2012–2015 OPEN EVENT RULES
—Hunting Judges—1. DEFINITIONS A. PROFESSIONAL KENNEL CLUB, LLC
, referred to as PKC, will license clubs, events and Hunt Directors. PKC will keep records of winnings, issue championship degrees and maintain all Championship qualification records. PKC reserves the right to be responsible for accounting and disbursing of proceeds, appointing Judges, or determining winners of events. PKC reserves the right to withhold recognition of winners and may decline to license clubs and/or Hunt Directors for future events at their sole discretion. PKC reserves the right to appoint a member of PKC management to serve as Hunt Director and/or manage any event. B. SPONSORING CLUB
— The Sponsoring Club will be a club, national, breed or state association licensed by PKC to conduct events. The club will have authority to conduct events, determine winners and disburse awards. The club will appoint a certified Hunt Director who will have authority over the event. The club must furnish Guides for all casts and a qualified non-hunting Judge for the final cast. The club will rule on all questions concerning an event via Question Panels, including rule interpretation and disciplinary action of members. The National Association and/or PKC reserve the right to correct gross errors at their discretion. C. HUNT DIRECTOR
— The club will appoint a "PKC Certified Hunt Director" who will have the responsibility of selecting Judges, Guides, Question Panels and conducting events. (See Hunt Director Instructions for further information.) The National Association and/or PKC reserve the right to correct gross errors at their discretion. D. GUIDE
— Hunt Director should ask entrants if they are willing to guide their cast. Their hunting area should be close enough to allow the cast to compete for the duration of the hunt and safely return to the clubhouse before the deadline. If possible, hunting territory should be where the cast can compete safely for the duration of the hunt without calling time and moving. Clubs should use area "Hunting Guides" first, area "Non-hunting Guides" second and out of area "Hunting Guides" as the third option. No person will be permitted to guide a cast in a raccoon controlled environment (enclosed pens, etc). E. JUDGE
— Judges should be selected from the entrants the Hunt Director feels are most qualified to conduct a cast. He/she should have a good knowledge of the sport and the ability to honestly judge the cast according to PKC rules. If possible, use Judges who are not members of the sponsoring club and do not live in the local area. Club members and other PKC members who live in the local area should serve as Hunting Guides. After determining the number of Judges needed, and selecting Judges, contact each and ask if they will agree to serve. Extra effort should be given to teach hunters new to PKC how to judge a cast. Subject to the limitations and other rules contained herein, the Judge will have complete control of the cast and will make all decisions. Any time cast members vote 2-2 on the scoring of a JUDGEMENT situation, the Judge will score the situation as he/she feels it should be scored, and any cast member disagreeing with his/her decision may question that decision through the normal question procedure. This does not apply to the scoring of a tree. No Handler may be allowed to serve as a Judge while handling a dog that has been scratched twice for fighting. Any Judge found to have deliberately scored any situation incorrectly for the benefit of any individual or dog shall be subject to disciplinary action. F. NON-HUNTING JUDGE
— A non-hunting Judge may be assigned to any cast at the discretion of the Hunt Director. The final cast must be assigned a qualified non-hunting Judge. He/she will be an additional voting member of a cast and will have the same authority as a hunting Judge, and must be a current PKC member. G. CAST MEMBERS
— Each Handler in the cast will serve as a voting member. After the Judge has made any decision, it may be questioned and a vote requested by any hanlder of the cast. Any Handler who will not cast their vote concerning a question may be scratched from the cast. Any question, whether resolved by a majority vote or not, may be brought to the clubhouse and presented to a Question Panel. Any panel required for a question will be selected by the Hunt Director. Panel members should be current PKC members; however, the best qualified personnel available who have no interest in the outcome of the cast should be used even if they are not PKC members. H. NON-HUNTING CAST MEMBER
— A Non-Hunting Cast Member may be assigned any cast, including the final cast. He/she will be an additional voting member of a cast in the event of a question. The Non-Hunting Cast Member should be a current PKC member, but it is not required. The cast may be assigned a "Hunting Judge" and/or a "Non-Hunting Cast Member". 2. GENERAL INFORMATION A. HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSE
— By entry in a PKC event you agree to hold PKC, the PKC National Association, the Club, Judge, Guide and Hunt Director harmless in the event of accident, error, or misapplication of the rules. Any Owner or Handler may file a written complaint concerning actions of the sponsoring club. PKC will investigate the complaint and take necessary action, including but not limited to withholding recognition of winners, and/or refusing to license the club for future events. B. FIREARMS
— No person participating in a PKC sanctioned event will be allowed to have any type of firearms in his/her possession during hunting time or in the club house. C. DRAWING FOR CASTS
— It is very important that all Judges draw for their cast. (See Cast Drawing Procedure in Hunt Director Instructions.) Dog(s) sharing common ownership are required to draw separate casts when possible. Senior Citizens, Youth Hunters (see weeknight youth policy restrictions), and Pups may be permitted to draw separate casts at Open Events large enough to accommodate each, but there must be a minimum of four (4) participants, and the special cast cannot cause the creation of an additional cast. Hunt Director may use his/her discretion when implementing Senior Citizen, Youth Hunter, and Pup casts. D. HUNTING TIME
