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HRC 2019 Judge Test On-line

The 2019 HRC Judge Test may be taken by completing the form below and hitting the submit button. This is an open book test. It is helpful to most people to first print out a copy of the test and use the 2019 HRC Rulebook to carefully choose your answers. You can then come back to this form and complete it.

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Please read the following information and Instructions carefully before beginning the 2019 Judge Test.

All HRC Judges are required to take the new Judge Test when it is published in January in odd numbered years as part of the requirements to keep their Judge License active.

The next new judge test will be in 2021. You will need to take it by 4/30/21.

For current judges who did not take the 2019 test by 4/30/19, your HRC Judge License is expired. Please contact the HRC Admin Secretary for reinstatement request information.

Instructions: This is an open-book test based on the 2019 HRC Rulebook.

You may consult with your Field Representative or another Judge if you are unsure of any question. However, you must be the one who completes the test.

You will recieve the results of your test (pass or fail) immediately after you click the "Submit" button.
The results are also recorded by the website and are accessed by the Admin Secretary for recording in your file and the data base. You may print out your test results page for your records, but you do not need to send a copy to the Admin Secretary.

You must answer a minimum of 15 questions correctly to obtain a passing ‘C’ grade.
If you fail the test, it will be noted in your judge record and you will be allowed to retake the test.
If you fail a second time, you will be required to wait 30 days and your license will be placed on ‘hold’ status until the test is completed with a passing grade.

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(Please select your answers carefully and check the entire document before you submit the test)

1. There is a collective limit of twelve (12) dogs per handler at licensed hunt tests and eight dogs per handler at upland tests.

2. For Grand Hunts, handlers are permitted to handle an unlimited number of dogs.

3. Judges, hunt marshals, gunners, bird boys and handlers must wear hunting clothes.  Hunting clothes worn must be harmonious with the hunting environment, such as camo if waterfowl and dove hunting, or white clothing if snow goose hunting.

4. The Started Hunting Retriever is required to be steady at the retrieving line and may be hand held to achieve steadiness.

5. The Seasoned Hunting Retriever can be sent a maximum of one time for each bird.

6. Shot flyers can be used in the Started test.

7. If a designated gunner is being used in a test, the individual serving as gunner must be 18 years of age, have completed a hunter safety course, and approved by the judges of the test where being used.

8. The Started test is designed to assess the ability of the dog to follow the flight of the shot bird to the area of the fall and its ability to go directly to the area of the fall, retrieve the bird, and return it to the handler.

9. A Seasoned dog that is sent on a blind and "pops" (stops and looks for a command without being told to do so) shall be penalized.

10. In a Seasoned test, judges should look for the dog that walks obediently to the line, sits obediently, and exhibits an attentive attitude.

11. In the Seasoned test, the dog is expected to show reasonable control on return from a retrieve. The diversionary bird should be thrown in the direct return path of the dog so it can be clearly seen.

12. In the Seasoned test a dry shot popper shall be fired in the direction of the blind while the dog is at heel prior to running the blind retrieve.

13. The Seasoned handler must keep the hunting retriever on lead when going to the retrieving line but the dog may be off lead when returning from the retrieving line.

14. A Finished Hunting Retriever may be required to honor another dog during the blind retrieve.

15. In the Finished test, when bird boys and gunners are hidden, neither an attention getting shot or shots, or duck or goose calls may be used before the birds are thrown.

16. The maximum distance that can be used for marks and blinds in a Finished test is 100 yards.

17. The Finished Retriever may be failed for a controlled break and may be failed for excessive and consistent creeping.

18. Safety should be the judges' main concern in setting up the most realistic hunting test.

19. The Finished blind must be included in one of the required multiple marked retrieves.

20. If the Judges suspect a retriever is injured while running a hunt test, they should allow the handler to evaluate the retriever as to its condition to complete the test. If it is determined the retriever can continue, it should be moved back three (3) positions and given a rerun.


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