Flushing Rules

Rule 1; Definitions:
Sec 1: Acted On: Acted on is when a handler fires his gun at a bird for the purpose of bagging it.
Sec 2: Bagged Bird: A bagged bird is a bird that has been shot or trapped, retrieved and in the possession of the handler or the judge. If a bird escapes from a competitor’s control and is no longer in his / her possession during the brace; it is no longer considered ‘bagged’. If on the third bird the clock will be restarted and the competitor must either find and replace this bird back in his/her bag while the clock is running or find, harvest and retrieve an additional bird to meet the requirement of the event or until the allocated time has elapsed; whichever comes first.
Sec 3: Designated Shooter (DS): A Designated Shooter is a person Designated or Approved by the Field Marshal, Trial Host or Trial Committee to shoot for a handler. Designated Shooter may not assist handler in any way. The Designated Shooter’s sole purpose is to shoot for the handler.
Sec 4: Designated Walker (DW): A Designated Walker is a person Designated or Approved by the Field Marshal or Trial Committee to walk for an injured or physically challenged handler.
Sec 5: Field Marshal: A field Marshal is a person appointed by the trial committee or host to oversee a particular field(s). A Field Marshal has the authority to make rulings on changing of running order and to oversee the overall proceedings of the field he/she has been assigned too. Also, should ensure that no birds are bumped from the field while the bird planter is planting the field.
Sec 6: Illegal Dog: Is a dog that enters into a field in which the dog is not assigned too.
Sec 7: Ineligible Dog: Is a dog that does not meet the registration requirements of the UFTA By-laws or that has been suspended from UFTA events, or that is running under an assumed name. EFFECT: Immediate disqualification of the dog and handler.
Sec 8: Interference: Any dog or person not assigned to the field in which the run is taking place enters into that field and distracts the legal dog in any way. Or flushes a bird from the field, or in the judgment of the judge, hinders the legal dog in any way will be considered interference.
Sec 10: Re-runs: A re-run is an aborted run, which is to be started over. On any re-run a handler cannot better their time from when the re-run was awarded but the score can be improved.
Sec 11: Retrieves: There are two kinds of retrieves, a full retrieve and a partial retrieve.
a) A full retrieve is worth 10 points and is awarded when a dog brings the bird(s) back to within one step of the handler.
b) A partial retrieve is worth 5 points and is awarded when a dog only partially brings a bird back to the handler. To be scored as a partial retrieve, the dog has to have the bird in its mouth and make an attempt to bring the bird to the handler (the dog must make a complete step with at least one foot)
Sec 12: Running: The definition of running is the handler, the designated walker or designated shooter not having at least one foot on the ground at all times while competing.
Sec 13: Safety: A safety can be called by the handler, DS, or the judge. A safety is called only when the dog, judge, gallery, or personal property would be in peril if the handler would choose to shoot.
Sec 14: Time Limit: A UFTA field trial will be run with a Twenty (20) minute time limit for the singles division (both Open Shooting Flushing Dog and Amateur Shooting Flushing Dog).
Sec 15: Trapped Bird(s): A bird is trapped when a dog places it in its mouth and has enough control to retrieve it to the competitor. A bird can be in or out of its nest for this to occur. The competitor must not move after the dog has the bird in his mouth until the retrieve is complete for full retrieve points.
Sec 16: Trial Grounds: The field trial grounds are 7-12 acre fields with mown or fixed boundaries with either fence or flags or some other approved markings to clearly mark out of bounds areas. Trial grounds may be larger if approved in advance by the Board of Directors or State Director.
Sec 17: Walking: The definition of walking is a handler, designated walker or designated shooter having at least one foot on the ground at all times while competing. The cadence of the walk should be heel - toe, heel – toe.
