Welcome to the home of Logan Elm Beagles. Our kennel was started by my dad, Jim McGuire a lifetime ago. Rabbit hunting and running hounds has been a part of our family forever. My great grandfather was rabbit hunting in the hills of eastern Kentucky in the early 1900's. My dad, my brother, Gregg and I have been running dogs, rabbit hunting, and field trialing for the last 45 years here in central Ohio. I started this website in hopes of keeping a record of activities and our dogs to help our kennel as we strive to produce the best rabbit hounds possible.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fill the Truck

I walked out this morning to load the truck. I have been rotating my dogs all summer to make sure that all of them get their share of running. I was thinking about what needed run as I went out to the pens. None of the dogs have been run too much during the last week, so I knew they were all ready to go.

I put three on the leash and loaded them in the truck. I walked back to the pen, and grabbed three more. I loaded them and walked out to one of my big ground pens and looked at the young males. They all seemed anxious to go. I caught three more and headed for the truck. I loaded them, started for the house, and then decided to go back out and just empty the pen. I figured I should just fill the truck.

I went in the house and got Carter out of bed. In a few minutes we were headed outside of Laurelville to a huge clearcut. We had to make a stop on the way for some breakfast, but eventually we got to the running spot.

It took a bit to get all the dogs collared up, but they jumped a rabbit real quick and the chase was on. Having eleven dogs loose gave us plenty to listen to. They ran well with several chases lasting for quite a while. The young dogs held their own, starting rabbits and getting some checks. It was a great morning and the truck full of dogs made some good music this morning.

I ran Chip, Gypsy, Ob, Butcher, Trick, David, Dennis, Silly, Billy, Cole, and Kurly.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's Always Better With Friends

We ran over five hours this morning and the dogs ran great. We were in a huge area with several clearcuts of different ages. It was a beautiful summer morning with a temperature of 50° when we started. We were running a bunch of dogs (I think 16) and I heard a lot of them have a moment of stardom. 

Mike Vigar and Chris Hopkins came down to join me running dogs this morning. Both are regulars and make running dogs a good time. The dogs are important and we all listen and pay attention (at least some of the time). Most important though is just having a good time. As much as I like field trials, nothing beats a morning like today--three guys out enjoying the running just having fun.

I ran Butcher, Kurly, Cole, Gypsy, Chip and Dennis.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some Days it's Easy

I like running in the summer. It sorts the dogs, letting those with grit and ability rise to the top. But summer running is work. Rabbits can't physically run as long. Dogs get hot and have to work to breathe so they can't run as well and many hunt less. Pests are everywhere--ticks, mosquitoes, deer flies . . .  Plus there are always a lot of little rabbits that make little circles, dipping and diving.

Some times though, it all comes together in the summer and then it is great. Dogs start to adapt to the heat and any little break in the weather makes a huge difference. And so it was today. The high for the day was 74°. It rained yesterday and last night. A front passed through and pushed out all the humidity. All in all, it was a perfect morning to run.

The dogs jumped a rabbit before I had them all collared up and turned loose. They ran for over two hours with just a few checks. I am sure they switched rabbits, but it didn't matter. They sounded great. When they finally came in I moved them down the road about 100 yards. They were running again within a minute. After an hour and forty minutes, a chase ended by the truck.

I called the dogs and moved them about 75 yards down the road the other direction. Gypsy and Ob jumped a rabbit within a couple of minutes. After being out a total of five hours, the dogs circled up by the road. I called them in, loaded up, and headed for home. It was a great morning of running and it was so easy--nothing but pleasure. Days like today help deal with all those summer days when it's not quite so good.

I ran Gypsy, Chip, Butcher, Ob, David, Trick, Silly and Billy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

It Was Good When it was Good . . .

Right out of the truck we had great running. The dogs pounded with few checks and far between. Rabbits came quick and stayed up and ran. The fog was so thick you couldn't even see across the holler. By the time the fog finally lifted around 9:30 the dogs had already had a good workout.

Chris Hopkins came down to run and the way the dogs started made it well worth his trip. We went to one of my favorite clearcuts and the dogs took the grand tour right out of the gate. Although you could rarely see the dogs, you could hear a lot of dogs chiming in. It was a great start to the morning.

