cobalt wrote:My opinion on this is that in order to have dogs that do well in arid conditions, they need to be subjected to those conditions regularly to become more adept at it. There are many places in the west that have similar conditions as the one you live in I think (E. Oregon, Nevada, S. Idaho, etc.) and there are dogs that catch cats there on the dry. I would say if you have timber in the country you hunt, it is very possible to run and catch a percentage of the cats you start, but maybe not as easy as with snow. One big difference in running cats out of the snow is that the dogs must start the track without any help from the hunter and it might take longer to find a track because you can't race around the mtns looking for a track like you can with good snow.
I think there are several people out there with dogs that are able to successfully run cats in your country and similar country, but they might be reluctant to step forward because they don't want to have to defend themselves against the nay sayers. It won't benefit them in any way to tell you their dogs are better than yours and winning an arguement on the internet even if your right, is futile and exhausting.
There is a big reason why there are a lot of top bobcat hunters in Oregon. It's because everything except coons and foxes have been illegal to hunt for the past 18 years and in that time houndmen have gravitated to dogs that can work cats whereever they hunt on good days and bad. If Mt. was to lose their lion hunting I'd bet you dollars to dognuts the quality af varmint dogs would elevate exponentially over years, esp. bobcat dogs.
I'm not saying you don't have good dogs or you're a bad trainer. And I'm not saying I have dogs that are going to go up there and pop a bunch of cats up. What I'm trying to say is, If you want your dogs to hunt good in 2 ft. of snow, then work them in 5ft. of snow. If you want them to do good in the dry, then work them during the driest times. This is how you find out if the dogs you have can do it.
BUT, maybe I'm delusional and it is impossible to run and catch bobcats somewhat consistantly with any kind of dog on the dry up there where you live. I have never been there to try it. In any case, good luck with your weather next year.
the hardest part of ANY bobcat race is the jump and tree and that is the easiest part of a lion race with possible exceptions.
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