We pulled up to the pine thicket and I just shook my head. There was 8 inches of snow, a half inch of ice, and then two inches of new snow on top. I just wanted to turn the truck around and go home. I could tell that every rabbit within 100 miles was holed up.
I couldn't believe I suggested running, and then coming to this spot, in these conditions. It was crazy. To make matters even worse, there were four of us and 13 dogs. Even a novice beagler knows in these conditions you only want one or two dogs.
Anyway, we cut the dogs loose and they headed out. We stood on a path for about 10 minutes without a bark. Then we had two deer bust out of the pines. A dog booger barked but no one claimed it. :) And nothing ran them. Then we went a few more minutes without a bark. It was really looking like a wasted day.
Then I heard Ob open about 180 yards away, first just a couple of barks, and then a few more and a few more. Hot Head joined in and then another dog and another. The race was on. After that, rabbits came pretty steady. The running was a little choppy at first, but got better throughout the day. The dogs ran over four hours and the last few chases were great.
It was a super day to run dogs. We had a good time. We had a lot better running than anyone could have thought possible. A lot of dogs contributed to the running. And once again we found out that you never know how it's going to be with this crazy winter.
I ran Chip, Butcher, Jed, Ob, and Gyspy. The Old Man ran Hot Head, Dixie, and Tony. Jared McAllister ran Rondo, and two females out of Mr. Wilson. Jeff Allen ran Wes and Flame.
It was 25° with a lot of snow.