Rules & By Laws

NSTRA Rules & By Laws

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Modifications

The following rule changes have not been added to the rule book, but are in effect as follows:

Effective April 2013

3.01: pg. 20 - Interpretation: If, in a judge's opinion, the backing dog leaves the back because the judge has intimidated him while trying to hold him, the back is not scored but, give the dog another opportunity on a separate piece of work.

Effective February 2015

4.01: pg. 22 - All participants shall wear a hat or vest of blaze orange or safety green, where allowable by law, while in the field. This includes judges.

8.05: pg. 27 - The minimum age to be in the field shall be ten years of age, and to gun for self must be 16 years of age and hold a current Hunter's Safety Course Card. The minimum age to plant birds must be 16 years of age. The minimum age to be a field marshal shall be 18 years of age.

The highlighted portion of the following rule was mistakenly left out during last print, but is still in effect:

11.09: pg. 39 - An owner shall be allowed to enter his/her dog (or dogs) in his/her home region or regions in which his/her dog (or dogs) qualified for elimination trials, but not in both regions. Dogs that qualify in home region must enter in home region. To qualify for Regional Elimination trials, a dog must receive a placement in a sanctioned trial; the current regional champion is also automatically qualified. 10/13 Dogs that hold Championship status must run in home region. A dog may enter only one Regional Elimination trial per year January 1st to December 31st.

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