Retrieving Breeds, any Age and any Handler. (The club host may increase or decrease the run time due to weather, number of entries, and/or property conditions.)

This test will be in single dog braces. Open Events will consist of one, 20 minute, 3-bird plant of Quail, Chucker, or Pheasant. Time limit will be 20 minute maximum per run. Each dog will need to hunt and flush bird, retrieve shot bird to handler within the given timeframe. The goal is to flush, shoot, and have 3 retrieved birds within one step to handler in the least amount of time. Dogs may be handled (casted) or directed to a fall area, but NO AIDING of the retrieve will be permitted (i.e. throwing objects to lead the dog to the fall area). Handler must not move within 2 steps from original shot site of flushed bird. Fastest time wins. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place dogs.

Flushing: Birds must be flushed by dog and shot by handler, however, trapping of birds is permitted by flushing breeds as it is possible and realistic in upland hunting situations.  No penalty will be given for trapped birds in an Open Challenge in the Flusher Division.

 

PENALTIES

Any bird produced by the dog or handler is considered “in play“.  The dog/handler team need to produce, shoot and harvest 3 birds to complete their run.  If after 3 produced birds the dog/handler team does NOT have 3 birds in the bag, they are permitted to continue hunting in pursuit of more birds (assuming there is time left on the clock and they are within their time limit).  Birds produced, shot and harvested AFTER 3 birds have already been produced will carry a 30 second (After 3 Birds Produced) penalty to be added to the final time.

Any handler may call a partial retrieve if need be during his/her run, once called the time continues (even on the last bird), until the bird is in the handlers hand. All partials must be picked up and taken from the field by handler. No shot bird can be called a partial but not retrieved by handler or dog. Penalty for a Partial Retrieve is 1:00 Minute added to final time.

Pointing Division Only- Any bird deemed a trap by the judge by a pointing dog, will result in a 3:00 minute penalty added to final time.

BIRD PLANTS: There will be 3 designated sections of the field. Each section will have 3 sections (left, middle and right).  To discourage “bird spying” (gallery members or handlers watching bird plants to gain an advantage), bird planters will visit each of the 3 sections and act as if a bird is being planted.  Only 3 sections out of the 9 sections will be planted (except for run #1 where a minimum of 4 birds will be planted).  Dog/handler teams waiting to take the field will be placed in a holding blind facing away from the field during bird planting.

Running order will be randomly selected before the event by drawing names and numbers.

GUNDOG OPEN COMPETITION GENERAL RULES FOR FLUSHING AND POINTING DIVISIONS

 

1) U.G.A. JUDGE’S RULINGS ARE FINAL.

Only the contestant, involved persons, or club host will discuss any ruling up to the point the JUDGE declares his/her ruling is final.

2) No interference or harassment of any event staff will be tolerated. This includes but not limited to the Judges, Bird Planters, Hunt Test Secretary, etc.

3) The UGA and its event representatives reserve the right to disqualify any person or persons for any violations of club rules. Disqualifications may be for a run, an event, and/or participation in any future UGA events. Disqualifications may include forfeiture of any moneys paid.

4) This event will be using a participants best score to compete. If a participant runs 3 times, we will take the best scored run and use against the other competitors when determining placement in the event.

While attending any UGA Event, All Dogs are to be on a lead at any time they are not participating in a hunt test or competition in a field. This includes to and from the field, and in the gallery area. Event Host will be required to provide an off leash area to “air” out dogs. *Handler is responsible for any damage caused by their dogs.

Safety: May be called by the Judge or the Handler. A safety will be awarded if taking a shot might cause harm to any person or dog, ATV’s, automobiles, buildings, or in any way be deemed as dangerous. UGA Judges and Staff are encouraged to identify any areas prior to starting a run that would be cause to call a safety.

If the safety bird is the third bird bagged, time stops when the handler has the dog by the collar. If at any time, the gun is pointed at the judge the handler may be warned and/or disqualified at the judges’ discretion.

No Shot will ever be taken after a safety has been called.  If shot is fired after a safety, it will result in automatic disqualification.

Pulled Shot:  At no time will a handler willfully discharge a firearm off to one side of a dog or in air for any reason. Doing so will result in a disqualification.  Shots are to be taken at “in-play” birds only.

Shell sizes:

12 gauge limited to 2 ¾ inch sizes 9 to 6’s for quail & chucker. 9 to 5 are for pheasant. 20 gauge limited to 2 ¾ or 3 inch sizes 9 to 5’s for both quail, chucker, & pheasant.

Firearm Safety: A firearm may only be discharged in the field while safely attempting to shoot a legal game bird, or in a designated area with the host approval. Any shooting otherwise will result in grounds and competition expulsion with the possibility of law enforcement action taken.

