Rules & Regulations
1.1 MASTER NATIONAL HUNT TEST
1.1.1 Dogs shall be tested on the following:
(a) Two series of multiple land marks.
(b) Two series of multiple water marks.
(c) A minimum of two blinds and a maximum of three blinds on land.
(d) A minimum of two blinds and a maximum of three blinds on water.
(e) An upland test.
NOTE: The word multiple means more than one, although triple marks are encouraged.
1.1.2 Situations must simulate natural and realistic hunting conditions and scenarios at all times. The Master National Hunt Test must capture the realism of hunting as much as possible to an extent greater than a regular weekend test.
1.1.3 Natural hazards, obstacles, hunting equipment and implements should be utilized to a somewhat greater degree than in a regular weekend Master Hunt Test.
1.1.4 There shall be an honour on land and an honour on water.
1.1.5 Test distances will be established by the judges. No retrieve (mark or blind) should normally exceed 100 yds and under no circumstance shall a retrieve exceed 125 yards.
1.1.6 Handlers must follow all instructions of the judges.
1.1.7 Shooting from line is encouraged.
1.1.8 A numerical system of rotation will be utilized as determined by the marshal.
1.1.9 A dog graded zero (0) for the same ability by three judges cannot receive a qualifying score and will not be called back to run in subsequent series. The handler must be informed that the dog cannot receive a qualifying score.
1.1.10 The judges will require the handlers to shoulder or carry an empty shotgun on at least 3 occasions.
1.1.11 Except where such hunt test rules and regulations are inconsistent with any part of the above, the Hunt Test Rules and Regulations adopted by the CKC shall apply in connection with the Master National Hunt Test.
2.1.1 Entry in a Master National Hunt Test shall include the following:
Only For the 2005 Master National will the following dogs be allowed to compete:
- any CKC Master Hunter
- any UKC Hunting Retriever Champion
- any NAHRA Master Hunting Retriever
- any AKC Master Hunter
3.1.1 Entries in the Master National Hunt Test will close 14 days prior to the start of the event or when the limited entry of 75 dogs has been reached.
3.1.2 Standard CKC Hunt Test entry forms will be used.
3.1.3 Persons entering a dog in the Master National will be required to certify that any dog that they enter is qualified according to the conditions laid down in this regulation.
4.1.1 Three judges will officiate.
4.1.2 The Master National Committee will chose and appoint the judges until such time as a fair and equal system of representation can be made from participating Canadian Hunt Test clubs.
4.1.3 Each judge must have qualified a Master Hunter dog six times and must have judged six Master Hunt tests.
5.1 UPLAND TEST
5.1.1 An effort will be made to provide a more realistic upland test than at a regular weekend test. To this end, it is strongly encouraged that live birds, wild flushes and live guns be utilized at this test.
5.1.2 All federal, provincial and local rules must be adhered to regarding handling of and use of birds and firearms.
5.1.3 The dog is required to flush a minimum of two times and a maximum of four.
5.1.4 A controlled break is allowed on each flush.
6.1.1 A distinctive red and white rosette with the Master National logo shall be given to all dogs who qualify at the Master National.
7.1 ORGANIZING CLUB AND FIELD COMMITTEE
7.1.1 The organization staging the stake shall name a Hunt Test Field Committee of 5 persons to manage the stake and all arrangements connected with such a stake. The Hunt Test marshal shall be chairman of the committee which shall also deal with any complaints.
7.1.2 The group staging the event must provide an efficient organization to conduct the mechanics of the test. To this end, there must be adequate and appropriate equipment.
7.1.3 The Field Committee must be attired appropriately at all times in dark hunting attire and will wear distinctive badges printed to indicate their office.
Revised January 23, 2005