Sec 18: Player Conduct: All competitors and those affiliated with a competitor agree to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike and socially responsible manner. Competitors will not engage in behavior that damages the image of the UFTA. All competitors agree to refrain from behavior or language that might be perceived as threatening or offensive. Competitors will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with another teammate, judge, competitor, sponsor, attendee or UFTA representative at anytime. All competitors agree not to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health or safety of themselves, another competitor, spectator, attendee, UFTA representative, host or dog at any time. All competitors agree to respect and support the decisions or rulings as administrated by an official, host, marshal or other UFTA representative. All competitors understand that they are financially responsible for all fees and costs associated with competing and being a member of the UFTA. All competitors agree that they are required to be punctual and on time for posted brace times in order to maintain the schedule of a competition. All competitors agree not to use alcohol or other controlled substance unless prescribed by a physician prior to or while competing. All competitors agree that they will abide by the definition and expectations of Player Conduct as it is outlined above. Failure to do so will be subject to immediate disciplinary action up to and including the following: Verbal warning -- Score penalty (time added or point deduction) -- Disqualification (from the brace or competition) -- Suspension --Banishment
Sec 19: Illegal Shell: Only 2 3/4 inch shells will be allowed for 16 gauge and larger bore guns. 20 gauge and smaller bore guns may use 3-inch shells. Maximum size shot is six (6) shot for ANY gun. NOTE: Some facilities or clubs may allow only smaller shot than six (6) shot, example, 7 ½, 8 or 9 shot.
Sec 20: Spectator: Any person’s observing a competition, even if that person’s is a competitor in an event. Spectators are there only to observe and should not attempt to interfere with or manipulate the outcome of a competition. Those determined to be in violation of the above may be removed from the grounds and subject to banishment from future competitions. It is our intent to make the UFTA competitions as enjoyable as safely permissible for as many as possible. However, should this privilege be abused by the spectator, we reserve the right to revoke it immediately. Spectators will never be allowed to influence the outcome of a competition.
General - The Field Trial
Note: During competition, at no time can any handler, DW, or DS in any division use any communication devices which includes but is not limited to; cell phones, radios, transmitters, flags, signs, etc. This will be considered un-sportsmanlike conduct and grounds for immediate disqualification.
Sec 1: Open Shooting Flushing Dog division: Is open to any flushing dog and consists of one handler and one dog. The Open Shooting Flushing Dog Division will compete in two (2) twenty (20) minute runs. The two scores will be added at the end of the trial for one total score. The total score of the two runs will determine the order of finish. The Open Shooting Flushing Dog Division will be a three (3) Bird Run unless otherwise approved by the Board of directors prior to the start of the trial. EXCEPTION: more than one hunter may be in the field if the handler is utilizing the Designated Walker or the Designated Shooter. All rules and penalties of the Designated Shooter and Designated Walker apply.
Sec: 2: Open Doubles Flushing Dog division: The Doubles event consists of two (2) hunters and one (1) dog. This team will hunt for six (6) birds that are either chukar or quail. Combinations of these are permissible as long as the same combination and quota are used for all competitors, even if birds still remain in the field from the previous competitor. Two shells are allowed per bird planted for competitors, but they are not allowed to share the quota of shells.
Sec 3: A dog can compete only one time per division per trial. However, the dog may compete in more than one division per trial.
Sec 4: Scheduling of run times will be determined by a witnessed blind draw. No competitor should run back to back braces.
Sec 5: All fields must be flushed each morning prior to the event by dogs that are not scheduled to compete in that field during the event whether its one or two days
Sec 6: Lack of knowledge of the rules will not be grounds for protest. Any situation not covered in this rule book will be considered bad luck for the competitor. Manipulating the rules in a way they were not intended will not be tolerated.
Sec 7: The field trial grounds are 7-12 acre fields unless larger fields are approved by the State Representative or Board of directors that are clearly marked with fixed or mown boundaries. Fence, flags, paint can mark boundaries or mown strips or any other method approved by the UFTA Board of directors.
Sec 8: Any female dog in season must be run last. Handler must make the trial committee or field marshal aware of this. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of the dog. Females in heat may be subject to a bitch check to verify heat status.
Sec 9: Trial Chairman, his/her immediate family or employees may compete in their own trials.
Sec 10: Trial committee members may compete for the cash and prizes, as well as the trophies and the points.
Sec 11: All dogs must be registered with a traceable pedigree. (Proof must be made available on request) NOTE: If handler does not have the proper registration papers on hand. The handler has 7 days from the end of the trial to supply proper papers or any placements will be forfeited, and all prize money and prizes must be returned. EFFECT: Penalty for failure to return prizes and/or prize money will be the indefinite suspension of the offender until said prizes and/or prize money is returned.
