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, February 13, 2013


Usually in central Ohio when we get fresh snow the rabbits get gone.  They go somewhere and usually it is in a hole about three feet in the ground.  When it started to snow today, I just knew I was getting ready to have a bad day.  Mike Vigar and Jeff Kerns were coming down to run this evening and I was positive the snow was going to ruin our day.

As they followed me to the clearcut, heading up a big hill through the snow in four wheel drive, I was thinking how will I ever explain why I wanted to come here to this spot with no rabbits.  The road was snow covered and by the time we got to where we were running, it seemed like we were caught in a blizzard.

After turning the dogs loose, Mike and I headed down an old logging road into the clearcut.  After a few minutes, I heard Chip open up about 150 yards away up on the hill.  In just a little bit the dogs started piling in and the chase was on.  Two hours and many rabbits later I was amazed at how good the running was and how easy it was to find rabbits.

The dogs had a check near us, and we decided to go to our second spot to run.  We were headed to one of my favorite spots, but I still felt a little anxious wondering if we would find rabbits.  Much to my surprise, the running was even better at the second spot.  

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever figure out running and rabbits.  On an evening when I thought there wouldn't be a rabbit out in the whole state, they were everywhere.  I am not sure why.  But what a great night.  There is nothing like good running with good friends.

I ran Chip, Gypsy, Rambler, and Tony.


  1. When I got off work at3pm there was a rabbit feeding along the parking lot,he was all snowy.guess this snow caught em off guard. rnb

  2. I'll bet the rabbits watched the weather forecast. :)

    I know the snow caught me off guard. They predicted 45 and no snow.