If you live in the Alabama area and you’ve never attended a retriever hunt test, here’s your chance to see some of the best hunting retrievers in the nation.

From this press release on the Outdoor Wire:

The M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area (FWFTA) in Hale County will host the Master National Retriever Club’s 2012 Master National Hunt Test October 18-28, 2012. The Black Warrior Retriever Club (BWRC) of Alabama is the host club for the prestigious event.

The annual retriever hunt test event showcases the best hunting retrievers in North America, and more than 700 dogs are scheduled to be tested during the week…The field testing for the retrievers begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, and culminates with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, October 28. The public is invited to watch the hunt tests to observe how retrievers respond to their handler’s commands. Six different tests on both land and water will take place during the Master National, which is attracting retrievers, owners and handlers from all over the nation and Canada.

There are over 700 dogs entered in this year’s Master National, and these dogs truly are the cream of the crop. To qualify to run at the Master National, a dog must have an AKC Master Hunter (MH) title, as well as having received six master passes in the past year at several of the many AKC hunt tests put on by local clubs across the nation. You can also learn more about the Master National and follow the event’s progress on the Master National Retriever Club’s homepage at

How many readers have run their dogs in a local AKC retriever hunt test? Know anybody running a dog in the Master National this week?