The test track will be laid no less than 20 hours before the test using scent shoes with fresh (or fresh frozen and freshly thawed) deer hooves.
Blood, hair, bone and hooves from any of the six kinds of deer in the U.K. can be used to make up the trail, but it is preferred that blood, hair and tissue from the herding species is used, and that only one species is used for individual trails.
No more than 25ml blood will be used on the trail and there may be gaps of up to 25 metres with no blood at all used on the trail.
The trail will be approximately 800 meters long and have two 90 degree turns and a small back track (a trail that goes out at some point then stops and comes back along the same route) of approximately 10 metres.
A “find” of skin, hoof or other fresh/fresh thawed deer part will be left at the end of the trail, which must be indicated by the dog in some way but there is no requirement for the dog to “speak” at the find.
The trail will be marked in such a way that only the judges know its path.