General Test Rules

  • Each dog can only run each course once.
  • Handlers are not allowed to spectate until all their runs are complete.
  • Remote training collars are permitted as well as whistles and beeper collars. Remote collars must be used in a responsible humane manner. No GPS tracking collars or GPS devices are allowed.
  • No communication is allowed with a contestant about the placement of sheds
  • Handlers cannot solicit information or watch the placement of sheds.
  • This is a walking event. No running by the handler is allowed. A judges warning will be followed by a disqualification for a second infraction.
  • For any shed find to be legal the handler must be no closer than 15 feet to the shed when found by the dog.
  • All judge’s decisions are final.
  • Handling or directing the dog to the shed is not allowed.
  • All sheds must be delivered to hand, to be considered a retrieve.
  • Course shed placement must be changed each time a handler runs an additional dog.
  • Stray/Natural shed found will not count in the course total of 6 planted sheds
  • Course maximum time length is 15 minutes
  • Reminder: Handler’s use of cellular or communication devices should be controlled to halt the communication or texting of shed placement to handler.
  • Dogs, puppies or other animals not entered in the event should not be brought to the event grounds.
  • All contestants must sign the disclaimer page before competing at an event.

Judges Responsibility

  • Know and enforce the NASHDA rules and be currently NASHDA certified Judge must hold a handlers meeting to go over the course borders and rules.
  • Make sure all competitors signed the disclaimer page.
  • Judge is not allowed to run or judge a dog he owns or has partial owner ship in. Fill out score sheets in an accurate and readable manner.
  • Sign score sheets and turn back into Event Organizer.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with Event Organizer and competitors.
  • 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

Levels.

The NASHDA hunt test come in three levels Junior, Senior and Master. The levels are a description of course difficulty not dog age.  A dog must complete the Junior Title before competing in a Senior Level, and a dog must complete the Junior and Senior Title before competing in a Master Level.

Junior Level.

To receive a NASHDA Junior Shed Hunter title a dog must receive six (6) qualifying scores on six (6) Junior NASHDA courses.

Junior Course.

Will contain six (6) hidden sheds

NASHDA approved Rack Wax will be used. All six (6) sheds must be delivered to hand.

No handler can advance to their dog in order to receive a retrieve. Backing up is permitted Sheds will be of average white tail deer size and shape.

Cover will be short to med length

To be a qualifying score as six sheds must be found and delivered to hand in the allotted time for the course.  All rules and regulations must be followed.  Judges decisions are final.

Senior Level

To receive a NASHDA Senior Shed Hunter title a dog must have a NASHDA Junior Shed title and must receive six (6) qualifying scores on six (6) Senior NASHDA courses.

Senior Course.

Will contain six (6) hidden sheds

All six (6) sheds must be delivered to hand NASHDA approved rack wax will be used.

Sheds will be of average white tail deer size and shape.

No handler can advance to their dog in order to receive a retrieve.  Backing up is permitted.

Cover should be varied and include medium grass and some brush. A minimum of two sheds will be covered in light brush or grass.

In addition, Cover should include at least one water placed shed with one exposed tine

Water can be natural or a manmade pool.

If winter weather makes water unavailable shed must be buried in snow with one exposed tine.

To be a qualifying score as six sheds must be found and delivered to hand in the allotted time for the course.  All rules and regulations must be followed.  Judges decisions are final.

Master Level.

To receive a NASHDA Master Shed Hunter title a dog must have a NASHDA Junior and Senior Shed title and must receive six (6) qualifying scores on six (6) Master NASHDA courses.

Master Course.

Will contain six (6) hidden sheds

All six (6) sheds must be delivered to hand NASHDA approved rack wax will be used.

Cover should be varied and include medium grass and some brush. A minimum of two sheds will be covered in light brush or grass.

In addition, Cover should include at least one water placed shed with one exposed tine

If winter weather makes water unavailable shed must be buried in snow with one exposed tine.

Water can be natural or manmade pool Shed will be of various sizes and species.

Must have at least:

  • One Elk Antler weighing between 5 lbs. to 8 lbs. (NASHDA Approved)
  • Elk antler should not be buried in heavy cover.
  • Communication with NASHDA about acquiring Elk Antler.
  • One small antler from a 1 1/2year old white tail.
  • No handler can advance to their dog in order to receive a retrieve and backing up in NOT permitted.

To be a qualifying score as six sheds must be found and delivered to hand in the allotted time for the course.  All rules and regulations must be followed.  Judges decisions are final.

World Championship Qualifiers.

Hunt Test marked World Championship Qualifiers General Rules additions:

Qualifiers will follow all of the above rules.

Dogs must compete in a Qualifier at the Hunt Test level they are currently competing at.

Disclaimer:

By entering a NASHDA event you agree to follow the NASHDA rules as stated in this handout and be respectful of the judge, event organizers and fellow competitors. You understand that you are entering a sporting event and you accept all responsibility for the injury to yourself and/or your dog and understand that NASHDA and its affiliates are not responsible for injuries to dogs, handlers or dog owners.  You also as a participant agree to the release of your likeness for photo, video, web and sponsor related photography. Which may require participant to wear sponsor related clothing.