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Old 05-15-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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I have been told to turn my hounds loose at night and go to bed and let them run? Ive been blessed to have enough property and rabbits to keep them busy all night. The question I have is this something that is common practice and has anyone ran into issues with this. The issue I'm seeing now is my Alpha is losing connection a lot with the foliage and at night wouldn't they be more at risk for coyote attacks. Also they would not be in a pen they have never offered to run deer or other game but there's always that time. I'm just trying to gather info on this practice I guess to set my mind at eas that it's not a big deal. Anyones opinion or life lessons are welcome. Thanks for your time!


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Old 05-15-2017, 09:50 PM   #2
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I would turn my hounds loose at night , nothing better then night running but I would NOT then go to bed, I have seen a lot of beagles ruined one way or the other by letting them run unsupervised. Running off game and getting into stuff they aint supposed to is just the start of it. Getting tore up by or killed by other animals-wild or domestic {this happened to a friend of mine}. I myself do not like the idea of unsupervised running, to much can go wrong.


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Old 05-16-2017, 07:01 AM   #3
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I would turn my hounds loose at night , nothing better then night running but I would NOT then go to bed, I have seen a lot of beagles ruined one way or the other by letting them run unsupervised. Running off game and getting into stuff they aint supposed to is just the start of it. Getting tore up by or killed by other animals-wild or domestic {this happened to a friend of mine}. I myself do not like the idea of unsupervised running, to much can go wrong.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:13 AM   #4
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I agree there is nothing wrong with running at night but you should be with them. I typically will try and run a couple hours before dark and then a couple after dark. You are also part of the pack and you want them hunting with you and not out on there own.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:34 AM   #5
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I run just about exclusively at night during the hot summer days. I always stay out with them lawn chair and a cooler usually. I've had a couple run ins with yotes' and I am glad I was there to call them to the truck before anything really took place. Good or Bad.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:45 PM   #6
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That's what I wanted to find out the part that was bothering me was the leaving them alone all night. I now see that's not common practice and a couple of beaglers opinion on how it should be done. Thank you for the input.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:27 PM   #7
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We dont leave ours either, i have even took turns napping while they run to make sure they are safe and we can here them at all times
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:31 PM   #8
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I would turn my hounds loose at night , nothing better then night running but I would NOT then go to bed, I have seen a lot of beagles ruined one way or the other by letting them run unsupervised. Running off game and getting into stuff they aint supposed to is just the start of it. Getting tore up by or killed by other animals-wild or domestic {this happened to a friend of mine}. I myself do not like the idea of unsupervised running, to much can go wrong.
Agree 110%. I run a lot at night during the summer. But never and I mean never leave my hounds unattended. To many possibles to take place.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:08 AM   #9
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I'd never run my hounds unattended. I run at night some but midday is good for them too!

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Old 05-18-2017, 08:43 AM   #10
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I used to let mine run out a lot when I was younger, it was pretty much standard practice years ago if you lived in the country. However, that was before coyotes moved in and we had very few deer. And very little traffic with lots of rabbits. That has all changed now.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:18 AM   #11
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Mine ran in the pen all the time unsupervised until a dog thief started helping himself to them. NOW if they are running at night----ME and Remington are setting on the Kubota in the dark listening. Night running is better smell and rabbits are nocturnal so its better than day running~~JMO
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:58 AM   #12
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We run at night a lot in summer and fall. Our farm is pretty much solid corn and soybeans with wooded draws and some crp. The crops are home to a pile of rabbits until harvest. Running in standing corn at night is some of the hardest, check free running u can get as there is no cover for the rabbit to squat in, it is always on the move. We start a fire and turn 6-8 hounds loose. We do have a lot of coyotes around here, have had them challenge howl my hounds before but never had one come in on them yet. A guy has to run when he's got time and sometimes nights the only option. May be a little risky, but I'll keep doing it til I have a problem.


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