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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 . . .

Monday, February 4, 2013

Smoking in the Snow

I just don't get it.  Usually cottontail rabbits will not run in the snow.  This is especially true when you have new snow.  Yesterday afternoon, Jeff Allen and I went down to a big clearcut and there were rabbits everywhere.  

There were so many rabbits that the dogs couldn't help but look good.  When one chase ended, the dogs would be running again in just minutes.  Several times the dogs jumped a rabbit on the way in to us at the end of the chase.

We ran for almost five hours and I couldn't even guess how many rabbits the dogs ran during that time. There was never a time over 5 minutes that the dogs weren't running.  I have run this spot quite a bit and I know the rabbit population is good, but yesterday was amazing.  When you leave the house and it is 22 degrees with four inches of snow, you just don't expect much.  I really thought we would just be walking around for a while.

The conditions were not the best either.  Usually, if a dog got a check, it would hold the line for a while.  The next two or three dogs would be tonguing good and getting some scent.  The dogs coming along at the end would be struggling to smell much of anything.  Luckily for us, all of the dogs were getting some work done with jumps and checks spread around through all of the dogs.

I just don't get it.  You would think as long as I have run dogs, I would know how the running was going to be when I left the house.  It's just like so many other things when running rabbit hounds, just when you think you know something, you find out you still have a lot to learn.

I ran Gypsy, Chip, and Rambler.  Jeff ran Wes, Fangs, Dee, and Danger.

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