The ARHA Little Pack World Hunt is coming up April 4 - 7. Every kind of truck and dog box and dog trailer that you can imagine will come in to Booneville, IN hauling the 700 beagles that will be entered. That's not the real load, though. A year's worth of planning and months of training all come together in just a few days time to separate the winners and losers. In every truck will be the hopes and dreams of beaglers with aspirations of owning this year's World Champion.
Since my first trip 15 or 20 years ago, there is almost never a day when I don't think about the next World Hunt. It's a great opportunity to see friends from far away where distance keeps us apart. The campgrounds itself is worth the trip with every kind of beagle imaginable tied out for all to see. The running in the strip mines of southwestern Indiana is usually beyond belief. Chase after chase takes off out of hearing stretching out dogs and judges.
What makes the World Hunt so special though is a little harder to describe. There is something about the title of World Champion that is hard to understand. Many beaglers spend year after year working towards this goal. And those that have won want to repeat more than most can imagine. Some beaglers claim to compete at the World just for the fun of it. Don't believe it. Don't believe it for a second.
When you walk into the clubhouse and feel the electrified air you know it is different. You can't help but glance at the big trophies at the front. You can't help but imagine. You can't help but hope. You can't help but dream. Thursday morning, you can't help but think, "he's been running good. He might be able to . . ."
There's nothing like the World Hunt.