GUN DOG CLUB - OFFICIAL TRIAL RULES AND FORMAT
ANNUAL NORTH DAKOTA PHEASANT CHAMPIONSHIP
Chairman: Rick Schaefer
to be held 13 mi SE of New England, North Dakota DRAWINGS: 4:00 PM
day prior to trial.
By submitting an entry form, each entrant certifies that he has read
and agrees to abide by these field trial rules.
There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone at any
time on field trial grounds.
2. No guns are to be loaded until given the signal, and are to be
unloaded in the field as soon as the time is up.
3. No person shall run in the field.
First violation will result in warning.
Subsequent violations – 10 pt. Penalty each violation.
4. All handlers must be in the pit at the conclusion of the previous
brace. Each entrant is
expected to clean their own birds.
6. No bird may be shot on the ground. A handler may pick up a bird
and throw it if it cannot be flushed.
No points awarded for pointing or finding a dead bird not
shot by handler.
7. If any situation or problem arises not covered by these rules,
the decision of the field trial committee and judges is final.
8. There is to be no training of your dog within one mile of the
trial grounds during the event.
Entrants are encouraged to run their dogs on field trial
grounds before first brace to flush any wild birds from the field.
You may walk your dog on lead only.
9. If you have a bitch in season, contact the registration table
immediately. These dogs will be run with another female. Bitches in
season will be scratched from the Pheasant Championship, entry fee
10. Field trial committee can rearrange running order. If you are
not at the line for your brace, you will be scratched, no refund.
11. No training devices allowed on entered dogs.
12. Decision of field trial officials is final
13. If a bird is marked (seen on the field), the marked bird cannot
be worked by any dog for three minutes.
14. In the case of interference by the other dog or handler, dog who
first points bird will receive points for the point/flush, killed
bird, and retrieve. Pointing
dog must point bird to score.
15. Contestants MUST wear orange hat and vest. Officials may
remove any person for safety violation. No refunds.
16. In the case of aggression by a dog while in the field, the
obvious aggressor will receive one warning unless physical contact
is made. If physical contact is made or aggression continues,
that dog may be ruled off the field by the judges. No refunds.
17. Dogs may substituted in runner order because of injury or
illness, however, a dog originally drawn to run at one time, may not
be substituted to run at a different time, unless ordered by the
18. 60 minutes per brace of two competing dogs.
19. Flushers and pointers may compete in the same brace.
20. Dog must work bird to score shot or retrieve for handler.
21. Championship series to be run at conclusion of Pheasant
Championship series. Six high point dogs will run in one hour
semifinals. Top two semifinal winners will run in one hour
finals to determine Champion and runner-up.
22. Contestant may call "safety" if shot would
endanger dog or people. Dog shall receive full score for
23. Pheasant Championship limited to first 24 entries.
24 For safety reasons, only factory loaded shot size 7 1/2 or
smaller shot size may be used. No shot size four or six to be
25. If dog bumps or flushes bird out of shot gun range,
bracemate will receive 12 points.
26. Dog must be in bounds on the point or flush to receive
27. 12 birds released per brace of two dogs. Except 14
birds released for first brace
28. THE OBJECT OF THE TRIAL IS TO REWARD THE DOG THAT WILL
PRODUCE THE MOST BIRDS FOR THE HUNTER.
a. 10 points per bird pointed or
flushed within gun range
b. 10 points per bird flushed, killed
c. 4 points per bird retrieved by dog
d. 7 points for honoring bracemate
point (pointing dogs) or honoring flush
(flushing dogs). Scored once per brace on first opportunity
e. Tie breaker only: 1 point
for every minute under 60, hunter bags fourth bird.