The coon hunter’s favorite time of year is finally upon us. The leaves have just about disappeared and fur-taking season is well underway in most parts of our country. It’s time to plug up the nagging leaks in those tattered hunting boots, shake the dust of the well worn hunting coat, sharpen up the dull skinning knife and oil down the rusty old .22 rifle. For many serious competition hunters this is the time of year to take a break from all the hustle, bustle and travel of the “circuit” and get back to just plain Ol’ Coonhunting.
What a great time of year to work on that nice pup and to spend some frosty autumn nights with the family and close friends.
There’s nothing better than sharing a few laughs, snacks and a steamy cup of java on the tailgate while listening to a coon track’s successful conclusion off in the distance. Don’t rush to those trees, take your time, listen and savor the moments.
This season, remember to set aside some extra time to take a few youngsters out hunting. If you get a chance to make a positive and lasting impression by introducing relatives or neighbors to our tree dog sport, please seize the opportunity and do so.
The hunts do slow down a bit this time of year, but you can bet there are still some exciting things going on at PKC between now and Christmas. November 9th will start the Dam Division of the PKC Breeders Stakes in Marianna, Arkansas. The 2012 Blue Ribbon Pro Tour kicks off in Lexington, Alabama on November 18th. In December, Blue Ribbon Pro Hunt #2 heads back to Marianna, Arkansas on the first weekend along with the North Carolina State Championship at Advance. The following weekend will have the PKC Black and Tans competing for their breed championship in Adamsville, Tennessee and the popular PKC Swampland Jamboree event going on in Waycross, Georgia.
Before you know it, we will usher in the New Year with the Jewett Classic and Lone Star 5000+ hunts in Texas and the Walterboro Jamboree in South Carolina. After that, there will be non-stop PKC fun jam packed into nearly every single weekend for all of 2012. Good luck to everyone!
By the time you read this, we will have crowned three Fall Super Stakes Champions, a Freshman (Baby) Champion, a Youth World Champion and the Granddaddy of them all, the 2011 PKC World Champion. This fall marked the very first time we have hunted all four divisions of Super Stakes pups; Freshman (Baby), Sophomore (1 year old), Junior (2 year old) and Senior (3 year old). Look for full coverage of the fall events in PROHOUND; World Championship in December, Super Stakes in January and Youth World Championship in February. Please keep in mind that the 2012 Fall Super Stakes Championships will be held separately from the World Championship next year. The 2012 PKC World Champion will still be crowned the last week of October, while the Fall Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior hunts will take place September 17 through September 22 at a location yet to be decided.
Also, for the first time in PCA/PKC history we have inducted several devoted long-time supporters into the recently developed PKC Member Hall of Fame. Look for the recognition of these very important individuals in the December issue of PROHOUND. Congratulations to all the winners at Salem and a BIG THANK YOU to all who judged, guided, entered or helped out in any way this year. Props once again go to the awesome town of Salem, Illinois for rolling out the red carpet and welcoming PKC hunters. Nobody does it better!
– New Rules, Policies and Blue Book
By now all of the hunt directors and clubs should have received their 2012-2015 Blue Books. We trust you will like the new layout and the many detailed clarifications included in this updated version. Even the color is fresh; you darn sure won’t get this one mixed up with the old ones!
Please take the time to read the new Blue Book cover to cover and post any questions you may have on the PKC Message Forum. We will get your questions answered just as soon as possible. The most significant thing you can do to increase your Competition Coonhunting satisfaction is to read and understand these rules. While you are at it, please encourage your fellow club members and hunting buddies to read up also. You guys can all have some vibrant discussions and healthy debates while getting to know the rules and policies a little better while chasing those hounds.
– Reminder to New and Existing PKC Clubs
Clubs failing to conduct satisfactory events may have their number of events reduced or their license suspended at the sole discretion of PKC. Clubs which fail to answer complaints or do not cooperate with PKC in resolving complaints may not be considered for a future license. PKC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately revoke the license issued to the Club for any conduct that is adverse to the principles of PKC or could reflect in a negative fashion on the integrity of PKC, its events or the sport of Competition Coon Hunting. In addition, clubs may be placed on probation or suspended for; continual late hunt reports, repeated problems with providing photos of single cast hunts, Hunt Directors not showing up for hunts, club members not participating in hunts, not providing adequate guides and continually having only one cast with the same hunters/dogs competing.
– 2012 World Championship Nomination Reminder
Any PKC registered dog may be nominated for a paid entry in the 2012 World Championship by paying a fee of $50 before February 01, 2012, and earning at least $100 in PKC events during the 2012 competition year (October 1st until September 30th 2012) subsequent to payment of the nomination fee. Nomination fees postmarked or received after January 31st will be $100.
On behalf of the entire PKC Staff, we wish all of you an enjoyable hunting season and a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday with your families. The PKC office will be closed Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25 to celebrate with our families as well.
You can reach me anytime on the prohound.com message forum, firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-212-1619. We are always here to serve you.
Until next time, keep those hounds in the woods and keep looking to the stars!