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 . . .

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Let's Get One More Rabbit

Anyone who has run with me very many times has heard me say this before, let's get one more rabbit. The Old Man never wants me to say these magic words. He seems a little gun shy about this particular phrase. I have shown him some of my finest training moments after saying these words, but he never seems too impressed.

After saying let's get one more rabbit, the following things may have happened at one time or another:
  • A young dog started a deer and ran out of the country;
  • The shock collar didn't work when a young dog started a deer;
  • A dog disappeared into thin air, only to magically reappear the next day;
  • We spent an hour hunting and after the jump had a 14 second chase;
  • A dog got caught in a trap;
  • The dogs wouldn't hunt and I decided to try a few stupid methods of training which made them hunt even less until I finally just gave up;
  • Three young dogs visited a neighbor's house;
  • The pack jumped a rabbit, ran him out 150 yards and back 140 yards.
  • The dogs jumped a rabbit which holed up quickly and a dog stayed at the hole (and of course the shock collar didn't work);
  • The dogs hit a big, buck hare that decided he wanted to go to another swamp over a mile away;
  • A young dog got lost at the end of the chase and had to be picked up on the next road over;
  • A young dog got lost at the end of the chase and when toned decided to go the opposite direction forever.
  • After the last chase a dog didn't want caught and I chased him for 1 1/2 miles through the woods while the Old Man followed me with the tracker in his truck;
  • After I chased a dog through the woods the Old Man had to ride home in the truck with me and I may have been hot, stinky, sweaty, and so mad I didn't talk the whole way home;
  • The dogs ran a squirrel;
  • The dogs ran a fox;
  • The dogs ran a cat;
  • The dogs ran a coon;
  • The dogs ran a skunk and might have gotten a little odorized;
So today when I said, let's go up to the front and run one more rabbit, the Old Man just shook his head and agreed. He obviously has given up. We stood around for a while watching dogs fake hunt. I could feel the aggravation building. When I was just ready to call it quits, Chip jumped a rabbit out 303 yards away in the clearcut. And, maybe, just maybe the spell was broken. IT WAS THE BEST CHASE OF THE DAY!

I ran Chip, Dennis, and Cole. The Old Man ran Tony, Poppy, and Diamond. The sunny day started at 27° but warmed up to 40 by the time we quit. 


  1. You forgot one, like when the Old Man would just happen to let a dog out of the trailer about a half hour before dark. It always seem to be a red dog that its gps would loose it signal. But I would not change them times for anything.

    1. You sure have that one right Jeff, and finally we would get to dinner about three hours later. :)