Backwoods Hunting Retriever Club is a licensed and approved organization sanctioned by the United Kennel Club (UKC). There are 132 HRC Clubs in 36 states and 2 Provinces, with 8500+ members, 66% Males, 34% female and 10% under 18. The HRC's philosophy is " Conceived by Hunters for Hunters." The HRC clubs provide activities for the dog enthusiast usually in the time between hunting seasons. However, due to the growing popularity of the sport it is not unusual to have a handler go hunting on Saturday and run a local event on Sunday.
HRC maintains its common sense, hunting realism in testing Hunting retrievers. There are five ability-based (not age) categories that the dogs may enter in the HRC Tests: Started, Seasoned, Finished, Upland and Grand. Unlike field trials, these are not competitive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place events, but tests where all dogs are judged pass/fail against a "Hunting Standard". These are events that are great fun where everyone can root for the other person's dog and help each other with their training. The judges must be experienced Hunters and must pass HRC administered tests, apprentice as judges, have gun safety training, attend judging seminars, have handled and passed a dog in the category that they are judging and meet other HRC requirements. Good 'Hunting-oriented' judges are the key to having tests with Hunting realism.
If you have questions about our club or the events we sponsor, please contact us.
Frank Kalinowski Backwoods HRC—President