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About Us

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”Conceived By Hunters For Hunters” is both the philosophy and the reality of HRC - The Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. The HRC is the largest nationwide Hunting Retriever organization devoted to perpetuating the hunting instincts in the retriever breeds.

The Dakota Hunting Retriever Club (DHRC), was formed in 2002 by retriever owners who were interested in training their dogs for actual hunting situations. We are a family oriented organization interested in helping each other train our hunting companions. UKC sponsors more hunting dog events than any other organization. UKC gave us the freedom to create the running rules and to run the events the way we know they should be. The United Kennel Club was created in 1898 as a working dog registry.

If you can't wait for hunting season to roll around, or want to learn more about training and have the opportunity to compete in events for a Hunting Retriever Championship title, then this is the club for you!

MOTTO: We are a group of people who are interested in training our own dogs and in helping others be SUCCESSFUL in training theirs. We will have a better dog when opening day arrives!!!

DHRC Is Family Orientated

 We encourage all family members to participate in events and even encourage youngsters to take a shot at handling. We also don't mind family members or youngsters attending the meetings. Everyone has dogs at different levels, and the club treats every member with respect.

UKC Hunt Test Introduction

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What Is A Started Test?

 The Started Hunt will have four tests. Two tests shall be marked water retrieves. Two tests will be marked land retrieves. The Started Hunting Retriever can participate in all four tests regardless of whether or not it passes each test. 

What Is A Seasoned Test?

 The Seasoned hunt will have five (5) tests. These five tests shall consist of at least the following: (1) a double marked land retrieve, (2) a double-marked water retrieve, (3) a walk-up, or tracking, or quartering test, (4) a blind land retrieve, and (5) a blind water retrieve. Part of the test must include a diversion. Failure of a hunting retriever to pass any of the hunting tests will not prevent the hunting retriever from participating in subsequent tests unless the Handler is unsafe in handling a gun. 

What Is A Finished Test?

 

The Finished Hunt will have at least four (4) tests. These four tests shall consist of the following: (1) a multiple marked water retrieve, (2) a multiple marked land retrieve (either or both the multiple marked water retrieve or the multiple marked land retrieve must include an honor), (3) a water blind retrieve, and (4) a land blind retrieve. These blinds may or may not be included in one of the required multiple marked retrieves.

*Part of the test must include a diversion as the dog returns to the retrieving line from a blind, walk-up or return from a marked retrieve. At the option of the Judges, the hunt may include an upland game test. If an upland game test is to be run, this option must be announced in the Club’s Premium if one is used. Failure of a hunting retriever to pass any of the hunting tests will not prevent the dog from participating in a subsequent test unless the Handler is unsafe in handling a gun.

What Is An Upland Test?

Say something interesting about your business here. The Upland Hunt Test will be conducted according to the rules already established in this rulebook for the Finished Hunting Retriever. Plus, the changes or additions to these rules which follow:

1. The Upland Game Test shall consist of a simulated walk-up hunt, a quartering test, and an optional tracking test. The Upland hunting dog must be steady to wing and shot. Honoring of another dog is required. During this test the dog will be required to locate and retrieve game, as the Judges shall direct.

2. Quartering. The dog hunts in a radius ideally 10 to 30 yards to the front of the Handler.

The dog is required to be steady to wing and steady to shot. The dog should immediately return to the previous hunting range upon being called and/or whistle commanded by the Handler. The Handler will shoot the gun (popper), and the gunners may kill the bird. If the dog does not immediately return to the hunting area, the test is failed.

The dog should be eager to hunt all available cover diligently and be under control. The intent of the quartering test is not to demonstrate running a pattern, but to demonstrate a natural tendency to hunt and be under control.

In the Upland Game Test, quartering, tracking and walk-up can all be combined at the discretion of the Judges.

Walk-up. A quiet, unobtrusive reminder to sit is acceptable as the bird flushes or is shot. Great care must be exercised by the Judges that this does not carry over to intimidation. Each Upland Gun Dog must be presented with a minimum of two (2) birds to flush in the quartering test.

Tracking. If the Judges use a drag scented path, it should not be less than forty (40) yards in length nor more than seventy-five (75) yards in length. It should also contain at least one distinguishable change in direction.

What Is A Grand?

The semiannual International Grand Hunts will be scheduled for five (5) days, but due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather, the tests may take longer to complete. The Grand Hunt Committee will make every effort to have the Hunt completed in (5) days. The Grand Hunt Committee will have the power to vary the number of Judges, divide the entry field and run test series simultaneously, and schedule the sequencing of each series accordingly.

The International Grand Hunt will consist of five (5) series of tests. The five series of tests shall consist of the following: Two (2) land series tests consisting of multiple marked land retrieves (either or both of these land series must include an honor and a diversion retrieve). Both land series tests must also include a blind retrieve.

There shall also be two (2) water series tests consisting of multiple marked water retrieves (either or both of these water series must include an honor and a diversion retrieve). Both water series tests must also include a blind retrieve.

The fifth and final test shall consist of an upland game and quartering test series. Failure of the hunting retriever to pass any of the five series tests will prevent it from participating in any subsequent series test.

Events

3/7/2020

Dakota HRC Upland Hunt Test

All day

Hunters Pointe, Humboldt, SD

3/7/2020

Dakota HRC Upland Hunt Test

All day

Hunters Pointe, Humboldt, SD

3/8/2020

Dakota HRC Upland Hunt Test

All day

Hunters Pointe, Humboldt, SD

3/8/2020

Dakota HRC Upland Hunt Test

All day

Hunters Pointe, Humboldt, SD

4/7/2020

Monthly Club Meeting

7pm - 8pm

Cody's Smokehouse, Sioux Falls, SD

4/7/2020

Monthly Club Meeting

7pm - 8pm

Cody's Smokehouse, Sioux Falls, SD

7/25/2020

Dakota HRC B2B Hunt Test

All day

Humboldt, SD

7/25/2020

Dakota HRC B2B Hunt Test

All day

Humboldt, SD

7/26/2020

Dakota HRC B2B Hunt Test

All day

Humboldt, SD

7/26/2020

Dakota HRC B2B Hunt Test

All day

Humboldt, SD

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

 We have regular meetings at Cody's Smokehouse BBQ the first Tuesday of each month.
Cody's Smokehouse BBQ
6401 South Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57108