1. All casts, except Winner's Pack, must hunt the full two hours. Hunting time must be accurately recorded so Master of Hounds can confirm hunting time. Before beginning a hunt, a time deadline for completion of hunt will be announced and posted in plain view of all hunters. Time deadline of hunt and return of scorecard to Master of Hounds will be indicated on front of all U.K.C. scorecards. Four dogs per cast. (Three (3) dog casts may be used in odd dog situations only.) Dog must open before being declared struck. One handler to each dog. Any handler unable to complete hunt must pick up their dog. Judge shall give permission for another handler to complete hunt. Casts are not to be drawn until after entries close at the listed deadline. Those in entry line at deadline will be entered. Authority of Judge begins when he/she is officially designated and receives the scorecard. The authority of the Judge ceases when the scorecard is turned in to the Master of Hounds. * 2. POINT SYSTEM: (a) 100 points for dog that opens first, 75 points second, 50 points third, 25 points fourth. If a dog is turned back in on a track he gets next available position. If all positions are taken he gets 25 points. * (b) Upon completion of track (after rabbit has been circled), first dog through on line to receive 100 points, 85 second, 70 third, 55 fourth. * (c) All dogs struck are to be minused 15 points at each check. First dog to recover the check to be awarded 15 points. No additional points for second, third or fourth dog. (A check is defined as a temporary loss, where none of the declared struck dogs open for a period of one (1) minute.) Start time immediately after last bark. (d) Points, including recovery points, may be split in cases where positions cannot be determined. * 3. POINTS WILL BE PLUS: (a) When dogs strike and circle rabbit and rabbit is seen by a cast member. Majority of cast must be present as Judge scores dogs on speed/drive at point rabbit was seen. (b) If dog(s) catch rabbit, dogs receive Strike and Check points only. (c) One set of points where two or more rabbits are seen on the same line. (d) One set of strike points. In case of split tracks, score first track and recover dog(s) so they may be turned in to dog(s) running split track. However, if rabbit on split track is seen while attempting to score first track, it may be scored. Dog(s) turned in on split track gets next available postion. If all positions are taken, dog(s) get 25 points. * (e) On strike, when rabbit is jumped and seen by majority of cast but goes to hole or place of refuge before completion of circle (cast must make an attempt to locate hole, majority of cast decision) (f) On strike, if dogs are trailing a rabbit that has been seen by the majority of cast when time runs out. * 4. POINTS WILL BE MINUS: (a) If reasonable forward progress is not made within any five (5) minute period. (Reasonable forward progress is defined as a track that is runable by the majority of the pack.) (b) When it is visually evident by the majority of cast that dog(s) quits a trail that is being worked, he will be minused. For second offense, see rule 6(r). Or, if none of the declared-struck dogs open for a period of three (3) minutes, the track will be considered lost and minused. However, if dog(s) goes back on the track, he will get the next available position. (Once a position has been minused it becomes available again. However, a dog cannot be "struck-in" over a dog's position that is being held.) If all postions are taken dog will receive 25 points for going back, but these points will be minused every time he comes out. Dog is not to be tied or encouraged to go back. * (c) Each dog declared struck to be minused 15 points at each "check" but will earn fifteen (15) points back if he is the first to recover the loss. Only the first dog to recover the loss will receive the 15 points. * (d) When majority of dogs are struck in on a track, and all dogs on a particular track are minused simultaneously in accordance with 4(a) or 4(b), draw a line through the original strike points and minus each dog 50 points. Otherwise, dogs are responsible for their called positions. * 5. POINTS WILL BE CIRCLED: Will count neither for nor against dog except when tie is to be broken. * (a) In case of running into hole or place of refuge, a rabbit that has not been seen (cast must make an attempt to locate hole, majority of cast decision) (b) If dog(s) are trailing when hunting time is finished. (c) If Judge has to call time out because of nearness to livestock, building, highway, etc. 6. DOGS WILL BE SCRATCHED: (a) Fighting or attempting to fight during the authority of the Judge. Dog's name, U.K.C. registration number and owner's name will be reported to U.K.C. on Official Hunt report form. No handler will be allowed to scratch their dog to avoid dog from being scratched for fighting. When the aggressive dog is known, scratch the aggressor only. If not known, scratch dogs involved. (Attempting to fight is defined