UKC Forum Member
Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
OK Allen I got one for your poll scenario. Happened to me so I'm looking for clarification.
While hunting in a patch of woods in Indiana I might add, cast cannot get all dogs treed at the same time, so some cast members have to keep recasting in and around the same woods for an hour and 15 minutes or so.
So now here is the scenario; 2 dogs treed, 2 dogs at large. While scoring these two dogs tree, one of the two dogs at large (judges dog) comes in to the judge while he is shining this tree. The judge handles his dog, and is prepared to minus his strike points. One of the two handlers of the dogs we are scoring say's the judge is scratched for handling his dog with it not being on a tree. I explained that I handled my dog within 20 feet of the tree as it had come in to me (thinking I would take my minus) in an effort to save some time to go make another drop in a new set of woods.
This man seemed emphatic that he was correct and since my dog was looking pretty sorry anyway, I scratched myself and continued to judge the cast. Was It wrong or right to have scratched my dog in that situation, with my dog not treeing on this tree but being caught by it's handler within 20 feet of this tree??
I would simply like to know the official answer so that if/when I ever get in that situation again, I will know how to handle it. I didn't put a question on the card, but did ask my master of hounds when I returned to club house, and this master of hounds agreed with me. Having said that I'm a master of hounds too, but wasn't absolutely certain on the proper way to score this situation, but rather than cause a big disruption, I simply scratched my own dog, and continued to complete the cast. Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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