Sec 12: The UFTA will not under any circumstances tolerate poor sportsmanship, mistreatment of a dog, unsafe handling of a firearm, alcohol or drug use or any other act that is un-becoming of a gentleman or a lady or that is a detriment to the Field Trial Game.
Sec 13: A field trial must be set at least 21 days in advance to be recognized as an official trial.
Sec 14: An Open field trial consisting of Open Flushing Division only must have 6 entries 48 hrs in advance of the trial to be sanctioned as an official trial. If the trial also has a sanctioned Pointing Division then there is a 4 dog minimum on the number of Flushing dogs required to have the flushing scores sanctioned.
Sec 15: In any trial, a handler can run at least THREE (3) dogs, but otherwise no more than 10% which would allow four dogs in a 35+ dog trial. A maximum of four (4) dogs will be allowed no matter how many dogs are in the division. NOTE: This applies to each division and not the amount of dogs entered into the whole trial.
Sec 16: All Dogs must be kept in gun range to the competitor during their run. Gun range is defined as within 60 yards of the handler. 10 points will be deducted for dogs trapping or pointing out of range.
Doubles Flushing Division
Sec 1: The Doubles event consists of two (2) hunters and one (1) dog. This team will hunt for (6) six birds that re either chuckar or quail. Combinations of these are permissible as long as the same combination and quota re used for all competitors, even if birds still remain in the field from the previous competitor. Two shells are allowed per bird planted for competitors, but they are not allowed to share the quota of shells.
Sec 2: If one team member is waiting on a retrieve from the dog the other team member must also remain stationary as long as the other team member is.
Sec 3: A team member cannot call a safety on his partner.
Sec 4: One team member can shoot all the birds if desired and the bird can be delivered to either team member.
Sec 5: A winner will be declared by completing one (1), twenty (20) minute brace per team to determine the highest score. Ties are broken the same was as Flushing singles. It is acceptable to adjust the time to a fifteen minute brace to accommodate weather, daylight or a modified format.
Sec 6: A competitor can enter a maximum of 4 dogs.
Sec 7: Once a team has flushed 8 birds that have been bagged or left the field the run will end and the time will be considered full time.
Safety
A GOOD, SAFE SHOOT IS ALWAYS the responsibility of the shooter. Failure to display safe shooting or gun handling practices while competing in a UFTA event is grounds for immediate disqualification. This is left solely up to the judgment of the judge, trial host, field marshal or trial committee
Sec 1: No bird in flight may be shot unless it is safe to do so. A safety shall be called for ANY unsafe shooting condition involving potential injury to any person, dog, or personal property.
Sec 2: The handler or judge may call a safety. The final decision as to whether the safety will be allowed will be left up to the judge’s discretion. NOTE: It is possible though NOT LIKLEY for two or more safeties to be awarded if multiple flushes occur and there is no safe shot on any bird. See FLUSHES – Sec: 2 for more information.
Sec 3: Running by any handler, designated shooter or designated walker is prohibited during the field trial. It is the handler’s responsibility to control his/her designated shooter or designated walker from running. EFFECT: The first warning assessed to the handler; zero (0) points will be deducted. For the second warning to the handler a five (5)-point deduction will be assessed. For the third warning, the handler WILL BE DIS-QUALIFIED.
Sec 4: A handler will be awarded a safety if the judge or cameraman flushes a bird out of the field. If the bird stays in the field the handler can immediately hunt the bird but will not be awarded the safety from the 1st flush.
Sec 5: For a third bird safety (or quota ending bird) the time stops when the handler, judge or designated shooter calls safety and the dog is either leashed or the competitor has physical control of the dog (by the collar).
Sec 6: As long as the handler or designated shooter has a shell in his/her gun, a safety can still be awarded.
Sec 7: Handler Safety: a) No bird is to be shot on the ground. b) Blaze Orange Vest; Cap, or Coat must be worn during the trial. c) All guns MUST have the shells removed and the chamber left open at all times except while competing. d) All dogs must be leashed, staked out, in a vehicle or restrained in some manner (approved by trial committee or field marshal) unless competing. e) If the handler must help a dog over or through any obstruction, the handler must give the gun to the judge unloaded, with the chamber open. f) If the handler must leave the trial grounds for any reason during the run, the handler must give the gun to the judge unloaded, with the chamber open. g) Only 2 3/4 inch shells will be allowed for 16 gauge and larger bore guns. 20 gauge and smaller bore guns may use 3-inch shells. Maximum size shot is six (6) shot for ANY gun. NOTE: Some facilities or clubs may allow only smaller shot than six (6) shot, example, 7 ½, 8 or 9 shot..
