South Texan wrote:
I had a red flag go up in one of your opening comments. You said "I have coon hounds and I have tried to run cats with them unsuccessfully just don't run it fast enough." Now it doesn't take a real fast dog to catch a cat. You can break a cat down pretty fast if you can keep steady pressure on him. They are not a long winded animal. So....I thing something else might be happening when your trying to run cats with your coon dogs. Try to figure it out. Help'em all you can. Cat hunting is awful challenging to you and the dogs. Good luck! Hope it all works out for ya! Keep us posted.
Robbie, I thought I would respond to this because Of my experience with coon dogs in areas where a lot of bobcats absolutely will not climb a tree. I mean would rather die on the ground next to a big beautiful tree that is surrounded by hundreds of trees than to turn around and climb up.
In these situations I have learned that you must have a dog that can out-sprint a bobcat. Otherwise, the cat trots and walks all day long. He puts whatever distance he feels comfortable with between him and the dogs, and keeps it there. There also are dogs that instinctively keep a certain distance from the cat and will not close. This mans experience with his coon dogs is very common in this type of setting.
I have been honored to hunt with some absolutely amazing coon dogs. A lot if people think coon hunting requires little talent. And on a certain level, they are probably correct. But there are other levels that are amazing to behold, and a coon dog operating at these levels will make a good bobcat dog coon hunting look quite foolish.
I have seen coon dogs of these levels. And they will walk and trot a bobcat all day; and I mean dawn till dark. In the cold north country, I don't know that you can break that tall lanky northern tom bobcat down by persistence. If he won't climb, you have to have that one dog who is capable of running him down.