Welcome to CGDA
The Colorado Gun Dog Association was formed to provide bird dog owners the
opportunity to hunt birds in a competition format. This activity can be enjoyed
by friends and family of any age. It gives members the opportunity to improve
their hunting skills and develop their dog's instinctive abilities.
The goal of CGDA, in the Youth Division, is to help our youth to become the hunters and dog handlers of tomorrow. We will provide a place they can learn to handle their dogs well, hunt safely and compete with the support of the whole club. We recognize the value of teaching our children good sportsmanship, like a handshake and thank you to your judge, being a gracious looser and a humble winner.
We understand the importance of teaching our children to treat their dogs with kindness and consideration in spite of the performance, and the need to support the club with the functioning of the trials. We want to encourage whole families to hunt together, knowing that this is how we can protect the future of hunting and field trials.
The Colorado Gun Dog Association stresses safety, family, fairness,
and the appreciation of fine bird dogs in its trials.
We use two formats for our trials, and rules for both are in the
CGDA Trial .
Youth Chukar Trial Event
(Run Similarly to the Chukar Trial)
- Focus on Handler learning and having fun -
The rules for the Youth Chukar Trial will be the same as for Chukar Trial’s rules
with the following exceptions:
1. The focus is on the youth (handler) instead of the dog.
2. Dogs may be on lead just as they are in the Novice Chukar Trials.
3. Placements will be given to the top three.
4. Entry Fee:
a. Member is $30.00
b. Non-member is $50.00
5. Dogs of any age or ability may run.
6. Youth ages 8-16 as handlers, competing against each other with their
Parent/Legal Guardian as mentor and supporting them in the field!
7. Youth Handler must provide proof of a Hunter's Safety Card to compete and
shall mail in a copy of their card with entry form.
In addition, the youth must have their card available to show their judge
if asked for before they can run their chukar trial.
8. A non-member Parent/Legal Guardian shall also mail
in a signed liability waiver with entry form.
9. Talking between Handler, Judge and Parent/Legal Guardian
in the youth chukar trial is highly encouraged.
This is a time of training, learning and having fun.
10. The field will be approximately half the size of the normal chukar trial field.
The run shall be 20 minutes with three birds planted in the front half, i.e. approx 20 acres. The start line shall be on the right or left side of the field, not in the middle
(allowing for a better run).
11. Parent/Legal Guardian will hand shotgun shell(s) to youth to
load when dog goes on point. Any unused shells will be given back
to the mentor before proceeding to the next bird.
The number of shells handed over at any given time is at the Mentor's
discretion. The maximum number of shots per chukar trial is five shells.
12. Prior to the youth taking a shot, the Judge shall hold the dog by check
cord or by dog collar (for dog's safety), and the Parent/Legal Guardian shall stay with the child within 10 yards. Remember, the focus here is on the youth, not the dog.
Whenever necessary for the safety of the dog, handler, judge or spectators the judge,
mentor, shooter and/or handler can call for a safety.
Once a safety is called the shooter shall not shoot.
No shooting birds on the ground for any reason.
The dog needs to retrieve the bird to the Youth Handler.
The Parent/Legal Guardian can stand close to the handler to facilitate this.
The mentor is allowed to coach the Youth Handler, but the
handler is to actually give the commands to the dog.
a. Handlers 10 years old and older have the option of shooting for themselves,
if shooter is elected by either the handler or Parent/Legal Guardian then shooter shall
be anyone 14 years old or older with a Hunter's Safety Card!
b. Handlers 8 & 9 years old shall never be allowed to shoot their own birds.
c. The shooter shall never be the youth’s Parent/Legal Guardian.
d. First Tie breaker shall be the overall time, Second tiebreaker shall be the first bird found.
13. The Youth Handler’s Parent/Legal Guardian must help in planting
birds and/or judging whenever possible the youth’s chukar trial.
Youth should also be an assistant judge and/or bird planter whenever possible.
14. The Judge or our club’s Professional Dog Trainer (if available),
in the field may give one dog training tip and one handler tip during the run.
Keep the tips short so that we can keep the chukar trial moving.
For more Information go on Trial Objectives