Sec 8: When a safety is awarded, the shot point (1) will not be awarded .
Sec 9: If the handler shoots and it is not in the direction of the bird in flight, this will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
Scoring
All scorecards must be signed by the handler and by the judge. Scorecards are FINAL and the only additions/changes that can be made to the scorecard once signed is for a mathematical error, or a judge giving a handler credit for something that the dog did not earn. If the handler should have a protest, the handler SHOULD NOT sign the scorecard until a final decision has been reached by the trial committee or field marshal, following the protest. A handler refusing to sign a scorecard after a final decision has been reached by the trial committee or the field marshal shall receive (0) zero points
Sec 1: (0) No points will be awarded unless a bird is produced (bird seen by the judge) If a handler gets no bird work in the allotted time limit, his final score shall be (0) zero.
Sec 2: (2) two points will be awarded for each minute under the time limit. Time is called when the last bird is in hand, and the dog is leashed or held by the collar.
Sec 3: (1) one bonus point will be awarded for each shot bird.
Sec 4: (10) ten points will be awarded for a bird flushed in flight or trapped bird
Sec 5: (5) five points will be awarded for each partial retrieve
Sec 6: (10) ten points will be awarded for each full retrieve. A handler only gets credit for one (1) retrieve per bird
Sec 7: (10) ten points will be awarded for each shell not used (up to a maximum of 2 shells per bird used)
Sec 8: A shell will be counted as used (10 point deduction) if the handler doesn't shoot but still bags a bird (trap or safety)
Sec 9: A shell will be counted as used (10 point deduction) for each time the handler shoots. (shells used). If the shell fails to fire this is considered bad luck and a safety will not be awarded. EXCEPTION: When the judge instructs the handler or DS to take a bird out.
Sec 10: (20) twenty points will be awarded for each bagged bird.
Sec 11: In certain safety violations, the Judge can deduct Penalty points.
Sec 12: A bird may be scored on only one time during the run. If handler shoots a shell while trying to score on the same bird twice the judge will deduct ten (10) points for each time the handler shoots.
Sec 13: Zero (0) points will be awarded for a cold, dead bird retrieved from out of bounds.
Sec 14: A perfect sequence will be awarded for a whole dead bird that is retrieved in bounds.
Sec 15: Zero (0) points will be awarded for any bird shot with an illegal shell.
Sec 16: Ties for first, second, third and beyond will be broken as follows: a) For first place ties time used based on seconds will be used as the first tiebreaker (open division will have both runs times totaled) example: 12 minutes 30 seconds beats 12 minutes and 31 seconds), b)Number of unused shells will be used as the second tiebreaker and c) Number of full retrieves will be used as the third tiebreaker.
Shells
Sec 1: Ten (10) points will be awarded for each unused shell. Each competitor will be allowed two (2) shells per bird.
Sec 2: If no points have been scored for the dog or competitor then no points will be awarded for unused shells
Sec 3: One shell will be used for each trapped bird or safety.
Sec4: If a shell fails to fire, and the primer is dimpled this is considered bad luck and there will be no safety awarded. (Flushing division only).
Birds
The UFTA highly recommends planting One (1) extra bird for the first run (example-on a 3-bird plant, put out 4 birds for the first run) in any single event. The birds must not be planted closer than 30 feet of any boundary line.
Sec 1: A bagged bird must be in-bounds when flushed. If the bird flies out-of-bounds after being flushed from in-bounds, and the dog can flush the bird again, the bird can be shot by the competitor as long as the bird is the same one originally produced in-bounds and the competitor is in-bounds.
Sec 2: If a bird enters into the field of its own accord, this bird is then considered a legal bird.
Sec 3: If a bird is unintentionally pushed into the field by an out-of-bounds dog or if a hunter leaves the field to retrieve an out of bounds dog and accidentally flushes a bird back into the field. That bird becomes a "Marked Bird" and the handler has two options: a) The handler may go directly to the bird and take a six-point deduction. Or b) The handler may keep his dog off of the bird for three minutes and then hunt the bird for a full sequence or bag a different bird then go you can go back to that bird for full points without waiting the three minutes.
