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Registered: Nov 2005
People want to breed winners. That is why different breeds are being bred to him. His performance against all the top hounds in all areas of the country are proving he can compete against the 'best of the best' & win. His pedigree is as good as any that can be put on paper for the Bluetick breed. He can pop'em close or tree'em deep on tracks that need a dog with a decent nose to get the track finished. With the opening of xbred registrations, it opens up the opportunity to use top genetics of other breeds to clean up health issues like sleepy head said.
Also, owners of Big Country will not breed any/all females that want to order semen. They want to know that it is a top COON DOG with good genetics before approving a breeding to him. I have hunted with several out of him, both bluetick & xbred & will predict right now, Big Country will be easily be at the top of Reproducers listings in the next 2 years (& many years to come) of different registries.
Richard, some of that comes from to many 'cliques' in our breed that won't touch anything, but there own line bred stuff. Hope no one takes offense to me using these names, but TOO many will only hunt Jet breds, Uchtmans' bred or Smokey River breds in there kennels. In my opinion, even Bluetick breeders need to wake up & use the 'best of the best' our breed has to offer to come up with better hounds.
yadkintar, I agree with points you brought up about using him in walker females. Recently sold just turned year old male to Walker hunter that was sick & tied of having to go so far to get dog because his young dog was only getting deep to find a popup. Never tried to tree close because he didn't have enough nose to tree a tough track & have a coon in the tree in his thin coon territory. Another friend in Wisc. is hunting nice young tree dog for another fella in state, but told me the dog hadn't made a tree all week under 1000 yards before it got treed. Was covering way TOO much ground before even looking for a track. In coon country like we have in midwest, a dog should NEVER have to go more than 300 yards to find a track & then, have enough nose & brains to run & tree this coon.
I definitely am not a top bluetick breeder in any way, but after seeing Steve Burkholder take the controls of putting this dog in hunts & the pedigree this dog carries, it made it real easy for me to choose him as the sire of my next litter coming out of GrNtCh Pkc Ch Jo-ann. She is one of last females to be able to reproduce from one of the best crosses ever made in the bluetick breed, Boomer/Ruby, that produced top dogs from all 4 times it was made. They may not all make top hounds, but I will be greatly disappointed, if there are not several that do make their mark in the bluetick breed. JMO. Take care, Ron.
ps- Hope to see several of you at AO in a couple weeks. Stop in at Rolin Blues pickup for a visit by the camper, Wed. thru Sat.
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