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What is a Started Test?
The Started Hunt will have four tests. Two tests shall be marked water retrieves. Two tests will be marked land retrieves. The Started Hunting Retriever can participate in all four tests regardless of whether or not it passes each test.
What is an Upland Test?
The Upland Hunt Test will be conducted according to the rules already established in this rulebook for the Finished Hunting Retriever. Plus, the changes or additions to these rules which follow:
1. The Upland Game Test shall consist of a simulated walk-up hunt, a quartering test, and an optional tracking test. The Upland hunting dog must be steady to wing and shot. Honoring of another dog is required. During this test the dog will be required to locate and retrieve game, as the Judges shall direct.
2. Quartering. The dog hunts in a radius ideally 10 to 30 yards to the front of the Handler.
The dog is required to be steady to wing and steady to shot. The dog should immediately return to the previous hunting range upon being called and/or whistle commanded by the Handler. The Handler will shoot the gun (popper), and the gunners may kill the bird. If the dog does not immediately return to the hunting area, the test is failed.
The dog should be eager to hunt all available cover diligently and be under control. The intent of the quartering test is not to demonstrate running a pattern, but to demonstrate a natural tendency to hunt and be under control.
In the Upland Game Test, quartering, tracking and walk-up can all be combined at the discretion of the Judges.
Walk-up. A quiet, unobtrusive reminder to sit is acceptable as the bird flushes or is shot. Great care must be exercised by the Judges that this does not carry over to intimidation. Each Upland Gun Dog must be presented with a minimum of two (2) birds to “flush” in the quartering test.
Tracking. If the Judges use a drag scented path, it should not be less than forty (40) yards in length nor more than seventy-five (75) yards in length. It should also contain at least one distinguishable change in direction.
Can I enter a dog in upland on Saturday as well as started/seasoned/finished that same day?
We do not currently offer an upland test concurrent with our Regular Hunt Test (Started/Seasoned/Finished).
Are you doing a puppy / young handler test, and if so, what does it entail?
None scheduled at this time. Check our premium at for updates.
We encourage young handlers to enter and handle a dog in our started test.
What is a Finished Test?
The Finished Hunt will have at least four (4) tests. These four tests shall consist of the following: (1) a multiple marked water retrieve, (2) a multiple marked land retrieve (either or both the multiple marked water retrieve or the multiple marked land retrieve must include an honor), (3) a water blind retrieve, and (4) a land blind retrieve. These blinds may or may not be included in one of the required multiple marked retrieves.
*Part of the test must include a diversion as the dog returns to the retrieving line from a blind, walk-up or return from a marked retrieve. At the option of the Judges, the hunt may include an upland game test. If an upland game test is to be run, this option must be announced in the Club’s Premium if one is used. Failure of a hunting retriever to pass any of the hunting tests will not prevent the dog from participating in a subsequent test unless the Handler is unsafe in handling a gun.
I am not a member of HRC. Can I still enter?
Yes, there is a $5 charge for entries into the seasoned, finished and/or upland category. No charge for puppy entries or started entries.
This rule applies to the OWNER of the dog, not the handler. Meaning if the handler of the dog is not the owner of the dog and does not have the HRC# of the owner (or the owner isn’t an HRC member), there is a $5 charge.
Can I attend the Hunt Test as a spectator?
How long is the Hunt Test?
Our event is actually a Back-to-Back Hunt Test. Saturday and Sunday are each individual tests.
Each day the hunt test will start about 7 or 8 AM and continue until all dogs have completed their runs, typically by 5PM.
Yes, and we welcome you!
1. Call ahead if time permits or simply show up and look up a club member, as we would like to greet you and help you understand the test/event.
2. Bring a comfortable chair.
3. Binoculars are sometimes useful.
HRC Spectator Rules:
Reasonable silence, good manners, and sportsman like conduct are required of all spectators. Any spectator interfering with any test will be directed to leave the hunting grouds.
What is a Seasoned Test?
The Seasoned hunt will have five (5) tests. These five tests shall consist of at least the following: (1) a doublemarked land retrieve, (2) a double-marked water retrieve, (3) a walk-up, or tracking, or quartering test, (4) a blind land retrieve, and (5) a blind water retrieve. Part of the test must include a diversion. Failure of a hunting retriever to pass any of the hunting tests will not prevent the hunting retriever from participating in subsequent tests unless the Handler is unsafe in handling a gun.
What is a Grand Test?
The semiannual International Grand Hunts will be scheduled for five (5) days, but due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather, the tests may take longer to complete. The Grand Hunt Committee will make every effort to have the Hunt completed in (5) days. The Grand Hunt Committee will have the power to vary the number of Judges, divide the entry field and run test series simultaneously, and schedule the sequencing of each series accordingly.
The International Grand Hunt will consist of five (5) series of tests. The five series of tests shall consist of the following: Two (2) land series tests consisting of multiple marked land retrieves (either or both of these land series must include an honor and a diversion retrieve). Both land series tests must also include a blind retrieve.
There shall also be two (2) water series tests consisting of multiple marked water retrieves (either or both of these water series must include an honor and a diversion retrieve). Both water series tests must also include a blind retrieve.
The fifth and final test shall consist of an upland game and quartering test series. Failure of the hunting retriever to pass any of the five series tests will prevent it from participating in any subsequent series test.
My dog is not UKC registered, can I still run him?
Yes, dogs may participate in this test without being UKC registered. Non-UKC registered dogs participating in the test have 60 days after passing the test to become UKC registered and have their Championship points applied to their record. A fee will be charged by UKC for application of points to a dog’s record if not registered within 60 days. If your dog is not UKC registered by the start of the test, there will be a $3 charge added to each day’s entry.
Also, the UKC/HRC offers a Performance Listing (PL). This
is a method for:
- mixed breed dogs;
- purebred dogs of unknown pedigree;
- purebred dogs with UKC breed standard disqualifications; or
- breeds not recognized by the UKC
To obtain a UKC participant identification number in order to enter UKC Performance events and earn titles.
PL dogs must physically resemble one of the breeds in the UKC Gun Dog group and are required to be spayed or neutered to participate in an HRC event.
Will there be food?
A dinner will be held on Saturday night where awards will be presented to all dogs/handlers passing a test.
Lunches are provided only for test staff, so plan to bring your own or simply go into Custer, SD to grab a bite.