This is an obvious reprint or copy from The Small Pack Option Magazine from October 1996. I stumbled across it while looking through old magazines last night. The SPO Magazine is no longer in print. Instead of retyping the story and making it appear as an original I will use copies of the text from the magazine. I hope by reading it you get to know Dad and his love of friends and beagles just a little.
I believe this was the first time Dad made the trip with Tommy Sullivan to Kansas. I eventually got to go with them on two trips. On one trip we killed lots of rabbits and lots of pheasants, but the key to the pheasants was Tony Zimmerman and his excellent Labs. Like Dad mentioned in the article I had no idea how Labs worked on upland game birds. They were very impressive and we used up lots of shells to each get our limit of birds. The next trip we used the same Labs to duck hunt and what a day we had. A picture from that duck hunt is in another Kansas story posted on this blog. The common denominators in all these trips were good rabbit hunting good dog work, but more than that really great people and fellowship with great friends.
We appreciate all the people that came out. Many drove a long way to get here. We had people from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and of course Texas. It was hot and dry and that provided a tough test for the hounds and judges. As luck would have it we got about 5 inches of rain at the running grounds during the next week which helped scenting conditions a lot. In spite of the the conditions the winner’s packs I saw did a good job. Thanks again to the judges who all did a fine job. And thanks to Russel Feed for supplying dog food to the winners.
Judges: Charles Lannier and Billy Foster
1st: TJ’s hardwood Hacksaw O/H: Terry Jones
Sire: FC Wilham’s Country Cat; Dam: DT’s Poison Ivy
Our first AKC SPO Licensed trial of the season is October 17th and 18th. We will headquarter in Alvord Texas at the Elm Creek Park also known as the Alvord Veterans Memorial park. the address is 1078 E. Business US-287 Alvord, TX 76225.
We will have a club meeting after we pass out awards Saturday afternoon to discuss the date for our next TCP club trial and discuss our Licensed trial scheduled for January 30th & 31st 2016. I have three judges committed for the January trial and will be working on filling out the judges panel. We will want to discuss how the October trial is going and ways in which we can improve on hosting our licensed trials. We also need to discuss setting a calendar for club trials in 2016. Our TCP this past March went very well and I know many of our members would like…
I finally managed to get some of my beagles out this past weekend with a mild cold front came through. It dropped the temps into the mid-80s. That isn’t ideal but it feels good when you are used to 100+. I took Rainman, Lizzard, Judy and a young female out of Lizzard and Cowboy named Liz…I know, not much imagination.
The running is rough and ugly, but they got the job done. You can tell they haven’t been in the field in nearly four months but at least they got some work in and they kept the rabbit moving. But they will need a lot more of this before I enter them in a trial or two in October
I took advantage of the rain and the cooler weather Friday night and got Shedrick Ross’s two young males out in the starting pen. They have been lightly started for a couple of weeks but they improved significantly Friday evening. They are just started pups and have a ways to go before they reach their potential but I was happy with their progress.
One thing I like is when they clearly run out of scent they shut up. Early in their development they were barking at the check a lot more. At that time I wasn’t sure if it was out of excitement or just catching high scent, because they do high scent on occasion. Now I think it was just excitement barking but they are outgrowing that.
It is always fun to see young hounds start. To see them go from having no clue what they are here for the first time I worked with them in the pen, to where they are now, which is I put them in the pen and they are busting the brush looking for a rabbit. And once the bunny is up they are all business. I think Shedrick will enjoy them.
Here are some pictures from a hunt my brother David and I went on in Central Kansas this week (April 23 & 24 2015). We were the guests of Mike, Dene and Dane Herbel and we were hunting on their family land. Kansas is a beagler’s and rabbit hunter’s dream come true even though few people in this part of Kansas, or Texas for that matter, hunt rabbits. We hunted four different pastures and found plenty of game in each. One place in particular was over-run with rabbits and we did our part to thin the herd.