— In all Open Events with more than sixteen (16) dogs, early round casts will be required to hunt the entire scheduled hunting time. In a late round cast of a two (2) hour hunt, the majority of cast members may agree to hunt only one (1) hour. In a late round cast of a one (1) hour hunt, the cast may hunt no more than one (1) hour. Sixteen (16) Entries or Less
— In all Open Events with four (4) casts or less, individual casts are permitted to hunt less than the scheduled hunting time if all cast members agree. SUNRISE — No Open Event cast may be extended beyond sunrise. Time of sunrise should be determined, announced by Hunt Director, and recorded on the scorecard prior to late round casts leaving for hunting grounds. E. TIME KEEPING
— Judges should insure that all time keeping is accurate and that all cast members are informed when any time-keeping rule is started on any dog(s). F. CALL ACKNOWLEDGMENT
— The Judge should acknowledge a Handler's call by responding with the dog's name and number of points received for the call. G. STAYING WITHIN HEARING DISTANCE
— When dog(s) are turned loose, the cast should walk slowly in the direction the Guide wishes to hunt. After the dog(s) are struck, the cast will attempt to remain as close to the dog(s) as possible at all times, keeping them within hearing distance. If cast is unable to keep all dog(s) within hearing range, the Judge may apply the time-out rule by majority vote. H. KEEPING CAST TOGETHER
— The cast must stay together and all cast members will go to all trees unless dogs are treed in different places. Handlers should allow Judge to reach tree first. Dog(s) declared treed must be showing tree. A Handler may leave the cast to go to a split tree when time is up or all dogs have been declared treed. A minimum of three cast members must be present to score each tree. A Handler going to a split tree must leash his/her dog and wait for at least two (2) more members of the cast to come and score the tree. I. NUMBER OF CAST MEMBERS
— In the event one (1) member of a four (4) dog cast withdraws/scratches and leaves the cast, the cast then becomes a three (3) dog cast with two (2) now being the majority of the cast required for voting/scoring. No tree may be scored with less than three cast members present. The scratched cast member leaving the cast can not certify the scorecard for the remaining hunting time. Time remaining in the cast should be noted at the time it becomes a three (3) dog cast. Should any cast become less than a three (3) dog cast, the Hunt Director or a member of PKC management must be contacted to determine who should serve as the required voting members of the cast. J. USE OF MUZZLES
— No dog will be allowed to compete wearing a muzzle during a cast. K. ABUSE OF DOG(S)
— Dog abuse of any kind shall not be tolerated while participating in a PKC sanctioned event, including time-outs. If dog abuse occurs, disciplinary charges may be filed. L. ONE (1) MINUTE RULE
— When dog(s) are turned loose each time, the Handler has one (1) minute to call his/her dog. After one (1) minute, the dog should be called struck on or before the third bark. The dog must be called struck on the next bark after the Judge asks for a call. A dog called struck (or treed) must have opened immediately preceding the call. 3. SCORING TREE A. SHINING TIME ON TREE
— Eight (8) minutes of hunting time may be used to search a tree up until the tree has been scored. Shining time will be announced and started when the Judge is in position to score the tree. No game may be scored prior to the Judge starting the eight minutes or after the eight minute shining period has expired. No time may be called out to search a tree, leading away from a tree, or between split trees. After the Judge has determined which dog(s) are showing tree and which dog(s), if any, are off tree, dog(s) should be leashed and the tree scored. Any dog coming into the tree while scoring will be leashed. All dogs leashed at the tree must remain leashed until they can be released toward other trailing dog(s) or a fresh re-casting area if no dog(s) are on trail. The Handler with the most to gain on a tree should be allowed to search the tree for the first two minutes alone at their option, and then all handlers may search. In the event all dogs are declared treed, but with some on split trees, all trees will be scored in the most convenient order. Once the process has started of scoring dogs in a different order in which they were declared treed, all dogs must remain on leash until all trees have been scored. Handlers may blow squallers, pull vines, etc during the entire eight minute shining period. B. RECASTING AFTER SCORING TREE
— After scoring a tree, lead handled dog(s) one (1) minute. At that point if all dogs are on leash or if no dogs are struck in, dog(s) should be released and a new set of strike points opened up. If other dog(s) are struck in, but not opening, the six (6) minute rule will then be applied to them. Leashed dog(s) should be released when one (1) of the struck dogs opens, or if a dog at large opens and is declared struck. If no dog opens for six
(6) minutes, except as provided in paragraph 14.F., all strike points will be minused. All leashed dog(s) should then be released and a new set of strike points opened up. After scoring a tree, do not release handled dog(s) when: (1)
All other dogs have been declared treed. (2)
The six minute rule is working on trailing dog(s). (3)
The two minute rule is working on treed dog(s) and no struck dog(s) are opening. (4)
Less than six minutes remain in the cast and struck dog(s) are not opening. (5)
Cast has walked out of hearing of trailing dogs to score tree. (See Rule #14-F). C. FIVE (5) MINUTE RULE
— When a dog is declared treed, that dog must have opened immediately preceding the call and he must remain treed for a period of five (5) minutes unless all dogs are declared treed. A dog may not be called treed unless it has already been called struck. Should any Handler call a dog treed that has not been declared struck, Judge should ignore tree call and advise Handler that dog has not yet been struck. The cast should begin walking toward treed dog(s) as soon as possible, in no event later than two (2) minutes after the first dog is called treed. D. LISTENING FOR DOG(S)
