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Event: Northern Virginia Brittany Club Hunt Test
Date: 10/14/2007

Finally, some proper autumn weather for a hunt test. The NV Brittany Club's all-breed pointing dog test was held at the McKee-Beshers preserve.
First brace of the day, and handler enters the master bird field with his Weimaraner.
 
First brace of the day, and handler enters the master bird field with his Weimaraner. Image ID: 16-001000

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The gunners and a handler hash out how to handle a difficult bird position. The Weim's already got it all figured out.
 
The gunners and a handler hash out how to handle a difficult bird position. The Weim's already got it all figured out. Image ID: 16-001010

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And up goes the quail, exit stage right. For this brace, one judge is on foot, and the backing handler is down with his dog.
 
And up goes the quail, exit stage right. For this brace, one judge is on foot, and the backing handler is down with his dog. Image ID: 16-001020

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Weim on point, handler eyeing the situation.
 
Weim on point, handler eyeing the situation. Image ID: 16-001030

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The pointing dog stays steady as a gunner moves into position.
 
The pointing dog stays steady as a gunner moves into position. Image ID: 16-001040

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As the Weim stays on point, the handler follows his dog's nose into the cover to kick up the hidden bird.
 
As the Weim stays on point, the handler follows his dog's nose into the cover to kick up the hidden bird. Image ID: 16-001050

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Steady.
 
Steady. Image ID: 16-001060

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These animals are our companions, but they're still predators. Just think of it from a quail's point of view.
 
These animals are our companions, but they're still predators. Just think of it from a quail's point of view. Image ID: 16-001070

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A handler, with prop-shotgun in hand, kicks up a quail in front of his shorthair, a gunner, and a judge.
 
A handler, with prop-shotgun in hand, kicks up a quail in front of his shorthair, a gunner, and a judge. Image ID: 16-001080

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While the working Weim cuts across the field on a retrieve, his backing GSP bracemate has a patient chat with his handler.
 
While the working Weim cuts across the field on a retrieve, his backing GSP bracemate has a patient chat with his handler. Image ID: 16-001090

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On the sidelines, between braces, this senior citizen is given a chance to retrieve a tossed chukar from the field.
 
On the sidelines, between braces, this senior citizen is given a chance to retrieve a tossed chukar from the field. Image ID: 16-001100

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That was fun! He's found some far more lively birds in crates at the side of the field.
 
That was fun! He's found some far more lively birds in crates at the side of the field. Image ID: 16-001105

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Full points for a good club seal!
 
Full points for a good club seal! Image ID: 16-001110

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This Shorthair slams to a halt as he comes around a bit of cover and picks up bird scent. That "cone" of scent starts at the bird, and gets wider for yards.
 
This Shorthair slams to a halt as he comes around a bit of cover and picks up bird scent. That Image ID: 16-001120

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This Viszla keeps his nose on the bird while his handler works to flush it. Judges and gunners watch carefully.
 
This Viszla keeps his nose on the bird while his handler works to flush it. Judges and gunners watch carefully. Image ID: 16-001130

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That steadiness paid off, and the Viszla makes a nice retrieve right past the judges.
 
That steadiness paid off, and the Viszla makes a nice retrieve right past the judges. Image ID: 16-001140

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Another nice point from a Weim in the brambles.
 
Another nice point from a Weim in the brambles. Image ID: 16-001150

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A handler raises his hand as he calls out to the judges to make sure his Weimaraner's point is being observed.
 
A handler raises his hand as he calls out to the judges to make sure his Weimaraner's point is being observed. Image ID: 16-001160

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In a senior test, the handler is allowed to caution his dog when the pressure's on. The Weim's steady to flush.
 
In a senior test, the handler is allowed to caution his dog when the pressure's on. The Weim's steady to flush. Image ID: 16-001170

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The working dog stays steady as the gunner takes his shot at the bird.
 
The working dog stays steady as the gunner takes his shot at the bird. Image ID: 16-001180

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And it's the perfect hunt test bird shot - cleanly dropping the bird in workable cover at a good retrieving distance.
 
And it's the perfect hunt test bird shot - cleanly dropping the bird in workable cover at a good retrieving distance. Image ID: 16-001190

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Taking up the gunner on his offer, the Weim retrieves the chukar to hand.
 
Taking up the gunner on his offer, the Weim retrieves the chukar to hand. Image ID: 16-001200

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It's hard to believe a pointing dog can catch scent while moving like this, but they do. This shorthair is cornering hard to get back into the cover he thinks hides a bird.
 
It's hard to believe a pointing dog can catch scent while moving like this, but they do. This shorthair is cornering hard to get back into the cover he thinks hides a bird. Image ID: 16-001210

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Two handlers make their way through the last bit of the back course, their dogs out in the cover. She's got her blank gun ready for a flush.
 
Two handlers make their way through the last bit of the back course, their dogs out in the cover. She's got her blank gun ready for a flush. Image ID: 16-001220

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The mounted judges are twenty yards behind, watching how the dogs hunt and respond to their handlers.
 
The mounted judges are twenty yards behind, watching how the dogs hunt and respond to their handlers. Image ID: 16-001230

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Out in front of the party, the dogs work the rows of cover. The Griffon is tall enough to see over most of the milo.
 
Out in front of the party, the dogs work the rows of cover. The Griffon is tall enough to see over most of the milo. Image ID: 16-001240

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Once the judges have called time to end the brace's run, it's good form to leash the dogs on the way out of the field. There are usually still birds down that can be used by the next brace.
 
Once the judges have called time to end the brace's run, it's good form to leash the dogs on the way out of the field. There are usually still birds down that can be used by the next brace. Image ID: 16-001250

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With the test over, the course's bird planter fetches his patient Brittany from the truck to work some leftover birds. Bang! Right onto point he went.
 
With the test over, the course's bird planter fetches his patient Brittany from the truck to work some leftover birds. Bang! Right onto point he went. Image ID: 16-001260

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Steady as a rock, watching a quail flush up from the cover.
 
Steady as a rock, watching a quail flush up from the cover. Image ID: 16-001270

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Ol' Luke, here, is very happy to finally get down to real business. The Brittany hunts and points, and then his Lab DNA kicks in once that bird is down in the cover. Still retrieving after all these years.
 
Ol' Luke, here, is very happy to finally get down to real business. The Brittany hunts and points, and then his Lab DNA kicks in once that bird is down in the cover. Still retrieving after all these years. Image ID: 16-001280

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The more predictable field situation just after a hunt test is a great chance for a young hunter to gain some experience. He doesn't get to keep that Parker side-by-side, though, no matter how well he shoots.
 
The more predictable field situation just after a hunt test is a great chance for a young hunter to gain some experience. He doesn't get to keep that Parker side-by-side, though, no matter how well he shoots. Image ID: 16-001290

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By the end of the day, many of the flushed birds have found their way into the woodlines at the edge of the field.
 
By the end of the day, many of the flushed birds have found their way into the woodlines at the edge of the field. Image ID: 16-001300

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