Focusing on the pleasure of hunting tree dogs by recognizing confidence and ability
Posted on 01/13/2014 in HTX = Coondog.
Over much of the country, the winter chill has set in. For us in the north-land, we keep thinking about all the times we complained about the heat of the summer and wished it would be cooler. I think we all regret those wishes now!
By the time you read this, coon season will be about halfway through in much of the country. Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to go chase Ricky Raccoon to your heart’s content this season. Fur prices are projected to be higher than previous years, so I trust many of you have some coon pelts fleshed and dried and ready to be sent off to the auction.
The Hunt Tests have been pretty slow for the past month or so, as have the nite hunts. Everyone is out tuning up their new prospect or filling a game bag with coon hides to be bothered with organized hunts. It happens every year and isn’t going to change in the near future. Soon enough, spring will be on us in all of its glory and we’ll be ready for the hunts and hunt tests.
Several clubs have already expressed interest in holding Hunt Tests in 2014. If your club is interested, we’d be glad to hear from you. We can walk you through the steps of scheduling your hunt right from the UKC website and explain the rules and policies of the hunt tests.
Remember, though, if you plan on having a Hunt Test, we need you to schedule them no less than 30 days in advance. This is primarily so we can get it on the website for everyone to see. If you would like your hunt test right here in the pages of COONHOUND BLOODLINES, you need to schedule it by the first of the month, two months before your date. This is the same deadline as for other UKC events (that have to be run in the magazine), articles, ads, etc. This is not mandatory for Hunt Tests, but more publicity usually equals more entries.
We’ve also received a few calls from folks wanting to know about Cur and Feist Hunt Tests. Although the program isn’t as popular as with hounds, we do have a program for Curs and Feists. If you are trying to get an HTX pass on a Cur or Feist, there are just a couple of differences. First, you can hunt the dog on either coon or squirrel, but, you must get three passes on the same type of game to earn your HTX. Second, Curs and Feists are not required to open on track.
Many times these same individuals want to know if a Cur or Feist can be tested during a ‘Hound’ hunt test. Absolutely! The dogs aren’t competing against one another, and they aren’t advertised as only for one set of breeds, so they can go ahead and be tested the same night as the hounds. Since we are talking about a “Night” Test, the game would be coon for the test, and also the Cur or Feist being tested does not have to open on the ground as a hound does. We’ve even made it super simple where a Cur or Feist uses the same exact Hunt Test Evaluation Form for raccoon as a hound does.
I want to tell you that the HTX program is great! I am retired from the U.S. Army and got back into hounds and nite hunts this past year after a 30-year absence. Af-ter participating in nite hunts again as a “rookie”, it was clear to me that I had a lot to learn.
A great way to get experience and used to calling your dog and learning about your dog is the HTX program. I have entered two dogs so far and have certified one. I need another pass for the other and am looking forward to testing a young dog that I am training.
I would also like to add that the help and friends that I made at these HTX Tests is one more benefit of the program.
Upcoming Hunt Tests
January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, Rydal GA, Bartow County Coonhunters Club, John Hale, 770-382-1101
January 11, Bartow GA, Ohoopee River CHA, Jojo McKenzie, 478-494-0327
January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, Marshall IL, Marshall Coon Hunters Club, Jeff Murphy, 217-251-8096
January 4, February 1, March 1, Metropolis IL, Massac Coon Club, Charlie Jeffords, 618-534-8692
April 4, May 16, June 6, Silver Lake IN, Sportsmen & Farmers Conservation Club, Jeff Humble or Roger Webb, 574-328-0170 or 260 352-2979
January 11, Morgantown PA, Chester Berks CHA, Steve Webb, 610-888-6145
January 10, January 11, January 17, Franklin VA, Southampton Coon Hunters Assn., Rob Lester, 757-291-9705
Want To See Your HTX Dog Featured In CB?
As always, if you would like to see your dog featured in this article, please send us a photo, with the dog’s name, UKC registration #, your name and city/state, along with a few words about the Hunt Test program. You can send it to our regular mailing address (just put Attn: CHFO on the envelope) or you can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Hunt Test program, please feel free to email us or call our office.