National Duck Dog Challenge
"Sporting Clays with your Dog"
The Duck Hunter's Dog Game
 


Cheyenne Belle Wins Youth Division

The rules below are for Blackjack Events. To see team division rules (Fundraiser Events) click here.

Rules

1. The DDC is open to all breeds of dogs whether they are registered or not. Bitches in season may not run in an event or be on the grounds of an event.

2. There are Youth, Hunter, Open, and Team Divisions in the DDC. See specific rules for each.

3. Each division will have two series per event. The scores of each series will be added together.

4. The event holder decides where and how each series will be run (Either on land, on water, or one of each type). Whatever method is used each series must be run at a different location.

5. Each full retrieve is worth 25 points. To collect any points for a retrieve the hunter must have the bird in his/her hand at the end of each retrieve.

6. Each partial retrieve is worth 15 points. A partial retrieve is when the handler must leave the blind or cross the established starting line to collect the bird for any retrieve. Also, hunters that throw objects (rocks, sticks, shells, etc.) to help his/her dog make the retrieve will receive a partial retrieve. To collect any points for a retrieve, the hunter must have the bird in his/her hand at the end of each retrieve. Hunters that handle their dog in the conventional method will get a full retrieve provided they do not leave the blind or cross the established starting line to do so.

7. In hunter and youth divisions birds do not need to be delivered to hand but must be within one step, the player is required to pick the birds up off of the ground in the event that the dog does not deliver to hand. In open and team division dogs must deliver to hand to receive full retrieve points.

8. Each hit bird is worth 20 points. The scorekeeper must see the target break in order to collect points for the hit bird. In the event that a target breaks when the bird is launched the hunter will receive full points, providing he/she fires a shot at the bird. If the handler does not fire a shot at the bird no point will be given.

9. The dog will retrieve each bird whether the bird is hit or not. Birds must be fired at and every attempt must be made to hit the birds.

10 Hunter, Youth, and Open will have a 7 minute time limit. Team division will have a 9 minute time limit. The clock starts when the player crosses the marked time line and will stop when the last bird is in hand.

12. A 25 pt. blind retrieve will be run in the Team Division and Open Division.

13. The fastest total time will be used as the first tiebreaker. The second tie breaker will be the fastest time in the first series.

14. Reruns may be given if another dog that has gotten loose interferes with the run. A malfunctioning launcher may warrant a rerun.

15. All dogs must be kept on lead when not competing.

16. If the bird thrower misfires and the handler does not get to shoot a bird, the score keeper will call “no bird” and the clock will stop. The clock will restart when the next shot is fired on the re-launch. If the scorekeeper does not call a “no bird” the hunter will be required to shoot.

17. No one is to load their gun until they are at the line or in the blind and the scorekeeper is ready to start.  Action must be open while handling the dog.

18. Minors between the ages of 9 to 15 are allowed to enter the Youth Division provided that they have current Hunter Safety Certificate and a parent is present at the line or in the blind.

19. Players cannot enter in the Hunter Division after earning a championship in either the open or team division.

20. Dogs can be entered once per division. The exception to this rule will be in the Youth and Hunter Divisions where each dog can be entered twice.

21. E-Collars may be worn but not activated.

22. Unsafe gun handling or unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.  In the event of disqualification all entry monies are forfeited.

23. The event holder will require that all participants read and sign a liability waiver.

24. Shell requirements: factory loaded ammunition is required. 12 ga.  Maximum 2¾ inch #6 shot or smaller, gages smaller than 12 are allowed a maximum 3 inch shell with #6 shot or smaller. Non-toxic if required by the club.

25. Scoring
Hit Birds: 20 points

Full Retrieve: 25 points

Partial Retrieve: 15 points

Blind Retrieve: 25 points  (open & team)

Breaks:- 10 pts (hunter) -20 pts (open & team)

Youth Division Rules

The Youth Division will follow the exact rules as the Hunter Division with exception of the following:

1. Youth Division is only open to minors from the ages of 9 to 15. In the event that a large number of youth hunters are at an event, the event holder can split this division by age. This split will be youth hunters from the ages of 9 to 12 and from the ages of 13 to 15.

