UKC Forum Member
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Mercer PA
I turn loose a lot of coons for a dog I am starting alone. I do my best to set it up so that it gets progressively more difficult. It allows me to have a controlled situation where I KNOW I am turning a pup loose into a place where there is a hot track. I KNOW where the track is at, I KNOW what tree the coon is up (sometimes) and I can be pretty sure the pup is not junking when running those tracks.
I might be in the minority here, but I need to know a pup can tree a turn out coon before I am willing to walk around with it in the dark. IF I turn loose 10 coons and the sucker can't tree them, how in the world can I believe its going to just go out and strike and run and tree a track by itself?
If you have the $$$ time and energy to raise 10 pups a year, for sure you will find those that just go out and do it. Id say the majority need a little more help and influence to get going alone. If i invest in a pup for a year I want to give it every chance possible to succeed and I can't see how giving it hot tracks can hurt.
The fun is over once you pull the trigger
CROOKED FOOT KENNELS
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