Thursday July 20, 2017

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Test 5 - Water Triple with 1 Semi-Retired Gun

What a difference a day made. The previous day was hot and sunny and the only shade that could be had was under the canopies. Thursday we received much needed rain that would hopefully help control the wildfires across the province. The temperature was 16C with a SW wind at 7 km/hr. Again the wind was somewhat variable with the influence of the mountains and surrounding trees. The test was run NE. Test 5 was a water triple with the left gun semi-retired. The gunners did not cover up but simply sat down in very high grass on the bank of the slough. High grass banks surround the slough. The test was run down a steep slope off a dyke and cut across a corner of the cut hay field that was used in Test 1, then across a long slender slough. The right and left gun stations were on the far shore of the slough throwing left to right down the shore into the water. The centre go bird was a flat throw from right to left along the near shore onto a plateau jutting into the slough. From the line it appeared as an in throw landing behind the brow of the bank. A drake mallard was thrown at the long right hand gun station out from shore into dense lily pads. A hen mallard was thrown from the high bank down into the water behind a log at shore. A rooster pheasant was thrown at the centre mark. Distances to the marks were 340 yards right, 145 yards centre and 185 yards left. The line to the left bird was a slight angle across the slough. The line to the right hand mark is a longer angle across the slough. With the wind coming from the SW, the test was mostly downwind, angling slightly from left to right.


Female test do this morning was Kaiya, owned and handled by Lynne Johnson. Kaiya started out well with a good centre go bird, but then when she was sent for the left mark she went out of sight over the bank and appeared back in the centre fall. After trying to handle, she was helped to the bird. For the long right hand mark, Kaiya squared across the slough and ended up hunting in the high grass on the wrong side of the gun station and then along the shore up on the bank and would not come back down into the water and the lily pads without being handled. Male test dog Driver, had a good go bird. He squared across the slough for the left hand mark and ended up hunting at the gun station before hunting his way over and down the bank to the bird. For the right hand mark, Driver hunted the near shore to the right of a holding blind that was put up for the dogs safety to keep them from running into some posts. The holding blind was changed to bushes for the running dogs. Driver hunted along the near shore and had to be handled across the slough. He bounce off the lily pads and landed at the gunners. He hunted the high grass along the bank and had to be helped by the gunners. With the wind direction the way it is, the dogs cannot get scent of the bird from shore unless they were way past the gunners down the shore. Many of the running dogs had the same difficulty coming up with the right hand mark in the lily pads.
Lets get the show on the road

Blackberry bushes - Nasty stuff

Callbacks: 24 dogs were called back to the 6th series. Dogs called back; 1,2,4,5,7,8,11,12,13,15,17,18,20,21,23,25,26,28,30,32,37,45,47,49. Dogs not called back; 3,10,17,38,41,42,46. Dog 8 will start the 6th Series.

Test 6 - Double Land With a Dry Shot and a Poison Bird


Test 6 was a double land blind with a dry shot that was fired at the short gun station while the dog was still in the holding blind. When the dog came to line the handler signaled for the poison bird and was given their number before sending the dog for the short blind. The blind was run from the base of the dyke out into the same cut hay field from the first test. The bird planter for the short blind sat at the gun station from the centre mark of Test 1, and the bird was planted 5 feet in front of him. Distances were; 90 yards to the short blind, 188 yards to the poison bird, and 375 yards to the long blind. The poison bird was thrown left to right tight back side to the short bird planter. There were 2 gunners at the poison bird station. Goose decoys were placed in front of the cover on line to the long blind, more decoys were placed to the left about 2/3 of the way and a few at the bird. The bird planter is hidden behind the same bush where the gunners hid for the long left retired from Test 1. The blind was run mostly downwind.


Female test dog was FTCH AFTCH Clubmead’s Lucky Lady, owned by Susan Shearer & Margo Wikjord and handled by Gary Randall. On the short blind, Lady had a number of whistles early and ended up hunting the old fall in the high grass, deep and to the left of the bird. For the long blind, Lady needed a few whistles to get her on line through the decoys and cover, and a few more whistles crossing the field. Male test dog, FTCH AFTCH Grousebusters Rudy Rudy Rudy ran without the dry pop. He had an excellent short blind and lined 80% of the way to the long blind. He needed only 2 whistles to put him on the bird. The first dog was called to line at 6:30 pm. It took about 6 minutes per dog.
Callbacks: 21 dogs were called back to the 7th series. Dogs called back; 1,2,5,7,8,11,12,13,15,17,18,20,21,23,25,26,32,37,45,47,49. Dogs not called back; 4,28,30. Dog 17 starts the 7th that is planned to be a water blind. The caravan will leave headquarters at 7:00 pm. Those leaving from the campsite wait in front of the cafe at the corner and someone from the caravan will come and lead the way from there.