— The cast should stop when requested by handlers to listen for their dog until five (5) minutes are up. E. PROCEEDING TO TREE
— When all dogs have been declared treed, Handlers may proceed to the tree even though five (5) minutes are not up. Handlers may proceed to split trees when all trees are closed. F. DOG COMING TO MEET HANDLER
— A dog should not be minused tree points for coming back a short distance to meet the Handler if he goes back and trees satisfactorily. However, the dog should be minused if it is seen not showing tree or is trailing or checking other trees. G. TREED ON CLOSED TREE
— Any dog declared treed after a tree is closed must receive 100 points. If the dog is actually handled on the closed tree, its tree points will be deleted. H. SEPARATE TREE
— Handlers should not call treed for a separate tree. The Judge should award separate tree points as soon as he/she is sure the dog(s) is/are on a separate tree(s). In the event dog(s) are found to be on separate trees upon arrival of cast, refer to Rule #8C for scoring of trees. I. MOVEMENT ON TREE
— Judges will pay careful attention to the location of dog(s) called treed to be sure the dog(s) do not move. If in doubt as to whether or not the dog is moving, it is best to hold the cast in place to watch for movement. 4. QUESTIONSA. PROPER PROCEDURE FOR QUESTION
— Any Handler has the right to question the scoring of any dog in the cast. Questions must be submitted to the Judge and remaining cast members at the time of the disagreement to be resolved by a vote. If any cast member is dissatisfied with the result of the vote, that decision may be brought to a Question Panel to be heard after the cast is finished by placing a deposit of $25 with the Judge at the time of the question. Questions must be placed on the scorecard at the time the dog is scored or should have been scored. No deposit is required when a four dog cast has voted but does not have a majority (2-2). The Handler with the question should quote the rule violation to the Question Panel whenever possible. The Question Panel Chairman should show the rule used to reach their decision to the cast members. Any $25 question deposit placed with a Judge in the woods will not be refunded later in the cast if the Handler changes his/her mind. However, the Handler may choose to drop the question and forfeit the deposit at the end of the cast if it is agreeable with all cast members. Handler may sign an IOU on the back of the scorecard, which must be paid before question is heard. B. RETURNING FOR QUESTION PRESENTATION
— A cast should not return to the clubhouse to have a question heard until hunting time is completed unless the question pertains to a dog or Handler being scratched (or not) from the cast. If the scratching of a dog or Handler is questioned, immediately note the remaining hunting time on the scorecard, score all pending trees, delete pending strikes not connected to trees and then call time-out to get the question resolved before continuing the cast. C. PANEL HEARING
— The Hunt Director will assemble a panel of three (3) qualified people to hear the question. If the panel finds in favor of the question, the deposit will be returned and the scorecard changed to reflect the change. If the panel finds against the question, the deposit will be forfeited to the club. D. APPEAL OF A PANEL'S DECISION
— Any cast member who believes a panel has made a gross misapplication of a rule may request an appeal of the panel's decision by immediately placing a $100 deposit with the Panel Chairman or Hunt Director. Hunt Director should then contact a member of PKC management for a determination of the validity of the appeal request. If the cast member can quote the specific rule violation and explain the gross error to the contacted PKC Representative, the appeal request will be considered. If the appeal request is accepted it will be passed on to a panel consisting of PKC Staff and/or PKC National Directors for a decision. If the appeal panel upholds the original panel's decision, the $100 deposit will be forfeited. Only if the appeal is accepted and the appeal panel overturns the original panel's decision will the $100 deposit be returned to the cast member. *NOTE: Expect the appeal process to consume a substantial amount of time. If the appeal panel overturns the original panel's decision the host club may request a detailed explanation if written request is received by PKC within ten days. E. FRIVOLOUS QUESTIONS
— Following the Question and/or Appeal process the Question Panel and/or Appeal Panel Chairman may report the questioning Handler to the PKC Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary review if he/she believes the question brought forth was frivolous, deceitful or malicious in nature. Special consideration will be given to those Handlers being reported more than once. F. PANEL RETURNING TO A TREE
— In order for this option to be exercised the tree must be questioned at the time of scoring to be brought before a Question Panel. If the questioning cast member does not agree with the panel's ruling at the club, he/she may request that the panel return to the woods to view the tree by placing a $100 deposit with the Panel Chairman. If the panel inspecting the tree finds in favor of the questioning Handler(s), the scorecard will be changed and the $100 will be refunded. If not, the original score will remain and the deposit forfeited. If the panel inspecting the tree finds this to be a mere difference of opinion with no wrong doing, disciplinary charges will not be filed. However, if the panel inspecting the tree unanimously determines there to be blatant and intentional wrongdoing, Handler(s) will be charged with Handler misconduct and will be required to serve a one (1) year suspension. Additionally, each Handler(s) will be assessed a fine of $250, which must be paid before suspension period begins. All forfeited deposits and fine money in these cases will go directly to the PKC Youth Program's Escrow Account. 5. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS
Any Handler may be reported to the Hunt Director by another cast member, Judge, Guide, or club member for misconduct. The Hunt Director will send the report to PKC with other hunt results. Misconduct report will be handled as provided in National Association By-Laws. Issue will be investigated and charges may be brought on others involved, as well as, member charged. 6. HANDLERS A. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
