UKC Forum Member
Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
I am NOT in favor of awarding all dogs in the cast the same amount of strike points. Many variable play into my position but maybe the most important for me is keeping/distinguishing hound traits from cur traits. Many on here are quick to look the other way for characteristics that were originally required by our founding fathers of competition coon hunting to be maintained in order for their dogs to STILL be considered hounds. Now many folks today are quick to remove some of these requirements to simply make it easier to win a competition hunt.
Awarding all dogs the same amount of strike points is like handing out participation points just for coming along. That sounds pathetic to me. I say man up, teach moral character, and teach young hunters why it is wrong to strike a dog that is babbling, or one that has not barked at all. Teach that same kid that anything worth doing, is worth doing RIGHT. You will gain more respect and character by appropriately dealing with a cheater, than you will by changing the rules so that the cheaters approach no longer has a bearing on the outcome.
Next thing you know, some will be advocating to eliminate strike points all together so they can run their cur traited hounds in the hunts and not have to fear being scratched for being silent.
OH No, That has already happened too. Just have not yet gotten UKC to buy into your way of thinking. HUMMM!!!
Where has the moral compass of hound breeding gone????
It has gone to the easiest way to win a cast, and not the standard by which a hound is required to tree a coon.
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