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MOcoondogs
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I'm not mass producing coon dogs here but what I am doing is trying to give your hound the opportunity needed for the ability God has given it to flourish. If you may be interested in having 1 hunted get with me and I will save you a spot. Call or text 573-712-8173

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This was a warm night on 4-22-2022 when I took Vixie down to the creek. She struck and trailed fast right up the creek. Soon she began to bay at 195 yards. I waited to see if she would take it on but she quit pretty quickly. When she came back I headed up the creek to see what it was and I saw a possum just past where she had been. The possum ran in front of me in my light so I know she saw it but she didn't bother it. Then she went back to the hole in the creek bank and began baying again. When I looked in the hole I saw an armadillo. She left it again so I cast her on up the creek where an old campsite is and she struck at 162 yards. Then she trailed up the creek and turned up an old fence row, where I have treed many coon over the past years. She treed in the fence row for just a moment, then crossed the fence over into the joining cow pasture which joins the owners yard. Vixie was 436 yards when I heard their yard dog, Bear (a rottweiler), meet her in the field. She quieted and turned back to the creek to follow it back to me. From there we headed over to her favorite little pond. I turned her loose and she struck at the pond to begin trailing. She was moving fast at first, so good in fact that I thought this was going to be quick and close. But as the track went on it had many double backs and circles almost running back over itself. There she trailed down to an old creek bed and gave the prettiest locate you've ever heard, before rolling over to a nice chop. I waited again for her to check herself and when she did she went on with it. Now the track got slow and quiet with Vixie seldom reporting. Finally, at 457 yards, she began to tree, though not as good as the first time. I waited again and she checked herself more than twice but she still didn't tree her best. I decided to walk on into her and as I got closer, her treeing became better. When I got there she was treed on a swell butted hickory. It had another smaller hickory growing off of the same stump. I looked both trees over good but found nothing. Finally I noticed a hole just bigger than a baseball about 7 feet up. The hole went down into the swell butt of the bigger hickory. I decided I had seen enough dens and this was 1 I could check. I climbed up to peek in and when I shined down in the hole all I could see was a big gray ball of fur about 2 feet down. It boosted my confidence in all her other den trees! I led her out and we called it a night.

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A few nights later I took Vixie out to the pond where she keeps striking coon tracks. I turned her out and in less than 2 minutes she struck a track. She trailed it half way around the pond then across the pasture to the fence row. She then trailed down the fence row to a dry creek bed, crossed it and went up on the side of the hill. She treed pretty good and I wanted to listen to her a little bit. She checked herself as usual but didn't circle as big as she normally does, like she knew she had it! When she got settled back in on the tree, her bawling tree bark began to roll over to a pretty nice chop. I went to her then and found her on a great big hickory with a coon setting in the top. I worked her on the tree and we called it a night.

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The next night I took Vixie back up to the pond where she circled it and picked up a track. She trailed out of there quick taking it across the pasture then up the dry creek. She then crossed the creek bed and went up on the hill side while beginning to circle back. She ended up at the creek to trail up further but on the opposite bank. As the creek turned it split the upper pasture in half long ways, and that's where Vixie trailed away from the creek. Now she took the track up along the timberline that led to a big hollow that we have treed in a lot this winter with other dogs. So as this track went on it looked better and more promising with every turn, and then at 264 yards she gave a locate bawl. I really expected her to tree then check and possibly go on, but instead she didn't waste any time here. She got down and went on trailing to the mouth of the big hollow. She crossed the mouth of the hollow to trail up on the other side where she gave another locate. Again she didn't waste any time treeing or checking, she just got down and trailed on. Now the track almost doubled back and went down the hill into the bottom to turn up the hollow. I listened to her trailing bawl become more faint, as I watched her on the Garmin seemingly fly up the hollow before turning to the side towards me. I couldn't hear her locate but she fell treed and I could hear her treeing chop good at 647 yards. I got on my side by side and headed to her. I drove with in 320 yards to walk the rest of the way. As I walked in I came to a place near enough that I saw 2 eyes looking back at me from the tree. I was already confident she had a coon, now my spirits were even more lifted knowing that it's on the outside! She did a very good job and was nearly a perfect performance except for 1 thing. When I got where I could see the tree clearly, I found the 2 eyes had a file tail sitting just out of her reach if she jumped. I looked that tree over good knowing that there had to be a coon up there too. I couldn't even find a hole in the tree! I have had plenty of good possum dogs in my younger years and I have never had 1 trail a possum 647 yards. I almost have to believe something else happened, but I don't have an acceptable explanation.