— Handler and Owner(s) must be current member(s) of PKC and be in good standing. By entering a PKC sanctioned event, the Handler and Owner(s) also agree to accept and abide by the decision(s) of the Judge, Question Panel, Appeal Panel and PKC. Handlers and Owners entering PKC events are expected to know, understand and comply with PKC rules and policies contained herein as well as any changes, additions and/or deletions published in PROHOUND or on the PKC website, http://www.prohound.com
, which become effective on the date of publication unless otherwise stated. It is the responsibility of each Handler to ensure that results of their cast are accurate and correct on the scorecard. The PKC rules and policies clearly outline appropriate steps to be taken by handlers who believe the Judge and/or Handlers are making scoring or other errors. Unless Handler(s) follow these proper question, disqualification and/or disciplinary procedures in an appropriate and timely manner, Handler(s) forfeit their rights to question the scorecard and/or have it corrected. PKC reserves the right to correct any error discovered, but bears no responsibility to change and/or correct any scorecard that has not been questioned in an appropriate and timely manner by cast member(s). B. SPORTSMANSHIP REQUIREMENT
— A Handler must conduct himself as a gentleman and sportsman at all times. A Handler becoming loud, aggressive or belligerent may be scratched regardless of the merit of his/her argument. A Handler displaying unsportsmanlike conduct or failing to abide by these rules should be reported to the Hunt Director for a disciplinary hearing. The disciplinary committee may fine, place on probation, or suspend any member. C. HANDLER INTERFERENCE
— Any Handler found guilty of interfering with another Handler's dog in any way that would affect his/her ability to compete may be subject to disciplinary action. D. DISCIPLINING DOG
— A Handler may not scold, encourage, or punish his/her dog at any time (including time-outs) during any PKC sanctioned event. E. HANDLER LEAVING CAST
— A Handler may not leave the cast for any reason except to go to his dog on a separate tree after the tree is closed. The Judge may give a Handler permission to leave the cast to search for his/her dog during time-out. F. SCORECARD INSPECTION
— A Handler may inspect the scorecard at any time, provided Judge is not in the process of scoring dog(s). G. SPECTATORS
— Spectators may go to the woods on early round casts if agreeable by the majority of cast members. Spectators may stay at the vehicles on early round casts if agreeable by ALL cast members. Spectators will not be allowed on late round casts unless agreeable by ALL cast members and non-hunting Judge. Spectators may shine trees if agreeable by ALL cast members. Handlers shall be responsible for the conduct of spectators at all times. H. SIGNING SCORECARD
— Each Handler is responsible for the accuracy of the scorecard and will sign the scorecard certifying it upon completion of the cast. A member who believes that the scoring of a cast is drastically wrong and cannot be corrected by the normal voting and questioning process must notify the other cast members and sign the scorecard in the gray area at the time the situation occurs to disqualify the cast. In a four (4) dog cast, two (2) cast members must sign the scorecard in the gray to disqualify the cast. In a three (3) dog cast, only one (1) member must sign the gray area to disqualify the cast. A disqualified cast will not be considered for placement, and the signing in the gray can not be questioned, however, other cast members who believe the cast member(s) signing the gray to disqualify the cast did not have a legitimate reason for doing so may file misconduct charges against that member. If the cast is completed when a cast member signs the scorecard in the gray area, any other cast member(s) may question the signing in the gray. Hunt Director will appoint a panel to hear the reason for disqualification and if the panel determines that a mistake has been made, the panel may reinstate the cast if the Handler did not have a justifiable reason for signing the gray. PKC reserves the right to review any scorecard submitted with signature(s) in the gray area for possible misconduct charges against any and/or all members of the cast. I. REMAINING WITH CAST
— Each Handler shall be required to remain with the cast for the entire hunt even though his/her dog may no longer be a part of the cast, unless all remaining Handlers agree to his/her leaving. Departing from a cast and leaving it with less than the three (3) cast member at all times requirement, may subject the exiting Handler to disciplinary charges. J. SCORECARD CERTIFICATION
— Any cast considered for placement in an event must have the signature of at least three (3) cast members certifying it to be accurate. Handlers shall sign his/her name followed by the winning score he/she is certifying and the dog's name and/or scorecard position of the cast winner. Should any Handler leave the cast for any reason before cast hunting time is completed, he/she shall sign the scorecard and record the name of the dog and/or the scorecard position of said dog with the dog's score at that time, in addition to the amount of hunting time remaining in the cast. All casts must be completed with at least three (3) members to certify the scorecard. The Hunt director may sign the card on behalf of a Handler if a question is brought before a panel. The Hunt Director may sign the scorecard on behalf of any Handler who has not signed a scorecard due to negligence. K. SIGNING FRAUDULENT SCORECARD
— Any Handler found to have signed or certified a fraudulent scorecard may be suspended from all PKC activities, fined, placed on probation, and/or barred for up to life from registering dogs. L. ACCEPTING UNDESERVED CREDIT
— Anyone found guilty of accepting credit for a different amount than he/she actually earned in a PKC event may be subject to disciplinary penalties. M. INTENTIONAL MISHANDLING
