RULES OF THE GAME

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THE UNITED KEN­NEL CLUB’S “OF­FI­CIAL NITE HUNT HONOR RULES” COVER 12 PAGES. GREATLY SIMPLIFIED, IT ALL WORKS AS FOL­LOWS.

Each dog in a cast of four is awarded points (100, 75, 50, and 25) for the or­der in which its barks in­di­cate it “struck” or “opened” a coon trail. A dog is also awarded points (125, 75, 50, and 25) for the or­der in which its bark changes to in­di­cate that it has “treed” the raccoon. Points are “mi­nused” for mis­takes, rang­ing from quit­ting a trail to tree­ing a “coon” where there clearly is none, to fight­ing with an­other dog. Points are “cir­cled” when proper scor­ing can’t be de­ter­mined, such as when there might be a raccoon in a tree, but it can­not be seen. If two dogs are tied when time is called and all other fac­tors are equal, the dog with the most cir­cled points wins. —B.H.

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