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Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Vernon, Alabama
I havent hunted with a whole lot of Skuna River Fred dogs but judging by the ones Ive hunted with and other hunters' descriptions of them, I think I would put them in a completely different catagory than the Skuna River dogs that originated in this part of the country. The dogs that best represent the old Skuna River dogs to me would be Skuna River Bark, Skuna River Rudy, Mobley's Timber Talking Rocket, Elon Glasgow's Timber Talkin' Storm, and Mobley's Timber Talkin' Bullet.
4 of the best. most mature acting pups Ive ever seen came from these dogs. As far as dominating competition dogs(I don't mean that's all they were good for, but were coondogs in the making that could purely dominate a cast). Big John Robertson bought a pair of 6mth old female pups off Skuna River Bark & a Moonlight Mike x Spring Creek Chief female named Bell and Sue(Moonlight Mike was a full brother to Homer's Gomer owned by my good friend and Nite Hunt Mentor, Terrell Pennington. Terrell won alot with Mike and to this day he'll tell u Mike was by far the best hound he ever owned. Mike had a dang good mouth on him but was not near as loud as loud as his brother Gomer. What he gave up to Gomer in volume, he made up for in accuracy & BIG, BIG hunting!) Big John gave Chinapa Bottom Bell to my partner Chris Rogers and I and he kept 1/2 of Sue and gave the other half to longtime friend & hunting buddy, Ken Hopper. At 8 months old these, 2 females could flat-out RUN a coon. It didn't get too hot, too cold, too thick, or too stormy for these 2 pups. They were naturally independent, but from the time they were 9 months old, 5-6 nights a week till they were a little over a year old neither pup so much as saw another dog. They could run a coon through cut-over faster than most dogs could run one down the highway. If u put them in a cornfield in July or am acorn flat in the fall/winter they could tree coons as fast as u could unsnap the dog leash. Bell had a coon drowned her in the middle of the Tenn-Tom river and a week later Sue ran a coon out of bad beaver slash and treed it in the edge of the woods behind a man's house. He shot her off the tree and when giving his statement to the deputy, claimed that he killed her because she was trying to get in his rabbit pen. Our wonderful Justice System let him off with not even a slap on the wrist, even after the deputy's investigation reported not even one dog track within 50yds of his rabbit pen. Both had more than their money won to hunt the Fall SS that year. To this day, the loss of those 2 lil females hurts.
Skuna River Drive(Later known as Tri-pod Drive after having an altercation with a speeding car), is still the finest, most polished 10mth old I believe has ever lived. He was owned by Bill Taylor of Brilliant, Al & Josh "Goob" Otts of Sulligent, AL. Drive was from Bark & a Skuna River Lipper daughter owned by Bill. God, could he ever tree them coons! A little trashy but could run a deer right past u like he was tied to it, come across a coon, fall off treed on it, & leave u scratching your head wondering if he wasn't after the coon to begin with. Like a good many Skuna River Lipper-bred dogs, tho, he became ill at the tree and was sold.
Timber Talking Bullet was a fine young hound owned by Buddy Mobley of Aberdeen, Ms. Bullet set these local hunts around here on fire. I spent many nights with his sire, Skuna River Rudy when he was a young dog owned by Kent Moore and Dennis Young. Rudy stayed at the top, or close to it. of the PKC Florida State Race. He was a solid, coon-treeing hound but was a bit aggressive at the tree at times. Bullet's dam was out of Timber Talkin' Rocket also owned by Buddy Mobley. Alot of us then younger hunters owe Buddy and Rocket a great many "Thank You's!" The first time I met Buddy I had just turned 16. I drove to Aberdeen with Goob Otts(who had hunted for Buddy some) looking for a puppy. After listening to Buddy telling a great many stories about the Golden Age of coondogs, he offered me the same deal he did most trustworthy young men. He would give me a puppy if Id take one of his older pups and hunt it for 30 days. See Buddy always kept a great many young dogs on his place. I ended up hunting Lord knows how many dogs for him. Buddy always took care of us kids. If we needed boots, a light, shock collar, tracking units or an entry fee he would be right there with it. Not to mention he kept us in good ole Skuna River blood!
As u can tell, I think very highly of these dogs and the men behind them. Wimp Aron is one of the best gentlmen you will meet anywhere. My mother carried me to his home in Pontotac, Ms to buy my 1st registered pup before i was old enough to drive. Alott of Stud owners & Breeders wouldn't have taken one extra second of their time to fool with a kid. But there Wimp stood, showing all his dogs to a 13-14yr old kid. After I picked a pup when went into his "office" to get his papers. In there was a bookcase filled with what had to be ever Cooner, Bloodlines, & Full Cry ever printed. He related to me the whole story of how the Skuna River line was started. To me, a young, dumb kid, having this coonhunting legend take that kind of time with me was the highlight of my day, week, month, & maybe even my year!
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