Non-performing bird: After a dog has established a 3 second point, a handler may request from the judge that a bird be deemed a non-performer if a bird will not fly after several attempts. Full credit will be given for that bird (Flushers are permitted to trap birds).

Time: Time stops when the third bird is retrieved to the handler, and bird is in hand of the handler.

Completed Retrieve:  The dog picks up the bird and brings it to the handler within one step of original shot position. The bird can be picked up off the ground. If handler moves from original position where shot had taken place, and collects a bird from dog or on his/her own, the bird will not count.

Ties: Will be determined first by total minutes and seconds used. Official times will use 2 digits (hundreths) to help reduce instances of a tie between dog/handler teams.  (Example: official time 6:25.43).  In case of a tie, the time at which the first bird of the run was found will serve as the tie break with the lowest time winning.

Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a warning and/or disqualification. Example: Intentionally flushing a bird towards the gallery, judge, or other unsafe area. Abuse of the safety rule. Dog abuse. Abuse of the judge, bird planter, host, handler, or spectator. Cursing (Bar talk) in front of the gallery. Etc.

Non-Retrievable bird:  If a bird lands dead in a tree or on top of any obstacle (the bird must be dead and witnessed by the judge), across a road or on unsafe ice, across an boundary fence, or other predetermined area before the event starts, it will be deemed non-retrievable and full credit will be given.

Bagged bird: A bird is considered a bagged bird when the bird is dead and placed in the handler’s hand/game bag. At the end of the run, all birds must be given to U.G.A. Staff and are not allowed to be carried out of the field and off site of the event regardless of any licensing possessed by handler.  3 birds are considered a bag limit.

No RunningRunning will not be allowed. 1st time warning, 2nd time disqualification.

Out of BoundsHandler cannot go out of bounds with a firearm. (Dog can work outside of the boundary line).

Reruns: with the Judge approval.

Hunter orange vest and orange hat required by anyone in an event field. Youth have a mandatory safety glass requirement. The host may require safety glasses for all handlers in the field.

Interference in the field by another dog: The hunt will not stop and a rerun will be given at the expense of the interfering dog’s owner.

HANDLERS MAY NOT USE A GUNNER IN THE OPEN CHALLENGE.  This event is a handler/dog team and it is required that the handler harvest their own birds over their dog. No gunners are permitted.

MULTIPLE BIRD FLUSHES: when using covey birds, it is possible that birds begin to covey up as an event goes on.  The UGA will never intentionally plant birds for multiple bird flushes.  In a case of a multiple bird flush, the only birds that will count towards the dog/handler team’s bag limit are the bird(s) that is pursued.  (Pursued bird is defined as a bird that is either shot at, or a dog is allowed to run down.  If a dog is called off of a bird within a reasonable time and distance, that bird will not be counted as pursued). For example – if two birds are flushed, one goes right and the other goes left, which ever bird is shot at by the handler would be pursued.  If handler chooses to shoot at both birds, they would both count towards bag limit.

  1. If handler does not shoot and bird flies away; there are a few options:
    1. Dog can pursue bird, and make retrieve back to stationary handler
    2. Handler can call dog off of bird, and let bird fly away. If the bird lands in-bounds, and neither the handler or dog have pursued the bird, they can re-establish a hunt on that bird (the bird will count towards produced bird count, but will not be in the bag.  The re-established hunt would count as an additional hunt and be assigned penalty time).
  • If the bird lands out of bounds, and was produced as an “in-play” bird, then it will count towards bag limit and a hunt cannot be re-established on that bird.
  • Inadvertent Flushes: Birds that are not produced by the dog or handler (by judge on accident or random flushes) will not count towards the bag limit unless the dog/handler team pursues the bird. Note: Pursue can be defined as taking a shot at the bird or sending the dog.  Judge will deem a bird “out of play” and the run can resume.  Handlers will need to call their dog off the bird and continue.
  • If a random flush occurs and the handler shoots the bird, then it must be considered “in-play” and the retrieve must be made. This is at handler’s discretion.  No action towards bird will be deemed an “out of play bird” and the run will continue.
  • Missed birds: Handler must call partial OR send dog for bird. Either way, the bird needs to end up in the bag.  Bird will count towards bag limit if “in play”.  If handler decides not to pursue, they can hunt additional birds with penalty.

NOTE: handlers remain stationary after shots are fired, so the dog would need to retrieve both birds while handler remains stationary (unless handler opts to take a “partial retrieve”.

Partial Retrieves: if a dog cannot make a retrieve, the handler has the choice to take a partial retrieve.  Partial retrieves result in a 1:00 minute penalty added to the final time.  When a handler calls for a partial retrieve, they must immediately go pickup the bird.  The clock remains running, and no dead birds are to be left in the field.  While a dog/handler team goes to pickup a partial retrieve bird, the field is live and any birds produced in this time must be considered “in play”.  If a partial retrieve is called on the final bird, clock will not stop until bird is in hand.