— A Handler must compete to the best of his/her and his/her dog's ability. Any Handler intentionally handling his/her dog in such a way as to allow or help another hound or Handler to win will be subject to disciplinary action. N. USE OF LIGHTS
— A Handler may not use his/her light to help control dog(s) or shine trees except upon the direction of the Judge. He/she must turn the light off at the request of the Judge. 7. DOGS A. PKC STANDARDS
— Any dog entered must meet PKC standards. It should be trained so as not to hinder other dog(s) in the cast. B. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
— The entered dog must be PKC registered in the true Owner's name. All awards will be presented to the registered Owner or Handler of the dog. C. FALSE REGISTRATION/ENTERING
— Anyone guilty of falsely registering or falsely entering any dog with wrong papers may be scratched, fined, and/or placed on suspension and/or probation. D. VETERINARIAN EXAMINATION
— The Handler must allow his/her dog to be examined by a veterinarian, if requested, or be suspended indefinitely. E. TRACKING COLLARS
— A dog may wear a tracking collar during the hunt. It may be used during any time-out period to return the dog to the cast. All tracking receivers must remain "powered off" during hunting time. All Handlers must agree to allow the Judge to check any tracking unit for use at any time requested. Checking for use may include powering on a Handler's tracking receiver for verification of use. This rule is to be strictly enforced. Any time a Handler is scratched for tracking equipment use or failure to allow Judge to inspect equipemnt for use; misconduct charges MUST be filed and sent to PKC. NOTE — A handler may be permitted to temporarily power on a tracking unit in order to mark a tree for a panel to look at without being scratched while his/her dog is tied at the tree. In this case, the tracking unit must be powered off immediately after marking the tree. F. TRAINING COLLARS
— A dog may wear an electronic training collar, but the transmitter may not be carried on cast, used during the hunt or on time-out. The transmitter may only be retrieved and utilized after the dog has completed the cast. This rule is to be strictly enforced. Any time a Handler is scratched for training equipment infractions; misconduct charges MUST be filed and sent to PKC. G. DOG WITHDRAWN BY HANDLER
— No Handler may withdraw their dog without first handling it, unless all cast members and Judge unanimously agree and give permission. If any cast member objects to the dog being withdrawn, he/she must state a legitimate reason as to how it could negatively affect the outcome of the cast. Handler(s) objecting for an invalid reason may be subject to disciplinary action. (Also see 13.A.) 8. POINT SYSTEM
Judge shall repeat dog's name and points being awarded on each and every strike and tree call made by Handlers. Strike and/or tree points shall be split when positions called by Handlers cannot be clearly identified by Judge. A. STRIKE POINTS
— 100 points for the dog struck first, 75 points second, 50 points third and 25 points fourth. (1) ONLY ONE SET OF STRIKE POINTS
will be awarded in the event of split trees. Each tree will be counted as a separate tree for tree points. (2) STRIKING AFTER DOG DECLARED TREED
— A dog cannot receive strike points if he is not struck before the first dog is declared treed unless he trees on a separate tree. However, he may receive tree points if he trees within the five (5) minutes. Any dog called struck after a dog has been called treed will have its strike points recorded with a line under them indicating that a dog was called treed before the dog was called struck. Strike points will be deleted if the dog is handled on the same tree.B. TREE POINTS
— 100 points for the dog treed first, 75 points second, 50 points third and 25 points fourth. C. POINTS RECEIVED FOR TREE CALL
— Thirty (30) seconds after the first dog is called treed, the second tree will be closed. After one (1) minute the third tree will be closed. All dog(s) treed after one (1) minute will receive 25 points. Dog(s) called treed after the expiration of the five (5) minutes will have its tree points deleted if handled on the closed tree. D. DOG(S) COMING INTO TREE
— Any dog handled but not declared treed at a tree that is being scored or has just been scored prior to treed dog(s) being led away to recast will have their strike points minused if coon or off game is scored unless dog(s) was declared struck after the first dog on this tree was declared treed. 9. PLUS POINTS A. MAJORITY OF CAST REQUIREMENT
— When a dog strikes and trees, and a coon is seen by a majority of the cast, dog's points will be plus. A minimum of three (3) cast members must be present at every tree before scoring begins. If only three (3) members of a four (4) dog cast go to a tree, all three (3) must agree on the scoring of the tree. Only one (1) tree is counted even if more than one (1) coon is up the tree. B. PLACE OF REFUGE/COON CAUGHT ON GROUND
— When dog(s) are declared struck and treed and a coon is seen in a place of refuge other than a tree, the dog(s) declared treed will receive plus strike and tree points. Dog(s) not declared treed and handled get plus strike points only. If off game is seen, minus strike and tree points of dog(s) handled. No tree points may be awarded for game caught on the ground. Any time dog(s) catch or bay game, the cast should advance and investigate immediately. Dog(s) declared treed will receive deleted tree points. Strike points will be plus for coon and minus for off-game. 10. MINUS POINTS A. OFF GAME
— Any game that is not a coon or a non-domestic winged animal is considered "off game". For dog(s) treeing "off game", both strike and tree points will be minus. Any dog handled, but not declared treed at a tree or place of refuge where "off-game" is seen will receive minus strike points unless declared struck after the first dog treed. Dog(s) catching or baying off game on the ground will receive minus strike points and deleted tree points if called treed. B. TREEING EMPTY TREE
— When dog(s) tree and the cast can plainly see that no coon is there and there is no place in the tree for one to be hiding. C. LEAVING TREE
— When a dog has been declared treed and the dog leaves the tree. If it goes back on the trail, just its tree points will be minused. If the dog returns to the tree before the tree is closed, Handler may re-tree for next available position on the tree. D. QUITTING TRAIL