2. Youth hunters must have a Hunter Safety Certificate.

3. A parent or guardian must accompany the youth hunter at the line or blind. The parent or guardian may help the youth hunter with his/her gun. However, the youth hunter must be the one shooting and handling the dog. The parent or guardian can help the youth hunter with the handling of the dog by verbal instructions only.

4. There is no restriction on the dog in the Youth Division. The dogs can come from any division.  If Youth Division is not run on a separate field from other divisions, then Youth Division dogs will run after all divisions on that field are completed.

5. No championship points will be given to the dogs in the Youth Division.

6. Absolutely no money pots of any kind are allowed in the Youth Division.

7. Awards will be given to the top four dogs, 1st thru 4th.  Participation awards will be given to all youth hunters that do not place. 

8. Youth division will have 2 single retrieves per series.

9. Youth division will compete only on Saturday.

Hunter Division Rules

1. The Hunter Division is made up of 1 dog and 1 hunter, and allows 1 designated shooter.

2. Two series per event.

3. 3 retrieves per series. Hunter calls for each bird.

4. Dogs cannot cross the established starting line or leave the blind until the hunter fires a shot.

5. A 10-point penalty will result if the dog leaves before the hunter fires a shot.

6. Decoys will be used on land and water.

7. The event holder can choose to have the participants run from a stationary line or a duck blind or use a walk-up situation, etc. Whatever method is used it must be consistent for each hunter. Methods can change from series to series.

8. The Hunter Division does not offer a built-in money pot. However, the players can create an optional money pot.

9. There is no restriction on the dog in the Hunter Division.  The dogs can come from any division.  
                                                
10. Awards will be given to the top 4 dogs.


Open Division Rules

1. The Open Division is made up of 1 hunter and 1 dog.

2. Two series per event.

3. Each series (Land and Water) will have 4 retrieves, for a total of 8. This will be done in the following manner: the hunter will shoot and retrieve a single, then a true double, and then a single. 2 birds must be in the air at the same time to be called a true double. The hunter will call for his birds. The clock will stop when the 4th Dummy is in hand. A blind retrieve not to exceed 75 yards in length will be run after the last bird is retrieved. The blind is not judged but is scored. The clock will stop when the blind is completed or allotted time is used. The blind is worth 25 points. The hunter can choose not to run the blind but will forfeit the 25 points plus any leftover time.

4. Dogs cannot cross the established starting line or leave the blind until the second bird hits the ground or water.

5. A 20-point penalty will result if the dog leaves or is sent before the second bird hit’s the ground or water.

6. Decoys will be used on land and water.

7. The event holder can choose to have the participants run from a stationary line or a duck blind or use a walk-up situation, etc. Whichever method is used, it must consistent for each hunter. Methods can change form series to series.

8. Dogs and hunters compete for placements and prize money.

9. The event holder may give prizes to the top dog or dogs.

Team Division Rules

1. The Team Division can be made up of 3 members. 2 hunters, 1 handler, and 1 dog.

2. Two series per event.

4. Each series will have 6 retrieves for a land series and 4 or 5 retrieves for a water series (depending on the setup). This will be the same for all dogs. True doubles and triples will be thrown for this division. When the player calls for his birds, two or three birds must be in the air at one time to be called a true double or triple. Targets may be thrown double first then triple or vice versa. (for example throw the double, shoot the double and the dog retrieves them then throw the triple) Whatever method is used must be consistent for each series. A blind retrieve not to exceed 75 yards in length will be run after the last bird is retrieved. The blind is not judged but is scored. The clock will stop when the blind is completed or allotted time is used. The blind is worth 25 points. The hunter can choose not to run the blind but will forfeit the 25 points plus any leftover time.

5. Dogs cannot cross the established starting line or leave the blind until the last bird hits the ground or water. A 20-point penalty will result if the dog leaves or is sent before the last bird hits the ground or water.


6. The event holder can choose to have the participants run from a stationary line or a duck blind or use a walk-up situation, etc. Whichever method is used, it must be consistent for each hunter. Methods can change from series to series.

7. Decoys will be used on land and water.

8. Dogs and hunters compete for placements and prize money.

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