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Event: Mason-Dixon GSP Club Hunt Test
Dates: 03/18/2006 - 03/19/2006

Upland Life spent a little time at the Mason-Dixon GSP Club's annual spring hunt test, held at the McKee-Beshers wildlife management area along the Potomac River near Poolesville, MD.
The Mason-Dixon club's road sign shows the way to the event grounds at Maryland's McKee-Beshers preserve.
 
The Mason-Dixon club's road sign shows the way to the event grounds at Maryland's McKee-Beshers preserve. Image ID: 1-001000

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Two handlers talk with a judge while they prepare to send their dogs out for a leg of their Junior Hunter titles.
 
A warm Spinone and smiling handler head out of the Master bird field. Image ID: 1-001100

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Handlers get some course guidance from the judges that will observe their brace of dogs.
 
Handlers get some course guidance from the judges that will observe their brace of dogs. Image ID: 1-001101

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Handlers have one last chance to remind their dogs who's in charge.
 
Handlers have one last chance to remind their dogs who's in charge. Image ID: 1-001102

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A GSP and a Vizsla break away from the line for their junior test.
 
A GSP and a Vizsla break away from the line for their junior test. Image ID: 1-001103

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A double point during a junior hunt test.
 
A double point during a junior hunt test. Image ID: 1-001104

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A handler kicks for the bird her junior Vizsla is pointing.
 
A handler kicks for the bird her junior Vizsla is pointing. Image ID: 1-001105

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A handler signals the junior hunt test judges that her dog is on a point.
 
A handler signals the junior hunt test judges that her dog is on a point. Image ID: 1-001106

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Gunners and bird planters chat while waiting on the sidelines for a brace of master dogs to enter the bird field.
 
Gunners and bird planters chat while waiting on the sidelines for a brace of master dogs to enter the bird field. Image ID: 1-001107

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A German Shorthaired Pointer launches into the bird field during a master hunt test.
 
A German Shorthaired Pointer launches into the bird field during a master hunt test. Image ID: 1-001108

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A GSP moves through the sorghum with a purpose.
 
A GSP moves through the sorghum with a purpose. Image ID: 1-001109

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A GSP shows a fine 30-yard back during a master hunt test. Display a higher-resolution version of this image to see what the backing dog is seeing.
 
A GSP shows a fine 30-yard back during a master hunt test. Display a higher-resolution version of this image to see what the backing dog is seeing. Image ID: 1-001110

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It's not what it looks like! The handler (who stays very much on her feet), holding a prop gun, has just kicked the Chukar up for the gunner. The other handler is staying low and out of the way.
 
A handler kicks up a chukar partridge for the gunner. Image ID: 1-001111

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A pointer gently retrieves a wounded chukar.
 
A pointer gently retrieves a wounded chukar. Image ID: 1-001112

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A pointer, with a happy spring in her step, speeds her retrieve.
 
A pointer, with a happy spring in her step, speeds her retrieve. Image ID: 1-001113

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Thunder the GSP locks up stylishly while pointing a chukar in the edge of a sorghum strip.
 
Thunder the GSP locks up stylishly while pointing a chukar in the edge of a sorghum strip. Image ID: 1-001114

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A Weimaraner quarters the bird field during a master hunt test. The blaze orange cape keeps him highly visible to handler, judges, and gunners.
 
A Weimaraner quarters the bird field during a master hunt test. The blaze orange cape keeps him highly visible to handler, judges, and gunners. Image ID: 1-001115

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A master Vizsla retrieves a chukar to hand.
 
A master Vizsla retrieves a chukar to hand. Image ID: 1-001116

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A Vizsla puts the 'waaay back' in backing.
 
A Vizsla puts the 'waaay back' in backing. Image ID: 1-001117

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A Vizsla quarters out in front of his handler.
 
A Vizsla quarters out in front of his handler. Image ID: 1-001118

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Master shorthair bracemates are independently working the bird field.
 
Master shorthair bracemates are independently working the bird field. Image ID: 1-001120

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An Irish setter frisks on the hunt test grounds before her junior test.
 
An Irish setter frisks on the hunt test grounds before her junior test. Image ID: 1-001121

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The McKee-Beshers pavilion is the hub of the M-D GSP hunt test activity.
 
The McKee-Beshers pavilion is the hub of the M-D GSP hunt test activity. Image ID: 1-001122

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A hunt test judge has words with his single-minded mount. By day's end, that mule will have walked the course many times.
 
A hunt test judge has words with his single-minded mount. By day's end, that mule will have walked the course many times. Image ID: 1-001123

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Ah, steadiness. A Vizsla's senior handler is able to take his time walking up to the flush because he's been able to trust that dog to hold her point for over 10 minutes.
 
Ah, steadiness. A Vizsla's senior handler is able to take his time walking up to the flush because he's been able to trust that dog to hold her point for over 10 minutes. Image ID: 1-001124

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A Brittany quarters the bird field after a long run through the master test back course.
 
A Brittany quarters the bird field. Image ID: 1-001125

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A Brittany clears a line of knocked-down sorghum as he quarters through a master hunt test bird field.
 
A Brittany clears a line of knocked-down sorghum as he quarters through a master hunt test bird field. Image ID: 1-001126

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A Pointer runs through a sorgum patch.
 
A Pointer runs through a sorgum patch. Image ID: 1-001150

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Pointer and mom watch the bird field from the sidelines.
 
Pointer and her mom watch the senior bird field from the sidelines. Image ID: 1-001128

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Stella contemplates the camera.
 
Stella contemplates the camera. Image ID: 1-001130

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A handler softly cautions his shorthair, who has hit on a point while passing a bird to his side.
 
A handler softly cautions his shorthair, who has hit on a point while passing a bird to his side. Image ID: 1-001129

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A GSP shows his field-trialing family heritage and covers the master field at a brisk pace.
 
A GSP shows his field-trialing family heritage and covers the master field at a brisk pace. Image ID: 1-001131

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A shortair uses his powerful build to easily clear a dense tangle of briars as he works a hedgerow.
 
A shortair uses his powerful build to easily clear a dense tangle of briars as he works a hedgerow. Image ID: 1-001132

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A GSP makes for his objective - the cover provided by a stripe of beat-down sorghum - at full throttle. His whiter coat helps him stay cool (and more visible) in strong sun.
 
A GSP makes for the cover at full throttle. Image ID: 1-001133

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A handler and his steady shorthaired companion watch as a gunner takes down a just-flushed chukar.
 
A handler and his steady shorthaired companion watch as a gunner takes down a just-flushed chukar. Image ID: 1-001134

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A shorthair retrieves a just-shot chukar. He moves right past the gunner, and brings the bird to his handler's hand.
 
A shorthair retrieves a just-shot chukar. He moves right past the gunner, and brings the bird to his handler's hand. Image ID: 1-001135

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A nice back, one shorthair coming across another already on point.
 
A nice back, one shorthair coming across another already on point. Image ID: 1-001136

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A liver shorthair stretches out on the run.
 
A liver shorthair stretches out on the run. Image ID: 1-001137

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A brace of shorthairs dash through a tree line between fields.
 
A brace of shorthairs dashes through a tree line between fields. Image ID: 1-001138

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