— When a dog quits a trail, strike points will be minus. When a dog strikes back on a trail that is being worked, he will receive a maximum of 25 points, unless all dogs are competing for 100 strike points. E. SIX (6) MINUTE RULE
— If dogs declared struck do not open within six (6) minutes, all strike points will be minus. NOTE — After scoring tree, do not start six (6) minute rule until after walking the required one (1) minute as stated in Rule #2-L. F. TWO (2) MINUTE RULE
— After dog(s) are declared treed, at least one
(1) of the dogs on that tree must bark at least once every two (2) minutes or be minused. NOTE — If no dog(s) declared treed are barking and no struck trailing dog(s) are barking, once the two (2) minute rule expires and treed dog(s) are minused, only four (4) minutes remain on the six (6) minute rule before minusing trailing dog(s). G. RUNNING OFF GAME
— If dog(s) are seen to be running off game, their strike points will be minused and struck back in for 25 points. H. BABBLING
— Any dog leaving barking off the chain and/or is declared struck within the first minute must show that it is taking a track out of the area and not false barking. Dog(s) guilty of false barking (babbling) will be minused on the first offense and scratched on the second offense. I. FAILURE TO CALL DOG
— When Judge has determined that a dog has opened three (3) times after the first minute, he/she will ask for a call. If the Handler fails to call the dog struck on the next bark, Judge will award the next available strike points and minus them. If the dog continues to open he must be struck after the next three (3) barks or the same process will be repeated. J. RUNNING FAST GAME
— When one (1) or more dogs leave on a fast moving trail and the cast is unable to keep close enough to effectively judge the dog(s), the Judge will minus the dog(s) and apply the time-out rule. Any dog(s) not running a fast moving trail will receive deleted strike points. The place for the Handlers to return to must be designated. Any Handler unable to return his/her dog to the cast within the time limit will be scratched and the cast completed with the available dog(s). K. CALLING A DOG THAT HAS NOT OPENED
— Should any Handler call his/her dog that has not opened or calls another Handler's dog, the Judge will award the points called and minus them. These points will then be opened for all Handlers. 11. CIRCLE POINTS
Circle points count neither for nor against dog. A dog with all circle points will have a total score of zero. Points will be circled when a dog strikes and trees up a tree or other place of refuge where there could be a coon, yet no coon and no off game is seen. No trees should be climbed; however, every reasonable effort should be made to score a dog. Stepping up on a stump, log or fork of a tree is not considered climbing. Any Handler has the right to search a hole that any dog is called treed in. Under no circumstances can strike points be circled unless they are connected to circle tree points. 12. DELETED POINTS A.
When dog(s) return to a tree previously scored on. B.
When dog(s) are trailing when hunting time is completed. C.
If time-out must be called. D.
When the Judge orders dog(s) to be called off because of livestock or nearness of a highway, buildings, etc. E.
When dog's scores are altered through interference of a person that is not a member of the cast. F.
When dog is called treed after five (5) minutes are up on a tree, he will receive 100 points. The points will be deleted if he is in fact treed on a dead tree. G. Dangerous Obstacle/Deep Water
— When dog(s) are treed across deep water or any other dangerous obstacle, after all efforts to reach dog(s) have been exhausted and the cast cannot reach dog(s), all points should be deleted and the time-out rule applied. Under no circumstances should any cast member attempt to cross water deep enough to require swimming. H. Squirrel Rule
— If a squirrel is seen in a tree while the tree is being scored and there is a bed or hole in the tree large enough to conceal a raccoon, strike and tree points of dog(s) handled at this tree will be deleted. I. Tie Vote On Scoring Tree Circle Or Minus
— In an Open Event cast with two (2) members voting to circle a tree and two (2) members voting to minus a tree, strike and tree points of all dog(s) handled at this tree will be deleted. 13. DOGS/HANDLERS MAY BE SCRATCHED
Dog(s) or Handlers may be scratched for interfering with another dog or Handler's ability to compete. If an unintentional error has been made by a Judge or Handler which has done no harm to other Handlers and/or dog(s), every effort should be made to rectify the situation in ways other than scratching. If not for a specific reason outlined below, dog(s) and/or Handlers should be scratched only as a last resort. Every effort should be made to allow dog(s) and Handlers to compete for the entire cast. Specific reasons to scratch are as follows: A. FIGHTING (1) ISSUING WARNING
— Any dog snarling, growling, or coming off a tree toward another dog will be scratched. A dog with its hackles turned up, growling and fussing may be scratched. Equal consideration should be given regarding scratching a dog showing aggression while hunting, as well as, one who is treed. Judge may issue a warning to the Handler of a dog he/she suspects is causing trouble without scratching the dog. Judges are not required to actually see a dog(s) showing aggression in order to place that dog(s) under a warning. In any subsequent altercation where the aggressive dog is not known, the dog(s) under warning shall be scratched with the other dog(s) involved being permitted to remain in the cast under warning. No Handler will be allowed to withdraw his/her dog to avoid being "scratched for fighting". Any cast member(s) found guilty of allowing another cast member(s) to withdraw to avoid being scratched for fighting may be subject to disciplinary actions. (2) REQUIREMENTS TO SCRATCH DOG
— A dog may be scratched by the Judge and one (1) other cast member or a majority of the cast when observed in an altercation with another dog. No dog should be scratched for fighting while under the control of his/her Handler (on leash, in a truck, etc) or because of another dog previously scratched or withdrawn but not handled. However, a dog may be scratched after hunting time has expired should it be involved in the scoring of a tree call. B. BABBLING
