As I do not see much from Athens County, Ohio, about fox racing, I will try and tell of a race I had a few nights ago.
I have a one-half Walker and July bitch, one old American foxhound bitch. I went to the Dugen Woods and it was not long until Kate opened up and said the race was on. Just six o'clock. They went straight out of hearing. They were gone about two hours and came back with about half a dozen other dogs following them. They went on through to the old Fox place and circled in on Con ridge and came up again, ran across through Dugen Woods and went below again, out of hearing with dogs scattered all over the hills.
It was wet and soft. The way they were running I guess the dogs were trying to catch him. They stayed in below for about one hour and came back with only four dogs, running pretty well bunched up. They circled in above and came back by Meal Ridge, with Kate leading them about four or five hundred yards. They went across Carpenter fields, down past the old Maxwell place and in below. Again over Coon ridge and came up Marshall Town Hollow and crossed Chestnut ridge to the Carpenter rocks and went in, which ended the race that had lasted ten hours and a half.
This is what I call a good race and a race that will try any dog's nerve. I would like for some of the H-T-T boys to come out and see who has the gamiest dogs. I have two and they are not world-beaters but are good average foxhounds. There are good foxhounds in Athens and Hocking Counties, Ohio.
I would like to hear from some of the other boys about fox hunting and racing, as we don't kill them down here, just run them for the sport there is in it.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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