Judges for SPO National 2016


Wayne Thompson (UBGF)
Jeff Sherman (NEGF)

Billy Foster (DSGF)
Tim Kasmarzik (UBGF)
Joe Hodges (DSGF)
Mike Johnson (PBGF)
. . .
Mike Wright (UBGF)
Gary Blevins (DSGF)
The Field Staff of the American Kennel Club has selected the above Judges to Judge the AKC-SPO Championship April 15th &16th 2016 @ Morgen Town KY.

December Sneak Peek

Annie Lost

By Sharon Jean Cale

The full moon of April and the winds of spring brought us to camp. With ice breaking free from the fresh water lake shore the two beagles wagged their tails at the chance of a “run.” A day trip had been planned so with mixed feelings I let the mother and daughter beagles out the door. It is always a gamble letting your dogs run free especially in wilderness areas, but they had been off their runs before always finding their way back. I kept up with them over the beach and through some trails, but soon they outdistanced me, and besides, I had camp chores to do. I heard them baying and yipping as they explored their special haunts.

It was a moist afternoon, full of scents and wind. Rosie, the mother, had a real nose. She was three and was part of a pack even in her youngest days. Her first and only batch of beagle pups netted 4 puppies. Annie, her daughter, was number 3 and dark faced. I was the only one around when she was being born, in a ball, with one eye stretched wide open as if looking at me. I think she picked me in that moment.
After an hour had passed with the sun low in the sky, I took the leashes to find what I was then calling my “devil dogs.” Walking the dirt roads I heard no sign of them. I was confident that I would find them, but the wind took my calls and whistles away.

My friend Frank (a beagle man himself) had called neighbors asking if they’d call if they caught sight of the rascals, and many calls came in with sightings from 2-4 miles away. We did follow-up by taking road trips to boat landings, a boy’s and girl’s camp, the warden’s house, and many other non-descript barren roads, all with no luck.

My irritation gave way to worry. People who had called had tried to lure them into reach by tempting them with hotdogs. No way could people get near them. The beagles would not touch this bait, and we are told that they would always run away. It amazed me to think that people were out in the night looking for them. Calls way into the night were not uncommon or early in the morning. In this wilderness area perhaps six families lived full time, and now we had met them all.

Be sure to check out page 56 of our December issue to view the remainder of this article!

November Sneak Peek

Observations From A Rabbit Hunter

By Gary Blevins

When I started running dogs back in 1988, the beagling world was at a crossroads. The Hounds and Hunting magazine I received was 99% brace dogs and there were a couple of pages in the back for gundogs. I was born into a family that hunted deer, quail, coons, squirrels, etc. So, the first beagle I got was gun hunted and that is what I assumed the dogs were meant to be. My mentor, Arlon Culpepper, taught me the ins and outs of what made a good rabbit dog. He told me stories about how the brace beagles had become too slow to hunt and the damage that field trialing had done to the beagle as a hunting hound. My goal was to build a pack of gun dogs that would hunt, circle the rabbit time after time, and do it in a timely manner. Mr. Arlon had told me that if he was going to Michigan, he wanted to get there as fast as possible without being in danger.
My dad and I mostly hunted cut-over pines. It was tough hunting with plenty of briars and cover. If we were to get a shot at a rabbit, it would have to be circled more than once and sometimes multiple times. With years and years of having this ingrained into me, I knew what it took to have a rabbit dog and what qualities they should possess. Those qualities are still necessary today. Those are, first, the desire to hunt for the rabbit. Then, it takes the ability to circle the rabbit continuously in a timely manner. At the other end of the spectrum are negative faults. They are tendencies that will cause the loss of the rabbit. Faults that were, and are, at the top of the list for me are: babbling, quitting and not hunting. Notice that I never mentioned style. I have stood on countless rabbit stands in the freezing cold waiting on the rabbit to come back and style never played into it. I am not going to say that style is not important, because it is. I am saying it is not the most important.

For the remainder of this article, check out page 14 of our November issue!

Pucketos September Ad

Pucketos Beagle Club is hosting a Dave Swarmer Memorial Trial on September 19 & 20. Check out the full ad for all of the details. Be sure to pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested in attending!