The old man and I put it on them this weekend and it sure was great. Both Saturday and Sunday we had plenty of rabbits. We hit a big clearcut on Saturday that seemed like it hadn't been run all winter. For the first hour we had trouble keeping dogs together. There were rabbits running everywhere. I could hardly shoot for all the splits and dogs running all over.
By the second hour the dogs had settled down and it made for some good chases. There was a couple of inches of snow, but it was soft and the scenting conditions seemed good. You could tell by some of the drives that the dogs could run with their heads up. Also, the barks were good and loud for most of the afternoon, a sure sign of good tracking.
For the day, Hot Head, Stubby, and Gypsy all jumped at least two rabbits. A couple of other dogs started tracks and jumped rabbits.
On Sunday we went to a place that we hadn't hunted before. I killed a couple of rabbits, both after some hard running. The running was a little more spotty due to the variety of scenting conditions. All in one chase the dogs ran in crusty snow, soft wet snow, dry leaves, pine needles, and a grassy field. The ever changing conditions made the dogs work a little extra at times.
Chip had a good day and jumped at least three rabbits. Gypsy jumped two rabbits and several other dogs started a race. Nothing makes a hunt like having a bunch of different dogs get jumps and start chases.
All in all it was a good weekend. Any beagler knows that feeling--the one you get on the drive home where you had good running and the dogs ran to their potential. It just puts a smile on your face and makes you anxious for the next time.
During the weekend, I ran Chip, Rambler, Gypsy, Dixie, Diamond, and Rep. Dad ran Hot Heat, Stubby, Hot Rod, Lim, Benji and Village Girl.