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    Hosted by the Arctic Bird Dog Association

    The Chukar Challenge is a fun, competitive event for all pointing and flushing breeds.


    Classic Spaniels - 1) Gretchen Clark and Mambo  2) Randy Breaux and Cody  3) Steve Woods and Haddy

    Classic Pointers -  1) Bill Ellis and Maggie  2) Jim Sheridan and Zane  3) Lowell Burgett and Su 

    Master Pointers -  1) Jessie Janowski and Bruce  2) Meg Burgett and Will  3) Lulie Williams and Phoebe


     THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS - it wouldn't happen without YOU!

    Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Saturday - Training Fields, LLC (CLICK HERE to download map)
    Sunday - Robertson Field

    For more info: contact Bud Rice at 907-440-2676 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Entries are limited so don't miss your chance for a fun day with your best friend!

    The annual Chukar Challenge Classic is your chance to work your dog on some good flying chukar partridges and hone your shooting skills in a fun and competitive event.

    Participants will have 20 minutes for their dog to find 3 birds. Pointing dogs must point and flushing dogs must flush the birds. Handler and gunner will enter the field with a limited number of shotgun shells. Challenge points are awarded for number of birds found (up to 3), pointing or flushing ability, retrieves, birds in the bag, and number of shells remaining at the end of their run. Placements are given in both pointing and flushing classes. Participants can do their own shooting or bring a friend to gun for them. Club members will be available if you need a gunner.

    The Chukar Challenge Master Class is for the Pointing Dogs. Dogs are run in braces under the following scoring rules:

    Braces will be 30 minutes each. 5 birds will be planted for each brace. A maximum of 8 braces will be run. Braces and running order will be drawn at random 5 days prior to the event and posted on website.

    FIND – Scores 20 points per bird pointed. The point must be held for 5 seconds. The dog is expected to be steady to wing, shot, and fall. Quite reinforcement of the dog is permitted i.e. low volume “Good whoa”. Giving a forceful command results in a 10 point deduction. If a dog “breaks”, traps, or flushes the bird no points will be awarded for the find.

    RETRIEVE – 15 points will be awarded for each full retrieve, 5 points for partial retrieve. Delivery must be made to within 1 step of the handler. Backward or lateral movement is allowed with no deduction. Partial delivery equals the handler taking more than one step or the dog refusing to “give/drop” bird on command. No points will be awarded of the dog fails to deliver, runs off with, “mangles”, buries, refuses, etc., the retrieve.

    BACKING – 20 points will be awarded for each back, if no command is given. 5 points will be awarded if the dog backs with a single command. Quiet reinforcement is permitted, after the back has been established. To receive full points the honor must be held through the retrieve. A dog that breaks, to continue hunting, before the retrieve is completed will be awarded 5 points only. A backing dog that interferes with a retrieving dog (tries to steal the bird) will receive no points for the back. The retrieving dog will receive full points for an interfered with retrieve.

    Other – physically retraining/collaring a dog is not permitted (no check chords). An e-collar may be used (including activated point mode), for training purposes with a 15 point deduction. Braces are run for full 30 minutes. No points for shells remaining. A designated gunner may be used. A “bumped” bird may be worked only after a 2 minute rest/delay has been completed. If a find occurs immediately prior to time expiring, the dogs will be giving 2 minutes to complete their work (through the retrieve). If the work sequence is not completed within the 2 minutes, no points will be awarded.

    Fees and Info:

    • The activity fee for each run per person with a dog is $100. This includes three chukars.
    • Participants are limited to entering 2 dogs per day.
    • If time allows on the day of the event, a second non-placement run may be purchased on site (cash or check only) with priority going in order of the initial online registration date and time. The first run is the qualifying run for placement purposes.
    • There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place blankets for prizes, with a chukar, ABDA logo, and event embroidered on them.
    • NEW this year:  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!  We will have tents, tables, and chairs for people to gather at the ABDA trailer near Field 2 of Training Fields, LLC. A grill can be made available for those who wish to cook their own burgers or brats. ABDA will provide drinks and snacks for participants and judges.  (We're not hosting lunch this year, to help offset the increased cost of birds.)
    •  PLEASE PAY ONLINE using a card or PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, there's an option at the bottom of the payment screen to use a credit or debit card.
    •  Participants in all events, and especially Master event, are highly encouraged to watch the AKC Gunner Safety video for pointing dogs. This is especially important for the Master event because there would be two dogs, 2 handlers/gunners, and 2 judges per brace, much like in an AKC hunt test.


    Download the Chukar Challenge Rules & Scoresheet: CLICK HERE


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