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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 . . .

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Edge of Winter

A Great Spot for a Rabbit
There was just a skiff of wet snow, with snowflakes falling. Temperatures were in the high 20's. The ground was wet and scenting conditions were great. We were hunting in an area where we had good chases a couple of weeks ago. 

I am almost positive that two of the rabbits we ran were the same ones we ran the last time. The dogs jumped them in the same spots. The rabbits ran in the same areas. The best part though was that they gave the dogs a good chase, staying up and running for a while.

As the day progressed, real winter starting taking over. The temperature dropped throughout the day and the wind picked up. The wet snow turned icy. The ground started to get crunchy as you walked. 

About 4:00, the Old Man and I loaded the dogs and headed for home. We had been running about an hour south of the house. With each mile we traveled north, the conditions worsened. By the time we got home we had 6 of new snow with more falling. The temperature was 21 degrees with 15 mph winds. Thankfully we got to spend most of the day just on the edge of winter.

I ran Butcher, Ob, and Jed for the 8th straight day and Dilly and Silly. The Old Man ran Lim, Village Girl, Amigo, and Kurly.


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