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#5635934 - 03/05/15 11:42 AM Anyone compete in NSTRA trials?
DuckedUp Offline
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Registered: 12/16/10
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I'm interested in possibly joining so I can extend my hunting season. I am wondering how the trials are set up and do you run in braces or does each dog compete against itself, time, etc. Thanks in advance!

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#5635972 - 03/05/15 11:58 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
5ANDABACK, Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
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I do and it is a great sport but to be competitive your dog needs to be very well broke and there is a big learning curve for the handler as well. We see a lot of new guys try it and a few of them stick with it and get addicted just like me. It is a sport for the committed.

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#5636009 - 03/05/15 12:20 PM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
DuckedUp Offline
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Well broke, as in steady to wing and shot?

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#5636027 - 03/05/15 12:29 PM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
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Bill Oxner will help you out, he's been competing in NASTRA for years
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#5636031 - 03/05/15 12:30 PM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Originally Posted By: DuckedUp
Well broke, as in steady to wing and shot?


No they can go when the bird goes. They can even go when the bird leaves its nesting place. It's a lot of fun. I competed for 15 years and had two champions. Judging is also fun and NSTRA needs more judges.

You run 30 minute braces, and are scored on birds pointed as well as retrieved. You also get one score for a back, your coverage, and obedience. There's a trial in Corsicana this weekend. Take you dog out there to run after the trial Saturday.
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#5637490 - 03/06/15 08:30 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
Wilsonandleo Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/19/15
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Originally Posted By: DuckedUp
I'm interested in possibly joining so I can extend my hunting season. I am wondering how the trials are set up and do you run in braces or does each dog compete against itself, time, etc. Thanks in advance!

What area do you live? We've got a 4 region challenge with the top 8 dogs from all 4 regions running south of Corsicana Tx this weekend then a regular open trial in Priddy the following weekend. Anyone is welcome to. One out and check it out!

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#5637596 - 03/06/15 09:04 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Took my dog to a few.
Steady to wing, retrieves to hand (or dang close), backs, and you can keep the dog in the bird field, is what your looking for to run in NSTRA. You will see all different levels of dogs, and a lot of people having fun. As long as your dog does not take out the other dogs birds repeatedly its all fun.
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#5637672 - 03/06/15 09:46 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
Wilsonandleo Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 21
Just found out we need dogs to fill the trial in Priddy next weekend. We're short 6 dogs so if any of you want to try your hand it'd be a great time to do it!

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#5637840 - 03/06/15 11:25 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
DuckedUp Offline
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My setter is steady to wing and will honor from a mile away if she can see the other dog. Manners wouldn't be a problem for her. I live in Wichita Falls, but I've got people coming from all over this weekend to pick up puppies, so I couldnt make this weekends trial for sure. I'd like to come see one though, for sure.

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#5637857 - 03/06/15 11:36 AM Re: Anyone compete in NSTRA trials? [Re: DuckedUp]
Wilsonandleo Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 21
The trial we need dogs for is the 15-16.

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