Sec 4: No points will be awarded for a cold, dead bird retrieved from out of bounds.
Sec 5: An out of bounds dog may flush a bird that is in bounds.
Sec 6: The whole bird must be completely out of bounds before the bird cannot be scored on. If the bird is standing on or directly above an out of bounds stake, fence or line, that bird is considered to be IN BOUNDS.
Sec 7: Dead Birds are a safety and shall be scored as a perfect sequence. The bird must be a whole bird and in-bounds.
Sec 8: If after attempting to flush the bird to flight the dog catches the bird after or before the bird leaves its nest, the bird is considered a trapped bird and full points for the flush and retrieve will be given.
Sec 9: It is considered un-sportsmanlike for a handler to refrain from calling a dog in from out-of-bounds in hopes of flushing a bird into the field.
Sec 10: Handler or Designated Shooter may not intentionally mutilate a bird. For any bird that is mutilated whether judged intentional or not, the handler or DS must completely pick up all remaining parts of the bird to the judges satisfaction while the clock is running. NOTE: Intentional mutilation could be considered grounds for disqualification
Sec 11: Handlers intentionally cleaning or loading the field by leaving live or dead birds will be automatically disqualified
Sec 12: In all UFTA field trials the bird planters must wear gloves that are free of any scent other than that of the birds
Sec 13: The Judge must wear a vest or have a means of carrying all shot or dead birds for that run. The judge may carry all shot or bagged birds if the handler desires
Sec 14: A handler may not use any objects to assist him/her to reach a dropped bird other than the one step and his arms length to pick up the bird.
Sec 15: A handler may not lie down to reach a dropped bird.
Sec 16: If the twenty minute time limit has expired and a bird has been shot, the handler has a thirty (30) second grace period to complete the retrieve. If the retrieve is not completed within the thirty (30) second grace period, no (0) points will be awarded for neither the bagged bird nor the retrieve.
Sec 17: After the dog has flushed/moved 4 birds that have been bagged or left the field the run will end and the time will be considered full time.
Flushes
Sec 1: Ten (10) points will be awarded for each flushed bird up to the predetermined quota
Sec 2: If a dog flushed multiple birds, flushed bird points will be awarded for only the number of flushes for each shot and bagged bird. Extra shells used will still be counted for un-bagged birds
Sec 3: If a bird is trapped, ten (10) points will be awarded in place of the flush and a shell must be used
Retrieves/Partial Retrieves
Once a bird has been "Acted on" which means shot at OR the bird has been trapped by the dog; the handler must keep one foot stationary at all times to be awarded a full retrieve. The foot that is stationary is a pivot foot and the handler may use this pivot foot to pivot in any direction. In order for the dog to be awarded a full retrieve must bring the bird back to within one step of the stationary pivot foot. If the handler drags his/her pivot foot or moves that pivot foot in ANY manner prior to securing the bird from the dog, or prior to the dog bringing the bird back to within the one step; the handler cannot receive points for a full retrieve.
Sec 1: Ten (10) points will be awarded for each full retrieve up to but not exceeding the established quota of birds. The dog must retrieve the bird to the handler, (if using a designated shooter) the DS must step behind the handler immediately upon shooting the bird.
Sec 2: Five (5) points will be awarded for each partial retrieve. A partial retrieve is defined as a dog not marking the bird and / or not making an attempt to bring the bird back to the competitor within his/her pivot foot. Once the bird has been acted on (shot at) or the bird has been trapped by the dog all participants must remain stationary. EXCEPTION: 1) The designated shooter must immediately step behind the handler.
Sec 3: A competitor must keep one (1) foot stationary after the bird is shot, or once the dog has the bird in his mouth.
Sec 4: If a shot bird falls behind an obstruction that the dog cannot pass safely over or through, the handler may help the dog over the fence and back and receive full points for the retrieval if the dog brings the bird back to within one step of the handler. Once the handler helps the dog over the fence the handler must now remain stationary until the dog retrieves the bird to within one step of the new position. NOTE: The handler is allowed one step from this new position; however the pivot foot must remain stationary.
