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Coonhound World Championship

September 21-23, 2023
Mt. Gilead, OH

Relive the 2022 World Championship Finals!

The Road to the World Championship

Reaching the World Championship is a yearlong endeavor.

First, a dog must earn a plus-point cast win at any UKC Regional Qualifying Event (RQE) within the competition year. RQE hunts are scattered throughout the country from January-August.

RQE plus point cast winners are eligible for the next stage: the semi-final round, called Zones.

Zones take place in September on the weekend prior to the World Championship. This is where the field of RQE plus-point cast winners is narrowed considerably. There are 7 Zone hunt locations in 2023. Owner/handlers of qualified dogs must submit an advanced entry for the Zone of their choice. The dog must advance from Zones to have a spot in the World Hunt.

Approximately 100 dogs will advance from Zones to the World Finals.

Bench Show Judges

2023 Coonhound World Bench Show Judges

Enter by September 2, 2023

2023 Zone Information

All zone hunts will be held on September 15 and September 16, 2023.

  • Zone 1: Sugar River Coon Hunters Association - Brooklyn, WI
    • Brooklyn Sportsman Club. W802 Amidon Rd., Brooklyn, WI 53521
  • Zone 2: Western Pennsylvania Coon & Fox Hunters Association - Mercer, PA
    • Mercer County Grange Fairgrounds. 35 Grange Fair Dr, Mercer, PA 16137
  • Zone 3: Limberlost Coonhunters Club - Portland, IN
    • Lions Club Civic Center. 307 E 100 N, Portland, IN 47371
  • Zone 4: Missouri Coonhunters Federation Inc - Sedalia, MO
    • Missouri State Fairgrounds. 2503 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301
  • Zone 5: Sauratown Coonhunters Club Inc. - Pilot Mountain, NC
    • Sauratown Coonhunters Club Inc Clubhouse. 1201 Wilson Rd, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
  • Zone 6: Habersham County Coon Hunters Association Inc. - Clakesville, GA
    • Habersham County Fairgrounds. 4235 Toccoa Hwy, Clarkesville, GA 30523
  • Zone 7: Cass County Coon Hunters and Dog Hunters Association - Queen City, TX
    • Cass County Coon Hunters and Dog Hunters Association Clubhouse. 105 E Hickory St, Queen City, TX 75572

Who will be crowned as the World Champion?

Coonhound World

Final leg of the UKC Triple Crown Series

Official Partners

Eukanuba Official performance dog nutrition partner of UKC Dogtra


Thanks to these 2022 Sponsors!

Coonhound World Championship Sponsors (JPG)

About Coonhound World Championship

The most prestigious title in Coonhounds.

This event offers three days of world-class competition. Participants compete for prizes provided by the event sponsors, as well as prestige; the World Nite Hunt Champion and World Bench Show Champion are crowned.

Competitors in this annual competition start as part of a group of thousands of World Champion hopefuls, representing entries from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The field of hopefuls is narrowed to the best-of-the-best coonhounds and handlers during the more than 150 Regional Qualifying Events that take place across the country throughout the year.

These qualified entries are again required to show their merit by competing in one of seven semifinal events, also scattered throughout the country. Semifinal events challenge the participants from each region to ensure only the top contenders make it to the World Championship Finals.