Everybody is talking about the Russian/European blood making these hogs run more. I think this is true to a certain extent, but we are culling the slower hogs. That means fast boars are breeding fast sows, throwing fast piglets. Hogs are getting culled for being slow harder than our dogs are. Not to mention, every Bubba you can think of is dumping their mutts all over the country seven nights a week. It's funny how this game has changed in the last few years. It takes a helluva lot classier dog to bay hogs consistently than it used to.
We used to walk some cur dogs into any creek bottom, they would go in blow up bayed, catch or kill what you could, they would break go 100 yards, bay again, repeat. Now with fewer and faster hogs, we want one to cold trail, run him four or five hours, bay like hell, get rough if he has to, and then put him on another one that split off. That is expecting alot out of a dog, but I guess that is what makes the cream come to the top.