PREFERS THE GAME - RACOON HUNTING
I have been in the hunting game for fifty years and am still going strong at sixty-four. I enjoy reading the experiences, of other dog men, also hunters that hunt by hand, as told through your columns. The controversies of the friends of the Airedales and foxhounds are rather amusing to say the least. Both breeds have their good qualities and qualities that appeal to the fancies of the fanciers of both breeds. Where game is plentiful and they can run onto a hot trail, almost any place, the Airedale can put a lot of game up and put it up quick. The bulldog and collie under the same conditions can do the same thing, and if we just wanted a dog fight at the end of the chase, I would put my money on the bulldog every time, but while the Airedale and bulldog are chewing one another up, the old fox hound will come along over the ground the Airedale and bulldog are fighting over and strike a cold track where neither bulldog nor Airedale could tell anything had been along and after cold trailing a mile or more to a neighbor's cornfield, he just gets to where, if the bulldog and Airedale were still alive and you had them there, they could begin to smell a coon had gone there, but then we don't need the bulldog nor Airedale for, now, when the track is not out of the cornfield, old Lead or Drum can put a coon up just as quick as the bulldog or Airedale or both together.
While the owner of the bulldog is pulling his dog off the Airedale by the tail and the owner of the Airedale is holding his ear to his dog's nose to see if his fighting dog is still breathing, the owner of Lead or Drum will be locating the coon by shining his eyes and just as the Airedale is pronounced dead by his sorrowing owner, his wail will be drowned by the crack of the old 12 gauge and the smash of the big coon falling through the branches, and the loud whack as he strikes the ground dead, a thirty pounder at least.
You have heard of one contestant in a race beating another by a city block, in this case the fox hound has beaten the bulldog and the Airedale for coon hunting by a mile and a half and got the coon. It's an old saying, "As a man is, so is his dog." The man who likes a quick chase and a dog fight at the end of the chase, fancies a bulldog or an Airedale and the hunter who don't want to run over any track and wants the game at the end of the chase, fancies the hound and they are both right according to their ideas of hunting.
Open season for coon opens next Saturday, and then, hurrah, boys, there will be a dogfight, a coon chase and a great, big, dead coon. A crazy idea, you will say, no doubt, but I voice my ideas right out loud.
The hunter that prefers the game to a dog fight.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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