Just wondering how many you guys /gals run,,, 1-2-10? when my 3 6month old decides to start will be running 7 myself . Just wondering what you guys think what a good pack size works for yall
Yes sir same here , thought about getting 1 or 2 more and run a pack in morning and another in evening, but most of the time im whooped by 1 or 2pm lolWe run 8. A mix of older and young dogs. Hate to leave any of them in the pen. We only get the opportunity to hunt 1 or 2x a week.
good post!Good question,
So this is what I think and this is what works well for me.
If the hounds you use are (Good)... which means...(Honest)…(Real)….meaning... (Nothing Fancy, Nothing Special, just a plain ole well rounded little rabbit dog...then... (ONE) is all you need.
You can kill every rabbit it jumps no matter how thick the cover if you are willing to go in their and stomp you down a little spot and when he comes back around BAM!
So with that in mind it depends on what I am doing. Like if I'm finishing out a nice young prospect one on one which is outstanding for a good young dog. They learn me and exactly what I want from them while hunting. When I put them back in a hunting pack you can see a huge difference as they have a confidence about them they did not have prior.
Sometimes I bring (one). Sometimes a brace (two). Sometimes 3 a (trio). Some times a TCP (4). Sometimes (6). Sometimes 8-15. What ever floats my boat.
So the amount of good hounds I bring depends on things like what do I want to accomplish today, what spot we hunting, terrain the cover the lay out of the land and amount of game, the number of people and the expected harvest (reward) etc.
In some spots I can kill more rabbits much quicker with one dog than I can with 3 or more so I bring one and enjoy my good little hound and my day.
Big packs sound better and the thrill and excitement they bring is very enjoyable . There are times I want that rush that thrill of the intense chase the competition. Dogs need to learn to run well in packs.
Truth is some people build a pack because most of what they have is (lacking) in some way.... so it takes a pack of them to do what..... one good dog can do.
Example: You can watch on here and you will see and hear posts like I need a good (lead dog), or I need a good (jump dog), or I'm looking for a good (anchor dog), or I need a good (line running) pack dog or I need a dog that hunts. You will also see people asking things like, " Who, what sire puts HUNT in his pups.
One honest, average, decent little rabbit dog, nothing great or fancy just honest should go dive in the briars hunt and search up under there no matter the discomfort, busy as a bee and should show an animated desire to LOVE IT and jump you rabbit while you sit on the tailgate. They should run and run and run that rabbit ….steady as a clock.... Barking every single breath until you decide to go kill it...... no matter how long that takes.
You start putting 2-3- 5- 12 of that kind on the ground...….well you get point!
So Quality..... is the # 1 issue for me. One I have the quality I desire then the sky is my limit.
Fun,Thrill and excitement is # 2..............It ain't fun if it ain't steady.
Run what makes you happy...Do the best you can where your at with what you got and keep reaching for better and most importantly thank GOD for it all.
I’m with Spini 4 is enough for me at one time. The best running for me is with 3 or 4 dogs on the cottontail. Me and a couple buddies will always raz each other on who has the best dog and when we all run together we each bring “ the best dog we have”, and that usually turns in to the worst days of running I have all year but I do enjoy getting out with my buddies so it’s worth it!I run 4 by myself. 6 when running with friends. I hunt with 4.
I hunt and run Eastern Cottontail in KS, the hair guys and swamper guys will probably run bigger packs.