I think terrian and snow cover has more to do with it then a dog. Thick cover slows down the chase so the cat doesn't have to run as hard. Deep snow will gas a cat quickly and will make them climb.killngrill said:Ive been trough half a dozen dogs and only had one I really liked so far. I'm not guiding and since i usually don't have a tag i consder a tree a victory. My good dog would tree more than half of them. He died before he turned three. I think it takes a special dog to make them climb regularly. Definetly lots of holes too. Thanks for the info.
still can't agree with you...I run 2 hounds and in my opinion they can burn a cat with the best of them. I don't know how a dog can push a cat much harder then they do. I had a hunter out yesterday that couldn't believe how hard they pushed the cat and it didn't go up. The gps collars had almost 10 miles on them after a 3hr chase and the cat didn't tree. If a hound gets a cat out in open timber then maybe they'll tree more...but in the heavy cover it's not happening. I know 2 outfitters in Maine that are 2 of the best cat guides in Maine and they said the same thing. No snow or little amounts they rarely tree cats....but add some deep snow and they're treeing and catching them on the ground.killngrill said:The dog has alot to do with it in my experience, I have only been hunting them since 2000 so im no expert. Deep snow and even a mediocre dog can make them climb. If you have an inch of snow and your dog can tree or catch them on the ground, then you have something exceptional. Thick cover can definetly hinder the dog but i think a good one will still put pressure on a cat.