Hunting dogs test skills

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Jul 20, 2006
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Most youngsters dread a test, but Saturday morning young Misty Noelle was up for the challenge, pacing impatiently, talking a bit, her long tail snapping side to side.

The 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever is one of more than 80 dogs gathered near Cheney Reservoir this weekend for the Sunflower Retriever Club's annual spring hunt test.

Dogs at the event came from all across Kansas and most surrounding states, as well as Texas and Alaska.

Debbie McCurry, club president, said the tests are set up to replicate conditions retrievers often find in the fall hunting fields.

"Most of the birds are around 100 yards at the most, like hunting," she said. "At true field trials they may be 300 or 400 yards away. This is set up to be realistic."

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