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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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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Food Wagon

Just wanted to let you know that there are two food wagons on the grounds serving a variety of food. Today, we had lunch in between running between tests at Little Ezell's Catfih & Chicken and it was really tasty. See below some photos of their mouthwatering specialties. They are parked near the entrance to "Oh No Mr. Bill!" where Flight A ran today.



Flight D -- Butterfly Slots

Flight D ran their first test which was named “Butterfly Slots” with Judges Rich Pyka and Mike Jespersen. The test is a land triple with a blind and an honor using all pheasants. The Scenario for this test is that you were out for the day hunting pheasants and came to a spot to rest and then the guns started going off. This is a triple with an out-of-order flyer. The first bird down is the middle bird thrown to the left. The next bird is a left-hand flyer shot to the left. The handler must then swing back to a long right-hand bird, thrown to the right. The line to the blind for this stake is through a slot of trees located off the backside of the middle gun. When the three birds have been completed, there is an honor to the right of the line. The time for this test is between five and eight minutes.


Flight C -- Are We Having Fun Yet?

Flight C ran their first test which was named “Are We Having Fun Yet?” This test is a land triple with a blind and an honor. The Judges Bill Teague and Carol Hynes set up a scenario of a goose hunt with all stations using goose calls. The Scenario is that a flock of geese flew in, the hunters have shot them up and now they have to be picked up. The test is a wide-open triple. The order is from right to left. The right-hand bird is thrown to the left. The middle bird flyer is shot to the right. The left-hand bird is thrown to the right. After picking up all three birds must run a blind between the left and middle gun stations and farther up the hill. When all is completed there is an honor. The time on this test is between five and eight minutes.


Flight B -- Double Trouble

Flight B ran their first test which was named “Double Trouble." This is a land triple with a blind using all pheasants, ending with an honor. The Judges for Flight B are Bruce Bachert and Michelle Love. The name was derived from the fact that the blind runs under the arc of two separate birds. When the handler comes to the line, in front and just to the right, a gun station calls for the ducks and throws to the left. Deeper in the field, in front of the line, is a “Mom & Pop” well-brushed station. The bird on the right is thrown to the right, landing under the arc of the short, right-hand bird. The bird on the left is shot to the left and is a pheasant flyer. When the handler retrieves all three birds, he then runs the blind. The line to the blind is under the arc under both right-hand birds, deep of the long gun station. The test is taking between six and eight minutes per dog.


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