UKC Forum Member
Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
I would like to take on this concept by some, that any dog that takes more than 2 minutes to decide to cover is a worthless piece of crap. It seems to me that this tree countdown rule will change the type of dog we are now hunting to an even more worthless piece of crap. You see a dog will now have very little time to check out a dog that is treeing to see if that dog is worthy of the trust of that ole hound that is coming in late. Thus what this new rule will now create is an even more mee tooing piece of crap. You see they are going to have to either get on the wood without fully checking it out OR get gone from a tree that has a coon in it.
You see not every track we run here in SE Ohio is a barn burner from strike to tree. Some tracks are old feeder tracks that wonder down the creek, swing up and over a ridge top, and may be sitting in a tree some 300 to 400 yards over the top of a 1000 foot high ridge. Coon are not like rats here, so a dog must take it's tracks as it comes to them. Lets say we turn loose and some of the dogs that will open on a bad track, begin trailing a cold feeder track up and over a ridge, Lets say Ole silent slipped out on that same track and fell treed maybe 100 yards ahead of the trailing dog, Lets say the trailing dog gets to that tree in 1 minute 15 seconds. That only gives him 45 seconds to determine if ole silent is empty, or if he has actually got a coon. This slower working dog, maybe not as fast to blow up on a tree, but when it does it will have a coon, may not have enough time on the new rules clock to determine if ole silent trigger, is a pop up dog or an actual coon dog. It looks like with this new rule we are going to breed the intelligence out of our dogs and require them to stop thinking for themselves and jump right on and tree with a dog that may very well be empty, OR breed them to not ever want to tree with another dog, and quite frankly I don't like either type of these dogs, so maybe it IS time for me to find a registry that still values the abilities of a REAL coon hound.Go ahead and bash me for I already know I'm not as smart as most all that thinks a coon dog has to decide weather to back or not with a dog it has never hunted with before, in less than two minutes or it is considered a mere booing idiot.
I will take that dog every day that checks ole slick and then moves on down the hollow some 50 to 100 yards and has the meat. Again my point is not all our tracks are screamers here where I live.
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