Friday July 13, 2018

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Test 8 - Water Blind

Updated: 11:23 am
Friday starts of overcast with 11 km/h S wind which makes Test 8 a downwind test. Rain is forecast to move in later this morning. Breakfast is once again sponsored by the Northern Ontario Retriever Association and is free to all of the contestants, workers and judges. Thank you N.O.R.A.

We have returned to the same property where Test 7 was run but using a different pond. This with is a natural beaver pond with marsh grass surrounding it followed by dense bush, and dead white birches and spruce that have been killed off by the beaver flood. Test 8 is a 252 yard shoreline water blind. There is a boat 120 yards out tucked into a small cove and somewhat obscured from line with a person sitting with in a white jacket. However, it is very obvious to the dog as it approaches the area. There are snowmobile posts in the pond left of line. The blind is run from a mound that was created when the small pond up front was dug. There is about 30 yards of high marsh grass to negotiate before the dog gets to open water. A sparse point of willow that comes out from the right. It is romping water through this cover. A fence post just to the right of line as the dog goes through the willow is a good indicator of the proper line. A number of coves and bays along the shore are drawing the dogs to shore, not to mention the boat with a person in a white jacket. The pond opens up to the right behind the last point. The bird planter is way around the corner on the beaver dam where the bird is planted.


Male test dog Jaeger ran first. He was handled early in in small pond up front and then again to get through the high marsh grass. Steve had a fight on his hands to keep Jaeger on line because he wanted to scallop back towards the boat and shore. Eventually Steve lost the battle and Jaeger disappeared into the cover on shore and was called in without picking up the bird. Next up was female test dog Lady. Jim kept Lady under control on a tight line to shore. After the last point she disappeared around the corner and went out of control before coming back in sight and being handled to the bird. There is a light coloured log on the beaver dam out of sight to the line that she may have been drawn to. A 3rd test dog, FTCH AFTCH Keys II was called to run the blind. When Keys ran they had the person in the boat cover up with a ghillie blanket. Keys did a good job and although he appeared to notice the boat, was not sucked in. Robert did a good job keeping him out from shore to the bird. The first running dog was called to line at 9:00 am.
Robert & Keys

Scoping Out The Test

At 11:00 am we are about half way through. Most of the dogs are staying out of trouble but require quite a few whistles to do so. The wind has picked up and come around so there is more of a crosswind, making it more difficult to get the cast into the wind away from shore. Hopefully Friday the 13th will be a good omen for some.
Callbacks: 19 dogs back to the 9th series. Dogs called back 4, 9, 10, 17, 19, 20, 23, 28, 32, 33, 35, 42, 44, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52. Dogs not called back. 2, 12, 13, 14, 34, 40, 41, 46. Test 9 will be a land quad with dog 35 starting.

Test 9 - Land Quad With All Guns Retired

Updated: 5:35 pm
Test 9 is a land quad with all guns retired. It is being run from another location on the same property as the double land blind for Test 6. It is a cut hay field dotted with round bales. There are islands of brushes, heavy cover and rock piles in the field as well. Mixed poplar and alders surround the field. A treed hedge row with uncut hay separates the short right hand gun station from the rest of the test. A rooster pheasant is thrown into the high hay from right to left into the test. The long right hand mark is thrown along the treed hedge row out into the cut field between the road and the trees. There is a slot between 2 islands of cover where the long left mark is thrown right to left in the cut field, about 15 feet from the heavy cover. The short left hand mark is thrown into an island of uncut hay, The order of the guns is long right, long left, short right and finally short left. A rooster pheasant is throw on the right hand mark. All other marks are drake mallards. The gunners for the long right mark retire into the trees. All other gunners are surrounded by hay bales when they retire. Distances to the marks are; 240 yards to the long right retired, 268 yards to the long left retired, 104 to the short right retired and 172 to the go bird retired. The wind is coming across the test from left to right. Rain starts and stops but is not heavy.


For this test we had a change for male test dog. NFTCH FTCH AJ Top Cruisin With the Pirate, owned and handled by Tom Sullivan. Just as Whiskey came to line it started to rain harder than before. didn’t seem to phase Whiskey. For the go bird, short left retired, he had a very tight hunt in the area of the fall. For the short right retired, Whiskey steeped on the bird for an excellent mark. The the long right retired, Whiskey headed wide left into no man’s land and ended up at a rock pile between the 2 long gun staions before making an abrupt right hand turn to go to the bird. No sure if he got on the road that goes along the treeline and the back of the field. For the long left retired, he hunted around the gun station and then to the bird. The wind direction which is coming across the test from left to right will probably give up the bird when the dogs get to the hay bales where the gunners are hidden. Next up was female test dog Lady with Jim handling. For the go bird, Lady went wide to the right of the island of cover and hooked in to pick up the bird. With the wind direction as it is, it would be difficult to get by the bird on the right. For her 2nd bird, Jim appeared to send Lady at the short left mark but Lady had other ideas and followed the road to the long right. She started her hunt a bit deep and to the left before turning back into the bird. For the long left, Lady hunted right of the hay bales, then around them and over to the bird. For the Short right which she didn’t appear to see thrown, Lady went slightly right of the holding blind, hunted deep under the arc in cut hay before jumping into the uncut hay to retriever her bird. The first dog was called to line at 4:05 pm.
Whiskey & Tom

Getting Ready to Rock

As the test progresses, some dogs are having excellent work while others are putting on substantial hunts and/or handling. The rain continues to be on and off and the wind has remained from the same direction but sometimes dies down to a whisper.\ 
Callbacks: 12 dogs called back to the 10th series. dogs called back, 10, 19, 20, 28, 32, 33, 35, 42, 45, 49, 50, 52, Dogs not called back; 4, 9, 17, 23, 43, 44, 51


Dog Name                                                                                                       
Windcrestrpmlegend Of The Past
Jim Dorobek
Jim Dorobek
FTCH-AFTCH Baypoint's Hit And Miss
Lorraine Hare
Lorraine Hare
FTCH-AFTCH Maxfly's Hanna Storm
Rick Cardinal
Rick Cardinal
AFTCH Amarillo Bone Collector
Dave Wardle
Dave Wardle
FTCH-AFTCH High Mileage By Golly
Stan Hughes & Joan Van Damme
Stan Hughes
FTCH-AFTCH The Springwaters Mr Y Of Tamsu
John Mairs & Lorraine Hare
Lorraine Hare
AFTCH Quackaddict Voo Doo Child JH
Al Custers
Connie Swanson
FC-AFC-FTCH Alexus - Pursuit Of Perfection
Lynn Kimball
Lynn Kimball
FTCH-AFTCH Pilkingtons Ruby Blues Day
Ken Crosby
Ken Crosby
AFTCH Amarillo Diggin Up Bones
Dave Wardle
Dave Wardle
FTCH-AFTCH The Springwaters Rippin Reba
Gary & Chris Mason
Gary Mason
Luckydux Gave Her Momma Forty Quacks QFTR
Andy Carlson
Andy Carlson