Sec 5: If the dog flushes another bird during a retrieve in bounds. The handler or designated shooter may move to shoot the second bird with no penalty on the first bird. However, he/she must use the second shooting spot as the stationary position for both birds. If no bird is produced the second shooting spot is still the stationary position for the first retrieve and the handler will be awarded a full retrieve provided the dog completes the retrieve to this new position.
Sec 6: The dog may not bring the bird to the designated walker. This will be scored as a partial retrieve if the handler cannot get the dog to retrieve to him/her or designated shooter.
Sec 7: A handler may kneel down but MAY NOT lie down to retrieve a bird.
Sec 8: A handler MAY NOT lay his gun on the ground during a retrieve. EFFECT: 1st offense the handler or shooter gets a warning. 2nd offense the handler is penalized five (5) points, and third offense the handler is disqualified for this particular run
Sec 9: The handler MAY NOT physically assist the dog other than the one step limit during the retrieve and still receive 10 points for the retrieve. EXCEPTION: The handler may take Golf balls, empty hulls or other safe objects to throw in order to help the dog mark a fallen bird(s). REFER TO RETRIEVES/PARTIAL RETRIEVES: Sec 4 for impassable obstructions.
Sec 10: ABSOULUTLEY NO LIVE SHELLS OF ANY KIND MAY BE THROWN to assist a dog in the retrieval of a bird. EFFECT: An immediate 5-point deduction will be assessed for each shell thrown.
Sec 11: The handler may lift the dog over or through an obstruction such as a fence (electric or otherwise), hedgerow, or any barrier that is impassable by the dog with no deduction in points. However, this new position where the handler assisted the dog is now the position where the handler must adhere to all Rules set forth in Retrieves/Partial Retrieves.
Sec 12: No more than one (1) retrieve may be scored on each bird.
Sec 13: Zero (0) points will be awarded for a cold, dead bird retrieved from out of bounds
Sec 14: If a fence is used to divide fields and a handler or designated shooter shoots a bird the judge must witness the bird had fallen dead in order for the handler or designated shooter to set the dog over the fence to attempt to make the retrieve in the field on the other side of the fence. Once the handler or designated shooter helps the dog over the fence the handler must now remain stationary until the dog retrieves the bird to within one step of the new position.
Sec 15: If the dog flushes another bird during a retrieve in bounds. The handler or designated shooter may move to shoot the second bird with no penalty on the first bird. However, he/she must use the second shooting spot as the stationary position for both birds. If no bird is produced the second shooting spot is still the stationary position for the first retrieve and the handler will be awarded a full retrieve provided the dog completes the retrieve to this new position.
Sec 16: Trees and bushes that are inside the boundaries are considered to be in bounds if the trunk of the tree is on the boundary or inside the boundary (over hanging limbs that are outside the boundary are considered in bounds if the trunk of the tree is in bounds. Over hanging limbs that are in bounds from a tree that is out of bounds are considered in bounds. An acted on bird that lands in or lodges in a tree can be shot again with the penalty of ten (10) points for the additional shell. If the handler or designated shooter must move in order to shoot the bird again a partial retrieve will be scored if the dog makes a retrieve. If the judge witness that the bird had fallen dead in an in or out of bounds tree/object and a retrieve is impossible the handler will receive full points for the bagged bird. If the bird remains alive, the competitor must shoot the bird and if it falls out of the tree, the dog must retrieve the bird to the competitor to receive full retrieve points or the competitor may elect to take a partial retrieve. If the bird dies in the tree but fails to fall to the ground, full retrieve points will be awarded. If a shot bird lands in a tree out of bounds as witnessed by a judge and he/she can determine that the bird is not dead while remaining in the field of competition, the bird avoided being harvested and the hunt should continue. If the judge, under the same circumstances, determines that the bird is dead, full points shall be awarded.
Time
NOTE: During Any UFTA Field Trial, the time will be stopped only at the judge’s discretion.
