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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 . . .

Monday, March 28, 2016

Slammin

Slammin, slammin, slammin; that is the only way to describe tonight's running. I'm not sure how three dogs can run like they did, but they did. It was all about power and drive. There wasn't any finesse. It wasn't for the weak of heart. At times it wasn't too pretty. It was all about power. 

If you like the little line up and take your turn dogs, you would have hated tonight. If you want a little train of rabbit dogs, it wasn't here. At times, I didn't like it, but man oh man the power. This was about three males and all were dominant. This was about I'm the King, follow me peasants. It was about take charge, fight to the death and no prisoners.

I never expected what happened tonight. I just went out in front of the house for an hour. Much, much later, I leashed them up and walked in a little numb. The dogs screamed. It was an amazing night of running in an all out blitz of rabbit dog power. I don't know if I will ever witness it again, but tonight was amazing. They were slammin like a super sonic boom. 

I ran Cole, Dennis, and DK.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Great Afternoon with Woodpont

A Typical Woodpont Beagles Scene
The Old Man and I went down and spent the afternoon with Tim Hackworth and his Woodpont Beagles. Tim has maintained the same line of dogs since 1979. He has females that go back 14 generations. This shows amazing dedication to his goals. Visiting with him and watching his hounds go showed what a successful program he has maintained.

We first became interested in his hounds because of their excellent confirmation. He has crossed some show breeding into his line and looking at his hounds it obviously had a huge impact. Not only are they made exceptionally well, he has a consistency through his whole kennel with great back ends, top lines, and square houndy heads. When his pack is running it is almost impossible to pick out one dog from another.

Tim doesn't compete in any type of competition although his kennel is maintained in the manner of traditional formal packs.  He runs a large pack with the goal of the pack working together to account for the rabbits. In his words, I want all the dogs to contribute not one or two to dominate the chase. As much as his dogs look alike, it seems like their running style is even more similar. Most have a chop mouth, run with a good bit of speed, while staying fairly close to the line.

Tim drove to a nearby running grounds to cast the hounds. He turned loose 15 hounds from 1-10 years old. Tim worked the hounds in the tradition of the huntsman in formal pack. They were amped up and the first couple of chases were a little hit and miss with some extra excitement barks thrown in. Once the hounds settled in they really ran. They had a couple of shorter chases where they accounted for the rabbits, holing them in rock ledges. The pack had one exceptional chase driving a rabbit way over this big hill and circling around a couple times before holing it. It was some beautiful music echoing off the hills of Southeastern Ohio.

We traveled to Tim's beagle farm with a purpose. We took Logan Elm Stacy, a young female with a lot of our dogs in her pedigree down to breed. The Old Man and I are anxious to see if this cross will add some pups with superior conformation while maintaining great field ability to our kennel.

Thanks to Tim Hackworth of Woodpont Beagles for a great afternoon. You could never find a more gracious host gladly sharing his knowledge, experience, ideas, and opinions of all things beagles.

Woodpont Black Mayor




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Wish This was Me

I read this on the Hunted Hare Board from Tom in Minnesota and was impressed with his dedication to pups. 


Always interested in how other people do stuff.


I have 7 puppies right now. When I am "down south" during the work week I have a couple acres fenced in around the kennel. I leave them out as much as possible, just leave one kennel door open so they can go inside and sleep.

When I'm at the farm they run loose. Have been since they were weaned. Anyone that comes over knows they will get mobbed by a pack of puppies. Kind of us a pain, but I think it's important.

I watch out the window and when they are out away from the house I will take out a scrap dish or something and call them. They have been called in hundreds of times and they know what it means. They come running.

They have all been tied up to a dog house at one time or another and are leash broke.

I try to walk them as often as possible. Maybe a half mile or so out around the farm, through water, down the roads back to where we run, around deer, with the old dogs and without. They are starting to hunt now so I have started to put shock collars on them. I don't shock them at all the first few times they wear one.

Now I will start teaching them more discipline. When they start to range out while we are out on walk I'll call them back in. When they don't listen, I'll start out with the shock collar on 1 and go up as high as needed to get them back in. they all get this lesson as often as needed until they learn to come in when called no matter what. 

Walking and hunting are two different things and they werelearn the difference pretty easy. On walk you stay with me, when we hunt you go hunti. Even the hardest hunting dogs can learn this easier than you think. I think because it is natural for dogs to travel in packs and walking is traveling, not hunting.

