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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 . . .

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What a Running Spot

Schneider and I went down to Walnut Creek and ran last night.  We have been running there off and on for the last 20 years.  A lot of the best chases in my life have taken place there.  A lot of the longest waits to jump a rabbit have taken place there.

There are three or four clearcuts of different ages.  Some times when you go, you can find rabbits, but other times they seem to have disappeared.  It definitely is a better place at night.  The interesting thing though is when you do get a chase, it is usually at least a half hour or more.  The rabbits run big, up and down hills through the tough stuff and and the open woods.

I have used this spot more as a place to evaluate dogs, than anywhere else.  Your dogs have to go hunt. You can't walk up a rabbit.  This place is too big and rabbits are too scarce.  A lost rabbit could mean a while without a chase, so if a dog causes a loss it is a big deal.

There is a lot of game here.  Your dogs can run almost any type of wildlife in southern Ohio.  From my experience the population based on number of each, you have:

1.  deer
2.  coon
3.  coyotes
4.  squirrels
5.  possums
6.  skunks
7.  fox
8.  rabbits
9.  bobcats

So if your dogs want to be trashy, this is a great place for them.  They can run all day and all night and never have to run a rabbit.

This week we had a major January thaw.  The temperature last night was in the 50's and it had rained the day before.  The running was good and rabbits came fairly easy.  The dogs packed up well and had a couple of hammering chases.  It was a perfect place and a perfect night to run.  That means I better be ready the next time I go there.  :)

I ran Neal, Gypsy, Rambler, Butcher, and MVP.  Schneider ran Blair and Scarlet.

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