— Any dog leaving barking off the chain and/or is declared struck within the first minute must show that it is taking a track out of the area and not false barking. Dog(s) guilty of false barking (babbling) will be minused on the first offense and scratched on the second offense. C. UNDESERVED POINTS
— Any Handler making a deliberate attempt to gain undeserved points or avoid deserved minus points will be scratched. This also includes making a deliberate attempt to assign another Handler undeserved minus points or an undeserved scratch. D. MOLESTING, RUNNING, BAYING OR TREEING LIVESTOCK E. HANDLER MISCONDUCT
— Any Handler becoming unreasonable, aggressive or presenting his/her ideas in a forceful manner may be scratched. A Handler may be scratched by the Judge and one other cast member or a majority of the cast. The decision is final and cannot be questioned. Any Handler continuing to be abusive will be reported to the Hunt Director for disciplinary action. F. SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
— Females smelling strong enough to attract male dog(s), or any dog exhibiting sexual behavior instead of hunting during the progress of the cast will be scratched. If it is not possible to determine which dog is responsible for the behavior, both may be scratched. G. STATIONARY RULE
— Any dog continually barking in the same place for a period of six (6) minutes will be scratched, unless called treed. This rule is to apply to a dog obviously barking treed. If a dog should pause for more than two (2) minutes or leave the area, break the six (6). If it returns, a new stationary rule will be started. If the six (6) minute rule is being applied to a dog and another dog is called treed in the same place, the six (6) minute rule will be broken. If it is later determined that the dog(s) are treed on separate trees, a new stationary rule will be started on the dog(s) not called treed. If Judge is heading to or in the process of scoring another tree, the stationary rule should be stopped. Handler(s) must be advised any time the stationary rule is being applied on his/her dog and that it will be scratched unless declared treed. Anytime the stationary rule has been running for four (4) minutes or more and dog(s) stops barking, the two (2) minute rule should be applied. Should six (6) minute rule expire before two (2) minutes expires and dog resumes barking, Handler(s) should be permitted to make a tree call provided call is made within the next three barks the dog makes. H. FIFTEEN (15) MINUTE RULE
— Dog(s) failing to go hunting during any fifteen (15) minute period of hunting time will be scratched. The Handler has the right to walk any dog not hunting in the direction the Guide wishes to hunt. If dog is handled at a tree during this fifteen (15) minute period, the time should be paused and then continued after dog is recast. A dog must be gone for five (5) minutes to be considered hunting, unless the hunt expires. At anytime a dog(s) is called struck that has opened, the fifteen (15) minute rule will be dropped/stopped/ broken. I.
Unreasonable delay in completion of the cast. J. RETURNING TO A TREE
— Dog(s) may be handled at the same tree a second time without being scratched. However, any dog handled at the same tree three (3) times will be scratched, whether declared treed or not. NOTE — If dog(s) are handled at the same tree the third time after hunting time has expired, they will not be scratched unless they had been previously declared treed during hunting time. K. UNSOLICITED ADVICE
— Any Handler offering unsolicited advice to the Judge concerning the scoring of dog(s) while he/she is considering his/her call will be scratched on the second offense. Judge must warn the Handler on the first offense and scratch on second offense. Judge must be free to make his/her decision concerning the scoring of dog(s) without being under pressure from Handlers to make a certain call. Any Handler is free to question the Judge's decision after he/she has made his/her call, or has not made a call that the Handler feels he/she should have made, in accordance with the questioning procedure. L. HANDLER LEAVING CAST
— Any Handler leaving the cast, except to go to a separate tree, will be scratched from the cast. (Refer to Rule 6-F) M. OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE
— Any Handler attempting to use assistance and/or communication from outside of the cast in an effort to gain an unfair advantage will be scratched and reported to PKC for disciplinary review. N.
Tracking and/or training collar abuse. (See Rules #7-E and 7-F) 14. TIME-OUT
A majority of the cast must agree on time-out. Unless absolutely necessary, time-out should not be called unless all dog(s) are close enough to be handled. If time-out is called, it will apply to all dog(s) in the cast. Time-out will be a maximum of one (1) hour. Less than one (1) hour, by majority vote of cast members, may be allowed if necessary to make the deadline at the club. A place for Handlers to return must be designated. At the end of time-out, Handlers must have their dog in hand at the predetermined location and be ready for recasting. Time-out may be called for the following reasons: A.
When dog(s) or cast members are getting near a place of danger. (highway, gunshots fired, posted property, etc) B.
When dog(s) not in the cast are working a trail or tree with cast members' dog(s). All scores by cast members' dog(s) will stand unless altered by dog(s) outside the cast. C.
If new ground must be found to finish the cast. D.
In case of accident or sickness. E. GOING OUT OF HEARING OF TRAILING DOG(S)
— When a cast walks out of hearing of trailing dog(s) to score a tree, it should return to the area where the dog(s) were last heard. If dog(s) are not heard within six (6) minutes, points will be deleted and the time-out rule applied or the Handler(s) may receive minus strike points and continue the cast at their option. If Handlers with dog(s) struck are unable to reach a unanimous decision on calling time-out or taking minus points, time-out will be called. F.
