U.K.C. ATTENDS HUNTERS
President, United Kennel Club
On July 21, 1984, Mr. Ben Hardaway III, a well known sportsman and advocate
of hunters' rights, invited a select group of individuals to his home in
Columbus, Georgia, to discuss national problems pertaining to conservation of
game and the protection of the rights of hunters.
We felt privileged to be
include in this select group. Some of those attending were: Warren Cassidy,
Executive Director of the Institute for Legislative Action for the National
Rifle Association; Oliver "Sunny" Peacock, who is a member of the
National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice for the United States Army;
Joe Kurz, from the Game & Fish Division of the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources; John Miller of COONHOUND BLOODLINES magazine; and, John Falcon,
representing the Georgia State Houndsmen's Association.
Mr. Hardaway is an
avid fox hunter and personally supervises the breeding program at his nationally
known strain of foxhounds, known as The Midland Foxhounds.
The meeting again
gave me the opportunity to present the hunters' point of view to Warren Cassidy
of the NRA and encourage their organizations broader support of hunters and
their right to hunt. We're pleased to report that the NRA is broadening their
support nationally. I have been invited to appear before their board of
directors in September to discuss it in greater depth.
Club is very pleased to work with the National Rifle Association on hunters'
rights and hunter related problems. As you know, the NRA is the nation's
strongest supporter of the right to bear arms. I urge you to support the NRA by
becoming a member.
Many people have contacted officers of H.R.C. or United
Kennel Club wanting to know how they may form clubs to eventually hold these
hunts to award points towards the title of Hunting Retriever Champion (H.R.
The officers of H.R.C. have the final approval of
determining when a club event is to be held and when the club is ready to move
from holding Preliminary Hunts to licensed hunts which award points.
first step is to contact United Kennel Club, Retriever Field Operations. We will
return the information to you and forward a copy on to the H.R.C. officers for
coordination. It's that easy.
Hunting Retriever Club is composed of individuals and clubs interested in the
improvement of the retrieving breeds, in the training and testing of Hunting
Retrievers. In the awarding of Championships to those dogs that pass the testing
program, and in the fellowship, coordination and learning that can take place
when people and dogs, rather than competing with each other, are working
together to reach mutual goals of excellence.
hunts have been designated to closely duplicate actual hunting conditions and
situations. The training aspect of the program and the three levels of training
of competition allow dogs and handlers at all levels of experience to learn,
improve and work towards Championships.
membership includes a year's subscription (6 issues) of Hunting Retriever,
a membership card, and a copy of the "HRC Rules for Started, Seasoned
and Finished Hunting Retriever Tests".
fees are $15.00 per year for individuals and $20.00 per year for families. Dues
cover a calendar year and expire on December 31st of that year.
BOOKS IN REVIEW
By ANDY JOHNSON
HEY PUP FETCH IT UP
BY BILL TARRANT
Published by Sun Trails Publishing, Inc.
The book's introduction sets the tone for the entire 500 pages. It reads in
W.C. Fields said, "I never met a drink I didn't like." Will
Rogers said the same thing about men. I say the same thing about dogs. They way
I feel, God proved His love of man when He gave him he dog.
I've been spun around by my fellow man, forsaken by loved ones, used and
discarded by friends. Man has a way of playing a game called, "You play
ball with me and I'll ram the bat up your nose.' I've never met a dog
I've walked cross-country in deep snow late at night and had the company
of a dog I didn't ask to come along.
I've sat alone in a sad house and cursed my fortune while the dog curled
at my feet had a faith in tomorrow I could not find.
I've been hours late getting out a dog's feed pan and never heard a
I've yelled in rage to clear a room of man and best only to see a few
minutes later one black nose and two bright eyes poke around the door jamb to
sense the spell of the room. I but shifted in my chair and the rascal was in my
lap. The man who cleared the room? They may never come back.
Bill Tarrant is one of the best known dog writers in America. He is probably
best known through his articles in Field & Stream which has a monthly
circulation of 2,000,000.
One of the most important lessons a hunting dog must lean is retrieving. The
author feels that "forced retrieving" can solve problems before they
"Force retrieving" is completely discussed and an entire chapter is
devoted to it. This method is used by the famous bird dog trainer, Delmar Smith,
who also illustrates it in the chapter.
Chapter 11 is devoted to introducing the retriever to water and retrieving
from water. This covers young pups to the older dog. Once you have the dog in
water, Mr. Tarrant moves on to "doubles" and "triples".
Chapter 13 and 14 are as are all the chapters profusely illustrated with
photos. These chapters cover the blind and directed retrieving exercises.
Each chapter is filled with tops on the particular lesson you are trying to
teach. Also in each chapter these types of further embellished with Mr.
Tarrant's stories from his years of experience to make the point even clearer.
All sorts of training equipment is shown and discussed from boats for the dog
to shock collars. There is a chapter devoted to first aid and kenneling.
This book covers every aspect of raising, training and hunting your
retriever. If you want a family pet, a hunting partner and a good retriever,
this book will accomplish these goals. It is easy to understand and practical. I
would recommend it for both the first dog owner or the experienced hunter. It's
worth the $24.95 price tag.
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