Mike Van Dusen
UKC Forum Member
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Northwest Indiana
Re: "It" factor......
Originally posted by DL NH
Please share more about the "It" factor. I've been hunting hounds for a long time and still haven't learned it all, so please give some specifics. Sure others would benefit as well.
Sorry I am so late to respond,I had to do that 4 letter word today,WORK!
My experience with the 'it factor" IS ..Take a pup out after preparing them for a night in the woods and they just know a whole lot and fall right in there and tree real live racoon!
Everytime you take them they just blow your socks off with their god given ability and you can just see that natural talent in them come bubbling out,and you think WOW !!!and to me their is no better feeling than seeing that pup just become a racoon treeing machine!
If you have ever witnessed this,you know what I am getting at,if you haven't...I hope for your sake,someday you will,but beware,it will ruin you if you don't watch.....
I have been lucky enough to have had this happen several times,1 time I had a male pup,showed him a cage coon,me and a buddy took it out and released it to this male pup( he was 6 months old) and 2 older female pups,coon went up under the truck,we had a heck of a time,pup got bit and he got permanently pissed off at that racoon!
The next night we went hunting and I had my Slim dog and that 6 month old pup,Slim was trailing a racoon,when all of a sudden a huge dying bawl let out to my left,and he turned it over to a machine gun chop,I went to him and that pup had found a real live racoon!Slim went on and treed his racoon further in the woods and that pup was telling the world that he found 1 too.
From that night on that pup was treeing his own coon,and I could not wait till it got dark,when he was 15 months old,and he was a dandy by then,he got hit by a car and was busted up too bad,and I had to put him down!
I called him Ringo,his littermate sister is the Sara dog that is the mother of Daniel Wilson's Fred Bear (Hank) dog.
"Some dogs will learn to tree a coon, others were born to!
"It's in the blood"
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