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Well after yesterday's afternoon public land shenanigans I had to have some redemption. I said I was not going to kill a rabbit at my place for a couple years but population seems good so I decided to break my own rule and kill on over my dogs for the first time this year and first one over radar in general. They jumped this rabbit in the thick stuff to my right and the first 10 minutes or so were kind of choppy. I almost called them off but they got it lined out and started moving good. The rabbit took them through the swamp, across the field and down the fence row which is where this video starts. I shot the rabbit as he was heading back to the spot of the jump. I won't bother anymore rabbits here other than an occasional run but I wanted to see what Radar thought of the dead rabbit.

Dog breed Vertebrate Dog Collar Carnivore
Grass Dog Dog breed Carnivore Snout
Dog breed Dog Carnivore Working animal Snout
Grass Dog Carnivore Dog breed Terrestrial animal
Dog breed Dog Vertebrate Carnivore Snout
Dog breed Grass Carnivore Dog Vertebrate
Dog breed Grass Dog Vertebrate Carnivore
 

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I believe he likes em. Hopefully you can get back into the public ground and have some good runs and kill him a few more, without any of the issues from the other day. What ever they may have been
He didn't know what to think at first he was trying to pick up the track but once he got a little taste he loved it.

Yesterday I drove a hour and a half to a WMA and it was loaded with trucks. Turned around and went to another smaller wma not too far from my house and their was someone there so decided to try one more place. There was 3 trucks there and one was leaving. He was a bird hunter and said there was a few guys hunting a far corner of the wma. I went to the total opposite side and got a jump. They were halfway through the run when I looked down the road and saw the others group walking out. As they were walking to their truck their dogs came into my race. At first I didn't mind because I only saw 2 dogs and didn't think it would be an issue. No sooner than I thought that one of the dogs was crazy barking everywhere. Not sure what was going on. They were just standing there so I walked over and asked nicely if they would mind toning and catchng their dogs. One of the 3 gentlemen didn't like that at all. They had 16 patch hounds running everywhere not doing anything with our race but messing it up. All had on tracking and shock collars. I hated to ask them to bump them and get them in but it would have certainly been better than just hollering which produced no results. I caught my dogs and tried helping with theirs because they had no leads with them. In the end they were 3 pretty nice guys but it was just a disaster. We gave them plenty of space where we dropped at it was just bad luck on their walk out we finally crossed paths I guess. One of the guys even offered to give us the 3 that they killed. It happens and except for the one guy being kind of a smart mouth at the beginning it wasn't the worst thing I ever experienced. He almost pushed my buttons and got a response from me lol but we are all houndsman who rely on public grounds. Things like this happen sometimes, I don't blame them and wasn't mad it just wasn't the way I envisioned my first hunt of the season to start and I'm sure it wasn't the way they saw their hunt ending.
 

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Ordinarily I would have never turned my dogs loose no matter the distance between us. I had wasted half a day driving to and leaving 2 different WMA's and just wanted to not feel like the day was a total bust. When we got there a young man who had been giving his bird dog some time in the field was leaving and said the group was pretty far back in the WMA. We even sat and listened for a little bit to see if we could hear them and tell what direction they may be headed. We walked back into some thick nasty stuff we wouldn't even be able to get a shot off in just to stay out of their hair. It was just bad timing. We had a real good race going and were I believe really close to getting the kill when our paths crossed. They were on their way to leave and the dogs weren't on leads. The thing that bugged me a little was if I was on my way out and my dogs heard theirs running and tried going in on them I would have hit the sport dog and stopped that immediately. For one I wouldn't want to bother other hunters and secondly if I'm on my way out and my hunt is done the last thing I want is to have to wrangle all my dogs out of a cluster when I'm so close to the truck. In the end it was really no big deal and I don't think anybody left angry. I'm partly to blame for choosing to hunt there. I thought there was plenty of room and there was, but paths crossed at the perfect time for a mess.
 

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I'd also like to say if that big pack would've joined in and we would've had 19 dogs pounding regardless of the style differences I wouldn't have minded a bit. I would've let it go until we killed the rabbit or they had a good opportunity to grab theirs if they chose to. But out of 16 dogs we only saw 2 barking. One was on a path barking at my hunting partner and the other was crazy and not sure what it was doing. The other 14 were scattered out all over the place just running around. My dogs were trying to work through it but it wasn't pretty. I'm sure their dogs are good, they left with 3 kills which usually isn't easy on WMAs around here.
 

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Welcome to the future of running dogs in Middle Tennessee Chris. You should try training for Field Trials at these places. No private land left to run on. I have to run after lunch or late in the evenings after the hunters are gone at our local wma's. If you get there very early someone will just turn loose on top of you. The one place I've found privacy at is AEDC wma in Coffee County. A lot of land, not many rabbits, but very peaceful. I was not happy with my derby at Music City Saturday so I took him and others Sunday to AEDC. After hunting for an hour before jumping a rabbit I had 2 hours of non stop running. I didn't get enough so I played hooky yesterday and ran him again for 3 hours at another wma. Only took 30 minutes to jump one this time. At least our dogs are learning how to hunt with out a rabbit. Boot lickers can't stay at my house. I'm a loner like you so I don't like crowds.
 
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