I prefer quail trials or hunting them because you can do so from Sep to Apr and not disturb the nest or growing period.
This gives dogs time to learn how to handle them. Most other type birds can only be used when they are young and stupid which dont take long to wise up.In east KS if you get a half mile from them with dogs you are doing good by Dec. Pheasants arnt much better as th season progresses.We call them ditch Parrets.
There is no doubt bob white quail are the sportsmens choise so lets take care of those great little brown bommers.
I do agree the Free For All was once a great trial with the 3 hour final.Lets bring it back .The endurence dog is the breed on dog for the real test bird hunters.
: What do you consider THE most important or
: prestigious trials in the AA game? If you
: are an all age amateur, which trial do you
: consider to be most important to win. What
: about major circuit all age stakes?
: I'll start out with the obvious National
: Bird Dog Championship at Ames, the National
: Amateur Quail Ch, the Quail Championship
: Invitational for Open and the Amateur
: Invitational Ch for the amateurs.
: Which others? Have some become more
: important to win while other have faded in
: importance because of grounds, birds, club
: prestige, purses, etc?
: An explanation of why you believe the
: particular trial is of great importance
: would also be helpful.