Its not counted as a "handle" Every one thinks its a "handle" Its a mark down on "marking"! No where on our judges sheet does it say handle..
As a judge your judging
1. Marking ability and memory
3. Hunting desire
5. Hunting style
He stubled the bird.. Needs to show better marking ability on the next birds
MARKING ABILITY AND MEMORY
The Judge must score on whether the retriever truly
marked and remembered the bird, or if it merely stumbled
upon it while wildly running around the field. Also, a
retriever that must be handled to a marked fall does not
demonstrate marking ability. Serious faults, which would
be grounds for failure, would include:
1. Failure to find a bird;
2. Throwing an object to aid the dog; and
3. Excessive handling to marks that the retriever
should have seen.
The Judge should score a retriever lower for poor
marking, repeated handling on marks, leaving the hunt
area, and disturbing too much cover
"Some people pride themselves on how far they can shoot ducks others pride themselves on how close they can get them. I'm an other!!! "
John Stephens RNT
HRCH Wilson's Grand Priarie Pintail "Sprig"