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 18, 2013

Who Would You Score?

The dogs came over the hill straight towards us.  The rabbit came out right in front of us, and veered off to the left.  The dogs broke down about twenty yards away.  After about a minute, Gracy barked five times and and and progressed about ten yards.  Then she broke down, searching for the track.  Dogs were all around her, working the check.  After 20 seconds, Rambler hit the track and worked out the check and all the dogs piled in and away they went?  Who would you score?

Jeff Kerns, Mike Vigar, and I ran for about six hours in a 320 acre clearcut in Jackson County today.  The sun was shining and the high temperature for the day was 52 degrees.  It was an amazing February day.  Handlers, dogs, and rabbits all seemed to enjoy being out.  We had a pack of ten dogs or so running for most of the day.

The spot where we ran had rabbits, rabbits, rabbits.  At one point I told Mike, "you don't need good dogs, you just need good spots to run with a lot of rabbits."  I would like to know how many rabbits we ran throughout the day.  Between splits, strays, and the rabbits the dogs were running, we had rabbits everywhere.

After some discussion about the check mentioned above, we agreed that we would score two checks.  Each dog made forward progress.  There was more than 15 seconds between checks.  Gracy deserved credit for getting dogs in the area of the line and moving in the right direction.  Rambler deserved credit for recovering the track and restarting the chase.  How would you score the check?

I ran Butcher, Rambler, Chip, and Rep. I also ran Tony for about 2 hours.

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