Re: hunting dog help please.
I was also a crazy coon hunter for decades. I only quit when my health gave out. Blueticks are the dogs to hunt coon. And I don't agree that a high priced dog is a waste of time. I've seen high priced blueticks that would tree a coon every single time you turned them out. In fact it might take 3 days before you could find one because it wouldn't come back at all. You would only find it under a tree with a coon in it or more than one coon in it.
The difference between a well bred (and generally expensive) coon hound is they won't chase other animals (like deer especially because a dog that chases deer will do almost nothing else - they will chase them for hours on end and never tree a coon). I've seen my brother turn down $10,000 for two different blueticks out of Diamond Jim. They were both Night Champions. The first one ended up being stolen from a tree. It was the dog that couldn't be found anywhere except under a tree. Some people got wind of what the dog was worth and they followed my brother around until they got their chance to get to the tree before my brother did and it was dog gone.
The truth of it was that both dogs could have been Grand Night Champions which would have made them worth about $100,000. Once you win a professional coon hunt (which is what you have to do to become a Grand Night Champion) people will bug you to death wanting to buy your dog in fact. Some people have lots and lots of money and they want the best.
But those dogs were such incredible animals it was obvious why they brought so much money. They cost about $600 as pups way back when. You could hear one bark for at least 5 miles. They were so loud the ground would shake under the tree when they barked and forget trying to talk to anyone with you. No way could they hear you. They were built for all night coon chases and for being able to deal with the toughest of coons. I've heard dogs chase coon for two hours straight going around the same circle over and over again where the coon would cross a river go upstream and cross it again and go back downstream and do the whole thing over. It slows a dog down to have to chase a coon across a river so the dogs had a hard time getting that coon up a tree but eventually they did it.
There just isn't anything like coon hunting. It's not an easy sport though. First off you have to be able to get to your dogs which means crossing several hills sometimes where I live. And you better have a good sense of direction because getting lost in the woods at night when you take off and move 3 miles across hills then a fog settles in you really want to know your way around the woods. Actually being in a big field when a fog settles in is the worst. You have no references for direction.
Well sorry for getting off subject here. I still love talking about coon hunting. It's about as good as it gets IMO.