Some of you may recall seeing an add years ago McDonald's Black and Tans which John McDonald ran in sports magazines where he stated " training not necessary just exposure to the desired game" . Obviously there's a bit more to it but I have never forgotten that advertisement of his 🤔
For anyone interested, a little more on the McDonald racoon hounds from Texas….
I remember as a kid we drove past Bill Boatman’s place at Bainbridge, Ohio and seeing many black and tan hounds.
For many years, the Highland Beagle club ran trials at Fruitdale, Ohio, just south of Greenfield. Ike and Anna Carrel moved their Shady Shores beagle kennel there and published Hounds and Hunting at Greenfield from approximately 1940 to 1954, then divorced and sold the magazine to the Bob Slike family in Pennsylvania.
The old Highland trial grounds at Fruitdale saw every famous beagler at one time or other from the 1920s to 1950s. A change to more intensive grazing forced the club to move elsewhere in the 50s. Bill Boatman later bought that farm and put in a big pond for coonhound swim races. I was at the property a year or so ago and the pond is still there, but Ike, Anna, Bill, and all the old beaglers and their hounds are long gone. It’s a private residence today.