Out on a Limb
December marks the first big month of qualifiers for the UKC World Squirrel Dog Championship. Between December, January and February there are some 13 qualifiers scheduled so hope everyone is making plans to attend. Remember, you have to place in the top ten at a qualifier to be eligible to hunt in the World Championship which will be held March 9 and 10 in Edinburgh, Indiana.
One thing to keep in mind is that some of the qualifying dates will actually be qualifiers in both the AM and PM rounds. But remember, once a dog is qualified, it is not eligible to hunt in any more qualifiers for that year; that means that should a dog get qualified in the AM. It cannot hunt in the PM round. That is very important.
The reason for the restriction has less to do with getting more dogs qualified than it does the championship points schedule for qualifiers.
Similar to coonhound RQEs, the squirrel dog WQEs feature a bonus points schedule of championship points; that’s because all dogs are drawn out regardless of category. So in theory, it’s harder for Open or Champion dogs to win their cast knowing they might be drawing out with a Grand. If a registered category dog places first through third, it receives a first place win. If they place fourth through tenth, they receive credit for a third place win. Similarly, if a squirrel Champion dog places anywhere first through tenth, they receive a Champion win towards Grand.
This is the main reason that dogs cannot hunt in another qualifier once they are qualified; it is to protect the integrity of the Champion degrees, which is very important. Think about it this way. What would a Grand Champion degree be worth if you could obtain one by placing tenth at five different qualifiers? Correct … not much. But please help spread the word because the last few years there has been some confusion as to whether or not a dog could hunt in another qualifier once qualified.
This will be our third year in a row returning to the headquarters of the Johnson County Houndsmen at the Johnson County Horse Park near Edinburgh, Indiana. Ask anyone who has attended the last two years and I’m sure you will hear favorable reviews. Make plans now to attend and start thinking about getting qualified.
Come March, you’re going to want to be there. I’m going to include a tentative list of WQEs with this column so that you can make plans to attend the one nearest you. This is a tentative list, that means you must check the UKC Upcoming Events List to make sure the event was confirmed before you drive a long way to attend. The event must be confirmed and listed in the Upcoming Events List or it will not be licensed.
December 2011 and January 2012
Tentative WQE Schedule:
December 3, Mid State Coon Hunters, Alabama; Fort Vallonia Coon Hunters, Indiana; Red Hill Houndsmen, South Carolina.
December 12, Central Michigan Sportsman Club, Michigan; Bacon Creek Cur Feist Club, Kentucky; Wayne County Coon Hunters, Indiana;
January 7, Ohio River Hunters Ass’n, Ohio; Newton County Rabbit and Coon Hunters Club, Indiana;
January 27, Clifty Creek Cur Feist Club, Indiana.
By Todd Kellam, United Kennel Club
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