As a reader of the H-T-T the good old magazine for outdoor men, I have read with much quietness the abuse of the Redbone as a coon hunter. Well, several years ago. I sent to Tennessee for a Redbone pup. The pup came and was just my idea of a good dog. As this dog came in the summer I kept him till fall and then began to train him on coon the first year or two, except on skunks and squirrels, but I kept on with him and in his third year he treed his first coon.
From then on he became better right along and when he died we were trying to put an end to a large panther, which he chased all night. This dog was as good for mink as he was for coon, he could not be beat. He was a still trailer and out of nineteen coons in the fall of 1918 he caught eleven of them on the ground and that is some record for a dog of any breed, and it never took him 25 or 30 minutes to kill one, like I have read of some dogs doing and he has killed some that weighed 35 pounds at that.
After the death of this dog I again sent to Tennessee and again it was a Redbone I sent for and I'll say I got a dog as good as you will find for a young dog. He is but two years old and out of four times out he treed three coons, one which weighed 31 pounds, was run for nearly four hours, through these mountains and I'll say they are steep and rough. He has but one fault and that is he cannot be beat for snow shoe rabbits on the snow and is deer proof, and is not for sale, and like Mr. Cantrell said, "It takes a good dog to run in the mountains in Arkansas," the same goes in the Catskill in New York, and if Mr. Clements should ever come out this way, we would give him a chase behind a Redbone, that would make him gasp for breath, as we sure do have some mountains here to climb and as coons are scarce we have to go a long ways, so here's to the Redbone, a bonehead may be, but if he's a good Redbone a good cooner is he.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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