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Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 6 - Friday, October 7, 2011

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Today, MNRC Store hours will be 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There are items on sale! So, grab your wallet or pocket book or whatever, and get some deals!

Steve Surfman, Official MNRC Photographer, would like to annouce that if your photo order is placed at the MNRC, there will be a discount given. Otherwise the photos will begin to be available for viewing online as soon as Wednesday, October 12. 
Flight A "Flooded Timber" Land Single Mark and Blind / Pick-up Blind Before Mark

Judges Dorothy Ruehman & Steve Elliott

This test is set in a circular stick pond, 40 foot trees protrude from the water creating a canopy, shading the area of the fall and the blind. The bird is thrown to the left, away from the line at about 45 yards. There is one shot for the mark, then another shot to set up the blind. The blind is planted at 75 yards on the far shoreline of the stick pond laying on top of a log. The line to the blind cuts the corner of the pond requiring a swim and a passing of the mark. The test requires the handler to sit on a bucket until both shots are fired then runs the blind and then picks up the mark. The judges are judging this as a mark, not a poison bird. This test is using drake mallards.

The began today with dog #5 at 8:00 am. The sun is bright and is shining through the canopy just enough to illuminate some of the test area. Dogs are running at an average of 3 minutes per. There is a calm breeze that continues to swirl in the trees causing a little less havoc than yesterday. Some dogs are having trouble finding the bird on top of the log but the marks have mostly been good.

So far there have been no snake sightings!!

Of a total of 108 dogs, 103 are back, 5 were dropped.

The dogs called back are: 5, 6, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 27, 28, 29 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47, 52, 55, 56, 57, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 84, 85, 88, 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 101, 105, 107, 109, 110, 112, 116, 118, 119, 120, 122, 125, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 153, 154, 157, 158, 160, 163, 165, 166, 172, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187 and193.

The dogs dropped are: 48, 82, 93, 121 and 123.

Flight B "Crazy 8's" Land Triple with a Double Blind

Judges Duwayne Bickel & Jim Wonnel

This test, nicknamed "Crazy 8's" for the patterns of "8" that were mowed into the tall grass by Frank Durham, the landowner, was a land triple with a double blind. The Judges designed this test on the edge of corn rows, in the "Crazy 8's" field that sloped slightly away from the line and in grass that stood around 15 inches in height.

All birds used in this Flight are rooster pheasants. The first bird is a flyer shot to the right at 99 yards followed by the memory bird thrown from to the left and another dead bird thrown to the left along a tree line. There are two blinds in this test; the first blind is planted directly right of the line at 65 yards, along the rows of corn against the treeline; the second blind is planted 99 yards straight away from the line, between the falls of bird's one and two. The normal order of pick up has been the third bird, followed by the flyer, then the second dead bird at 75 yards, the short blind to the right ending with the straight-away blind.

The test began at 8:30 am with dog #39. It's all sun here at "Crazy 8's." The calm breeze is flowing from right to left. According to reports, there have not been many clean dogs up until 10:15 am. The flyer is landing inconsistently some short and some very long...there's a lot of scent out there.

As of 10:15 am, dog #77 was at the line.

Brian Hartfield

Who needs a dog when you can have a chauffeur!!
 Flight C "12 Point Corner" Land Triple with a Diversion Shot – Blind & Walk Up

Judges Martha Kress & Dave Illias

The test, a walk up land triple with a diversion shot blind, is set in a high brush area that opens into a cut corn field to the right, flanked by a line of trees to the left. The wind is blowing from the left at around 7 mph, at times gusting to around 10 mph. The area in front of the blind rises slightly into the distance. The Judges put together a challenging test. To the left of the line, a rooster pheasant is thrown to the right at 59 yards, almost away from the line near the trees on the left. The second rooster is thrown from to the right landing at 89 yards in/near standing corn stalks. The rooster flyer is shot to the right at 105 yards. Finally, the blind is planted just inside the standing corn stalks, straight from the line. Typically, the dogs have been sent to retrieve the flyer first, followed by the left bird (upon returning with this bird, a diversion shot is fired to set up the blind), the second dead rooster and, finally, the blind. The test is running just over 5 minutes per dog, with all dogs staying pretty level with their work.

This test began with dog #1 at 7:30 am. As of 11: 35 am, there have been 9 handles out of 40 dogs, 3 breaks and 1 no-bird. Most of the handles have been on the middle bird, but overall, there's been some really, really good work.

At 11:35 am, dog #57 was at the line.

Spectator Sports...
"12 Point Corner" has been nicknamed "Pet Cemetery"

A real pet cemetery was just down the road ... at a safe distance. Picture provided by Janel & Tim Mumford

The dynamic duo on the back of Frank Barton's truck.

Our Icelandic Friends all the way from Iceland!!

Sightseeing in St. Michaels

We took a quick trip to see picturesque St. Michaels this evening...

Here are some of our experiences...

What a neat fountain!!

A great place for dinner!

Now that's a bumper!

A salty dog...

Okay, this is a REAL bumper!

We found a "Crab Spa" along the way!!  :-)


Master National Running Order

  • Flight Draw & Running Order

  • Dorchester Star Articles

  • September 30 Article
  • October 4 Article