I use too run cyote for a very few yrs in central northern ca in the foothils and up in the pacific mtn range there and I ran 2 calhound gyps/ they run a grafox about 15-25 minutes and kille him on the ground/or a black legged gray hill fox maybe 30-45 minutesand run hum down and killed em too/ red fox in the sacramento valley they hooked up in the riverbottem s and run around and would go out into a farm plowed field around back and forth and either keep him in the 160 ac field an whole him or catch and kill him all with in 45 minutes too i hr. On cyote they didn`t kill a one my 2 gyps was young and not 3-6 yr old hounds/they run too catch and singled-on off and out and run him too a bay-up/even once too getten a big dog cyote frozen legged stiffed up/couldnt move futher. Mike over on the coat however accorden too Sonny Kendrick had some bad cyote dogs that would lay one low ? get on a hill with a cyote call and call you can get one too come/turn loose an run him in the area of your choice .Paul Conway wrote:Mich. Gunner, circle or head for the next county- how true is that.
We usually cast the dogs on a track if there is snow and we can find one which we usually can- the trouble in PA is where is the track and where is it headed and roads and developments, lake communities, etc often dictate whether we release a hound on the track or not. We do free cast often as well. Cast them into a swamp or down a logging road or power line between swamps or thick patches of cover- just like roading them only letting thier legs do the work. The problem with running hounds is finding a good, good cold trailer. There noses just don't seem to be as cold as the treeing hounds. We have added a few treeing hounds to our pack and do have a 10 year old July hound that's pretty cold nosed and pretty savy at working out a track as well. We have a few plotts as well and one in particular that's just starting to come into her own that looks like she'll have a cold nose as well. Mostly running walkers, a few trigg walker crosses from a female and male I had, a July, several plotts and a few blueticks that hate a yote. Sometimes the hounds will bay em and kill em but our terrain doesn't lend itself to that. More often than not we shoot em in front of the hounds- hundreds of yards in front down to 20-50 yards or so depending on the chase. We release a hound or two and sometimes several others when we get one going, but that really depends on where were hunting and how safe from roads and private property they'll be. The chase can be compact in one large swamp or go from swamp to swamp to thick cover to overland to thick cover.. well you get the idea. Most of our hounds will run a bobcat, but don't have a clue about looking up. When a cat climbs a tree they think magic has happened LOL. another reason we've added some treeing hounds. Typically twelve guage with #4 buckshot*(#4 buckshot is the largest shot size that's legal in PA) sometimes a rifle, but moreso a shotgun. Paul Conway.
CasB wrote:Mr Cecil,
Tell me more about those Calhoun dogs. I heard they were usually solid black with maybe a little white blaze on their chest??
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