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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Day 5 – Flight A – Test 3 – Furr's Pit-Water – Wednesday, October 21

Flight A: Judges Robert Rascoe and Tom McMorrow 
Furr's Pit-Water – Water Triple, Water Blind, Diversion Shot

We arrived at the third test for Flight A, Furr's Pit, a Water Triple, late in afternoon. Flight A moved to their third test with 18 dogs having been dropped from the second series.

This Water Triple using all ducks was set in a pond with trees on the far bank. The first bird down was thrown to the right across the pond landing three feet from the water's edge on land at 61 yards. The second bird station was located to the handler's hard left and threw right into a tiny cove on the far left side of the pond at 19 yards. The third bird was thrown flat straight out into the pond, landing a tantalizing 25 yards from the line on the handler's right.

The dogs picked up the go bird on the right and upon their return, a diversion shot was fired. Then the dog was to run the water blind across the pond on the far shore to the handler's left at 28 yards. The next bird to be picked up was at the handler's discretion and we saw a split between the left short bird versus the long middle on the opposite shore.

While we were there, we watched six dogs run. There was a split on the way the handler's ran the blind. Half handled away from the suction of the second mark down and the other half did not. Most of the dogs we watched retrieved the left-hand mark first and then went long for the money bird. However, the best job we saw had the long bird picked up immediately after the blind.

Rick Winnie describes Furr's Pit-Water


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2015 MNRC Test Descriptions

Palmetto East-Land

Wood Duck Pond-Land/Water

Byrd's Campground-Land

Goose Pond-Land

Mallard Pond-Land/Water

Bruce's Farm-Land/Water

Wood Duck Pond-Water

Byrd’s Campground-Land/Water

Mallard Pond-Water

Goose Pond-Land/Water

Furr's Pit-Water

Palmetto West-Land

Goose Pond-Water


Meet Your 2015 Judges

2015 MNRC Schedule of Events

2015 MNRC Qualified Dogs