Rules Document

 

Challenge:

 

1.     The “Rush” Challenge is comprised of one (1) competitor and one (1) hunting dog. This team will have 2 runs of 10 minutes per run to safely harvest a maximum of six (6) birds. Each run will have three (3) birds planted in a field for the dog to locate and handler to harvest the birds. Once the three (3) birds are located and retrieved back to handler’s hand the time will stop. Field size will be approximately 5 acres. Six shells are allowed per run.  The following species of birds may be used: chukar, quail and or pheasants.

2.     The “Banded Hustle” Challenge is comprised of three (3) hunters and up to three (3) dogs. This team will have 40 minutes to safely harvest a maximum of 24 birds and delivered the birds back to the judge. The field will be approximately 25 acres. No shell limit will apply. The following bird species may be used: chukar, quail and/or pheasants.

 

General:

1.     Electronic collars are permitted.

2.     Competitors cannot run a check cord or leash on their dogs during the competition run.

 

 

 

Scoring “Rush” Challenge:

1.     Twenty (20) points are awarded for every bird harvested and returned to the handler.

2.     No points are awarded for shot birds that are not retrieved within one step to handler’s hand.

3.     No points will be awarded for pointing division dogs that do not point for three (3) seconds and handler proceeds to harvest.

4.     No points will be awarded for partial retrieves.  Retrieves not delivered to within one step of the handler's hand.

5.     Full points will be awarded for shot birds that land in a place that the dog cannot retrieve due to safety of the dog and/or an obstacle.

6.     No points will be awarded for trapped or caught birds in the pointing division

7.     Full points will be awarded for a safety.

8.     Non-performing birds will be awarded full points.

9.     Points will be accumulated from both runs minus the time of both runs for total score. Example ( 5 birds x 20pts = 100pts - 5 min. 35 sec. Total Ultimate Hunting Score (UHS) is 94.65).

10.  High score wins event.

11.  Event scores will accumulate for the team-of-the-year champions in pointing and flushing divisions.

 

 

Scoring “Banded Hustle” Challenge:

1.     Fifty (50) points will be awarded per bird that is bagged and given to judge.

2.     Time will stop when last player exits the event field.

3.     Score will be 50 points per bird minus time equals total score. Example (20 birds x 50pts = 1,000pts - 30 min. 30 secs.  Total Ultimate Hunting Score (UHS) is 969.30 points

4.     High point score wins event.

5.     Event scores will accumulate for points leader of the year.

 

Timing “Rush” Challenge:

1.     Time will start when handler starts each run and will stop when handler has third bird in hand or when maximum time ends.

2.     Time will be recorded in minutes and seconds.

3.     Once the hunt has begun, the clock can only be stopped at the discretion of the judge.

 

Timing “Banded Hustle” Challenge:

1.     Time will start when the first hunter enters the field.

2.     Time will stop when last hunter exits field or maximum time is reached.

3.     Once the hunt has begun, the clock can only be stopped at the discretion of the judge.

  

 

Pointing Division Rules:

1.     Dog must locate and point bird for three (3) seconds.

2.     Handler will let judge know verbally or by raising a hand when dog goes onto point.

3.     Handler has to stop and not proceed to dog once the handler calls out point.

4.     Once judge counts to 3, the judge will notify handler to flush bird.

5.     Pointing dog that traps or catches bird will not receive credit for bird.

6.     Dog and handler must stay steady for 3 seconds while on point.

 

Flushing Division Rules:

1.     A flushed bird is a bird that takes flight due to the dog’s actions.

2.     A flushing dog must flush or cause the bird to take flight for bird to be counted.

3.     A flushing dog may trap or catch bird and return bird to handler for credit.

 

“Banded Hustle” Challenge Rules:

1.     All hunters must stay inside of boundaries.

2.     Dogs can be pointing and or flushing dogs.

3.     Pointing dogs do not have to point for any time frame.

4.     Hunters may carry as many shells as they deem necessary.

5.     Time starts when first hunter enters field.

6.     Time ends when last hunter exits field or maximum time limit.