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, June 12, 2013

How Patient Are You?

I love trying new spots. I really like to go to a running spot no more than once or twice a month. But when you run almost every day, some times this is difficult. One thing that helps is when you have dogs that will go hunt. In fact, to run in a lot of different areas, especially clearcuts, you better have dogs that will get gone and go find a rabbit.

The old man and I went to a spot this morning that will try the patience of the best of beaglers.  It is a beautiful spot on an abandonded dirt road with a creek and water holes all through it. It sits in a huge hollow and is almost always cool.  Over the last three years I have tried it six times. Three of the times I didn't even get a rabbit.  The most I have ever run there is two rabbits, but it looks awesome.

Today, after about 15 minutes, Amigo and Gypsy jumped a rabbit up on the hill. The dogs smoked him all over the clearcut and I was starting to get a new attitude about this place.  After holing him, it took 25 minutes to get the next jump. Village Girl and Rep jumped a rabbit way up on the hill probably 300 yards from us. Honestly, by the time they jumped it, I was ready to go to a new spot. I was so glad we didn't.

This jump led to two hours of running on at least two and probably three rabbits. It got the dogs way up in the hollow and led to pounding running. In fact, by giving the dogs time to jump this rabbit, it made the day successful and got a great workout for the dogs. 

This leads to the question--are you patient enough? How many times have we all switched spots just before the runnning got really good? And we didn't even know it. The next time I am giving them five more minutes, oh heck, maybe ten. I don't care, I just don't want to miss out on a couple of hours like we had today. 

I ran Chip, Rambler, Rep, Jed, Gypsy, and Kurly.  The Old Man ran Joe, Amigo, Village Girl, Hot Head, and Lim.  By the time we quit it was 80 degrees and humid as is possible.

1 comment:

  1. Great write up bro. As you have probably noticed in my video's I run the same area every outing, one day I hunt the north side, nest the south. There are times throughout the year that it could take two hours to get a jump, but the next time I'm there it seems the hare are everywhere. I would keep checking in on that spot throughout the year, I'm sure the rabbit move in and stay for a length of time.