We killed 18 total in one and a half days hunting. The dogs caught three, two that were injured and a third that appeared to get away from the shooters clean and continued to take the hounds on a long run. He eventually made a tactical error by squatting in a wheat field and a couple of the beagles caught him.
At the end of the hunt we had 16 rabbits cleaned, washed and soaking in iced salt water for the drive back to Texas.
Here are some images from the hunt.
Six beagles in full cry trailing one of many cottontails along side this seldom used railroad track.
If you’re not the lead dog….
Driving one out of this field back toward the tracks.
Bandit Got a Sight Chase
Dane and Dene waiting for the rabbit to appear ahead of the hounds
Pushing one back to the creek from the stubble
The pack motoring to a downed rabbit. Dene had to get there quick once they got to it but he was rewarding the hounds by letting them find the dead rabbit.
One of my seven month old females got some front on the pack. It didn’t happen much if ever again that day but I was glad to capture it.
David looking over some nice hounds and hoping to see the rabbit pop out.
The Stars of The Hunt
(Apologies to Rainman — I didn’t pose him but I should have)
In no particular order
David Posing Little Joe
Bandit or “Gump” as he is also called
David posing Bandit. Dane on the left and Dene on the right.
David posing Marshall
Me posing Sooner-Run-Lizard. Lizard is a little over four weeks pregnant in this photo.
I needed to add another run and room for one or two more hounds but I wasn’t willing to spend hundreds to get it done right now. So I put my redneck on and looked around at material I had available and what I would need to buy.
The first issue was deciding where to put the new run. My kennel building as three 4×8 concrete runs on the North side, one 4 x 14 concrete run on south side, a 4×6 off the ground whelping pen on the South side and another 4×6 whelping pen on the East side. The West side is the entrance to the kennel building and wasn’t an option. I decided to add a new run on the South side between the existing 4×14 run and the whelping pen. The challenge here is that I have concrete extended about 18″ along the 14′ length. I either needed to pour more concrete or find another solution.
I considered setting some old pressure treated 4×4 posts as a perimeter and then shovel in river rock I have in abundance from some very old kennel runs I had in the 90’s. But I decided to re-purpose some old red clay colored concrete blocks that were once part of a good sized patio and have since been here and there for many different smaller projects. I did a little bit of shovel work, but I got lazy quick and decided i could live with an uneven floor for a while and placed two rows of those concrete squares to cover the 14′ length plus a little extra.
I also needed to decide how I was going to fence in the two sides of the new run in a way that is secure but doesn’t look too ghetto. So I rummaged through the stack of old horse panels that I once used for my old kennels for many years. When I tore down the old kennels and started from scratch a little over 2 years ago I stacked those old horse panels up and pull a few out from time to time when I need one. I decided to use part of a horse panel to close in the bottom of the 6 foot long whelping pen but I wanted to do something for the remaining 8 feet that would better match the adjacent 4×14 chain-link run.
I headed to the local lumber company and found a 4×12 chain-link drive gate divided into two 4×6 sections. I bought it for $99, removed the decorative stuff, and secured the chain-link to the frame a little tighter with the some fencing wire. Then I stood them on their ends and joined them with brackets to make a 6’x8′ section that finished out the 14′ span from the kennel building to the even with the adjacent 4’x14′ run. Then I fastened a 4′ wide x 6′ high chain-link gate to the end of the existing run and the end of the re-purposed gate sections to finish the outside of the run.
It is pretty redneck and my wife was more than a little worried as I described to her what I was going to do, but with such low expectations going in she ended up fairly pleased with the result. Although, I had to promise to come back at a later date and replace the blocks with concrete.
At the end of the day I spent $99 for the drive gate and about $8 for a couple of 2x4s to frame out the fencing under the whelping pen.
Please pardon the dirty pens. I had not washed out the process Diamond dog food when these pictures were taken.