I've been running a good bit lately. It's funny how the more I run, the more I want to run. And the dogs (at least the ones I like) are the same way. Running a few times a week will keep the dogs pretty much in shape and running OK, but pushing them to the limit is the best way to really find out what kind of dogs I have.
Now I am not going to say all of the running was excellent. One day the old man and I were out in 4 inches of new snow, twenty mph winds, and temperatures in the 20's. Now if you are running hare you would be excited. This weather with cottontails though usually means every rabbit in the state is in a hole. Surprisingly we found a few rabbits and had some good chases. But that was after an hour and a half tromping through the snow without a bark.
The old man and I spent one day running with Jeff Allen on his lease. Rabbits were a little tough to find. We had a few really good races. Sometimes though, there are some spots that are great at night but not so great during the day. Add a bunch of snow in and it is even tougher.
On another day, Jim Schneider and I had a couple of real good chases. Then we crossed a big hollow into a nice clearcut. We left the snow and went onto a nice south facing clear hillside. We didn't have another race. The dogs hunted great, but finded not so good. It definitely showed that I didn't know much about where to find rabbits.
Schneider, the old man and I spent Saturday with 5 hours of screaming running. This was the best chases of the entire time with a lot of rabbits the whole time. You just can't beat a great spot. It was mostly the same dogs, but they were in a clearcut that always has rabbits and running.
Thanksgiving weekend ended with Jeff Kerns and Josh Elker coming down to run with us. We ran in three different clearcuts and had some good chases. A lot of dogs kicked in and did their part. Rabbits were plentiful and they stayed up and ran. It was a nice way to end this stretch of running. Plus, like usual, Kerns brought lunch with him.
After running eight out of the last nine days, I hate to see it end. Other than Chip (who ran the whole time and ended stronger than when he started) the dogs are tired and ready for a couple of days off. They are in trouble though. I am pumped up. I could run another nine days. You know, it's deer season, but I could slip out for a couple of hours tomorrow night. Hhhhhmmmm, wanna guess where I will be tomorrow night about 6:00?