APA – News and Views

APA – News and Views

Although it is late November as I presently keyboard, I fully realize you won’t be reading this installment of “News and Views” until late December or early January. Last month’s column was written for December. This month’s edition is for January. One must understand, of course, that there are deadlines and due dates to meet, plus one must always be thinking ahead. That being said, allow me to extend season’s greetings to each and everyone and wish that each of you have a most successful New Years and wish that the coming months will be fruitful and rewarding in every respect.

American Plott Assocation Inc. – News and Views by John R. Jackson.

Another year has come and gone for the American Plott Association. As an organization, we are tremendously indebted to the publisher of Full Cry and American Cooner for allowing us the opportunity to share information with one another and to communicate as individuals sharing a common pursuit—the hunting of game with hounds. These two excellent publications have stood the test of time in providing an enjoyable and informative reading format for the houndsman, and, again, we are all deeply appreciative of C&H Publishing, Inc. for its service in this regard.

Since a new year has arrived, let me encourage you to immediately renew your APA membership. This is a crucial period. There are myriads of administrative tasks to do this time of year, and officers and board members are busy working behind the scenes.

Their tasks are things that the general membership usually is not all that aware of and, in fact, usually take for granted. Preparing for Breed Days — which we will be talking some about below — is an excellent example.

Plainly put, this time period is vitally important in that the Association needs the proper funding to complete its agenda.

So, if you would consider mailing in your dues at this time, I am sure those who are planning events and maintaining the organization would deeply appreciate it. Susan Steger is our Secretary.

Please mail your single or family dues to her. Your payment will reach her at 7931 Newport Road, Catawba, VA 24070. These payments are $20 and $25 respectively.

As of this writing, I understand that the newest edition of the Brindle Book will soon be forthcoming. I would like to congratulate David Williams, editor, and his fine staff of assistants, Dan Gardner, Gary Bowen, and Susan Steger for another excellent product. I have had an opportunity to see the rough draft, and I can safely say this is another yearbook you will be proud of.

The theme was regional once again — the Southern Appalachians — and, in this regard, there are a number of new sources that have been utilized in the way of articles, photographs, and other items of interest. These are not new from the standpoint of Plotts or Plott people but new because they have never been written about before. Be on the lookout, then, for your next Brindle Book; you will certainly be impressed.

The officers and members of the board would like to announce the results of the latest election. They are as follows: Jeff Summery, Vice-President and Susan Steger, Secretary. Newly elected members of the Board of Directors are David Williams and Andy Blankenship. Dan Moody has been appointed to complete an unexpired term.

Once again, it appears that APA is well staffed with more than qualified officers and board members who are willing to support and work both for the Association and for its membership.

To all  who hold leadership positions, we express our deepest thanks for their dedication and hard work.

Allow me also to thank also Mrs. Dan Gardner, Norma, Elections Board Chairperson, for the fine work she and others did in providing yet another opportunity for APA members to express their choices for office in the recent election. Unless you have done this sort of thing before, many are unaware of the work entailed in providing for an election. It’s a long, drawn out, arduous, but necessary process. I thank everyone for casting their ballots, as well as those who appeared on the ballot. Like I have said in the past, APA elections get better every year.

Believe it or not, Breed Days is right around the corner. Once again the York Crescent Shriners will be sponsoring our event. Like those occurring in the immediate past, this year’s event will once again be held in Hickory Grove, SC. Dates are March 15-17, days which center on the third weekend of the month. Make plans right now to attend the nation’s premier hound event.

This is a most enjoyable occasion with events planned for both small and big game houndsmen. Also be aware of advertisements appearing in Full Cry and American Cooner.

Speaking of small game, World Tree Dog Association representatives will be on hand at Breed

Days to register your Plotts if you haven’t done so already. This year, there will be a WTDA bench show. Hounds must be registered in order to compete. Again, there will be a representative present to provide this service.

