Thanks Dave for the out west and Canadian prairie perspective. Wild bird trials do depend on mother nature and the stewardship of the land and cover that the birds need. It is a challenge to make the courses fair and to hope that birds are available on each. Six courses would be better than three if the six are reasonably good places to show a dog. Pressure on birds that have the means to move a distance such as prairie grouse make frequent contact a reason to relocate.
The great bird dogs seem to be able to find birds under the toughest of conditions and the weakest courses and a true wild bird trial uncovers this knack.
Using the example of Texas when the quail numbers are high - 30 or 40 or more coveys per day. Any fool dog is going to point quail during those times so someone thinks they have a bird dog. Only when the quail hit the lowest times do you see which dogs have the stuff to still go out and find those few coveys.
That is what these wild bird events still can tell us AND all field trials were once imagined to tell us.