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Now Luke is showing a lot of development and May is clearly coming in heat, so we took Luke on a solo hunt again. We turned him loose near an old pond, that had just about dried up, where he struck a track. He trailed over to a paved road and really struggled crossing it but finally figured out where it crossed, then he trailed on down into a steep hollow and moved the track like he was going to bring it up on top of the next ridge. Instead the track took a turn and ended up back down in the side of the hollow. Now Luke wasn't treeing real good but he wasn't leaving that general area, so we walked in to him to see for ourselves what was going on. When we got to him he was near a nice white oak, nose in the air but not chopping good, then he would put his nose to the ground and trail up to an old dead log, then go back up the hill to put his nose in the air again while setting next to that big white oak. If there was a coon on that hillside we couldn't find it and Luke couldn't pin point where we should look. We leashed the dog and crawled back up out of the hole we had walked in to, then loaded the dog and headed home. Just as we turned on to our gravel road My 5 yo boy said "lets turn Luke out at the neighbor's", so we did. We dumped him out and let him road hunt in front of the truck for about an 1/8 mile. We came to a place where a spring will trickle across the road, but due to lack of rain it was reduced to nothing more than a fading mud hole. It must have been enough for 1 coon because Luke struck right there and trailed off the road up the hillside 75-85 yards and treed with a loud ringing chop. When we got to him he was treed on an old dead tree that had fallen in to a big woolly black oak that was covered in grape vines that hung down from almost every extended limb. Now we looked this tree over every where we could but some places we just couldn't see, and there were many places the coon could have climbed down that this young dog might have missed to check. Finally with enough persistence we found it laying up on a big limb, his tail and legs tucked in tight but his fat sides stuck out just enough to give him away. When we starting working Luke around the tree and the excitement started getting built up the coon then looked at us.
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