I do like the idea of a ring as well, but its whatever will draw more people to our ASSOC that is what we need.
I personally think we need to survey 100 comp hunters and find out what it would take to get them to attend a world hunt? and what it would take for them to attend monthly hunts in their area! The as a a assoc we can decide the best way to help ACHA In return for doing our survey we could give them a voucher to register one dog for free! that would get more reg dogs in and if they have one dog reg they may very well reg all there dogs. and attend some hunts. we need to give each state that has acha clubs a certain number of vouchers based on the amount of hunts in that state. And have the state reps in that state select the people to take the survey! Is this do able? I don't know but I cant for see why it wouldn't be.
Now that's just my idea but I think its the way we need to approach this and help build our club back up! If we don't wanna diminish then we have to make some changes!
I think we have to give people a incentive for making dogs grand and or dual grand as well! Whether that be a jacket, pull over, or gift certificate to a hunting supply shop, or a light or something!
I think our competitors (pkc, chkc, nkc, akc) have all made some serious changes in order to capture the more dogs reg and more hunters attending the hunts. We have to do the same thing. and we have to set a budget and a plan and just give it heck!
I have several things I would like to see changed as we all do but I think we need to find out what the majority of comp hunters have to say. Not just current acha members but even guys who don't hunt in acha hunts now!
we also need to get more coonhunters on this board!!