It was still dark this morning when I turned loose on a rabbit that crossed the road in front of me. The rain was coming down pretty steady and the temperature was 37°. The 3-4 inches of soggy snow from yesterday was almost totally gone. After a winter of absolute rotten conditions today was unbelievable.
I saw headlights and Jeff Allen came down the road. We were back about a mile from the hard road in a clearcut that is the best spot in the world to run cottontails. This was our first time in quite a while to run here but we has just recently worked it out to get back into it. And the running was amazing. For five hours the dogs ran almost nonstop.
If you love heads up, screaming chases that go almost out of hearing and back, this is the spot for you. Today was the kind of conditions that bring out the best in any spot, but make this spot unbelievable. Not only is it loaded with clearcut after clearcut, but the steep hills give the dogs a cardio workout that separates them and brings the strong to the top.
March Madness (training for the ARHA World Hunt) began this weekend. The young dogs are on the shelf for a couple of months. Between now and the first week of April it is all about getting dogs ready for the big show. A few years ago when Gypsy won the World Hunt she ran for two months in this spot. Running like we had today reminded me of what put her in condition for success. As all beaglers know, nothing beats a great spot and perfect conditions.
I ran Butcher, Jed, Ob, Chip, and Gypsy. Jeff Allen ran Wes and Flame.