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Event: DC Weimaraner Club 2008 Spring Hunt Test
Dates: 03/22/2008 - 03/23/2008

A cold, damp spring weekend (perfect!) for this all-breed pointing dog hunt test. We got a few shots in between other activities at the event.
A cold grey morning, but these two handlers are looking forward to their runs.
 
A cold grey morning, but these two handlers are looking forward to their runs. Image ID: 19-001000

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Since we're in the gallery, and it's sleeting and snowing, and we're waiting for the judges, let's amuse the dogs with some portraiture.
 
Since we're in the gallery, and it's sleeting and snowing, and we're waiting for the judges, let's amuse the dogs with some portraiture. Image ID: 19-001010

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Pointing dogs often pose well - perhaps it's actually related to their pointing and honoring urges.
 
Pointing dogs often pose well - perhaps it's actually related to their pointing and honoring urges. Image ID: 19-001020

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Now, a bit more snow kicks in. Spring in Pennsylvania.
 
Now, a bit more snow kicks in. Spring in Pennsylvania. Image ID: 19-001030

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Down at dog altitude.
 
Down at dog altitude. Image ID: 19-001040

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Di, a young Brittany pup, is hot on the trail of a recently deceased chukar partridge that's been placed in the cover behind the club house. She gets it, Di does.
 
Di, a young Brittany pup, is hot on the trail of a recently deceased chukar partridge that's been placed in the cover behind the club house. She <i>gets it</i>, Di does. Image ID: 19-001050

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… closer …
 
… closer … Image ID: 19-001060

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Ah hah!
 
Ah hah! Image ID: 19-001070

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And in a flurry of old weeds, mom tosses the chukar off in a simulated flush.
 
And in a flurry of old weeds, mom tosses the chukar off in a simulated flush. Image ID: 19-001080

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Good girl!
 
Good girl! Image ID: 19-001090

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Great smelling feet.
 
Great smelling feet. Image ID: 19-001100

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One more time. That chukar body's a bit too big for a pup's mouth, but that's a sturdy wing joint.
 
One more time. That chukar body's a bit too big for a pup's mouth, but that's a sturdy wing joint. Image ID: 19-001110

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Style can come later.
 
Style can come later. Image ID: 19-001120

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Grandpa
 
Grandpa Image ID: 19-001130

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Grey Ghost
 
Grey Ghost Image ID: 19-001140

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A German Shorthair, anxious to get going on the Junior Hunter course.
 
A German Shorthair, anxious to get going on the Junior Hunter course. Image ID: 19-001150

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Ed and Moxie heading back from the Junior course.
 
Ed and Moxie heading back from the Junior course. Image ID: 19-001160

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Veteran judge Mike (left) and his intrepid apprentice.
 
Veteran judge Mike (left) and his intrepid apprentice. Image ID: 19-001170

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Moxie
 
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Moxie, in stylish retro Black & White
 
Moxie, in stylish retro Black & White Image ID: 19-001190

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Her good side? They're all good.
 
Her good side? They're all good. Image ID: 19-001200

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Good girl. Thanks for indulging the photographer.
 
Good girl. Thanks for indulging the photographer. Image ID: 19-001210

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Dennis and one of his charges head for the Junior break-away.
 
Dennis and one of his charges head for the Junior break-away. Image ID: 19-001220

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Two handlers and their dogs spend a moment together on the line before the judges send them off onto the Junior back course.
 
Two handlers and their dogs spend a moment together on the line before the judges send them off onto the Junior back course. Image ID: 19-001230

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And of they go.
 
And of they go. Image ID: 19-001240

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In the Junior test's bird field, the two handlers try to keep their dogs working different areas of the field. One judge watches each dog.
 
In the Junior test's bird field, the two handlers try to keep their dogs working different areas of the field. One judge watches each dog. Image ID: 19-001250

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Working the treeline that borders the Junior bird field.
 
Working the treeline that borders the Junior bird field. Image ID: 19-001260

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Hunting instincts kicking in at a hunt test: staying close to the woodlines into which the quail have been flushing all day.
 
Hunting instincts kicking in at a hunt test: staying close to the woodlines into which the quail have been flushing all day. Image ID: 19-001270

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Dennis pays attention to some pointers from Kristen, but that Weim only has eyes for those two quail, inches away in her bird bag.
 
