UKC Forum Member
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Talala, Oklahoma
If I was Dave Dean's grandson, I would likely be a little defensive too. It's understandable.
The man is a legend in the Bluetick breed, and has done as much as anybody and more than most to put the Blues on the map.
There is hardly a strain of Blueticks anywhere that hasn't benefited from a few taps of the old Hammer, including the one I prefer.
Having said that, are the hounds tied up at his place hunted down and tuned like the ones he had twenty years ago?
No way they could be. The man is too old to go like he used to.
Still, I don't like to hear anybody badmouth the old fellow. He has probably forgotten more this morning before breakfast about these old hounds than most of us will learn this year.
Gary Uchtman told me that when Dave was a little younger and you drew him in a hunt, you'd best get you a deep seat and a faraway look so to speak, because he would be packing a winner, and would know every hair on him and every bark in him.
For the record, I don't think anyone in this post had any ill intent in anything they posted.
But if someone is so inclined, leave the old man alone. He has nothing left to prove to anybody.
It takes a big man to cry; it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man.
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