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tjcc1978
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Best age to start training on treeing/hunting

Since I am new to coonhounds, I am wondering what is the best age to start a pup with treeing/hunting? I know it's best to start obedience training right away, the pup we are getting from Ken Duncan will be 8 weeks old when we get her. He lets his pups go at 8 weeks if they are being shipped. We have not found someone to get a male from yet though. We are on Ken Duncan's waiting list for a pup, so we won't have her for awhile.

Also, how do you train coonhound pups to tree/hunt if your area doesn't have coons? We found out that there aren't coons here, just skunk. We have deer, wild turkeys, canadian geese, tons of birds here...but we have yet to see any coons. We thought there were coons here because of the land and the woods but we have yet to see any signs of any. We want to keep the coon-hunting in the bloodlines.

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Nick B
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Read Walk with Wick

Iím no expert, but there are lots on here 😁. The Walk with Wick books are good reads and very informative. He recommends waiting until the show interest in a caged coon, and donít try too much other than obedience training before 8 months.

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tjcc1978
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I just bought those 2 books from Mark Zepp who is a vendor on here. Hopefully they will arrive soon and I can read through them

Also, how do you train coonhound pups to tree/hunt if your area doesn't have coons? We found out that there aren't coons here, just skunk. We have deer, wild turkeys, canadian geese, tons of birds here...but we have yet to see any coons. We thought there were coons here because of the land and the woods but we have yet to see any signs of any. We want to keep the coon-hunting in the bloodlines.

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Nick B
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You got me there

I guess you could move 😂. That seems odd that you would have all the other animals normally seen in coon habitat, but no coons. I would check for yourself before just taking someoneís word. You could try setting out trail cameras to scout for deer. I always found more Coon than deer, so I got a coondog 😂

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My daughter was stationed in Almagardo New Mexico, the few times I visited we always seen coon in the trash.

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if there is no coon in your country.. how do you plan on training a coonhound ..better get a big game hound. jmo

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Pup

I have an 7 month old out of kens hounds. He will bark at a coon. Trails around when he finds a track, but hasnít opened yet. I have been letting the girls bench show him. He has won 2 best in class and 2 best in breed. He is a really nice hound. He is out of chase and carol. Good luck with your pup.

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Awhile back I had a very interesting conversation with a man who lived in NM. They do have coons but most are along waterways, rivers ect. They do not live in trees but in holes in the ground because of the extremes in temperatures. He pack hunted with 2 dogs that acted much like bay dogs you would use on other types of game as many of the coons were bayed on or in the ground or in the water as the trees were scarce away from the rivers and very small brush type instead of the hardwoods like we have. They made very few "trees". Water races and field trials were much more popular than coon hunts.

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I am not saying there arent any...we just havent seen one live. We have seen plenty of squirrels, wild turkey, mule deer, coyotes, skunks (more so dead on the roads), pheasant, but so far no real signs of coons. No tracks...no nightime sightings..so we arent sure.


And whats weird...we live near the San Juan River. Its only like 250 ft away from our house....this area is like high desert, sandy, lots of cottonwoods, salt cedar, russian olive. No pine trees.

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Move.... as fast as you can! It would be hard to imagine life without a huntable coon population. You could always squirrel hunt them to though.

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We are not moving....

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Our first pup will be a female. She will be around 8 weeks when we get her, and I know to start obedience and potty training right away. But since we don't seem to have raccoons here, she may not be a coon huntin' dog. More like a squirrel hunter. Who knows.

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If you have land to hunt, I suggest you take a feeder bucket or some sort of attractant and put it out with a camera on it. Find out for sure about your coon population, imagine itíll be hard to coon hunt without coons.

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I know that, no coons, no hunting coons...which is why I may have to train with squirrels. Otherwise, our pup will not be a hunter.

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My guess is our girl will likely end up being a family dog.

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