FT and gdgli,
This is exactly what a spaniel hunt test is. The dog quarters across the field looking for that downed bird. The series is called "hunt dead". Goldens are especially good at it!
NAHRA has a variation. The dog has to find a dead duck that has been drug around a field. The idea is finding that wounded bird.
NAHRA is kind of interesting in how they run their hunt tests. They are the originators of hunt tests. They have stuck very closely to a hunting scenario for testing. It's very cool when you go to the line and a judge is holding a shotgun and a duck call. The judge will blow the duck call, the duck is thrown or launched by a gunner station, and the judge shoots a blank from his shotgun. It could be a single, double or triple, depending on the level. Or the line is in a boat at the edge of the water and the dog launches from the boat. In my opinion if you wanted to train your dog for hunting, NAHRA is going to give you as close as experience as possible. AKC on the other hand, not so much. AKC's hunt tests are very mechanical. This year I'm going to try to be more like what a hunting scenario is when I judge AKC. I might take the NAHRA test for judging too and start judging their stakes. Anyone else on here that judges NAHRA?
~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie