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WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2012 Master National Hunting Test, October 18-28, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Styan & Gwen Jones. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2012 Master National, held this year in and around Demopolis, Alabama.


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Handler's Meeting

At 1 pm, the Handler's all reconvened in the New Era Building for the Handler's Meeting. There were many announcements and we are still recording much of the proceedings, but we wanted to get the word out on what was actually the most important part of the meeting: The pairing of the judges and the announcement of the flights and their first set of test's names:

Flight A will begin at "Oh No, Mr. Bill!"
Judges: Sydney Williams & Jim Charboneau
This is a land/water test with ducks.

Flight B will begin at "Double Trouble."
Judges: Bruce Bachert & Michelle Love
This is a land test with pheasants.

Flight C will begin at "Are We Having Fun Yet?"
Judges: Bill Teague & Carol Hynes
This is a land test with ducks.

Flight D will begin at "Butterfly Slots."
Judges: Mike Jespersen & Rich Pyka
This is a land test with pheasants.

All of the tests will start at the Cattle Ranch tomorrow, Saturday October 20, at 8 am. Everyday after, the tests will begin at 7:30 am.

The Rotation: 110 -- 140 -- 170 -- 20 -- 50 -- 80

Scratches will be posted tonight on the Master National website.

A special announcement for Flight D, #114, will move to the back of the rotation where he will stay.

No Birds: First No Bird, move back three; second NB, go back six; third NB, go to the end and stay there.

There are some rules that must be adhered to at the Forever Wild Grounds...
The main one is to be respectful of the Residents. Under no circumstances may you take photographs of them, even from a distance out in the field. Please be mindful of what is in your viewfinder. Please, no tipping, alcohol or cigarettes may be given to the Residents. Be careful of your possessions and make sure that you are careful about putting away your phones and cameras and such.

Marisa Melo, the youngest junior handler at this event, pulls the judge pairings from a hat...


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