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On another night I took Vixie back out and cast her at the pond. She was smelling around the pond and just going all over, grunting every step she took. I knew she was on to something but she never opened. I went over to the opposite side of the pond and turned off my light to let her work. I waited quite a while expecting her to strike any moment, but she never did. She quit, came over by me and went on down to the creek checking around. As I stood there with my light off watching her on the Garmin I noticed she wasn't moving much, just kind of sitting out there. I looked away from her and flipped my light on. When my light came on I could see a coon eye looking at me from a tree in the opposite fence row. I let her continue checking down at the creek but I walked over to the tree thinking she might come check it out, or happen across the track. Eventually she came over by the tree with in 10 feet or less and began smelling. Soon she headed away trailing, and I thought it might be another coon track. But as I listened to her trail and tree, then trail on some more, her barks became fewer. Finally at 465 yards she seemed to realize that she had the back track, and then she started back staying silent. I expected her to start back at the same place she began or go to the pond and pick it up there, but she didn't go back to it. I suspect it was a little bit older track than she could work, and I was not going to do it for her. As I was going to catch up with her it began to rain so we just called it a night.

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After a night's rest I took Vixie up to the pond and she was smelling the air as I was getting things ready to turn her loose. When I unsnapped her, she headed right for the pond but with in 15 feet she did a 360 and ran right past me going in the opposite direction. With in 10 feet past me she opened and began trailing. She went down the fence row, then under the fence to the pond, around the pond, across the pasture, and across the creek. She treed at 111 yards but went on up the hill to make a half circle and tree again at 395 yards. She treed here about a dozen different times in a 20-30 yard circle, leaving tracks all over the screen of my Garmin. At one point she trailed down near the creek and I thought she had it but trailed up the hill to finally take it over the point. When she made it over in the next hollow I could hardly hear her, so I just sat at the truck and watched her on the Garmin. She treed 2 more times before going on to settle in treed at 668 yards. She stayed there for over 3 minutes before I drove around within 400 yards to walk the rest of the way to her. She sure sounded good and by the time I got to her she had the bark wore off the tree in 2 places where each front foot was dug in. I looked the tree over good but the leaves were just too thick, and it never did look at me. I worked her at the tree and when I led her off she seemed satisfied as her tail was wagging every step of the way back. By the time we made it back to the truck we loaded up and called it a night.

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After Vixie went back home the owner texted me as they hunted her the first night back. In 5 minutes went 177 yards, treed with a coon! The next message: treed a second one under 2 minutes at 56 yards had it on the outside! A satisfied customer.

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I had couple more dogs here I had been hunting. 1 was a much older female dog named Luna that her owner's complaint was she wasn't treeing good. The other was a 10 month old male named Tuck. I had been hunting Tuck by himself some and then a time or 2 with my old dog. On 1 night I took Tuck with my old Smokey dog and Smokey struck to begin a cold track he worked for quite awhile. He isn't fast so Tuck had no trouble keeping up but he didn't open much on track. Soon Smokey was taking the track on and by the time he reached 602 yards away Tuck decided to come back with me. We sat at the truck and listened to my old dog work and then he finally treed at 865yards. I loaded Tuck up and we drove around closer so that I only had to walk about 350 yards in to him. When I got out of the truck Tuck didn't want to get out of the box so I didn't force him to. He is young enough that there is time for him to get used to all of this night hunting. I went to Smokey and found his coon sitting up the tree. I pet him up good and we came home for the night.

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After several nights of hunting Tuck and Luna solo I had seen a little progress in Tuck and almost none in Luna. So I decided to hunt them together 1 night. It was pretty neat to see Tuck transform when he felt there was competition. I turned them both out at the same old pond I had been hunting them on all along and Tuck almost immediately ran over near the fence row and struck. He trailed across the county road to trail up on the hill about 60 yards, went through a brush pile, crossed a small drawl grown up in briars, then treed in a big oak at the edge of the timberline. Luna and I watched in amazement as this low key young dog took this hunt serious! Finally Luna headed up to him and she showed very little interest in treeing but she did check around the tree. I shined it over good but it was too leafy to find anything. I leashed Tuck and led him out as Luna followed along. This time I led Tuck over to the pond and cast him. He didn't go back to the track or tree, instead he took off to find another, and did. He struck just on the other side of the pond bank and trailed out in the pasture to a cross fence that was growing some young walnut and wild cherry in a row. About half way down the fence row Tuck treed in 1 of the small trees but they were so leafy and growing together it was hard to see all of the tree. I don't think it was there because I feel sure I would have seen something but with the way the trees grew together it would be tough for a young dog to figure out what tree the coon would have climbed down. But while I was looking the tree over Luna came in and began to tree, which was the first time she had treed since I had started hunting her. Tuck was starting to get a little hot so I took him to the pond for a drink and we called it a night.

