Events & Rules

The Upland Gundog Association 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!
UGA events are unique:
  •          Upland Hunt Tests for all sporting breeds
  •          Tests offered at “Gundog” and “Advanced” levels
  •          Pointing and flushing divisions – Pointing Labs can earn pointing title
  •          E-Collars allowed in “Gundog” level tests
  •          UGA Titles can be earned in one day
  •          Youth/Beginner Handler Division
  •          Great outing for club members
  •          Clubs earn up to 20% of entries

We offer the following HUNT TEST:

  1. Upland Gundog – Retrievers/Flushers
  2. Upland Gundog Advanced – Retrievers/Flushers
  3. Upland Gundog – Pointers
  4. Upland Gundog Advanced – Pointers
  5. Shed Hunt Test

 

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We offer the following OPEN FIELD TRIAL DIVISIONS:

Gundog Open Challenge (Pointing and Flushing Divisions)

Shed Dog Open Challenge (Started and Seasoned Divisions, All Breeds)

 

 

*All Pointing Labradors are allowed to compete in Pointer Test for Pointing Titles

2012 Pointing Gundog Titled Labrador Retrievers

Beginning Handler Title

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This division has been created to allow both youth and newcomers of all ages to the sport of Upland Hunting, 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 legal guardian. Though an adult is not required to walk with the youth handler, it is encouraged by the UGA.

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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Regulations for UGA Hunting Tests

 

Guidelines for Flushing and Pointing Breed Hunting Tests.

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

 

Upland Gundog Association

Mission Statement

 

The Upland Gundog Association is dedicated to continuing the tradition of upland bird hunting through the purebred dogs that have helped us enjoy this sport for over a century.  As a hunt test organization, the Upland Gundog Association provides a platform that highlights the abilities of pointing, flushing, and retrieving breeds of sporting dogs in upland bird hunting while truly evaluating the dog’s hunting ability.

The UGA is unique in many ways, specifically the philosophy and format behind our hunt test. The simplicity of our test rest on a single idea-

To pass a UGA hunt test, your dog must hunt.  We also believe in promoting the sport of upland bird hunting and hunt testing by educating our customers about the importance of proper dog training and hunt tests through positive experiences in the field at our events.  It is also a priority to not only draw hunters that own quality gun dogs to our test events, but to focus on youth participation, as well as women to further expand the hunt test participant pool.

Our tests are a combination of traditional hunt testing and trial events that are meant to showcase dog’s natural abilities and trained alike. We believe the meaning behind the term “hunt test” should be just that.  They are a test of your dog’s hunting ability.

 

 

Upland Gundog Association

General Information 

The Upland Gundog Association

Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

 

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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.

General Regulations

Section 1. Entry Requirements and Discipline.

All dogs of any age may compete at any UGA event but must have valid registration with the AKC, UKC, FDSB, CKC, or IPDBA registries.

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.

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.

 

Hunt Test Categories

Pointers

To pass a dog must locate birds in the field, point, 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. Advanced dogs must honor and retrieve to hand, steady to shot, 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.

 

  1. 1.       Upland Gundog Test

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. 

Running Birds.

If a dog is trailing a running bird, point must be established at least 2 times for 5 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 one time in the field while retrieving it. If it drops the bird twice before reaching within one step of the handler then the retrieve will not count toward the runs official score/tally.

Time. At any time a Judge can end a run early for reasons of pass or failing, or simply a judge has seen enough to make a ruling on the running dog(s).

 

  1. 2.      Upland Gundog Advanced Test

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), 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Flushers

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.

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.  It is the judge’s determination if the dog was hunting the bird or if the bird popped while the dog was running.

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.

Time. At any time a Judge can end a run early for reasons of pass or failing, or simply a judge has seen enough to make a ruling on the running dog(s).

 

  1. 1.       Upland Gundog Test

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. 

 

  1. 2.      Upland Gundog Advanced Test

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 with consist of 50% bagged total finds per dog, clean retrieves to heel and 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.

A flusher must return when called to handler while the brace mate is retrieving a selected bird by the judges. The handler must be able to call off his dog within reason and dog must return to handler. This is determined by judge during the brace mates retrieve. Doing so will result in Honor marks given toward test. Failure to do so or trying to steal the retrieve will result in failure of the hunt test immediately.

