We had a box full of young dogs. Our goal was to shoot around them and kill a rabbit or two. We picked a spot that is a lot easier than many of the places we run. It was a switchgrass and weed field with a couple of small woods ajoining it on one side and a wooded hillside on the other. Although it had had a lot of hunting pressure this year, there was still a decent rabbit population.
The Old Man and I cut the dogs loose and away they went. I couldn't help but wonder who would jump the rabbits. Fifteen minutes later and still no chase and I was really worried. Then Cole jumped a rabbit and they all fired in making some music. They circled the rabbit, even working across a corner for about 80 yards across a plowed field. This chase and the next two were a little more choppy than I like with too many checks but the dogs settled in and got better throughout the day.
The time between races was really short today. After each chase, the dogs quickly jumped another rabbit. Cole had the best day of his life. He jumped at least 6 rabbits. Plus he ran a lot of the front and got way more than his share of the checks. It will be very interesting to see if he can keep this going.
All of our dogs are the walking wounded. My long Christmas break, a trip to run hare, and no time off has them needing a break. Even so, they had a good day. They hunted pretty well and seemed real intense on the checks. Even though the young dogs had to be the show, they did well. I even shot a rabbit today. Who knows, a few of the young dogs may even become the experts some day.
I ran Cole, Martha, Meg, DK, and Ding. The Old Man ran JJ, Dilly, and Suzie.