The next thing I do is take them hunting where there are lots of deer and no rabbits. I take 5 dogs because I have 5 shock collars. When one starts a track I let anyone join in that wants to, then I light them up. I don't say anything. Just shock them on 6. 

I usually have them started on rabbits pretty good before this, but maybe not. Just depends on the dog. I have one in this litter now that hunts like crazy. She's running rabbits pretty good, had to shock her off a coyote Saturday and deer on Sunday. These kind turn your hair gray, but they make good dogs.

This summer I will start hunting these pups more and by next fall I plan to put a lot of hard miles on them. The best ones will stay and the rest will have to go.

I have raised pups this way for years, have some year classes that I still have 2, some 1, lots of year classes nobody is left. I'm hoping I have so many turn out this year I'll have too many good dogs.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

What is Enough?


I was sitting looking out the window this evening. It was a little foggy with a slight rain coming down. My mind slipped away and I started thinking about yesterday. I spent about five hours looking at the scene in the picture above and watching some great chases. I thought about how the running would be tonight and really just wanted to go load the dogs and head out.

Unfortunately it wasn't going to happen. I would have to borrow some dogs to run. Mine are just wore out. Hard running yesterday and more hard running this morning has them tired. Of course, the fact that they haven't had but a few days off since Thanksgiving might have something to do with it too.

It's been a great winter with some amazing running. It started as a mess with dogs too soft and too sloppy. Luckily it is ending with the memory of many great chases with young dogs coming on and pups showing so much promise. 

What is enough? When will I get sick of running so much? I'm not sure. Maybe after tomorrow, or the next day, or the next . . .

Today I ran Dennis, Cole, and Ding. The Old Man ran JJ, Chip, and Tony. It was 55° with a bit of rain now and then.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Snowy Blue Night


Once in a while you are out running your beagles and everything is perfect. This was that kind of night. The snow was falling slowly in light flakes. There was no wind and the temperature held steady at 30°.  The rabbits were out and seemed to be enjoying the beautiful winter evening as much as me.

Scenting conditions were good and the dogs ran well. They jumped the first rabbit quickly and all of the chases lasted a while. When a rabbit holed it seemed like another one was ready to take its place. I was on a narrow gravel road and didn't have a single car come through all night. Everything was just right.

I ran Dennis, Cole, Poppy, Dancer, Ding, and Dilly.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Next Generation Excitement

Logan Elm Dancer
Of all things that make running beagles exciting, it seems like nothing compares with bringing on the next generation. There are so many hopes and dreams and the thrills are the best and the disappointments are heart breaking. Anyone that has ever raised pups has fought through the highs and lows that come with taking young dogs to the field.

Last summer we raised a couple of litters of pups. Months later, it is all starting to pay off. This winter, the Old Man and I have been spending a lot of time working with the next generation at Logan Elm Beagles. Each time in the field, the pups are beginning to show their worth and earn their way to a spot on the A team.

Most of the pups we are working with were sired by Logan Elm Dennis. This is his first crop of pups, so there is a lot of anxiety. For months I have been wondering if he can continue in the tradition laid down by his sire, Logan Elm Neal, and grandsire, Hobo. Considering that Hobo is in the ARHA Reproducer Hall of Fame and Neal produced a World Hunt winner and a lot of fine rabbit hounds, it is a lot to expect.

I have spent a lot of time running Logan Elm Dancer (Dennis X Diamond) and Logan Elm Ding (Dennis X Dilly). At this point both look like they are going to be a main part of my pack. In fact, for the last month, even though they are still young, they are proving their value.

The Old Man has been running Digger, Defender, and Daily. These are littermates to Dancer out of Dennis and Diamond. Although he has kept them mostly hidden, he continues to talk about how all three are fairly even in ability with a lot of hunt and the ability to run a lot of rabbit for their age. He is also running Logan Elm Suzie who is out of a littermate sister of Dennis. She came from Jeff Kerns' Flattop Kennel and shows a lot of promise, especially as a jump dog.

At this point it's hard to say which of these pups will withstand the pressure of becoming the future of the kennel. Each time I run I watch closely looking at the good and bad. Each is continually evaluated watching for strengths and weaknesses. It's an exciting time a Logan Elm Beagles. The next generation is coming on and giving hope for great running down the road.


Logan Elm Ding