Sec 1: The judge will record Time used in minutes and seconds. Un-used time is calculated for additional points. Example: For a run of 12 min. 15 seconds the unused time is 8 minutes giving the handler 16 points for the un-used time (previous example was for a 20 minute time limit). The recording of the seconds if merely for tie breaking purposes
Sec 2: Time will be called by the scorekeeper for any of the following: a) The hunter ceases to hunt (no points will be awarded for the un-used time). b) The Time Limit has expired. c) The handler has bagged the established quota of birds. Points will be awarded for un-used time. d) All shells have been used. e) An infraction of a rule, which leads to immediate disqualification. f) During “Sudden Death” run off situations when it is obvious that there is a clear cut winner. g) 4 birds have been removed from the field by the competitor.
Sec 3: If a protest in the field should arise, the judge should note the time and any details of what is being protested and the run should continue. EXCEPTION: When a re-run may or may not be awarded to the handler.
Sec 4: If time must be stopped for ANY REASON, the dog must be immediately leashed. Time is stopped once the dog is on the leash and in control of the handler. When the handler unleashes the dog the time will continue.
Sec 5: Time stops when the handler has bagged the established quota of birds and the last bird is in hand.
Sec 6: Time stops when the handler designated shooter or judge calls safety and that particular bird will give the handler his/her established quota and the dog is on leash or the competitor has physical control of the dog (by the collar).
Sec 7: The run is over and the handler must leash his/her dog.
Sec 8: The dog and/or handler have 30 seconds after the time limit has expired to retrieve, partially retrieve or to find a downed bird. NOTE: To receive full points for the retrieve the handler must adhere to all Rules concerning Retrieves. Refer to Retrieves/Partial Retrieves. The handler may elect to simply pick up the bird and lose his/her retrieval points in order to bag the bird prior to the 30- second grace period expiring.
Dog Handler
Sec 1: It is each handler’s responsibility to be in the blind on time. The decision on how many handlers are to be in the blind is left up to the trial committee.
Sec 2: No electric training collars, combination collars, check cords or any other training device will be allowed during the trial
Sec 3: The dog’s regular collar must not have any kind of prongs.
Sec 4: The handler may not use any outside assistance whatsoever while competing in the trial. This includes help from the gallery prior to or during the run, the Designated Shooter or the Designated Walker. UFTA events are designed for one handler and his/her dog to locate and bag game with their own abilities. EXCEPTION: The handler may use an ATV, Golf Cart or other means of transportation if the handler is physically challenged.
Sec 5: Any participant in a UFTA trial event is required to sign a waiver and release agreement before participating in the trial. This includes among others, handlers, designated shooters, designated walkers, field marshals, judges and bird planters. EFFECT: Sec 1-5: Immediate Disqualification
Sec 6: If a conflict occurs with starting times or fields, the next handler in rotation will be moved up, and the trial shall continue. The UFTA will try to make every attempt to make sure that this does not happen. The handler who had the conflict will move back into the regular rotation as soon as possible. NOTE: Moving ANY handler around in rotation is not grounds for protest. Handlers intentionally stalling to keep from moving back into rotation will be considered un-sportsman like conduct, and the handler may be disqualified.
Sec 7: A Physically challenged or injured handler may use an ATV, Golf Cart or other means of transportation. The trial committee should be made aware of this at least 24hrs a head of the scheduled start time of the trial. The contestant must provide a designated walker (DW) (and must be approved by the field marshal or trial committee). The handler must follow along behind the DW at a walking pace. The DW may be another contestant provided the contestant has no more runs in that field on that day, or the DW may be a Designated Shooter. NOTE: The trial committee or trial host IS NOT responsible for providing an ATV, Golf Cart or other mode of Transportation. However, the trial committee or trial host DOES RESERVE THE RIGHT to approve or to not approve a particular mode of transportation. Physically challenged competitors in their own best interest need to contact the trial committee or host prior to the start of the trial to get their particular mode of transportation approved.
Sec 8: Handlers under the age of eighteen may participate in a UFTA trial as long as the following conditions are met: NO EXCEPTIONS: a. The youth handler must be a paid member (family membership or individual). Must present a current Hunter Education/Safety Course from their state of residence. b. Must have a waiver (Indemnification) which must show the youth handlers name and must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. c. The youth handler between the ages of 14-16 years must have their parent or legal guardian accompany the judge during the course of the trial.
Sec 9: Handlers under the age of eighteen must make it known to the Trial Chairman or Trial Committee that he/she is under the age of 18 prior to the start of the field trial.
Sec 10: All handlers must have an identification card to verify age.
