Let a couple pass tonight
I was strongly debating between running the dog tonight and hunting squirrels, and it was out of pity for his not being run much this year that I decided to take him. Boy I was glad I did. He put up two rabbits for me tonight (we were out for about 3 1/2 hrs) and the chases were, IMO, pretty spectacular for a dog who has seen little to no action all year!
The first one came out of some rosebushes. He took it in a fairly large circle, and when it came back to me it passed within ten feet of me. It actually sat down a few times in front of me. I was so into listening to the way the dog was chasing I gave him a pass. I think not too long after that the dog lost that one in a log pile, but a few minutes later he had another one going. It actually could have been the same rabbit and it just doubled back, but it looked smaller the second time around. Anyway, he brought that rabbit back around three times. The first time I gave it a pass as well. The other two times the bugger stuck to the goldenrod and I couldn't take a shot. The last time it passed me it was getting dark and I just called him off the chase. Between both rabbits, he ran almost non-stop for about 1 1/2 hrs.
I ended up with no rabbits tonight, but being out running the dog, getting him chasing some rabbits, it was all worth it!
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!