The York Retriever Field Trial Club is a small self help organization dedicated to dogs and specifically the retrieving breeds.
 

 


CKC HUNT TESTS

As per the CKC

The purpose of a hunt test for Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles is to test the merits of, and evaluate the abilities of these dogs in the field in order to determine their suitability and ability as hunting companions. Hunt test should simulate as nearly as possible, the conditions met in a true hunting situation.


JUNIOR HUNT TEST

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Junior Hunter" (JH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Junior Hunt Test in 3 CKC approved hunt tests.

In Junior Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested on 4 single marks: 2 on the land and 2 on water.

Test distances should not normally exceed 68.5 metres (75 yards) and no retrieve shall exceed 100 yards..

•    A leash, line or slip cord may be used to steady the dog at the line.

•    No dog shall wear a collar while making a retrieve.

•    Dogs must deliver to hand, failure to do so will result in a fail.

 

SENIOR HUNT TESTS

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Senior Hunter" (SH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test in 5 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Junior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Senior Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test at 4 CKC approved hunt tests.

In Senior Hunter Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations, which include:

  • 1 land blind
  • 1 water blind
  • The blinds may be run as a double blind 1 placed on land and 1 placed  on water.
  • 1 double land mark
  • 1 double water mark
  • An upland hunting test. 

The dog shall be required to locate birds as in typical upland hunting and within gun range of the handler.  The dog may be urged to hunt or handled to maintain his range and position. The bird(s) must be placed in cover within the test area.

When located, the birds must be retrieved by the dog to the handler. Dead birds shall be used. 

At least one of these situations should include a walk-up.

The judges shall establish distances on the land and water but no retrieve should normally exceed 100 yards and under no circumstance shall exceed 125 yards.

A Senior Hunt dog must retrieve to hand.

Dogs shall be required to honor a working dog at least once.

Diversion shots shall be used.

  

MASTER HUNT TESTS

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Master Hunter" (MH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 6 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Senior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Master Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 5 CKC approved hunt tests.

Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations as follows:

  • Multiple land marks.
  • Multiple water marks
  • An upland hunting test with flush
  • A land blind (s)
  • A water blind (s).

 There shall be at least 3 series.

Diversion birds and/or diversion shots must be used at least once.

Poison birds may be used in the Master test.

The word multiple means more than one, although triple marks are encouraged.

 Natural hazards, obstacles, hunting equipment and implements should be utilized to a somewhat greater degree than in the Senior Hunt Test.

A Master Hunt dog must honour at least once.

The judges shall establish test distances but no retrieve should normally exceed 100 yards and under no circumstance shall exceed 125 yards.

A Master Hunter must be steady and must deliver to hand.

A controlled break in Master must be scored “0” in trainability, except in an upland test.

The dog must be steady to shot and shall be disqualified if it is not.

 

 

GRAND MASTER HUNTER TITLE (GMH)

 In order to receive the CKC Title of "Grand Master Hunter" (GMH), a dog must have earned a "Master Hunter" title and acquire qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test in 10 CKC approved hunt tests.

NOTE: Qualifying scores that were used to acquire the dog’s Master Hunter title do not count towards the 10 required qualifying scores for the Grand Master Hunter.

 

National Master Hunter Title (NMH)

In order to be recorded as a National Master Hunter must have qualified at a National Master Hunt Test stake.  This stake shall be run not more than once in any calendar year

The National Master Hunt Test stake shall consist of the following:

  • Two series of multiple land marks
  • Two series of multiple water marks
  • A minimum of two blinds and a maximum of three blinds on land
  • A minimum of two blinds and a maximum of three blinds on water
  • An upland test
  • An honour on land and an honour on water

 The word multiple means more than one, although triple marks are encouraged.

 Natural hazards, obstacles, hunting equipment and implements should be utilized extensively.

Handlers must shoulder or carry an empty shotgun or a reasonable facsimile on all marking tests.

 *Please refer to your CKC Hunt Test rulebook for detailed information regarding all hunt test stakes. 

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CKC Hunt Test Comparison Chart

Tests

JH

SH

MH

 

 

 

 

Tests per stake

4 single marks:

-2 on land

-2 on water

-1 land blind

-1 water blind

-1 double land marks

-1 double water marks

-1 upland hunting test

At least one of these situations should include a walk-up.

-Multiple land marks

-multiple water marks

-an upland hunting test

- a land blind(s)

- a water blind(s)

There shall be at least 3 series.

Diversion birds and/or diversion shots must be used at least once.

To line on lead

Yes

No

No

Steady

Lightly held

Yes

Yes

Honour working dog, off-lead

No

Yes

Yes

Touch dog during test

Yes, gently guide by leash

No

No

Recast

1, if dog w/in 15 ft of line

 1, if dog w/in 15 ft of line

No

Talk while dog is working

Kept to a min, on return

 No

 No

Handle

Yes, 1 mark only

Yes

Yes

Cover type

Light/heavy

Light/heavy

Med/heavy

Length land mark

Not>75 yds, never > 100 yds

Not>100 yds, never > 125 yds

Not>100 yds never > 125 yds

Length water mark

Not>75 yds

Not>100 yds, never > 125 yds

Not>100 yds, never > 125 yds

Decoys

Yes

Yes

Yes

Duck calls

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hold firearm

Yes, empty, only once

Yes, empty, carry or shoulder 2 or 3 times

Yes, empty, carry or shoulder 2 or 3 times

Walk-ups

Judges choice

Yes

Yes

Hidden guns

Yes

Yes

Yes

Blind retrieves

No

Yes

Yes

Handlers/gunner

Camo/dark

Camo/dark

Camo/dark

# tests to title

3

5, 4 if have JH

6, 5 if have SH

Retrieve to hand

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

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