as follows: When dog(s) are interfering with other dog(s) during the authority of the Judge by aggressive behavior.) (b) After the first three (3) minutes of the hunt, for failing to make any attempt to hunt within any continuous five (5) minutes of the hunt (c) If handler refuses to strike his dog. (This rule is to be rigidly enforced.) (d) For running or molesting stock. (Only one offense.) (e) If a handler is drinking or if he seems to want to stir up trouble. (f) Bitches smelling strong enough to attract dogs or a dog that is just bad to bother bitches while other dogs pay them no attention. (g) If dog is continuously silent on trail. (h) For delaying completion of cast for thirty (30) minutes after time out is called in accordance with Rule 7. (i) For running game other than rabbit, even if time is out. (j) For use of any device used to control or locate dog prior to cast completing hunting time. (Locating device may be used during time outs.) (k) If handler hollers at or physically abuses the dog. (l) After the first three (3) minutes of the hunt, any dog that leaves the handler two times babbling, will be scratched. Babbling is defined as when a dog opens three (3) times or has been struck, where no track is evident. (m) Club must set an overall time limit and cast will be scratched for violation. (n) On second offense if handler calls another handler's dog. (o) Dogs hunting over or under advertised time of hunt will be scratched. (p) For backtracking on second offense. (q) For "rough-running","cutting" or "slashing" on track on second offense. (This rule to be rigidly enforced) (r) When dog(s) quits a trail that is being worked, on second offense, providing remaining dog(s) circles and scores its rabbit. (s) If dog has 300 minus points regardless of how many plus points the dog has. 7. TIME OUTS: Judge or majority of cast if hunting Judge is used may call time out in accordance with the following: (a) When dogs are getting on highway, trail onto posted land or trail into a place where there is danger to dogs or hunters. (b) When other hunters get too close. If dogs get with another group of dogs. (c) If new ground must be found to finish cast and more than fifteen (15) minutes is required or have to move to new area by vehicle, call time out immediately. (d) In case of accident or sickness. (e) If cast becomes lost. (f) When dog(s) are trailing and out of hearing distance in different directions. 8. HANDLERS: The handler's duty is to know their dog's voice and nature. Also to advise the Judge of any of the dog's peculiarities before the hunt begins. They must tell the Judge when the dog opens on strike. It is the handler's responsibility to check time and score before signing scorecard. No holes or places of refuge to be disturbed. No rabbits or other game to be killed. Handler is not allowed to call dog in unless instructed by the Judge. Judge will give permission to call in dog to keep pack hunting in the same vicinity. Handlers may give no verbal or hand commands to dog without Judge's permission. All handlers must stay with Judge at all times unless given permission by Judge to leave. Judges to keep handlers and spectators at a distance so as not to interfere with dogs. Scorecard to be carried by Judge and must be scored by Judge in plain view of all. If there is a question, score with a question mark (?) and consult the Hunting and Non-hunting Judge Clarification found in the "Hunt" Information" section of the Official Beagle Rulebook. Situations not questioned and notatated in the field at the time Judge's decision is made will not be considered. 9. JUDGE: The Judges are picked by the sponsors because they believe them to be honest and capable of keeping score as it is given them by handlers. They will show no favors to any dog or hunter and will inform handlers of score and time recorded, if requested. If hunting Judge scratches his dog, he can continue to judge the cast as a hunting Judge, or pass card to another member of the cast. 10. MASTER OF HOUNDS: A Master of Hounds will appointed by the club and be in charge of the hunt. Master of Hounds will hear each viewpoint and have last say. Remember, handler may state his case plainly but if unreasonable, his dog may be scratched by Master of Hounds or Judge. Scorecards must be finished in the field and no changes later except where a question arises and is noted in the field. Master of Hounds must be at the clubhouse at all times. All scores must be posted after the posted deadline or when all scorecards are in possession of the Master of Hounds. Master of Hounds cannot enter a dog in a U.K.C. hunt where he is serving as Master of Hounds. His dogs cannot be entered by a handler. 