Febraury 27th SPO Fun Trial


Trinity River Beagle Club

We are going to have a club fun trial Saturday Feb 27th at the grasslands.  We will meet up at Elm Creek Park in Alvord where we meet for our licensed trials.  This will be a combined sex SPO trial with a 13” class and 15” class.  Since we will run males and females together please do not bring females in heat.

We will meet at 8:00 am and take entries, measure the hounds and head to the field.  The entry fee will be $10.  Bring snacks and drinks.  We will use club judges and after placing the hounds in the two classes we will run an absolute brace between the winner of the 15” class and the winner of the 13” class.

Please forward this to any beaglers you know that might be interested.  Also, please call the beaglers who don’t use email.

Thanks and see you Saturday…

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TKO Them Cottontails by Paul Belding


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.

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Results from our October 17th & 18th AKC Licensed Trial


Trinity River Beagle Club

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.

15″ Males

Judges: Charles Lannier and Billy Foster

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1st: TJ’s hardwood Hacksaw O/H: Terry Jones

Sire: FC Wilham’s Country Cat; Dam: DT’s Poison Ivy

2nd: Fails Jimbo O/H: Billy and Joy Dry

Sire: Fails Osama; Dam: FC Ghost Creek…

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Trinity River AKC Licensed SPO Trial – October 17th and 18th


Trinity River Beagle Club

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…

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Knocking Some Rust Off of the Pack.


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

My Starting Pen Being Put to Good Use


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.

Kansas Hunt – April 2015


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.

Six beagles in full cry trailing one of many cottontails along side this seldom used railroad track.

If you're not the lead dog....

If you’re not the lead dog….

Driving one out of this field back toward the tracks.

Driving one out of this field back toward the tracks.

Bandit Got a Sight Chase

Bandit Got a Sight Chase

Dane and Dene waiting for the rabbit to appear ahead of the hounds

Dane and Dene waiting for the rabbit to appear ahead of the hounds

Pushing one back to the creek from the stubble

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.

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.

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.

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

Little Joe

David Posing Little Joe

David Posing Little Joe

 

Judy

Judy

Judy

Bandit or “Gump” as he is also called

David posing Bandit. Dane on the left and Dene on the right.

David posing Bandit. Dane on the left and Dene on the right.

Marshall

David posing Marshall

David posing Marshall

Lizard

Me posing Sooner-Run-Lizard.  Lizard is a little over four weeks pregnant in this photo.

Me posing Sooner-Run-Lizard. Lizard is a little over four weeks pregnant in this photo.

The Pups

Nora

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Callie

Callie

Callie