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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Flight A -- Oh No, Mr. Bill!

Flight A ran their first test which was named “Oh, No! Mr. Bill!”  The Judges are Jim Charboneau and Sydney Williams. The test is a land/water triple with both a land and water blind using all ducks. The name was derived from Bill Teague and Bill from Forever Wild who manicures the grounds and maintains the fields. He was not overjoyed at the prospect of the Master National using the hayfields, but said it was all right for the Master National to use his Hayfields. One day, someone came into the hayfield without permission. And the statement was made…”Oh No, Mr. Bill!” and it was decided that it was the perfect name for this test.

First thing this morning, Judge Jim Charboneau gave the Scenario for this test. The test is to be a jump shoot. The handler comes out of the holding blind and starts creeping out of the holding blind and sneaking towards the pond. The judge raises his paddle and the flyer guns to the right of the line shoot the flyer. The handler has one opportunity to give the command to “Sit!” Then a 180 degrees to the left, the long, left-hand gun blows his duck call then shoots and releases a bird to the right.

Then the short, left-hand bird on a peninsula also shoots and releases the bird to the right off of the end of the peninsula, sometimes landing on land and sometimes making a splash. The contestants are allowed to pick the birds up in any order. When the retrieves are completed, the handler is directed to run a land blind to the left. The line is through a piece of cover to a small bush. When that is complete, the scenario turns 180 degrees to the right where the dog is faced with the water blind. The line to the blind is over a point up the far shore near a clump of cattails. After viewing both Test Dogs, the average time for this test was between six and seven minutes.


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2012 MNRC Test Descriptions

Oh No, Mr. Bill!

Double Trouble

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Butterfly Slots


Give Me A Brake

Oops I Did It Again

Eagle's Nest

Test 9

Meet Your Judges

2012 MNRC Qualified Dogs

Alabama State Cattle Ranch