U.K.C. ATTENDS HUNTERS
RIGHTS MEETING

FRED MILLER
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. 

United Kennel 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.

 


FORMING NEW
HRC CLUBS

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. CH.) 

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.

The 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.

 


.MEMBERSHIP
INFORMATION

The 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.

The 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. 

Your 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".

Membership 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 part:

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 similarly disposed.

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 complaint. 

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 become problems.

"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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