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It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Scent Hanging in the Air

Two days of rain, and then it stopped about dark with some clouds in the sky, but no breeze.  The temperature was in the 50's.  If you could draw up a perfect night for running, last night was it.  I saw two rabbits and three deer on the way back to the running spot at the landfill.  There must be something in the ground that is good for wildlife.

I loaded up four males and four females wondering who would be the star tonight.  It was one of those times though where everybody can look good because the conditions were outstanding.  The dogs ran almost nonstop.  When one chase ended another soon started.  If only the dogs could be this good all the time.

It seems like Chip is taking over my pack.  For the last month he has made a move forward.  He consistently jumps the most rabbits, always gets his share of the checks, and runs a good bit of the front.  With Neal getting older and Gypsy with pups, I hoped one of my dogs would take control.  It will be interesting to see if he can continue to be dominant throughout the winter.

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