After the dogs had covered most of the area we where in, I decided we should move around the hill. I thought a new area would keep the good running going. When we dumped the dogs out, they were hot and didn't seem to ambitious. It took way too long to get a rabbit and then it only stayed up for about 15 minutes. We loaded the dogs and headed for a nearby clearcut with a pond.

The dogs quickly jumped a little rabbit but it didn't run far. Then Juno hit a rabbit and the chase was on. For the next hour or more the dogs hammered. They ran the best chase of the day. They ran the clearcut from the top to the bottom and all around. It was the kind of chase that made you smile.

When the chase was finally over, we called the dogs in and headed for the pond. All of them got a good soak and cooled off. Then we spent the next hour trying for one more chase. The young dogs had had enough and the older dogs were not exactly busting the brush. It was highly aggravating. Right at the end though, David jumped a rabbit after being out almost six hours on a hot summer day. That made it all ok.

This was a strange morning. When it was good it was really good. When it was bad, it was nothing. Luckily there was a whole lot more good than bad.

I ran Butcher, David, Dennis, Trick, and Kurly. Chris ran Molly, Juno, and three pups.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Luck of a Beagle

Yes, the Left Leg is Twice as Big
After a Run in with a Copperhead
Butcher won the Champion Class yesterday at OHBC's Little Pack Hunt so I was really happy. I took him out to run today and he sounded real good until he didn't. I noticed he was going back and forth on a logging road in the middle of the clearcut and wasn't trying to get in the chase. Needless to say I was a little aggravated.

When the chase ended and the dogs came in, Butcher wasn't with them. I could tell by the Garmin he wasn't moving. I started that way and began calling him. I could see him slowly moving towards me. By the time I got him, it was easy to see why he wasn't running.

He ran into a copperhead and got bit on his left front leg. Thanks to some aspirin, benadryl, and penicillin he will be OK.  He obviously will be getting a few days off though.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tired Dogs

From Front to Back--Logan Elm Cole,
Silly, Ob, and David

I have been running a lot lately. Need proof? Just take a look at these dogs in their pen.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Four in a Row

The Old Barn at Farmers
Why would a dog run better on the fourth day? Today made the fourth day in a row this week that I have run Chip and he hunted and ran the best today. It has been hotter than blazes all week. The dogs can't even rest well or eat like normal. Every time they get a chance they are diving into the creek.

I would think by the fourth day, Chip would be tired. I would expect him to hunt with less enthusiasm and too start to run a little sloppy. It would be only normal for a dog under the kind of physical stress that I have put on him to loose his intensity.

Somehow though, he has gotten a little better each day. I am sure this can only work to a certain point, and tomorrow I will see if it continues. I think that goes back to his sire, Neal and Hobo the generation before. I suppose, like with most things, I will have to push it to the max just to see what happens.

I started out in a big clearcut this morning but somehow the thunderstorms missed it. There wasn't a drop of water anywhere. About 10:00 it started to get really miserable so I headed to Farmer's where the creek always has water to finish the day.

I ran Chip, Ob, David, Kurly, Trick, and Cole. It was in the 80's before noon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I Love Summer Running

Chip Coming Out on the Track
At 8:00 this morning it was 76°. By 9:00 I was sweating like crazy and I wasn't doing anything. It was so humid you knew thunderstorms were coming before the day was over. The rabbits would only run about 15 - 20 minutes at most. I think it was too hot for them. 

The dogs ran though. At times there were a few more checks than I like. It took a little bit between rabbits and the dogs hit the creek between chases. There was never a time when they weren't breathing hard. But still they ran.

After about 3 1/2 hours I loaded up and headed for the house. Normally I would have run longer but by then, the dogs had enough. The clearcut I was running in is tough running even in good conditions. It is thick and steep. Today everything was harder. And that's why I like running in the summer. 

Any dog can run in good conditions. Any pack can have good chases when it is easy. All the dogs can get checks and jumps on the good days. On a day like today though, the dogs are challenged to the max and the best will rise to the top. Need proof? Gypsy jumped five rabbits today.

I ran Gypsy, Ob, Chip, Butcher, Silly, and Billy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

The grass has been growing good the last few weeks. It seems like every day lately has had a chance of rain and we got it. That sure makes it good for running dogs though.

Chris Hopkins came down last night and we went down to a big clearcut to run. Right from the start the dogs jumped a rabbit and got after it. The chases were steady with some big sweeps. You could tell from the beginning that scenting conditions were great.

