UKC Forum Member
Registered: Feb 2007
Location: Pomeroy, Ohio
Originally posted by John Fults
If the judges are too weak to minus dogs for babbling, what makes you think these same weak judges are going to scratch these dogs?? The problem is simply, the judges!! If Iím judging, and a dog is struck on a babble, Iíll minus the dog in a heartbeat! If the handler donít agree, he can question it, and ask for a vote!
The problem is right there, figuring out whether a dog is babbling based on limited exposure to said dog. I've hunted 50 years and I have a female right now that I can't figure out when she is tracking and when she is loose mouthing. IF she gets her coon treeing down she will be a handful in a competition hunt but right now with all that running of the mouth she sure isn't that fun to pleasure hunt. I have another female that I know isn't babbling but a person sure wouldn't think that she wasn't on some nights when coon have been on the ground and she strikes tracks right at your feet that other dogs can't even smell.
AKC has the right rule, or at least close to the right rule, to at least take a lot of the guess work out of it. I think it should be dogs barking in the last 10 or 15 seconds as a dog could easily shut up for 5 seconds on a track.
A. Strike Points
1. One set of strike points as follows: 100 points
for dog declared struck first; 75 points second;
50 points third and 25 points fourth. All dogs
must be loose and competing in order for first
strike of 100 points to be awarded. If dog(s) are
re-struck after being scored plus, minus, circle
or deleted they may only be struck back in for
25 points unless all dogs are competing for 100
2. One (1) minute time to be kept each time dog(s)
are released. No dog to receive strike points
during that minute unless immediately followed
by a tree call. Fifty (50) strike points will be
recorded for dog(s) barking within the last five
seconds of the minute. Remaining dogs, when
struck receive 25 points. This rule will only be
in effect when all dogs are loose and competing
for 100 strike points. The judge will count aloud
the last five seconds of the minute and announce,
ďminute is up,Ē and will indicate which dogs are
struck and recorded for 50 strike points if any.
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