If the scratching of a dog or Handler is questioned, immediately note the remaining hunting time on the scorecard, score all pending trees, delete pending strikes not connected to trees and then call time-out to get the question resolved before continuing the cast. TIME-OUT NOTE — At no time and for no reason, will a cast be permitted to use vehicles to travel to dog(s) during hunting time. If vehicles are used, time-out must be called, and all pending scores will be deleted. 15. TIES
All ties must be broken to determine a cast winner or placement. Ties will be broken as follows: A.
The dog with the most plus tree points. B.
The dog with the most plus strike points. C.
The dog with the most circle points, combined strike and tree. D.
The dog with the most circle tree points. E.
The dog with the least minus points. F.
If there is still a tie; the dogs tied will continue hunting until the tie is broken, however the score at the end of the two (2) hour hunting time will remain the final score for determining placement in the hunt. In overtime, the first dog to draw minus or the scoring of the first dog called treed will break the tie. Time-out should not be called to break a sudden death tie. Cast should continue hunting without time-out being called. As an option to overtime, tied Handlers may unanimously vote to flip a coin to determine the winner. 16. ENTRY REFUSAL/BARRING INDIVIDUALS FROM CLUB PKC
and/or a sponsoring club has the right to refuse entry to any Owner, Handler or dog for just cause including, but not limited to violent behavior, under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the event. However, no Owner or Handler may be refused entry or barred from a club on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, physical impairment, or their status with another registry or club. A PKC member may be barred from a specific host club for just cause only. Prior to any member being barred from a club, the club must first contact the PKC staff with details surrounding the accused member. A hearing for the accused member with club officers and/or board members will be scheduled at the club. The accused member and PKC must be notified and invited in writing via certified letter more than ten (10) days in advance of the hearing. PKC reserves the right to attend and/or send a representative to the hearing. Following the hearing and club decision, the accused member must be notified of his/her status in writing via certified mail. Copies of all correspondence between the club and the accused member(s) must be provided to PKC. PKC reserves the right to uphold or deny this barring action based upon the evidence provided. 17. DOG WITH NO PLUS OR CIRCLE POINTS
A dog that has not scored plus or circle points cannot place over a dog who has scored plus points or circle points. 18. DETERMINING WINNERS
The final score is determined by subtracting all minus points from all plus points. All circle points count as zero as a final score. This applies to placing in a cast or cast winners placing in the final four. After determining the final score, the order of placement is as follows: A. MOST PLUS POINTS
If more than one (1) dog has the same amount of plus points as a final score, see tie breaking rules. B. TOTAL SCORE OF ZERO
All circle points count as zero for a final score. If more than one (1) dog has a final score of zero (no plus and no minus), see tie breaking rules. C. LEAST MINUS POINTS WITH PLUS OR CIRCLE
The dog with the least minus points that has scored plus or circle points. D. LEAST MINUS POINTS WITHOUT PLUS OR CIRCLE
The dog with the least minus points without scoring plus or circle points. E. DISQUALIFIED CASTS
Awards normally due any disqualified cast may be disbursed at the clubs discretion, but dog will not receive credit. Under no circumstances may awards from a disqualified cast(s) be added to other places. Examples of a disqualified cast are a cast killed by a member signing the gray, or a cast completing hunting time with less than three voting members. NOTE — The preceding formula applies to a placing in a cast or a cast winner advancing. Anytime more than one dog is scratched from a cast at the same time, they will place in the order of their score at the time they were scratched. No dog scratched for fighting may advance as a cast winner. F. CREDIT RECEIVED
Under no circumstances may the second, third, or fourth place dog in a first round cast receive any credit for winning. NOTE — In the event two (2) or more dogs remain tied for final cast berth after all tie-breaking procedures have been exhausted, handlers may unanimously agree to flip a coin to determine finalist(s) or divde the Final 4 Split amount plus cast win awards (if any) equally. 19. HUNTING OPEN EVENT FINALS OFF FOR PLACEMENT
Various rules apply to deadlines and hunting off Open Event Finals depending upon the night of the week, number of entries and Added Purse amount. Please refer to Hunt Director Instructions in the current Blue Book for specific details. 20. GOOD JUDGEMENT THESE RULES ARE WRITTEN AND INTENDED TO IDENTIFY AND REWARD THE DOG THAT HUNTS, STRIKES, TRAILS, AND TREES LIVE RACCOON AND STAYS UNTIL ITS HANDLER ARRIVES. AT TIMES IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO USE GOOD JUDGMENT RATHER THAN A LITERAL INTERPRETATION OF THESE RULES TOWARD THIS END. IT IS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THESE RULES FOR THE JUDGE, PANEL AND/OR APPEAL PANEL TO USE THEIR JUDGMENT AND DISCRETION ON SITUATIONS NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED BY THESE RULES. USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ILLEGAL DRUGS OR ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE GROUNDS OF OR WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A PKC SANCTIONED EVENT. ANYONE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, ILLEGAL DRUGS OR ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY AND SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION. OPEN EVENT PICTURE REQUIREMENT PKC requires a group picture of any event held with four (4) entries or less. This picture must include all participants in the event, and must accompany the Hunt Report being sent to the PKC Office or pictures may be sent by email to the address below or sent via text message to one of the PKC Staff members listed below. Failure to submit the picture may cause the Hunt Director Report to be denied. Please make note of this requirement and submit your picture with your Hunt Report. If emailing or sending the picture via text message, please make note on the hunt report that the picture has been emailed or sent by text. Email pictures to the following: firstname.lastname@example.org