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Ron Ashbaugh
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Coonhunting in the snow

I have always seemed to have a big mental hang up about coonhunting with snow on the ground. For those of you who get snow, what has been your experience and how much is too much??? Is it worth the effort?

I mean I know getting out is better than not getting out, but is it productive? Thanks

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coon don't like to run when the snow is up to there belly or the snow is stuck to the limbs on trees.. if its a heavy wet snow that packs good and they can stay on top, they will move good. they move good while its snowing but seems like the next night they wont move unless the sun has melted the snow off the trees. i like hunting on snow, as long as it isn't so deep i cant get around.lol

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same here

snow aint bad as long as it isn't balls deep....

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Re: same here

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snow aint bad as long as it isn't balls deep....
ya, like the last 2 yrs..its bad when your hunting buddys have to pull you out of a snow drift and your not in a truck, your on foot..lol

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Frozen, crusted snow and a rutting boar coon in late January will let you know if you have a coon dog or not.

Lots of competition hunters around here don't hunt in January. I suspect their dogs need July kitten coons.

Nuff said.

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anytime we have a wet or slushy snow i do real good. but if it is hard and froozen your wasting time but i still go to give the dogs some running time. BUT ALL I HUNT IS PUPS!!!!

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SNOW

I'm just real glad I live in a southern state.I hate snow.Y'all can keep it.LOL!
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MAN UP RON!!! haha. it isn't bad. still tree 2 or 3 a night around my house on a snowy night! it is productive and you find out what a dog is made of when it's cold and snow is on the ground!

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snow?

you mean people actually have to hunt in that stuff? If i never see another flake, it will be just fine with me. give me the warmth of the south, and i'll deal with the snakes and other critters. snow is just to messy when it starts to melt, and i haven't learned how to stand up very well in it either...lol

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It makes a coon dog, adds to the bad weather scenario's. I would almost rather hunt when there's snow. Rules out a lot people that think they have a coon dog. Some times they have to go hunitn, not just run in an tree. Tests Hunts are little more interesting. No snakes outthen either.!!!!!!

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Ya can learn a lot about your dogs tracking style on snow if you're willing to walk a little and ya if it's powder and blowing a little you better have a good dog or stay home.

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I've had some of my best hunts on the snow.

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the only prob snow brings is cold weather, and i don't like it much. thats funny from someone that lives in northdakota. tracking conditions on wet snow is great. nothing better. but if you have alot, and it hinders your getting around in the woods , it is alot of work. as far as taking more of a dog or track dog to run coons on snow.. well that is false. that is the best tracking conditions in the world. (when it is wet). now if you have a dog that has been were it is warm and bring them to the cold and snow overnight, and they haven't had time to acclamate themselves to the cold , then ya , you will have probs. it will usually be in the form of not wanting to go hunting.

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coon don't like to run when the snow is up to there belly or the snow is stuck to the limbs on trees.. if its a heavy wet snow that packs good and they can stay on top, they will move good. they move good while its snowing but seems like the next night they wont move unless the sun has melted the snow off the trees. i like hunting on snow, as long as it isn't so deep i cant get around.lol


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the only prob snow brings is cold weather, and i don't like it much. thats funny from someone that lives in northdakota. tracking conditions on wet snow is great. nothing better. but if you have alot, and it hinders your getting around in the woods , it is alot of work. as far as taking more of a dog or track dog to run coons on snow.. well that is false. that is the best tracking conditions in the world. (when it is wet). now if you have a dog that has been were it is warm and bring them to the cold and snow overnight, and they haven't had time to acclamate themselves to the cold , then ya , you will have probs. it will usually be in the form of not wanting to go hunting.



I am not talking wet snow, I am talking dry snow 15 to 18 degrees, maybe zero. Some of the best huntin. That takes a dog, and it will help those dogs that stand on there heads.

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Hunting on snows is the easiest tracking a dog will ever get. If they are moving, you will tree them. If they aren't moving you won't. It is just that simple. They never move on the first snow of the year, atleast not around here.

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I don't agree its the easiest, especially when the snow crystalizes, Some dogs won't even open when it gets like that.

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Like it was said. You don't know what you have till it snows and it gets deep. LOL I think the dry fluffy snow is the hardest to track in. Doesn't seem to leave a good track. I hit the rivers once it freezes. Coon need to drink.
I also think a hot nosed dog struggles more in the snow. I have one and she clearly struggles in it. I'll know soon enough. She just turned two, so this will be her third winter. Hoping for the best...
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Scott I knew you would post some Pics on here!! . I totally agree with you, tells what kind of nose your dog really has. I had a balck dog that liked to back track a little, I ran him in the snow Problem Solved....

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We don't get to do it that much around here, but I love it when we do.

This is how it seems to be here, you can do great the night it starts snowin right when the front comes through.

You can do great the second night after the snow.

They seem to hole up and stay put the first night after, maybe cause they feed so much the night the storm hits or somethin??

I have also noticed that the dry, powdery snow doesn't seem to be near as good to track in as the wet snow, but never had any trouble trackin in any snow really, just seemed easier on wet.

Coon don't stir much around here when it gets down below 20 degrees or so, if it's around zero you better have a dog that will go yonder to tree one cause if not you may not even get struck (that goes out the window if it's a long cold snap, but the coon seem to know the weather better than we do LOL). They will stir if it has been that cold for a few days, just don't seem to stir good if it's just a short one.

The most challenging tracking time around here is right after the frost. You can tell what kind of nose the dog has if it's say in the 20's and you go right after the dew falls and freezes. Seems that's the time the pups don't have a clue how to track and the old dogs show them how it's done. A couple hours after don't seem to make that much difference how big the frost is, and before of course doesn't matter. But the tracking seems the toughest right as the frost sets up.

That's just what my experience has been.

Have treed a few coon below zero, not stupid enough now that I am older to do that anymore cause those are LONG nights LOL.

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Tracking changes with conditions, however, coon have to eat year round. They move in all weather.









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Scott I knew you would post some Pics on here!! . I totally agree with you, tells what kind of nose your dog really has. I had a balck dog that liked to back track a little, I ran him in the snow Problem Solved....


LOL Todd.
I have vids to. I find the vids help me evaluate me and my responses to what the dogs is doing. Also if I missed something they did or didn't do at the tree .
I took my one hunt test in a foot of hard crusty snow. Leinie took the whole hour. She pushed this super cold track. I had my doubts walking into her after she treed. I thought it would be a den. But she had the meat and passed.
Just like by you. Hunting in the snow is a way of life here. Knowing where the open water is, increases your success rate I think. The last two years have really been hard. With over 100" one year and 70"+ the following year. I think I may buy some snow shoes this year.....
MMM Black friday. I think I'll head over to gander mountain.
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Get R Dun at 0 degrees' It is a Wiscoonsin thing.

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Up hear north of the border we get some cold weather & alot of the white stuff. It seems to me that the time of year has more impact on the coon than the weather. Bitter temps & lots of snow in mid december can shut down most coon movement. But by mid febuary it dosent matter how cold, or snow up to your waist they will be out roaming. JMO

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Now Scott......you know that the VA Boys will hunt in bad weather....no matter how cold it is......snow....or freezing rain......we are game to hit the woods. I would rather hunt in frigid weather than to hunt in the wind...no matter how warm it is

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Coon will move no matter how much snow is on the ground UNLESS the snow it hard and crusty. Then little to no movement from my experience. It hurts their feet.

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