Night Dogs-Beagles-Do English beagles make good night-hunting dogs? Are they fast or slow on trail?
The beagle is not what may be termed a “night hunting” dog and is mostly employed for hunting rabbits in day time. He is not very fast on trail, but sticks well to it and gives tongue. For night hunting, on game such as coon, ‘possum, skunk, cat, etc., the fox-hound is in place and gives best satisfaction.
A beagle will make a good coon dog, and the best way to train him to run and tree coons is to run him with another good coon dog and he will soon learn the trick.
In reply to the above I will say that a beagle hound will make a good rabbit dog, but will not make a coon dog, as they naturally follow their instinct which is for rabbits. If you cross them with foxhound, they will then do for coons.
I have had a great many dogs and the still-trailer always suited me best, especially where there were lots of den trees. Last year I had two dogs, one of them was a still-trailer; he would take the track ahead of the dog that barked and tree before the other dog got half way to the tree. Whenever I would go to hunt where there were lots of den trees, I always took the still-trailer and left the other dog at home. He would often run them into woodchuck burrows or up a small sapling. I have a young dog that I am training now for a coon dog and a still-trailer. He is part fox and part beagle. I prefer still-trailing.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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