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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 26, 2013

How Valuable is Your Running Spot?

I had 9 dogs in the truck when I picked up the old man this morning. We pulled out to the barn and he loaded 6 more. I am not sure what sparked the urge to run a little bigger pack this morning, but we headed out with a truck load. It was a muggy morning and I was sweating just getting dogs loaded. We would need to run somewhere with some water.

We decided to run the big clearcut where we ran on Monday. After about a half hour on the road, we headed up the hill on the old gravel lane for about a mile. Once parked, I looked down off the ridge and saw nothing but clearcut. We were at a rabbit running paradise.

The dogs were running before we got everything collared and loose. For the next 4+ hours we had some beautiful music. The pack screamed up hill and down, splitting once in a while and getting back together on the rabbits that had nerve enough to stay up and run. At one point Hot Head retrieved part of a rabbit showing the dogs accounted for at least some of their game.

The morning was amazingly similar to Monday when Mike Vigar came down to run with us. The chases were long and hard with short or no breakdowns. The time between rabbits was minimal. And when the day was done, the dogs rolled around in the water holes and gladly sprawled out in the truck when they were caught to go home.

The place we ran is absolutely the best spot to run cottontails anywhere in the world. I have run there many times with many people and everyone leaves amazed. I can guarantee you that anyone who has been there knows exactly where I mean and can picture it in their mind (but we never say the name of the spot aloud because the location is top secret).

How valuable is this spot?  ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!




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