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 . . .

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Great Young Sportsman

Luke with his favorite dog, Bella
Luke Smith came down and hunted with us today. He is a senior at Hilliard Davidson headed for Ashland University to play baseball. He spent the day with his dad, Kevin Smith, the Old Man, Jeff Allen and I down in the hills of southeastern Ohio. We hunted a 400 acre clearcut in Vinton County.

Running with a young sportsman like this really helps emphasize what really matters in our sport. Luke showed an enthusiasm for rabbit hunting and watching the dogs run. I had a great time today just having a young guy with such a great attitude with us. We had one great chase and some other pretty decent ones. Luke managed to scatter some lead around, and got one rabbit.

Although rabbits were a little scarce for a while in the afternoon, Luke never complained or let it affect his mood. Even when Jeff and I got sort of grumpy with a dog barking a little too much, he kept his smile and had fun.

All in all, it was a great day with lots of laughs, dogs working hard, and beaglers enjoying some running and just being outside. If I didn't get anything else for Christmas, I couldn't ask for any more. When a great young man like this comes out and enjoys the day with his dad and some other old guys who are standing around listening to a bunch of dogs bark, it can't get any better.

I ran Chip, Butcher, Jed, and Ob. It was 35 degrees with cloudy skies.

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