Out On A Limb – June
Posted on 06/09/2010 in Out On A Limb.
I regret having to start off this month with the news of the untimely passing of Dan Eller of Michigan. Dan died from the injuries received in an explosion at work. Although I had never actually met Dan personally, I did get the chance to talk with him on the phone on a couple of occasions. He will be sorely missed in the squirrel dog world as he was a dedicated member to this sport, as well as his local club. Our prayers go out to his family.
There’s not much news to report on this month as everything is usually slow this time of year. I received a call from Mike Rudd, one of the hard-working members of the Mid State Coon Hunters that recently began hosting squirrel hunts. Mike, along with other squirrel hunters, joined the Mid State Coon Hunters which is one of the oldest Coon Clubs in Alabama. They have done a wonderful job and have one of the nicest facilities there to host a hunt. They have plans to host several hunts next season as well as an UKC WQE. I know that they will do a wonderful job. I also had a nice chat with Robbie Rhodes of Honea Path, South Carolina. Robbie was inquiring about registering his OMCBA female with UKC so that he could attend some hunts with her. He said she is doing a wonderful job treeing squirrels. I wish you the best of luck with her, Robbie.
The days are getting hotter as we move further into the summer months. The last part of summer is what a lot of people consider the Dog Days of Summer. The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the Dog Days as the 40 days between July 3 and August 11. These days of the year are considered to have the lowest amount of rainfall. I hope this year will be an exception and we will continue getting the needed rainfall. I hope everyone is still getting a chance to enjoy some time with your dogs. Be sure to keep them cool with plenty of water during these hot months.
In last months’ column I asked for your input or ideas for any rule changes you would like to be consider. Please let me know what your thoughts are! A relatively new program that UKC has that is growing by leaps and bounds is the Hunt Test Program. It was designed for the ones not wanting to compete in the competition night hunts but still be able to put titles on their dogs. This program is growing in popularity with the hound guys as well as the Cur/Feist guys. For more information on the Hunt Test Program visit the Hunting Program section of UKC’s website.
Until next month, I’ll see you out on a limb.