Sec 11: Any handler that gets disqualified for any reason, that trial DOES NOT count towards his/her qualification into the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Designated Shooter (DS)
Sec 1: A designated shooter (DS) is a person that is assigned or approved by the field marshal, trial host or trial committee for the sole purpose of shooting for a handler.
Sec 2: Handlers under the age of eighteen may be a DS as long as conditions for a youth hunter have been met.
Sec 3: The DS may not assist the handler in anyway other than to carry the gun and shoot for the handler. EFFECT: If the DS assists the handler in any way, the judge will score the sequence as a Zero (0) and the bird if still alive will not be score able for the remainder of the time limit.
Sec 4: The handler and DS must walk together
Designated Walker (DW)
Sec 1: A Designated Walker (DW) is a person that is assigned or approved by the field marshal or trial committee for the purpose of walking for an injured or physically challenged handler. The injured or physically challenged handler may ride in golf cart, ATV or similar mode of transportation approved by the field marshal or trial committee. The Handler must follow behind the Designated Walker (DW) at all times and may guide the DW in any means necessary, as long as the DW and the Handler adhere to the official Rule Book of the UFTA.
Sec 2: The DW will carry the gun while the handler rides along behind in an ATV or oter vehicle approved by the trial committee or field marshal.
Sec 3: The DW must walk at all times as defined in DEFINITIONS. EFFECT: The first warning assessed to the handler; zero (0) points will be deducted. For the second warning to the handler a five (5)-point deduction will be assessed. For the third warning, the handler WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
Sec 4: The DW will stop walking when the dog is attempting to flush a bird and wait for the handler to dismount his/ her ATV or other vehicle. The DW will give the handler the gun when it is safe to do so. The DW will then remain with the judge until the sequence is complete and the handler moves on to the next bird or the Time Limit has expired
Sec 5: The DW will not assist the handler in ANY WAY other than to walk and carry the gun for the handler. EFFECT: For giving assistance to the handler: No points will be awarded for the sequence and if the bird is dead or alive, will not be score able for the remainder of the time limit.
Sec 6: Handlers under the age of eighteen may be a DS as long as conditions for a youth hunter have been met.
Re-runs
Sec 1: A re-run is an aborted run that will start over. On any re-run a handler cannot better their time from when the re-run was awarded but the score can be improved. The field will be replanted with the number of birds removed since the beginning of the original run. A reasonable rest period will be granted prior to the re-run. The rest period will be no less than 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes. NOTE: If the handler chooses not to take the rest period and chooses to continue immediately, this will not be grounds for protest once the handler proceeds with the re-run.
Sec 2: If the handler chooses a re-run, he/she must remain in the blind while the replacement birds are being planted.
Sec 3: If ANY dog other than the dog competing in the assigned field, interferes in the field with the competing dog; the handler will have the option of a re-run or to continue the run already started. If the handler continues the run in progress, a re-run will not be allowed. EXAMPLES OF INTERFERENCE: Any dog or person not assigned to the field in which the run is taking place enters into that field and distracts the legal dog in any way. Or flushes a bird from the field, or hinders the legal dog in any way will be considered interference.
Sec 4: A re-run may be awarded for various safety reasons such as but not limited to lightning, darkness or any other incidents that the field marshal or trial committee deems necessary.
Sec 5: A re- run may be awarded for any inconsistencies in scoring or bird quota. Or for a judges error in applying the rules of the UFTA that puts the handler at a disadvantage
Judges
Sec 1: All Judges must be certified and registered by each State Representative or duly appointed official
Sec 2: Judges must be certified by the UFTA or appointed official. Certification is complete once the judge has passed the UFTA OFFICIAL TEST, and has co-judged (with a certified judge) 8 separate runs in the Flushing Singles Division
Sec 3: Judges and Field Trial Committee's have the authority to rule on situations not specifically covered by the rules if The National Rules Interpreter cannot be reached.
Sec 4: The Judge must wear a vest or have a means of carrying all shot or dead birds for that run. The judge will carry all shot or bagged birds
Sec 5: Judges MAY NOT compete in the field in which they are judging until their respective runs in that field are completed for that day.
Sec 6: Judges may use ATV's, Golf Carts, or other means of transportation or they may choose to walk. The decision will be left solely up to the judge.


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