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 . . .

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nothing Like a Good Hare Chase

The Old Man Running Dogs!
Anyone who has ever owned a beagle knows, nothing beats a good chase. To take that one step further, absolutely nothing beats a good hare chase. When the hounds pound through the swamp, out of hearing and back (You know it's great when the Garmin switches from yards to miles) and then circle again and again life is at its best.

We headed north, although not so far north, for our annual October hunt. We were trying a new area so we were real unsure just how good we would find the running. Although it was a mixed bag, thanks to some previous scouting by Mr. Flattop Kennels, Jeff Kerns, we got into some great running this week. 

The ridge aka The Old Man's Cornfield provided us with some of the finest running you could ever ask for with rabbit hounds. One spot had more hare in a small area than I have ever seen. We ran for 8 1/2 hour Friday and never moved the truck. It seemed like any time we needed a rabbit, the dogs would jump another one and the chase was on. It made the trip to have such a great spot to run and I am already trying to figure out how soon I can get north to run there again.

We had a great time with lots of laughs, super weather, and some really good chases. There is nothing like a good hare chase to make you want another and another and another.

Jeff Kerns and Josh Elkers check
the Garmin before heading out,

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