Friday, March 20, 2020Edwards RanchFt Worth, TX
Field Trial/Hunt Test Marshals Besides having a broad background in previous events and familiarity with the mechanics of field trials/hunting tests, the Marshals assist the Chairman when multiple locations are used. The marshal must know the course in order to direct judges and handlers. The marshal is also responsible for control of the gallery. The Field Trial/Hunt Test Committee shall appoint one or more Marshals. It shall be the duty of one Marshal to assist the Judges and carry out their instructions. Other Marshals shall see to it that braces are ready when called as well as making sure the event has: a. Sound and/or communication equipment (if used). b. Adequate directional signs.c. Trash cans. The Marshals shall also:d. Remove signs when event is over.e. Locate sanitary facilities on grounds.f. Locate trash barrels where needed.g. Check arrangement of equipment and birds.h. Contact Judges for requirements and instructions on event.i. Pass on Judges’ instructions to workers, entrants and gallery. j. Control the gallery.k. Watch for litter and police area.l. Supervise bird planter.m. Make food and beverages available for Judges.n. Take shot birds from gunners and dispose of same.o. Act as an announcer for the judges. This includes: 1. Determining from Judges how to handle callbacks.2. Calling dogs to line in order of draw or as requested by Judges. p. Ensure that the following equipment is on hand prior to the commencement of the event: 1. Extra blaze orange vests for handlers if needed. 2. Bird Sacks. 3. Bird bag for planter and extra cloth gloves. The Marshal’s post-event checklist: a. Club equipment is to be returned to Equipment Chairman. b. Bird planters bags/gloves.c. Empty shotguns.d. Sound/communication equipment. e. Signs to be taken down and returned to Equipment Chairman. f. Sanitary facilities removed.g. Trash barrels emptied.
Gun CaptainsThis person is thoroughly familiar with shooting birds under all conditions, addressing both marksmanship and, above all, safety. Effective January 1, 2001, all Committees for clubs offering Field Trials/Hunting Tests must certify that the members of the committee have viewed the AKC gun safety video within twelve months prior to the start date of the event
General Duties and Responsibilities a. Appoints Official Gunners (Retrieving stakes and Hunting Tests) Official Gunners must be: 1. Very safety conscious, and refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during their assignments. 2. Good marksmen. 3. Diligent.4. All gunmen must be at least 21 years of age. 5. Experienced in gunning for field events. b. Makes sure each Official Gunner arrives at the test with the following: 1. Shotgun, break-open (Note: Semi-Automatic Shotguns are prohibited in hunting tests.) 2. Blaze orange vest or coat. 3. Rain gear. c. Arranges for live ammunition to be on grounds.d. Assigns an assistant to each event he/she is personally unable to cover.e. Coordinates relief of assignments and rotation of gunners with Marshals and bird steward.f. Ensures all gunners have viewed AKC’s gun safety video.
Official Guns(Gunners) are Expected to: a. Be on time.b. Wear blaze orange vest or coat with bird bag.c. Keep guns broken open.d. Carry gun in safe manner and position at all times.e. Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.f. Follow Judges’ instructions at all times.g. Never shoot toward Judges, handlers, other gunner or gallery.h. Do not assist the handler or dog, only gun per Judges’ instructions.i. Refrain from ejecting shell or making other movements until dog has been sent to retrieve.j. Pick up spent shells.
k. View AKC's gun safety video prior to day of trials/tests.
Bird Planter This person should be experienced in handling game birds and be thoroughly familiar with bird care requirements, including the proper and humane confinement on the grounds. Most importantly the person must be familiar with the courses and likely hunting objectives for dogs and be capable of planting birds in good locations.
Bird Steward: Duties and Responsibilities a. Selects bird planter(s) with experience in planting birds.b. Assumes charge of birds: Arranges for delivery of birds to event site. Makes sure birds are at the event site.Ensures humane treatment of birds.Supervises disposal of dead birds and clean-up. Conducts sale, if any, of leftover birds.
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