I have been spending a lot more time riding horses lately and less time running dogs, and my dogs showed it. As Chris said, "you always do that. It's that after the World Hunt lull." And he is right. Every year after the ARHA World Hunt I run less, taking a bit of a break until summer.

The dogs were a little rough at the start, with more energy than was good for them. After a bit they settled, but it really didn't matter. That's what is so great about good scenting conditions. Even when dogs aren't dialed in they can still burn up the woods. As every beagler knows, you can't beat running in the rain.

I ran Gypsy, Chip, Butcher, and Ob. Chris ran Molly, Juno, and a couple of pups.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hog Wild at the Lease

You never know what might be running around in the clearcuts. One thing is starting to be real certain though, there are a lot of wild hogs. These two were trapped at one time right in the middle of one of my best running spots.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It Was Wild!

You take some young dogs and run them hard during the winter/hunting season. You try to give them lots of chances to figure out what being a rabbit dog means. You pound them in a pack, trying to maximize opportunity and minimize chances for trouble. They are just starting to look good and figure some things out. Then you put them up for two months.

So then you take five dogs and do everything possible to get them at the top of their game. You run them hard and then run them sharp. In other words, run them all they can physically stand to get them in top shape, and then run them at the top of their game to maximize their ability. Then give them two weeks off.

Then you load the whole bunch up and head for a big clearcut. You see a rabbit crossing the lane on the way in and you know it's going to be exciting. You collar up the dogs and away they go. They pound off the hill so fast they are almost outrunning their bark.

You are on the edge of 2,000 acres and you may need it all. When you see the dogs on the first check, it seems like they are going to use it all just regaining the track. Quickly, Butcher snatched it up and away they went, hammering off the hill again.

The ARHA World Hunt is over and it's back to just running for fun. The dogs had a blast and most of the time, I did too. Some of the races were a little choppy, some of the time. Most chases though were fast and furious. It was wild but I had a blast.

I ran Butcher, Ob, Chip, Gypsy, Kurly, Dennis, David, and Trick.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Sick World Hunt

It started with a sneeze as we pulled out. Little did I know how sick would come to describe this year's World Hunt. In twenty years of competing at the World, I have never seen anything like this one. 

At this year's World Hunt:

1.  I spent at least four hours a day sleeping in the truck.
2.  ARHA only ran two rounds on Thursday because of thunderstorms.
3.  I was too sick (flu) to run most of my dogs and can hardly remember running the ones that I did.
4.  I spent about 12 hours a day in bed at the motel.
5.  We ran 12 dogs that never won a cast (last year we had 9 dogs that won their first round).
6.  Evansville, IN set the record for rain in a 24 hour period while we were there.
7.  There was a tornado siren 40 yards from our motel window that went off at least 6 times Thursday night.
8.  The back of my head is still sore from it laying on the head rest in the truck.
9.  I got a lot of weird looks from people who went away thinking I was as rude as ever because my brain was working about like going 10 mph on a super speedway.
10. I infected more people than Magic Johnson but at least it was with the flu and not AIDS.
11. Gypsy ran so bad she got an immediate pass to retirement.
12. Got to meet Zach Moore and Aaron White from Kansas, show them how horrible a couple of my dogs could run, and felt too bad to even think up some kind of excuse.
13. Went to the Log Cabin, one of best restaurants in the world twice but was too sick to eat and couldn't taste what I did eat.
14. Saw a lot of people I had been waiting a year to see and then couldn't think enough to carry on a conversation.
15. I sneezed enough to fill a five gallon bucket and spread millions of flu germs throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
16. Gregg ran Jake and got scratched because he couldn't catch him (even with 7 people helping). I caught him when he ran down the road and sat down at the back of the truck.
17. Jeff and I found out that some people would do anything to win including ruin any chance of a friendship but the guy still got last in the cast. :)
18. When a judge says, "I missed that one check" it's not a good thing.
19. We ran 12 dogs that never won a cast (for all kinds of reasons which I am still trying to figure out).
20. Oh, by the way, did I say I had the flu?
21. We had one dog that won a cast and he just kept winning until he was a World Champion and really that's all that matters.

To anyone that tried to talk to me at the World, if I seemed off my rocker, I was and I am sorry. To anyone I might have infected, I am truly sorry (don't worry you will be up to 50% in a week). All I can say is this was one sick World Hunt.  Congrats to those that placed.