Field Trial / Water Race Rules

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Titles Earned

  1. Dogs must win 3 first line or 3 first trees in elimination heats and 1 final first line and tree in the same final to achieve the title of Water Champion or Field Champion.
  2. Water Champions or Field Champions must win 5 first line or 5 first trees in elimination heats and 2 final first line and tree in the same final to become Grand Water Champion and Grand Field Champion.
  3. Champions and Grand Champions can compete without competition if no other entry is made, but must complete the line and tree satisfactorily to the Chairman or judges.


Host Club

  1. Club shall appoint an Event Chairman to oversee the event; to include entry taking, assigning judges and filing event paperwork.
  2. Club shall have a suitable starting point to allow all dogs to start at the same time.
  3. Club should have a minimum of 1 Line Judges and 2 Tree Judges. If line is close enough to the tree then judges can double as both line and tree judge.
  4. Water race: Club shall ensure water is deep enough for dogs to swim. Dogs must not be able to touch bottom with the exception of the starting point and exit point.
  5. Club should draw a 10 ft. circle around the base of the home tree.
  6. Club should have a well-marked position to establish first line.
  7. Coon scent, coon hide/carcass or live coon shall be used in accordance with state laws.


Event Rules

  1. All dogs must be entered and handled by a current BOSS member. No exceptions!
  2. All dogs entered will be randomly drawn into 4 dog heats.
  3. No more than 4 dogs to a race at any time.
  4. If an odd number of dogs are entered, refer to the nite hunt draw procedure.
  5. If one person enters more than one dog in the same class and there are enough entries, the Chairman will separate the dogs into different heats.
  6. All line and tree heat winners advance unless disqualified by a judge or chairman.
  7. All dogs will be separated in heats by classification. Open, Champion, Grand Champion