All dogs entered will demonstrate force fetch training and must deliver to hand. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

 

Beginning Handler Title

This division has been created to allow both youth and newcomers of all ages to the sport of Upland Hunting, 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 legal guardian. Though an adult is not required to walk with the youth handler, it is encouraged by the UGA.

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.

 

The UGA Shed Hunting and Shed Open Challenge Division

The Upland Gundog Association is pleased to announce that we have added the Shed Hunt Test and Shed Open Challenge to our venue for 2013.  This is a great addition to our events. It offers more to our current members and customers to participate in at every UGA event.

Shed Hunt Test: No age limits on dogs. Dogs are judged based on standards set by the Upland Gundog Association.

Shed Open Challenge: Dogs compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  The UGA offers a Started class (Dogs ages 6 months – 2 years) and Seasoned class (Dogs aged 2 Years and up).

 

1.          Shed Hunt Test

Each dog will enter a preset course with 6 sheds planted. Two qualifying runs per event earn a Shed Hunting Title. Each course will be outlined by the judges prior to run and a time limit of 15 minutes will be given to complete the test.

All dogs must be leashed on hunt test grounds until they compete in a test or trial. No training or warm up of your dog can be done on the ground at any time.

 

Qualifying Runs

A qualifying run is handler and dog earning 80 points.

Two qualifying runs with a Combined score of 160 points earns a

UGA Shed Hunting Title. The hunt test title earned is based on two total scores added together. Below is the structure to points earned;

A Shed find= 15 points

A Full Retrieve of Shed within 1 Step of handler= 10 points

Partial Retrieves (further than 1 Step from handler) = 5 points

A complete find consists of the dog searching and locating a shed without help from handler.  Handlers must be minimum 15 yards from dog at the time of find.  A complete retrieve consists of a dog bringing the shed within one step of the handler. If the dog locates the shed but does not retrieve, it will get a location credit but not the retrieve. All retrieves must be brought to hand to get credit. Once a shed is located the handler must stop moving and wait for the dog to bring the shed to handler. Back tracking or backing up is permitted to encourage the dog to bring the shed to hand.

All handlers must carry their sheds with them until their 15 minute run is over. The sheds will be turned over to the judge at the end of every run.

Each Shed Hunt Test will consist of 2 Runs in which your total for each will be added together to determine pass or fail. All qualifying teams will be awarded a certificate and ribbon confirming their earned Shed Hunting Title. The initials “SH” will be placed in front of the dogs official name on the certificate.

 

2.         Shed Dog Open Challenge

There are two classes to compete in the Shed Dog Open Challenge and are separated by the age of the dog entered.

Dogs under the age of 2yrs old will compete in the Started class.

Dogs over the age of 2yrs old will compete in the Seasoned class.

 

Scoring:

Points will be earned for number of sheds located, number of sheds retrieved to handler and total remaining time.

Sheds Located = 50 points per find

Sheds retrieved to Handler = 50 points per retrieve

Once All sheds are located and in hand during a run, the clock will be stopped and the remaining time on the clock will be awarded with points toward the final score.

Each Remaining minute = 55 points

Each Remaining Seconds = 1 point

*Official time is kept by Judge and determined by Judge per test.  Some tests will be allowed longer time limits. Judges discretion.

 

General Test Rules for Started and Seasoned classes:

1.          GPS collars are not permitted (cell phones and other electronic devices are also prohibited on the test field).  All remote training collars (beepers included) and whistles are allowed.

2.         Judges decisions are final.

3.         No communication regarding the placement of sheds is permitted.  Violators will be disqualified.  On deck participants will not be allowed to view placements of sheds.

4.         Dogs in season are not allowed to participate.  There will be a heat check before tests begin.

5.         Handlers must walk during this test.  Running will not be permitted.  One warning may be issued, but upon a second infraction handler will be disqualified.

6.         The UGA may be photographing or videotaping events, all participants agree to release of photos of their dogs, or themselves for various promotional efforts.

