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Event: Mason-Dixon GSP Club 2007 Fall Hunt Test
Dates: 09/22/2007 - 09/23/2007

We heard there'd be a little something different at this year's MDGSP event: pheasant on the ground for the Master Hunt Test dogs.
Better than a cup of coffee: a handler in the first brace flushes up a rooster in front his dog and a gunner on the Master course.
 
Better than a cup of coffee: a handler in the first brace flushes up a rooster in front his dog and a gunner on the Master course. Image ID: 15-001000

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Very next point, it's another pheasant. The handler's watching his dog as the nearest gunner works on the bird.
 
Very next point, it's another pheasant. The handler's watching his dog as the nearest gunner works on the bird. Image ID: 15-001010

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Pat drops a flushing pheasant like a stone. The previous bird can be seen hanging from his hip.
 
Pat drops a flushing pheasant like a stone. The previous bird can be seen hanging from his hip. Image ID: 15-001020

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Pat wades through the grass back to the gunner's station, two pheasants on board. That shotgun over his shoulder is breached, which allows anyone in the field to see that it's safe.
 
Pat wades through the grass back to the gunner's station, two pheasants on board. That shotgun over his shoulder is breached, which allows anyone in the field to see that it's safe. Image ID: 15-001030

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This rooster was bumped up by a hunting dog, and shots were pulled. He was last seen headed over the tree line with a tailwind helping him along.
 
This rooster was bumped up by a hunting dog, and shots were pulled. He was last seen headed over the tree line with a tailwind helping him along. Image ID: 15-001040

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Dan keeps an eye on the steady Shorthair he's handling as a quail flushes up from the cover.
 
Dan keeps an eye on the steady Shorthair he's handling as a quail flushes up from the cover. Image ID: 15-001050

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The Weimaraner's watching that chukar launch, but he stays put.
 
The Weimaraner's watching that chukar launch, but he stays put. Image ID: 15-001060

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The angles are deceptive from the gallery - but one gunner has a safe shot, and the other does not. The most important thing a gunner does is choose not to raise that gun.
 
The angles are deceptive from the gallery - but one gunner has a safe shot, and the other does not. The most important thing a gunner does is choose not to raise that gun. Image ID: 15-001070

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Cackling roosters, barking dogs, distant shotguns, clomping horses - nope, it just doesn't matter yet to this future junior handler having a nap in the gallery.
 
Cackling roosters, barking dogs, distant shotguns, clomping horses - nope, it just doesn't matter yet to this future junior handler having a nap in the gallery. Image ID: 15-001080

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A classic hunt test gunning configuration. And no, nobody in the gallery caught any pellets.
 
A classic hunt test gunning configuration. And no, nobody in the gallery caught any pellets. Image ID: 15-001090

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A shorthair delivers a pheasant to his handler, and will get a nice mouthful of water to wash out those smaller feathers. Good boy!
 
A shorthair delivers a pheasant to his handler, and will get a nice mouthful of water to wash out those smaller feathers. Good boy! Image ID: 15-001100

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The shorthair is steady, closer to the feet of the left-hand gunner, and the handler has just kicked up a quail in front of the other.
 
The shorthair is steady, closer to the feet of the left-hand gunner, and the handler has just kicked up a quail in front of the other. Image ID: 15-001110

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And the gunner with the better shot provides the dog with his retrieve.
 
And the gunner with the better shot provides the dog with his retrieve. Image ID: 15-001120

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The senior/master test judges leave the bird field and head to the line to meet the next pair of handlers.
 
The senior/master test judges leave the bird field and head to the line to meet the next pair of handlers. Image ID: 15-001130

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Two handlers trail their dogs into the bird field.
 
Two handlers trail their dogs into the bird field. Image ID: 15-001140

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A nice point! Handler and gunner walk in to work the bird.
 
A nice point! Handler and gunner walk in to work the bird. Image ID: 15-001150

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And a nice retrieve! Out of some thick cover, and right to hand.
 
And a nice retrieve. Out of some thick cover, and right to hand. Image ID: 15-001160

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A Weimaraner and a Pointer bump up a chukar while quartering the field. Both stopped to flush.
 
A Weimaraner and a Pointer bump up a chukar while quartering the field. Both stopped to flush. Image ID: 15-001170

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In a senior test, judges may tell the backing dog's handler to crouch with the dog and keep it steady while the other handler flushes up a bird. Here, that other handler's reminding his dog to stay put as that bird rises.
 
In a senior test, judges may tell the backing dog's handler to crouch with the dog and keep it steady while the other handler flushes up a bird. Here, that other handler's reminding his dog to stay put as that bird rises. Image ID: 15-001180

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And the backing dog is kept collared through the other dog's retrieve.
 
And the backing dog is kept collared through the other dog's retrieve. Image ID: 15-001190

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A chukar jumps up right in front of a handler and gunner.
 
A chukar jumps up right in front of a handler and gunner. Image ID: 15-001200

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Sometimes things can play out immediately in front of the judges.
 
Sometimes things can play out immediately in front of the judges. Image ID: 15-001210

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Clearing a row of milo.
 
Clearing a row of milo. Image ID: 15-001220

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A little artistic license with a GSP shot that suffered from distance. He's just stopped to flush.
 
A little artistic license with a GSP shot that suffered from distance. He's just stopped to flush. Image ID: 15-001230

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A moment on the sideline near the gunner's station to shoot a classic upland still life.
 
A moment on the sideline near the gunner's station to shoot a classic upland still life. Image ID: 15-001240

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On the junior course, a Pointer and a Gordon Setter break away.
 
On the junior course, a Pointer and a Gordon Setter break away. Image ID: 15-001250

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As they approach the bird field, the brace has separated a bit. One judge stays with each handler.
 
As they approach the bird field, the brace has separated a bit. One judge stays with each handler. Image ID: 15-001260

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The junior test's back course takes the dogs along a woodline, past crop rows, and through lots of stimulating cover.
 
The junior test's back course takes the dogs along a woodline, past crop rows, and through lots of stimulating cover. Image ID: 15-001270

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By mid-day, the sun was intense and dogs were getting hot. This Pointer's not discouraged at all, but will have a harder time scenting in the heat.
 
By mid-day, the sun was intense and dogs were getting hot. This Pointer's not discouraged at all, but will have a harder time scenting in the heat. Image ID: 15-001280

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In weather that hot, the shade is a much more comfortable place to lock up on a bird.
 
In weather that hot, the shade is a much more comfortable place to lock up on a bird.v Image ID: 15-001290

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Another view - this pup's not moving a muscle.
 
Another view - this pup's not moving a muscle. Image ID: 15-001300

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Another cool customer on a hot day.
 
Another cool customer on a hot day. Image ID: 15-001310

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