BUMPED BIRDS: Birds that a pointer produced without establishing 3 second point.  These birds count towards 3-bird bag limit, but not towards final score.  Bumped birds will result in reaching 3 bird bag limit, but needing additional bird(s) to finish run with penalty time added (birds harvested AFTER 3 bird bag limit is reached result in 30 second penalty per bird).

 

 

General Regulations For ALL UGA Sanctioned Events

Section 1. Entry Requirements and Discipline.

 

No registration is required on a dog to participate in UGA events.

Only the contestant, involved persons, or club host will discuss any ruling up to the point the JUDGE declares his/her ruling is final.

No interference or harassment of any event staff will be tolerated. This includes but not limited to the Judges, Bird Planters, Hunt Test Secretary, etc.

 

Section 2. Bitches in Season.

Bitches in season (heat) shall not be eligible for entry in any UGA Event (Hunt Test or Open Gundog) and shall not be allowed on the event grounds. Entry fees paid for a bitch withdrawn because of coming in season shall be refunded in full but only if the withdrawal is done earlier than 7 days prior to event start date.

 

Section 3. Disqualification by Judges

The UGA and its event representatives reserve the right to disqualify any person or persons for any violations of club rules. Disqualifications may be for a run, an event, and/or participation in any future UGA events. Disqualifications may include forfeiture of any moneys paid.

The Handler shall not intimidate any entered hunting dog during any UGA Event. No Handler shall possess any training aid or equipment that could intimidate the hunting dog in any manner. These aids include, but are not limited to whip, prod, cane and quirt. Any handler exhibiting these actions will be immediately disqualified.

Any dog that attacks another dog or person on at any UGA Event, no matter when will be disqualified and handler will be asked to remove the dog from the event grounds.

In the Open Challenge; any handler that throws an object (shotgun shell, golf ball, etc) to aid their dog in retrieving a shot bird will be disqualified.

 

Section 4. Judges’ Eligibility and Approval.

A UGA Judge will be at least 18 years of age, one whom has participated and successfully completed a UGA Event, and has been approved by the UGA Event Management for any particular event.

 

 

Section 5.  Ribbons and Rosettes.

Any participant that completes successfully an Upland Gundog Test, Upland Gundog Advanced Test, will receive a single ribbon signifying their title.

 

Section 6. Spectators and Gallery

Reasonable silence, good manners, and sportsmanlike conduct are required of all spectators. Any spectator interfering with any test will be directed to leave the hunt grounds. No dogs that are participating in a UGA Event are allowed to watch from the spectator’s section.

 

Section 7. Hunters Safety Course

It is highly encouraged that all Handlers take and pass a province or state certified hunter safety course.

 

Section 8. Handler and Dog Rules for Grounds

While attending any UGA Event, ALL DOGS are to be on a lead at any time they are not participating in a hunt test or competition in a field. This includes to and from the field, and in the gallery area. Event Host will be required to provide an off leash area to “air” out dogs. All persons will be responsible for any damage caused by their dog(s) while on the host grounds.

 

Section 9. Optional Hunt Test Gunner

All Handlers can shoot their own birds or provide a gunner at their discretion.

Gunners will be held to the same hunt test rules and requirements by the UGA as their handler partners.

 

Section 10.  Birds used for UGA Events

The primary bird used during UGA events is the Bobwhite Quail, unless otherwise specified in a particular events information.

 

Section 11.  Use of Launchers by UGA

A flusher or pointer is expected to show eagerness to hunt all available cover enthusiastically. However, when conditions exist that prohibit the use of natural flushes or flushes over points (e.g., poor birds, weather, insufficient cover, etc.), certain devises may be utilized to aid in the event but must be sufficiently camouflaged in the field. When such devices are used, the live bird will be released, launched (or thrown) in full view of the dog.

 

Section 12.  Immediate Failure of Hunt Test

The hunting dog shall immediately fail the test if a Gunner or Bird Boy is required to help or assist in any way. Failure to pass any hunting test will not prevent a hunting dog from

participating in subsequent tests, unless the Handler is unsafe in handling a gun. A bird unfit for the table resulting from hard-mouth shall be grounds for failing the test as well.

 

 

Upland Gundog Association

General Information 

The Upland Gundog Association

Fairfax, Iowa 52228

 

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Purpose: The purpose of our hunting test is to allow the opportunity for any person to demonstrate their dog’s ability to perform the task for which they were originally bred. UGA testing judges the dog’s natural hunting ability and training against these standards of performance—Upland Gundog Test and the Upland Advanced Test.