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Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Morrison TN
I have seen those races that go forever in my neck of the woods and know for 100% it was a coon. These were fast dogs too that ran track with their head up.
The coon has the advantage in the thick stuff, just like a mouse has the advantage on the fox in thick stuff.
I remember one night a coon ran for an hour or two in August in a corn field. The treed it and when we got to the tree the dogs were laying down treeing and the coon was up on the first big limb panting with it's tongue out like a dog.
I seen coon do that to a dog and as soon as it came out into a clear woods bam coon caught on the ground.
I seen them run them a while and catch them in the corn.
In my area as a general rule if it hit the 20 minute mark it was not going to climb it was gonna be caught on the ground or get in the ground.
I have always thought that the coons that didn't climb were not local coons, just drawn in to the corn but its just a guess.
And yes I'm talking seeing the dang coon during the race, having it come by us a few times and the dogs coming out with no hair around their eyes having to lay them up for a few days due to eye swelling and drainage.
As for all the folks claiming they are just trashing cause THEY never seen anything like that. I have a nice story. I remember a bigtime competition hunter and breeder that is friends with me. It just made no sense to him that we broke our dogs from treeing in the ground. He said that's where the coon went that's where he wanted his dogs to tree. Well in our neck of the woods the whole mountain is hollow. I have shot coon out and they bounce once and get in the ground before the dogs could catch it. He just didn't believe coon lived in the ground and it was so rare that they treed in the ground he couldn't understand it.
Fast forward a couple of years and he called me. Said he understood it all now. The RQE was in my area. He spent all night going to ground holes (half of our coon there denned in the ground) while a local dog broke off holes located the holes and went on striping them cause he would end up on a tree. All three of the other dogs would be treeing a hole. They all got circle but the dog that located the hole and went on kept his strike open and treed coon on the outside while they were dragging dogs out of holes all night.
Just because he had never seen it he didn't know what we were dealing with in our area. He never said he didn't believe us but the phone call made me think he may have thought that and felt guilty after learning the hard way LOL.
Let's go huntin
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