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Registered: Nov 2004
Re: 1st strike-1st tree dog
Originally posted by honalieh
After years of hunting you finally have that awesome dog that will strike ahead of and tree ahead of anything it's cut loose with.
So, knowing you have a premium dog, you take it to a hunt. True to form, your dog strikes 1st and trees 1st (outstanding). The other guys are hunting silent dogs. Being as they can't keep up, they split away and also tree, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (but split).
So, by having a 1st tree dog, you have an advantage, right? Well, no, We allow 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tree dogs just as many points as 1st tree dogs, if they split!
So, the 1st tree dog gets screwed on 1st tree points, because the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tree dogs can get just as many points (by splitting because they can't keep up).
You still have your 1st strike points, right? But the three guys (majority of cast) hunting silent dogs, have determined that your dog was babbling (it opened on track when theirs didn't). You are scratched for babbling (all open dogs are babblers in comparison to silent dogs).
Is this where we really want to go? Penalize the best, because we can't compete with them straight up?
I've seen this in beagles. No rabbit hunter is going to hunt field trial beagles. Are we going to do this with coonhunting?
I understand everyone has there own thoughts and opinions. But for the life of me I canít get my head around dogs that are split are 2nd,3rd,4th tree dog. The idea is to tree coon and to tree as many as possible in the time allotted. I like to have good dog work and dogs coming into a treed dog after 3 min d@ng sure doesnít need to be there.
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