Having spent considerable time in the greatest sport going, in which my experiences are somewhat varied, I will endeavor to tell the boys of coon hunting and hounds as I see it. The first hound I ever owned was a white and tan spotted hound, a very good looking dog but when it came to hunting he was absolutely worthless. The next was an old black and tan hound about eight or nine years old and given to me by an uncle who went to war. This was the best dog that I ever had the opportunity to hunt with. When you boys talk about your good dogs I can just see Old Brownie out on the back porch bawling to go hunting.
This dog was rabbit and fox proof, also almost skunk proof. Many are the nights that I have listened to this old boy make the woods ring on the trail of Mister Coon and Opossum.
The next was a shepherd pup that came to our house and of course I took him hunting with me. About the second night out the old dog treed a big coon up a large elm. After shining the coon I shot him out, expecting the old dog to grab him, but he was so deaf he couldn't hear the shot so Mr. Coon landed Tight at mine and the shepherd dog's feet, still full of fight. The coon escaped but in a few minutes I heard the shepherd barking, so going to him I found him with the coon on the ground. He was a real coon dog from then on, also would run skunk and opossum, but he "was shot just after being trained good.
The rest of my experiences with dogs would make a long story but it is my opinion that if a fellow wants a good coon dog, to buy from a reliable dealer; also pay the price; or better still, get a couple of pups that are of coon hound breeding and train them to suit yourself. I myself prefer the old Bluetick.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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