C O N T E N T S

FEATURES

BILL TARRANT
A look at "the Godfather of the Hunting Retriever"


THE FIRST H.R.C. HUNT
At Ruston, Louisiana, enthusiasm and entries (113 dogs!) were both high. The Hunting Retriever Championship was born, and with it a chance for hunters to "hunt to the gun" to test their retrievers and to improve them.

LEAD SHOT vs. STEEL SHOT
New light is shed on old controversy.

FORMING NEW H.R.C. CLUBS
The nuts and bolts of how to do it.


DEPARTMENTS

EDITORIAL - Hunting Pardners                     Andy Johnson


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Honor to Whom Honor is Due                                                                   Omar Driskill
SECRETARY'S CORNER - The Responsibility of Judging Hunting Retrievers                                Bob Rathe
FIRST ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
FALL H.R.C. HUNTS
U.K.C. ATTENDS HUNTERS RIGHTS MEETING
BOOK REVIEW: Hey Pup, Fetch It Up

COVER
The black Lab, Mac Beau's Beau, owned by Chris Macy of Fort Wayne, Indiana, doing what he was bred to do.


EDITORIAL STAFF

Publisher ...................................... United Kennel Club, Inc.
Editor ............................................................ Andy Johnson
Managing Editor .......................................... N. M. Bronner
Contributing Editor ...................................... Thomas Miller
Contributing Writers ..................................... Omar Driskill
.......................................................................... Dave Duffey
............................................................................. Bob Rathe


FOUNDING OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

President
Omar Driskill
Simsboro, LA

Vice-President/Secretary
Bob Rathe, Jr.
Covington, LA

Vice-President, Treasurer
Chris Kilgore
Ruston, LA

Founding Directors

Judge William Berlat
Tuscon, AZ

Jim Culbertson
Wichita, KS

Wayne Johnson
Westlake, LA

Chip Rainwater
Ruston, LA

Delmar Smith
Edmond, OK

Terry Smith
Decaturville, TN

. HUNTING
PARDNERS

EDITORIAL

The long awaited newsletter is here. This being the first, required much work and thought and the support of many dedicated people. To those we owe many thanks.

The purpose of this publication is to support and promote our Hunting Retrievers whether it is in the licensed Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. hunts or through better breeding and training practices or in a day's hunting.

We have a new program in HRC which has been a long time in coming. The success of it will be in the hands of us who believe in the program and are willing to support it with our best efforts. Every decision that is made should carry with it the underlying thoughts of "Is this for the betterment of the dogs?" "Will it improve the testing program?"

We are entering an exciting time in the history of dogs. We know our dogs can measure up. Can we, their human partners do the same?

Since this publication exists for the Hunting Retriever, your suggestions, articles, and photos are solicited.

It is possible that before January, 1985, there could be a dog in America which holds the title of Hunting Retriever Champion (HR CH). This title will be placed before the dog's name for all of the world to observe and admire. That dog and all those that follow will be the beginning of a great hunting tradition.

I am proud to be a part of it.

Andy Johnson
Editor


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PRESIDENT'S
MESSAGE

"HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE"

What used to be only a dream is now a reality. The Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. was long overdue. For over 30 years your average bird and duck hunter knew that traditional field trials in the United States were way out of hand. Because of this, thousands of great hunting retrievers had gone to their graves leaving no mark of their achievements except in the hearts of their owners.

Before we get carried away with this great reality of H.R.C., we must first pay tribute to one hunter, journalist and retriever enthusiast who made so many of our dreams become that reality. For over 10 years he wrote article after article on what was happening to our hunting breeds.

The in the April, 1983 issue of Field & Stream, his ink was replaced with fire. The nation was blasted with that great article "The Mechanical Dog". Every major magazine's dog author jumped on the band wagon. A national clamor among the press was begun, saying something has got to be done about our hunting dog trials.

Bill Tarrant stood up against the nation for years and now he's being joined by thousands of hunters that are going to make this dream a reality. Bill Tarrant truly is the "Godfather of the Hunting Retriever" movement. The Ruston Retriever Club in Louisiana realized this. In the fall of 1983, we asked Bill to judge at the first National Hunt. He did, and at that event an honor was bestowed on him.

Bill wrote about us. All the dogs running against a standard set of rules, where dogs ran all of the hunting tests in their hunt. Dressed in camo we shot over our dogs and test hunted in a true to life hunting reality. We were learning and working together toward a Finished Hunting Retriever Champion.

By the way, the first ever national event was sanctioned by the U.K.C.

May we take time now and put to print our thanks to the "Godfather of the Hunting Retriever", Bill Tarrant. We love you.

Omar Driskill


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