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Later on I took Tuck out alone again and he wanted to find a coon. He cast out pretty good and picked up a track within 60 yards to begin trailing. He trailed around out in a pasture then over to a web wire fence that ran along side the county road. He couldn't figure out a way over or through the fence so he went around it at the gate. He ran down the fence row and picked up the track again only to find it crossed the fence back into the pasture. He tried again to go through the web wire fence and got his head hung, so I went and freed him. Then he ran around to the gate and picked it back up to trail down the fence row toward an old barn. As he came near the barn he treed up a small tree in the fence row then checked around the tree. He even went around the gate again checking on the out side of the fence and treed on the same out there. I let him tree for a little while to see if he could take it on but he couldn't. I went and looked the tree over real good but found nothing. However when I stood back shining my light I caught an eye in the rafter of the old barn looking back at me. I thought it might have been an old barn cat , but when I went to investigate it was a grown coon setting up there watching us. I'd say the young dog has some tricks to learn yet! I caught the dog and we called it a night.

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Luna had started to come in heat so the owner took her back home and I called another man that was on the waiting list. He brought me his little 2 year old female named Sally. One of the first times I fooled with Sally I worked with her on a caged coon. Her owner made it clear that she hated a coon but staying treed long enough to get to her was the problem. I had seen her get very excited about the cats around the house before and when she saw this coon she got wound up. I tied her back and turned the coon loose up the hill behind the house. When the coon was about 30 feet ahead of her I cut her loose and she quickly went after it by sight. She saw it climb a tree and did a good job treeing. She was staying on the tree good but chewing some. When I walked in to her I spent some time to work her on the tree and she began to get more excited. The tree the coon was in was close enough to the yard that we had a clear shot at the coon from there so I recruited my wife to do the shooting while I worked with the dog. The first couple of shots seemed to scare Sally but soon the coon started squalling up in the tree as blood was dripping down near Sally. By now she was ignoring the gun shots and was getting more excited. Soon the coon fell out with a few more squeals left in it but very little fight. After she was finished with it we called it a night.

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1 day I had another caged coon, it was a kitten but it was a mean little booger. I thought it might climb really quick so I turned it out for Sally and Tuck. I turned it loose and it went up the hill as my 6 year old boy was supposed to be watching which way it went or what tree it climbed while I went to turn Sally loose first. She took off up the hill then came back to bay on the cage, then I put the cage away as I went to get Tuck. This time they both went up the hill and picked up the track. Then my son assured me "that was the way the coon had ran off. He thought. It could have. It might have turned the other way. Or it went that way too." They trailed 330 yards then I could hear Tuck treeing and Sally showed treed on the Garmin. They were just over the hill and as we climbed to the top Sally came to us then went right on past us to leave. Then just behind her came Tuck but he went back to the general area where they had treed. We watched Tuck for a while but he didn't do anything to show us a tree but while we waited Sally came back to us. Now both dogs were around there but neither 1 would go back to the tree and I didn't mark it on the Garmin. As we stood there waiting for the dogs to pick a tree I caught a glimpse of the coon's eyes. They had treed the coon but wouldn't go back after they left it. We led the dogs back home and called it a night.

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I had another caged coon to turn loose so I gave it a 5 minute headstart. Then I went to get Sally to lead her up the hill as to go hunting. When we crossed the coon track she let me know it and I let her go after it! She trailed about 60 yards and treed just a bit then went on. From there she went 120 yards trailing pretty fast and she fell treed for just a little while. Then she got down and started going away but staying silent as if she was checking herself. She made a loop and started back towards me instead of the tree. When she was about 30 yards from me I flipped on my light and started to the tree. She stopped and turned around to beat me there. I walked the ridge top until I was just up the hill from her and she was winding up that chop on the tree. As I started down the hill she quit and came to me but I just pet her and kept walking. She bounced down the hill a ways then jumped up on the tree like she was going to climb it and began treeing again. She was proud and as I spent time looking over this leafy, tall white oak full of grape vines, she treed till she had to catch her breath. I never did see the coon but she didn't seem to need much encouragement. I pet her up good before leading her home and calling it a night.

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