UKC Forum Member
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Mercer PA
To me, taking a pup out during the kill season with other dogs is just too much. There just too much going on...other dogs sometimes strange dogs, gun fur, coon falling out of trees, long hunts ect, and imo that time of year is when the coon can become a little more challenging to tree.
I like to buy pups born in May June or July. They get to grow up and be fun when I am outside the most and spend the most time with them. I can mess a little with some turn outs or show them a coon later in the fall, and around here the snow comes and they are put up and getting used the kennel in the winter.
Around late march or early april, the pup is 8-10 months old. The woods are bare, its usually damp, and I am ready to be outside. I take the pup at night and start taking it for walks in easy to navigate terrain. I also start trapping coon and every chance I get, I will let one go before out walk. the pup get used to riding in the truck, wearing the collars ect.
If I do this all summer a couple days a week, by corn season Late Aug, or Sept, any pup worth its salt is pretty well on its way at 12-15 months and ready to be hunted that kill season alone. After that, its just how much it progresses and you can only get that with time.
The fun is over once you pull the trigger
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