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Registered: Aug 2008
Location: SE Ohio, Glouster
Sure some interesting comments thats for sure, some have some merit some are a little far fetched for me.
Back during the inception of this competition coon hunting coons were much more scarce thus tracks were further apart, making the value of a hounds striking ability go up, if that dog had the good sense, to not only know where to go looking for a track, but have enough nose to unravel this track, even if that coon had traveled through that area many hours prior to the hound coming through there.
Now that the coon population as increased significantly throughout (most ) of the US, and especially so here in the mid west, it doesn't require quite as much skill/talent to come across a coon track as it did back in the late 50's and early 60"s.
May I suggest something similar as has already been suggested but with a little different twist.
How bout this. any/all dogs opening and declared struck during the first 30 seconds of each drop to receive 35 strike points. Then any dog that opens from 31 seconds through 60 seconds, to receive 25 strike points.
My reasoning for this is that it doesn't take a special hunting ability to strike a track that is within 30 seconds of where you are turning loose. Secondly any dog that strikes within the next 30 seconds, could possibly be a little tight anyway as if there really was a track within that first 30 seconds, the dog should have opened anyway.
After one minute of full silence with no dogs barking, the strike should then be accepted as called, 100-75-50-25.
This would help to reduce points stolen from an automatic strike dog, yet still reward a dog that finds a track that it was not turned loose on top of.
I know this is not perfect, as it would still penalize that dog with good sense, inside that first minute. But think this one through and see what you think of this idea.
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