I went down to a big clearcut near Gibisonville last night. There was about 2 inches of snow left (much to my surprise.). It was a clear night with stars that looked like you could reach out and touch them. In four hours of running I didn't have a single car pass by.
It took about ten minutes to get the first rabbit, but the dogs ran pretty much for the rest of the time. I hadn't run my three young males, Rep, Rambler, and Butcher by myself since before Christmas break. I was anxious to see how they would look in a pack of five with Chip and Tony.
The running wasn't perfect with crusty snow causing some checks deep in the hollows and ditches. Some rabbits ran better than others, but overall I was pleased with most of the running. As I stood on the road listening, I couldn't help but wonder just how much I should expect from my young dogs, especially considering the snow, frost, and tough running conditions,
I heard all three get some work done, fighting through the hard scenting. At times they were along for a ride, but at others they were carrying the chase or getting some good work done. And really, I guess this is all I can ask. If the young dogs get in there and get a few checks, run some tough track, and start a chase or two, then they are on the right track.
I ran Chip, Tony, Rambler, Rep, and Butcher. By the time I quit, the temperature was 25 degrees with about two inches of snow.