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CHECKING IT OUT — Mike Botts (left) of Davenport, Iowa, and Jason Christopher of Saltillo, Miss., use a rangefinder to study the former Goodyear Wingfoot Golf Course, which will be used as one of the sites for the upcoming Hunter Retriever Club International Grand Hunt Test. More than 400 retrievers, along with their trainers, have been arriving this week for the prestigious event, which begins Saturday and runs through Wednesday. Spectators are encouraged to watch the dogs and trainers in action. Site maps and information are available at the Grand headquarters, which is next to JCPenney on Reelfoot Avenue. It is the second time the event has been hosted by the local Tennessee River Hunter Retriever Club. “We’re having it here again because it’s centrally located, it’s a well-known duck hunting area, the local club is strong and the fact that when we were here in 2009, we were treated with great hospitality,” said Botts, the Grand Hunt committee field representative. Christopher handles HRC public relations for this region.

 
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