Various treeing contests will be provided, too, in which both registered and grade dogs may


If you haven’t considered registering your hounds with WTDA, please allow me to encourage you to do so. Here is a fine canine registrar, offering all sortsof degrees as well as sanctioning a number of events supporting houndsmen nationwide. At a time when other registering agencies sought to distance themselves from APA and hound owners because of bear-related issues, here is an agency which stepped forward in support. We need to assist those who assist us. If you are interested in registering with WTDA, their address is 9616 Trinity Church Road, Lisbon, OH 44432, telephone number 330-223-2321.

Now it’s time to look at some other news-related items.

I’ve had the opportunity to hear from the hunting Meinerts of Wisconsin once more. These are some of the nicest folks you’ll ever want to meet. I had forgotten a book at their cabin up north during our recent fall hunt, and they were kind enough to send it to me. Enclosed with the book were some recent photographs of their hunting excursions. They had an excellent training and bear hunting season with some equally excellent Plott work. Rex, Nancy, and the rest of the crew have an out standing bear camp, and they take the best care of their game and dogs alike. One photo in particular, a shot of Andrea and Curt Meinert and Andrea’s first bear, is included in this month’s column. Andrea is Curt’s and Debbie Meinert’s daughter, Rex and Nancy’s granddaughter, and is a star high school soccer and basketball player.

The Meinerts also sent along a couple of clippings. Once concerned a recent cougar sighting. A large cat had made its way through Wisconsin this summer and was last seen in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was photographed by trail camera at least on three different occasions; once in Wisconsin’s Iron and Douglas counties and last in Michigan’s Ontonagon County. The sightings were verifiable in that all three photographs showed an ear tag as well as a radio collar. I am sure efforts have now been successful in determining where the cougar originated—probably from a western state as mountain lions have been reported to travel far distances in the past.

Another clipping was a trail camera photo also; this time taken from Ashland County, OH. It was not a cougar nor even a bear or bears but, of all things, a young bull moose.

Occurrences of this nature really impress me in that they go to show that Mother Nature can rebound and more than take care of her own if provided the opportunity.

I certainly want to thank Rex and Nancy for their many acts of kindness. Like I say, they are super people. By the way, the Meinerts also had a moose not far from their Northern Wisconsin camp a few years back, and the late, Fred Doepke likewise photographed a moose near his Gleason, WI residence. I enjoy seeing game species make a comeback.

My good friend and staunch Plott supporter, A.L. “Cheyenne” Hill, called recently. It was good to hear from him. He had indicated by an earlier recorded message that he was experiencing some health issues. By the sound of his voice, he is doing much better. I also received a recent letter from “Cheyenne,” too. He is wintering this year with his son in Ohio rather than heading south to Florida.

The recent heavy rains in New England flooded his camper, but he was able to make his way to safety; thank goodness. He also reported that bear damage to Vermont crops was down this summer. “Cheyenne” runs an animal control service which assists farmers and others in controlling problem game species.

“Cheyenne,” I appreciate your letter and recent phone call. Thank you very much. Take care now and God bless.

Mr. Bernard Walker, Baltimore, MD has recently written a time or two. If you will recall, “Bernie” will soon be moving to North Carolina and is anxiously looking forward to becoming a “tarheel.” I certainly appreciate hearing from him and appreciate also his updates concerning Maryland hunting related issues. It appears there has been some “gerrymandering” in that Maryland Congressional districts have been redrawn to favor anti-hunting and anti-gun interests.

Also there is a big clamor over harvestingbear in Maryland’s western counties, although the bruin population can well support a hunting season. These are efforts of animal rightists who disfavor anything to do with hunting or related game management practices.

Lastly, Mr. Walker sent along another copy of Lilian B. Yeomans’ Healing from Heaven, a most enjoyable and impressive work that deals with Devine healing. Needless to say, I appreciate “Bernie’s” witness. Thank you, my friend, for every thing.

Take care and God bless.

My Mountain Cur friend from Rogers, AR, Townsend Dunlavy, has written lately, sending along some material on canine upkeep and health supplements. Townsend has been very helpful in regard to my Plott female’s problems — she was terribly late coming into estrus.