Dennis pays attention to some pointers from Kristen, but that Weim only has eyes for those two quail, inches away in her bird bag. Image ID: 19-001280

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Dances With Birds
 
<i>Dances With Birds</i> Image ID: 19-001290

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Running a by-dog to fill out a Junior brace.
 
Running a by-dog to fill out a Junior brace. Image ID: 19-001295

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An unusual father-son handling team are running a Pointer on the Junior course. Here, the Junior dog and the Junior Handler or working on casting off.
 
An unusual father-son handling team are running a Pointer on the Junior course. Here, the Junior dog and the Junior Handler or working on casting off. Image ID: 19-001300

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An unorthodox flushing method.
 
An unorthodox flushing method. Image ID: 19-001310

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Another bit of play-by-play from Dad.
 
Another bit of play-by-play from Dad. Image ID: 19-001320

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Heading into the thicket to flush a quail in front of his staunch Pointer.
 
Heading into the thicket to flush a quail in front of his staunch Pointer. Image ID: 19-001340

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A good flush! Everyone is pleased, except perhaps the quail.
 
A good flush! Everyone is pleased, except perhaps the quail. Image ID: 19-001350

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A great run. Much was learned, all around.
 
A great run. Much was learned, all around. Image ID: 19-001360

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The secret hand signs of the Brotherhood Of The Pointer Handlers.
 
The secret hand signs of the Brotherhood Of The Pointer Handlers. Image ID: 19-001370

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Another find on the trail back from the Junior course.
 
Another find on the trail back from the Junior course. Image ID: 19-001380

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With both dogs simultaneously pointing the same bird, gunners and both handlers quickly approach the situaion. The judges will rule on which dog should work the bird.
 
With both dogs simultaneously pointing the same bird, gunners and both handlers quickly approach the situaion. The judges will rule on which dog should work the bird. Image ID: 19-001390

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A classic hunt test flush. The dog watches as the bird goes up, the handler swings his prop gun (per the rules), and the two gunners he's placed at either side make sure the bird is retrievable.
 
A classic hunt test flush. The dog watches as the bird goes up, the handler swings his prop gun (per the rules), and the two gunners he's placed at either side make sure the bird is retrievable. Image ID: 19-001400

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With the bird away, and trusting the gunners, this handler is looking back to his Weim to make sure he's steady.
 
With the bird away, and trusting the gunners, this handler is looking back to his Weim to make sure he's steady. Image ID: 19-001410

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And again, on his next find. The dog takes on a subtle cautionary gesture from the handler while the guns take care of knocking the bird down.
 
And again, on his next find. The dog takes on a subtle cautionary gesture from the handler while the guns take care of knocking the bird down. Image ID: 19-001420

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The Weimaraner's reward for showing such steadiness is a chance to do a nice retrieve. The gunners turn their backs to the dog so that it's clear to whom that bird should be delivered.
 
The Weimaraner's reward for showing such steadiness is a chance to do a nice retrieve. The gunners turn their backs to the dog so that it's clear to whom that bird should be delivered. Image ID: 19-001430

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A two-month-old Shorthair pup takes in the sights and sounds.
 
A two-month-old Shorthair pup takes in the sights and sounds. Image ID: 19-001440

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We spend a few minutes with Lynn Fair as he works with a stellar new addition to Team Buck Hollow.
 
We spend a few minutes with Lynn Fair as he works with a stellar new addition to Team Buck Hollow. Image ID: 19-001450

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She still has those puppy-ish curves and an evolving build. Pointing beautifully.
 
She still has those puppy-ish curves and an evolving build. Pointing beautifully. Image ID: 19-001460

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Indeedy.
 
Indeedy. Image ID: 19-001470

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Some high speed cornering…
 
Some high speed cornering… Image ID: 19-001480

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… and stretching it out.
 
… and stretching it out. Image ID: 19-001490

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Reaching.
 
Reaching. Image ID: 19-001500

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You'd squint some too, going through the weeds at that speed.
 
You'd squint some too, going through the weeds at that speed. Image ID: 19-001510

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A look at some rear joints movement . . .
 
A look at some rear joints movement . . . Image ID: 19-001520

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. . . and the front end.
 
. . . and the front end. Image ID: 19-001530

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A happy attitude.
 
A happy attitude. Image ID: 19-001540

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Buck Hollow Airlines
 
Buck Hollow Airlines Image ID: 19-001550

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A nice way to wrap up the morning.
 
A nice way to wrap up the morning. Image ID: 19-001560

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