One of the things about field trials that escape the minds of many folks is that the vast majority of the credit from a win rests squarely on the withers of the dog and not the shoulders of the owner. A wise man owns a good dog and feels blessed for the experience, and a fool owns a great one and thinks, “Everybody will know me now!” I do not mean to imply that there is no training that goes into the formation of a hunting dog. Indeed there is plenty of training. There is also lots of conditioning. This is especially true for beagles. Many times a beagle trial ends in the afternoon heat and the best conditioned dog will rise to the top.
The Pennsylvania 2014-15 Hunting season is on! We are having a great start this year, in fact maybe the best we’ve had in a long while. The great state of PA has started a great tradition by giving us an early season for youth small game hunters. It is a full week that starts a Continue reading →
Summer has flown by and we are really looking forward to an excellent hunting season as we have been having a very moderate wet summer. The woods are thick. We have been seeing as many clutches of grouse as ever and the bunnies are everywhere! I have been able to keep my beagles in the Continue reading →
We are getting deep into the field trialing season here in the Northeast and everyone is raring to go after the extreme winter. We are seeing great participation this year as it seems a lot of guys have good young hounds coming up after a good hunting season (in PA anyway). I am blessed to Continue reading →
Here in North Central PA we have been given a break from the oppressive heat and we are looking forward to being able to run the hounds without worry of heat stroke. I have 4 hounds on stake outs out in the back field waiting for the bell to ring. When running in the evenings Continue reading →
Being a serious dog person is hard sometimes. They never live as long as we think they should, and by God some holes are harder to dig than others… Field Champion Purnell’s Dead River Rebel was born in early October 2003. He was part of a litter out of our very best hound. (FC) Purnell’s Continue reading →
We had great weekend at The PA Beagle Gundog Association Derby Run Off this past weekend! The derby trials are fun as everybody brings their best young prospects to see how they stack up. This is great opportunity to show off your young hounds and see who the high power studs are. All hounds entered Continue reading →