Bruce m. Conkey
UKC Forum Member
Registered: May 2016
Location: Palatka, FL
I have seen it in one or two Bone Collector dogs. But I haven't been around enough of them to say it was in that line of hound. I have also witnessed some track straddling in some Bone Collector dogs. Again, not enough different dogs to say that is in that line also.
I have two dogs that will flat nail one from a truck and they are a totally different lines of hounds.
I was coming back from a hunt about a year ago running 60 on a narrow black top road. I saw a coon dart across the road and by the time I had asked my co pilot if he saw the coon. The dog in the back went ballistic. But the truth is. In a situation like that. Conditions have to be right for that to happen, equal to or greater than the dogs ability. The coon probably just came out of a wet or damp ditch on the side of the road. As hot air rises and cold air falls the scent of the coon was probably being warmed by the hot summer night and rising at a fast rate. Actually this can be aggravating as my other dog, if he smells one close to where you had planned to turn out. You probably had better to somewhere else. Cause if you drop him near there and head him a different way. He will swing around and get on the coon he smelled from the truck.
Another time maybe a year or so ago. Allen P. who visits this board came over for a comp hunt one night and when when they got the dogs out and leashed up. His red dog and my dog went ballistic on the leash. The other two dogs were calm. About 50 yards or so in the trees in front of us sat a coon. Well the cast walked the dogs down a trail well past the coon before they cut loose. I was at the truck with another spectator. In about 10 or 15 minutes my dog and the redbone showed back up at the truck trying to figure out the coon that was up in the tree by the truck. I got to see two different styles of dog try to figure out this coon. My dog was more like a bird dog. He was swinging around making circles back and forth not barking, trying to find the coon track on the ground. Alans dog also had drifted out but hit the trail on the ground. And was trailing it back from perhaps a hundred yards away towards the tree where the coon was. Mine kept doing his thing drifting trying to figure out what he wanted to do with the coon they both had smelled. Finally my dog hit on the ground and their tracks came together and they treed. Thing is I can't remember if they treed together or separate and I am thinking one of them perhaps both were a tree or two away from where the coon actually was. Maybe if Alan reads this he can straighten me out there. It was just interesting to see two dogs trying to find a coon they both winded, using different skills to do so. It was obvious to me the red dog has more ability smelling on the ground but the results of both styles were about the same on that particular coon.
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