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Yesterday Was An Amazing Hunt - Or What We Can Learn From Our Hounds

After about an hour of our 10 couple of  hounds checking covers and one speaking at a time saying "the coyote was here... a while ago", the hounds found in the lower swamp at the bottom of the Jackson fixture.  When our hounds go into a swamp or any covert - they spread out and check around. Certain hounds, such as Keg and young Whiskey, seem to be particularly good at finding the scent.  And you hear their voices saying - come check this out.  And the other hounds say " Those guys are usually right, let's go see".  And when they are right, they all start saying "He's here, this way"- Hound music! - which we had a lot of yesterday.  Now, some hounds are better at staying on the line- often the young hounds get so excited they miss the line when the coyote turns.  And yesterday, the coyote turned often. It ran in 3 big loops between the hay field and the chicken house before it ran up to the cattle field. We know because there were so many views of him crossing and running on the chicken house trail. And third field got a view - I'm not sure if it was the hunted coyote though.

When the line is lost, some of our  hounds are good at refinding the scent - staying slow and steady.  Then, when the coyote broke toward Averitt Valley Road, we have some fast hounds that stayed up with him - singing and calling back to the others  "Follow us".  While the huntsman and first field ran to Averitt Valley, jumping all those  lovely coops, the coyote changed direction again and went back toward the camp grounds.  So we went back in country, back over all the coops,  to the corner by the swamp and we heard the hounds pushing back towards us.  They came back again to the swamp between the cow pasture and the beehive trail heading toward the beehives. Right where we had been a half hour and a few miles ago.   At this point,  it was 1PM, the hounds had done great work  and so Joseph called them back in.  One by one they popped out - all 10 couples. They had worked together and stayed together as a team. That was impressive!!

What we can learn from these wonderful hounds is: Do the things you are good at: whether it is leading, being methodical, singing, running fast. But stay together and work as a team - and you will be successful!

Hope to see you out on Sunday!!!

Freddy

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