Also, he sent along some photographs, one of a recent litter. You talk about some pretty pups — fat shiny, and healthy looking. Townsend is a dedicated, hard hunter that sports an outstanding line of varmint dogs — anything from big cats, bear, hogs, coons, gray foxes, “you name it.” But, I might add, he is equally dedicated in maintaining the purity of his Mountain Cur line and ensuring that the standards and goals of the breed’s patriarchs are never compromised. He is a purist and disavows anything that might adversely affect the dogs to which he has devoted effort, hard work, and hunting time. Good to hear from you, Townsend.

Thanks for your friendship and letters.

I’d certainly like to thank Dennis Lamarr Bowman for his recent Thanksgiving card.

Dennis hails from nearby Johnson County, TN and is interested in hunting developments in our neck of the woods. He also wrote not too awfully long ago as well. It is always good to hear form Dennis, and I wish him the very best.

Keith Richards, Springville, NY and Raciel De Armas, Rome, NY have written lately also. These guys are frequent letter writers, and I really enjoy hearing from them. Keith reports that he has already gotten five inches of snow.

Raciel, here’s hoping you are enjoying that new book, Our Southern Highlanders. Thank you, gentlemen, for your kindness and letters.

Lastly, I have heard from Danny Scoggins, Rock Island, TN. Danny is a dedicated Plott man for sure, and I always look forward to receiving his letters. Danny was asking about Mr. Frank Methven, and I was saddened to have to report of Frank’s passing. Frank was

truly a Plott pioneer in many respects, Danny, and, as you well know, he will be sadly missed. Lastly, my food friend from Galesville, WI, Jim Schwinefus, has been in contact several times.

He has been in the process of “tying up some loose ends” regarding the possible connection between Plotts and German dogs of similar build, color, conformation, and hunting use. He fondly remembers his Uncle Dick Schwinefus’ visits to a local Wisconsin butcher named Bruno Schlict. Now, I might well be misspelling the latter’s name. Pardon me if I am.

Dick Schwinefus was an early hunter and promoter of Plotts and frequented Mr. Schlict’s shop where he purchased meat scraps and bones for his Candy and Speed Plotts. Mr. Schlict was from Germany and was acquainted with dogs back in the Old Country which were similar to Plotts. Often Dick would drop by with his brindle bear dogs and have Mr. Schlict view them. He has seen similar dogs before and had remembered them for their success on boar and stag.

However, they were too fast, according to Schlict, for hare.

Dick was an avid note taker, often jotting things down on napkins and other handy material. After one visit to Mr. Schlict’s, he wrote the following comments on a 1957 Michigan Game Law Digest: “Plotts with Schlict — color, size, and thick, thick ears,” again stressing the breed’s similarity to European types. He had also written at the Digest’s top margin, “Bear hunting with Clyde and myself.” This was in reference to the duo’s recent trip to Michigan to hunt bruin. Clyde was Clyde Bounds of Black River Bolly fame. He and Dick were constant hunting companions as well as was early Plott promoter, Louis Miller. On this particular hunt in 1957, Old Bolly ran and treed his first bear. Jim has been able to contact a granddaughter of Mr. Schlict’s. She, too, is in the processing

business and hopes to provide Jim with a photograph of the Old German and perhaps some additional material. Jim is a dedicated Plott man for sure, and he is always on the lookout for public interest accounts that relate to the breed. Thank you, Jim.

Photographs this month are of Andrea and Curt Meinert and her first bear and the Alen Smith hunting party with Janice Smith and her nice North Carolina bear. Pictured along with Janice are Dan Moody, Toby Strictland, Will Hicks, and Alen Smith. Lastly is J.B. Greene and his fine John’s River, NC bear.

Scripture this month is from John, Chapter 5, verse 24: “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation: but is passed from death unto life.” These, of course, are the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Until next month, good luck, good Plott, and may God richly bless.

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