11. SCORECARDS: Scorecards must be finished in the field and signed by each handler or his dog will be scratched. A scorecard may be signed still with the right of protest. (Changes can only be made by the Master of Hounds.) This rule must be strictly adhered to. Club Secretary must keep scorecards and make them available to contestants or U.K.C. for one year. 12. COMPLAINTS: In the event that a situation occurs during a U.K.C. licensed event involving any question concerning the Rules of United Kennel Club (other than a violation specifically covered by Rule #17) the handler is to go with the Judge and members of that cast to the Master of Hounds as soon as the cast is over and state their case. The Master of Hounds will make a final decision based upon the statement of the case provided by the handler, Judge and other members of the cast. No complaints will be considered by the Master of Hounds after a period of thirty (30) minutes has elapsed from the time that the scorecard has been turned in. If the matter has not been satisfactorily resolved by the decision of the Master of Hounds, a Formal Complaint may be made by any owner or handler of a U.K.C. registered dog entered in the U.K.C. licensed hunt. If a Formal Complaint is made, request a U.K.C. Formal Complaint form from the Master of Hounds and fill it out. It must be turned in to the Master of Hounds not later than thirty (30) minutes after the posted time of deadline for return of scorecards. This complaint procedure does NOT apply to situations arising under Rule #17 that deal with intimidating, threatening or injuring a hunter, Judge, Master of Hounds, Club Official or a U.K.C. Representative. Also, this complaint procedure does NOT apply to alleged irregularity or violation. You should directly contact United Kennel Club, Inc. which will thereafter deal with such situations on a case-by-case basis pursuant to its inherent powers. * 13. WINNERS: (a) The top four (4) cast winners with plus points will advance to the Winner's Pack. Dog must be present when Winner's Pack is assembled. (b) The Winner's Pack will hunt for one (1) or two (2) hours, club option, and will be judged by one (1) or two (2) Non-hunting Judges. (Length of Winner's Pack must be posted prior to entry deadline.) (c) A total of ten (10) places will be awarded for Championship points. First through tenth places to be determined; first, by order of finish in the Winner's Pack. Next, by high point cast winners not advancing to the Winner's Pack. With the exception of the Winner's Pack, all dogs earning Championship points must have a total score of plus points, and win their cast. No Winner's Pack for Champion or Grand Champion casts. 14. TIES: All ties to be broken for U.K.C. points. Dog will win out over other dog; dog that has the least number of minus points; if still a tie, dog that has the most plus strike points; if still a tie, dog that has the most plus speed/drive points; if still a tie, dog that has the most recovery points; if still a tie, dog that has the most circled strike points; if still a tie, dogs will hunt in one hour intervals until tie is broken or flip a coin if all parties agree. * 15. GENERAL INFORMATION: (a) Search and Jump: Dogs to be freely cast and walked in the general direction of the hunt. No hunting in enclosures except in Winner's Pack. After the first three (3) minutes of the hunt, handler must strike his dog when he opens on or before third bark, or be scratched for refusing to call his dog. Dogs to be struck and recorded according to their called positions upon opening. Judge will instruct handlers to call in dog(s) when necessary to keep cast hunting together. Dog(s), not handlers or judges, to search for and jump rabbit. In case of handlers jumping rabbit, hounds may be released on track for split strike points. (b) Speed and Drive: Dogs to pursue rabbit as fast as scenting conditions allow, but must exhibit good line control. Dog(s) observed to be "running rough","cutting" or "slashing" on track will be scratched, see Rule 6(q). Rough running is defined as attempting to run the front of the pack faster than scenting conditions allow or without regard for the actual line. Routinely overshooting turns leading pack mates astray. Cutting is defined as attempting to run the front by leaving the trail to head off pack mates or avoiding heavy cover and other obstacles. Slashing is defined as running in a hit or miss fashion as a result of gambling and without regard for the actual line. Judge to score dogs on speed and drive as rabbit is circled and seen by a cast member. Dogs to be scored as they come through on the line at the approximate location that rabbit is seen. At time rabbit is seen, Judge or majority of cast, if hunting Judge is used, must decide whether to allow dog(s) to continue on trail or pick up dog(s) in order to find new ground or another rabbit. Speed and drive points are awarded in order that dogs pass, splitting points when positions cannot be determined. After first dog has been scored, there is a one (1) minute time limit to score remaining dogs on that line. Dog(s) must be open on majority of chase in order to be scored. If allowed to continue on trail, score initial strike points and each time rabbit is circled and seen, score speed and drive only. Speed and drive