Retriever Hunting Tests

American Chesapeake Club Hunt Test

Visit the Website The American Chesapeake Club, Inc. held their first Southeast AKC Licensed Hunt Test in Patrick, South Carolina on March 12 and 13, 2005. The tests were run at the H. Cooper Black Jr. Field Trial Grounds.

There were a variety of breeds represented at the hunt test. There were Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, a Curly-Coated Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Sudie Smith, the Hunt Test Secretary, was busy with the Junior Hunters and kept things running smoothly. Johnny Fogle, the Hunt Test Chairperson, also went to each test area and made sure everyone had what they needed.

Junior, Senior and Master Hunting Tests were run each day. We were able to catch some of the Junior and Senior tests on Sunday. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Some handlers came a long way to the test. Mary Green drove down from New York with her Lab and a Standard Poodle named Paradigm's Walkn The Wild Side CD generated a lot of excitement after his run in the Junior Water Series. That run helped him earn the Junior Hunter (JH) title.

Senior Hunting Test: Water Series
Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of four hunting situations that shall include one land blind, one water blind (that may be run as a double blind on land and water), one double land mark, and one double water mark. There shall be at least one diversion shot and at least one of the hunting situations should include a walk-up. In Senior tests, a double mark is defined as two marks presented before the dog is sent to retrieve. Blinds shall not be run between marks in Senior Hunting Tests.

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Junior Hunting Test: Land Series
Dogs shall be tested on four single marks, two on land and two on water.

Judges in keeping with simulation of realistic but relatively simple hunting situations must remember the use of numerous decoys, islands, points of land, rolling terrain, cover, ditch lines, wind direction, etc. are important factors to consider when designing test scenarios to evaluate Junior dogs as capable hunting companions.

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Junior Hunting Test: Water Series
Test distances on land and water in all test levels shall be established by the Judges. Retrieves in all test levels should not normally exceed 100 yards.

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