Re: Another great (but frustrating) day rabbit hunting
I was wondering myself about the conditions outside right now. It was pretty breezy today, and the ground was frosty. My pap always had good dogs, but since I started hunting about 12 years ago rabbit hunting has been pretty bad. My dad's beagle was a decent running dog. Whether or not the rabbits are holing up I can't say, but the dog brought two out of eight rabbits back around to me today and on frost I can't say that's terrible I guess. In fact, I have been wondering lately if it has anything to do with the turf in the spot I am hunting. In the other places I run him he seems to do better, so maybe the rabbits ARE holing up out there more than I think? I tried joining him at the end of the track to see if I could put him back on it, but not much luck there. He doesn't give up on the track I don't think, at least he usually keeps trying to find the rabbit. Usually, he chases well for a good distance, then he starts barking intermittently and having trouble, then he eventually comes back to me. I am really hoping it's a practice issue with him. I'm not ready to give up yet, so I'll keep working with him.
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!