For the last two nights I ran the same six dogs. The conditions and temperature were similar, although there was some rain last night that made it a little better. Plus tonight had 20+ mph winds. However, scenting conditions seemed close to the same.
I ran Gypsy and Chip with four young 15" males. I really like all four of these dogs and usually enjoy running them together. They are similar in speed with Rep being the smoothest and Rambler the roughest of the four.
Last night was extremely ugly for the first couple hours. The dogs ran hard, and fairly steady, but they were all over the place. They could only have good chases because all six dogs can run a lot of rabbit, and can hold the front when they get it. I hadn't been running the young dogs as much as they needed and it clearly showed. To video them I definitely would have needed a wide angle lens. :(
Tonight, the same six dogs jumped the first rabbit in about two minutes and ran fairly steady for about 25 minutes. The second rabbit was jumped soon after the first holed and then it was show time. The dogs screamed with few checks for the next 80 minutes. They circled the entire clearcut and a lot of open woods too. For over 5 hours the dogs pounded.
It was unbelievable that this was the same pack from the night before. Each time I saw the pack the dogs were pretty close and running hard. It was amazing how getting the edge run off could make this bunch of young dogs so much more tolerable. A tale of two nights was one of misery to magic.
I ran Butcher, Rambler, Jed, Rep, Chip, and Gypsy. It was 35 degrees with clear skies.