Test Set Up.

When setting up your test, remember the following factors.

  • Lighting and conditions over the course of a day
  • Water configuration
  • Terrain
  • Wind
  • Hillsides
  • Cover and changes in cover
  • Background against which sheds are seen

Test Dogs.

Changing a hunt test after a series has been started should be avoided. One way of avoiding this, is the practice of running a test dog, in every series before any of the entered dogs are run. Use of a test dog is usual practice. Use of a test dog is very often a time-saving device. The test dog shall not be entered in that test, shall not be over qualified and should be able to accomplish the test.


  • The course borders need to be clearly marked with stakes and survey tape.
  • Survey tape can be tied to vegetation but must be clearly visible. The course borders should be explained in the handlers meeting.
  • Sheds placed on the course must be marked with an identify number or letter on the shed.
  • Stray/Natural shed found will not count in the course total of 6 planted sheds
  • The course should be thoroughly walked during set up to eliminate any hazards for the dog and handler. The course should be thoroughly cleared in advance of antlers, animal carcasses and other debris.
  • The holding blind must be in a location where the course cannot be viewed in advance. Handlers are not allowed to walk the course in advance.
  • Course shed placement must be changed each time a handler runs an additional dog. Only NASHDA approved Wax scent can be used.
  • Maximum course time length is 15 minutes.
  • All contestants must sign the disclaimer page before competing at an event.

It is strongly recommended that Judges inspect the grounds with the Hunt test organizer at least one full day in advance of the event, in order to select and determine the nature and objectives of each situation, preferably for their entire assignment. The Organizer and Judges must be alert for hazardous conditions that are present on the grounds

Gallery Location.

It is essential that all spectators attending a Hunt Test be kept far enough from the course and holding blind to enable the dog whose abilities are being evaluated to clearly discern its handler, and nothing shall be done to distract the dog’s attention from its work. The spectators are also not allowed to communicate with the handler prior to or during the handler running the course. Handlers are not allowed to be in the Gallery before finishing all their runs.

Recommend Helpers.

  • 1-2 NASHDA Approved Judge(s) required.
  • Registration check in staff person
  • Judge’s assistants per judge.
  • Assistants can: Plant sheds, Man the holding blind, Call the running order