The Missouri Headwaters Gun Dog Club
Retriever group is pleased to announce our new affiliation
with the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC,
The HRC is a family oriented organization that was
formed with the primary philosophy of
“…conceived by Hunters for Hunters”.
The HRC program takes pride in its efforts to
make their Hunt Tests reflect an actual day’s hunt.
Aside from safety, hunting realism is the number one
goal the judges should be focusing on.
As a participant in an HRC event, the
Handler is asked to wear typical hunting attire.
This means camouflage attire is required if it is a
simulated duck hunt, or white if it is a simulated snow
goose hunt (etc.).
With the exception of the started level, the handler
is also required to shoot from the line.
This involves the proper handling of a shotgun where
the handler will “shoot” each bird as it reaches the top of
its arc, and the dog is to mark the fall by watching the
direction of the gun swing.
We use empty primer hulls to ensure safety and
protect the hearing of the participants and their dogs.
The HRC is affiliated with the United
Kennel Club, and offers (5) different titles; the Started
Hunting Retriever (SHR), the Hunting Retriever (HR), the
Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH), the Upland Hunter (UH),
and the Grand Hunting Retriever Champion (GRHRCH).
The members of our Retriever group also
participate in both AKC hunt tests and AKC field trials as
well. The AKC
hunt tests are similar to the HRC, and offer (3) levels of
testing, and three corresponding titles; Junior Hunter (JH),
Senior Hunter (SH), and Master Hunter (MH).
The AKC field trials are competitive events where
dogs are placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd,
4th, and Jams (Judges awards of Merits).
There are (4) testing levels within the AKC field
trial program; the Open, Amateur, Qualifying, and Derby.
A dog can earn an AKC Field Champion Title (FC), as
well as an Amateur Field Champion titles (AFC).
The qualifying event is am intermediate level for
dogs before they run the Open and Amateur events.
The derby is an event limited to dogs before the age
of two (2).
While many of our members choose to run
many of the venues mentioned, the also tend to be hunters
first and foremost.
So weather your goals for your retriever include one
of the various testing programs mentioned above, or just
developing a devoted and reliable hunting companion, the
Retriever group can help you get their.
Saturday April 9th, 2011 T.E.D.
The video shows HRC Upland
Test of two dogs starting with a walk up and one pigeon and
two pheasants flushes and an honor on the walk up for the
There is a
spectacular leap in the air at a flushing pheasant from
"Dennis" the yellow lab in the video and well worth watching
towards the end of the video.
Missouri Headwaters Gun Dog Club will be hosting
an HRC (Hunting Retriever Club) Upland Hunt Test April
5th & 6th at the club's training property near Three Forks
Montana. For this event we will be planting pheasants
chuckars for $70 a dog. The premium link below will have the
details of this event. There is a youtube video link to
check out if you have never ran this type of event before
and a link to the general rules as well below. This event is
open to any hunting dog breed, retrievers, spaniels etc.
Please forward this email onto folks that might be
interested in an upland hunting test scenario.
Premium PDF link:
2014 Hunt Premium
HRC Upland Test General Rules link:
Hunting Retriever Club general link:
Youtube Video Example:
If you'd like more information about the HRC or AKC
retriever programs, or would just like to know about any
training opportunities, please feel free to contact one of
the board members listed below.