7.         Retrieves will need to be within one step of handler to get credit (to hand in open class).  Handlers may not advance towards their dog once dog locates a shed. Handlers must also be a minimum of 20yards away from a shed when located by the dog. A handler cannot locate the shed by standing near it or over it and call the dog to handler. If this occurs the find will not be counted.

8.         All event attendees are asked to refrain from foul language, arguing with judges and other event personnel.  Violators may be asked to leave grounds.

9.         Under no circumstances is attendees, participants or event staff allowed to be using, or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

10.        Each dog may only run 2 braces per event for the Hunt Test and 2 braces per event for the Shed Open Challenge.

11.        Dogs that receive a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finish in the Shed Open events will be invited to the Shed Open Challenge National Championship held in Spring of 2014 to compete for the top 3 spots in the country.

12.        Handlers must be minimum 15 yards from their dog during the test or open challenge.  Dogs must locate sheds with no help from handlers (excluding directional commands/casts from minimum 15 yards distance).

13.        All handlers must carry their sheds with them until their 15 minute run is over. The sheds will be turned over to the judge at the end of every run.

14.        All retrieves must be brought to hand to get credit. Once a shed is located the handler must stop moving and wait for the dog to bring the shed to handler. Back tracking or backing up is permitted to encourage the dog to bring the shed to hand.

15.        In the event of a tie there will be a run off

 

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. For instance 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.

5) A SINGLE COMPETITIOR is allowed to run no more than 5 dogs at any event. If the competitor has other dogs to run they must find another handler to run them.

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 3 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’ digression.

No Shot will ever be made after a safety has been called.

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.

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 5 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.

Time: Time stops when the third bird is in the bag and has their dog by the collar.

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. Second tie breaker will be how fast first bird was harvested. This is the time documented by Judge that the 1st bird was in the handlers hand.

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 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.

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 birds on the boundary line).

Reruns: with the Judge and Host 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.

 

Gundog Open Competition:

The Gundog Open Challenge will be held at every hunt test event site and be for retrieving, flushing, and pointing breeds. 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.

 

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 and/or number of entries.)

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. 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.

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 advanced 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. The handler cannot command (verbally or with collar) the dog to point. THIS INCLUDES THE USE OF THE COMMAND “WHOA”.

 

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 and/or number of entries.)

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. 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 into air and shot by handler. If more than half of the birds are caught in a run, the dog will be given a 2:30 minute penalty that will be added to total time score for EACH caught bird over 50% in a given run. Example- 3 birds found, 2 were caught. On the 2nd and 3rd bird a 2:30 minute penalty per bird will be added to total time score for a total of 5:00 additional minutes added to score.

 

 

UGA Hunt Test Pricing -Pointing and Flushing

 

  1. 1.       Upland Gundog Test -Flusher/Pointer

Pricing per Event-    $99.00

The above price includes 2 separate runs at the event. Two qualifying scores will earn the Gundog Title. All participants that earn a title will be awarded a ribbon the day of event and certificates of title in the mail. 

 

  1. 2.      Upland Gundog  Advanced Test -Flusher/Pointer

Pricing per Event-    $99.00

The above price includes 2 separate runs at the event. Two qualifying scores will earn the Gundog Advanced Title. All participants that earn a title will be awarded a ribbon the day of event and certificates of title in the mail. 

 

  1. 3.      Shed Hunting Test

Pricing per Event-    $99.00

The above price includes 2 separate runs at the event. Two qualifying scores will earn the UGA Shed Hunting Title. All participants that earn a title will be awarded a ribbon the day of event and certificates of title in the mail. 

 

  1. 4.      Gundog Open Challenge and Shed Open Challenge –Both Divisions

Pricing per Event-    $65.00 per run – or 2 Runs for $100, or 3 Runs for $140.00

* 3 Runs per Event Allowed per Dog, with the exception of the Nationals. Only 2 runs per dog allowed at a National event.

 All dogs will be timed and judged with official scores given at the end of each run. The BEST RUN SCORE will be used for competition. No averages of scores will be used. At the end of event ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes and those dogs will be invited back in the following spring for the National Championships.

 

  1. 5.      Beginning Handler Division

Pricing per Event-    $99.00 per run

The above price includes 2 separate runs at the event. Two qualifying scores will earn the UGA Beginning Handler Ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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