Fast forward to February and two blizzards hit the ranch three days apart dropping some 24 inches of snow on the place. Killed most of the wild birds, flattened the cover and made the ranch trails near impassable for the dog wagon, etc.
Placed three dogs on race and no championship awarded. It is what it is. Dragging out box birds for a trial when no birds were pointed is one way to settle a field trial but it sounds like it left you unsatisfied. Probably would have done the same to me.
I'm not fighting with you on this at all. BUT we run on wild birds to prove something and sometimes things don't go as planned! Doesn't mean we won't try again as we are hosting a trial on the Z Bar again the weekend of March 6-8. So far the upcoming weather looks good and Mother Nature has allowed the birds to come back strongly. There is always a possibility that dogs won't find them or it will be dry and the scenting conditions deteriorate. Still, it is a field trial and should be fun despite the possibility of riding awhile between finds. I like to watch the dogs really search and use their noses to locate scattered birds and a reasonable number of wild birds usually proves which dogs are the best that day.
It sounded like you didn't like wild bird trials from your comment but I believe I'm wrong. For that, I'm thankful.