may be scored three (3) times only on the same rabbit. If loss occurs before completion of any additional circle, each dog declared struck to be scored 50 minus points in the Losses/Recoveries column. However, in case of split tracks, see Rule 3(d). Otherwise, no dog(s) to be called off a trail without those points being minused. * (c) Losses and Recoveries: At point where all dogs lose trail and become quiet, Judge to start clock on dogs. After one (1) minute has elapsed without dog opening, all dogs to be considered at a loss (check) and minused fifteen (15) points. In case of split tracks, times to be kept separately for checks on each track. First dog to open honestly resulting in reasonable forward progress to be awarded fifteen (15) points for recovering the loss. Additional dogs opening after first dog to receive no "recovery" points. If no dog opens within three (3) minutes, track to be considered finished and that particular track must be minused. In case of running rabbit in hole or place of refuge, see Rule 3(e) or Rule 5(a). (d) Additional Information: ALL HUNTERS, JUDGES AND/OR GUIDES MUST BE DRAWN PUBLICLY FOR THEIR CASTS. Dogs will compete in one class regardless of size or sex. However, dogs measuring over 15 inches may not be run. All dogs must be measured the day of the event. No encouragement or discouragement of any kind to dogs. Specators will be allowed on all casts. Handler's dog(s) will be scratched for rule violations by their spectators. Owners having multiple entries will be drawn to separate casts if possible. 16. THE LOCAL CLUB MANAGEMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY TO ANY DOG OR HANDLER. HOWEVER, NO HANDLER SHALL BE BARRED ON BASIS OF RELIGION, RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. 17. Any person intimidating, threatening or injuring a Hunter, Judge, Master of Hounds, Club Official or U.K.C. Representative: (a) Will be barred for one year up to life from participation in any way (including but not limited to owner, handler, back-up handler, Judge, Guide, Spectator, Master of Hounds) in any U.K.C. Licensed event: and (b) Shall be disqualified from having any of their dogs receive any championship points for one year up to life: and (c) Shall be barred from registering any dogs in their name with U.K.C. for one year up to life. Details and procedures for handling this situation are available from U.K.C.; however, U.K.C. reserves unto itself, in its sole judgement and discretion, the right to take such action and impose such sanctions as it deems appropriate 18. ANY PERSON CAUGHT ADMINISTERING UNPRESCRIBED DRUGS TO ANY DOG WILL BE BARRED FOR LIFE FROM REGISTERING DOGS AND PARTICIPATING IN U.K.C. EVENTS. * 19. ANY PERSON CAUGHT USING ANY DEVICE USED TO CONTROL OR LOCATE DOG DURING HUNTING TIME, WILL BE BARRED FROM ONE YEAR TO FOR LIFE FROM REGISTERING DOGS AND PARTICIPATING IN U.K.C. EVENTS. DEVICE MAY BE USED IF DOG(S) WEARING DEVICE IS SCRATCHED AND ALL OTHER DOG(S) ARE RECOVERED FOR RECASTING. (For time out periods, see Rule 6(j).) 20. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR UNPRESCRIBED DRUGS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE GROUNDS OR WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE HUNT OR IN THE BUILDING THE DAY OF A U.K.C. LICENSED EVENT. 21. HUNTING BEAGLE CHAMPIONS; HUNTING BEAGLE GRAND CHAMPIONS: Each hunt must have a Champion and Grand Champion cast. Hunting Beagle Champion and Grand Champion casts may utilize a separate hunt entry deadline provided it is listed in accordance with Rule 22. In order to receive credit, a Hunting Beagle Champion or Grand Champion must have a total plus score and hunt the entire hunt. This is to apply even if only one Champion or Grand Champion is present to be entered in these casts. A Hunting Beagle Champion or Grand Champion cannot hunt in open competition. They must hunt in own class, not lower. NOTE: If five (5) dogs in Champion or Grand Champion hunt, divide into a three (3) and a two (2) dog cast. * 22. U.K.C. licensed hunts must be listed in COONHOUND BLOODLINES magazine in the issue that is published the month before the hunt is held. The listing must show whether club furnishes hunting or non-hunting Judges. (See Hunting and Non-hunting Clarification in Rulebook.) One or the other type must be used. The listing for U.K.C. licensed hunts must indicate a time deadline for closing entries. No entries will be accepted after the listed deadline for any reason. If the club's listing does not appear as specified, the U.K.C. license for the hunt will be withdrawn and no U.K.C. Championship points will be awarded. Final report form must be sent to Field Operations, 100 East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49002-5584 within ten (10) days, if credit is to be given to the winners. Failure to mail the report within ten (10) days will result in a $20.00 per month fine. Fee of $1.00 for each U.K.C. dog in hunt must accompany report.
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