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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 . . .

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ten Jumps, Zero Circles

I know the dogs jumped at least 10 rabbits today, and maybe more. We had a problem though. The dogs could run but the rabbits couldn't. With 16 inches of soft snow, the rabbits couldn't get through it well enough to stay up. Any rabbit that didn't hit a hole in a hurry was destined to be lunch. 

We watched one rabbit as it tried to get across the road. It took all it had to climb the bank on the other side. In the 20 yards or so that we watched it, you could see that each jump took every bit of physical strength the rabbit had and it needed much more. It made it about 50 yards down the hill and dove in a hole.

Chris Hopkins came down today to run with me and we sure tried. The dogs hunted well. His female, Juno had several jumps. When the dogs jumped a rabbit, the chase was on, but almost as quickly, the chase was off. The rabbits that weren't already in holes were sitting close enough so they could get in one quick.

The big clearcut where we ran had plenty of rabbits. In fact, I was quite surprised at how many the dogs found. Until the weather breaks though, good races just aren't going to happen. The dogs could run, but the rabbits couldn't.

I ran Butcher, Gypsy, Chip, Ob, and Jed. It was 27° with so much snow I couldn't get my truck all the way up the hill to the clearcut (But that's another story).

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