Author: Jeremy Phillips

Selecting A Thirteen Inch Beagle

Have you ever wished that there was a system or an effective guideline that you could use that would raise your chances of selecting a pup that would mature under thirteen inches in height? I have. I have been fooled more than once by a pup that looked to be the small one in a litter, only to find out later that it grew a lot bigger than I expected.

One time I drove across several states to buy a pup from a well-known breeder. When I arrived and looked over the parents, they were both ‘borderline’, or right on the thirteen inch mark in height. So then I turned my attention to the litter itself. There were five pups in the litter and they varied quite a bit in size. First, there was a very large male pup — obviously going to be a big hound. He was big boned, and had big feet. These were both indications that he was destined to be large. Next, there were three females that were somewhat smaller and were all about the same size. I figured they would be the ‘borderline’ thirteen inch individuals like their parents. Finally, there was a beautiful little male — less than half the size of the big brother. “Well,” I said to myself, “This is easy. There’s no doubt that this little fellow will be a thirteen incher.” So I watched him a little while to see if he was what I wanted in other respects. …

The .223 Remington &Ndash; The Perfect Caliber For Taking Coyotes

The Johnny Stewart caller wailed away with the pitiful sounds of a young jackrabbit in distress. I had just settled into a cozy notch in front of a large boulder surrounded on both sides by sagebrush. The shaded boulder was on a hillside that overlooked a small, sunny valley and the surrounding sage-covered hills. Three to five minutes into our calling sequence, I saw a large male coyote, in his prime, top the hill in front of me as he came trotting down a fence line. The sun was glistening off his beautiful, silver tipped coat, and the snow accented him like a field of diamonds. He stopped to check the wind, which would be the last thing he would ever do as a 52-grain Speer HP smacked home. The bullet was powered by 27 grains of Winchester 748 powder and a Remington 7 ½ primer in Remington brass. Harvesting this dog coyote was the pinnacle of the hunt.

I was hunting in southern Idaho’s immense, rolling BLM land at the invitation of a friend – an up and coming varmint hunting guide named Joe May of Nampa, Idaho. This wasn’t the first time we have hunted together, as we had spent a memorable week chasing barren ground caribou in the immense open tundra of northern Alaska. On this hunt, the openness and view was awe inspiring compared to the brush-choked closeness of South Texas where I call home.

I’ve hunted coyotes for most of my life, but this trip …

The Badds Meet Ferris Wheel Freddie

Tow-the-Line Rusty lay under the old willow tree where Clem Badd Sr. had moved him earlier in the summer when the sun kept flooding the dog’s little corner of the world.  Rusty was a reddish color with darker patches of liver, and white tipped feet and tail, but you could never tell it now from laying around in this pool of dust all summer.  Rusty was itching to get back to wabbit huntin’, but he never let anyone know it.  He was from an old beagle line, distinguished, blue blood.  So when Jake came wheeling in to the yard Rusty would raise one eye … look across the red-dog of the drive and give that long basset-type sign.  Oh, he wanted to jump up and strain at the chain like one of his partners in crime Off –Line Louie but he maintained his calm exterior.

No one is quite sure where the Badd family came from.  They just showed up one day at the old, Murphy place and moved in … that was nearly 40 years ago.  Rumor had it that they came from some teeny town down in North Carolina, and that they had to leave town rather quickly.  It was also said that old Ray Murphy moved them in to help take care of the place, but even after years of living there little changed.  Murphy later died, and as the Badds began to keep the taxes paid on the place, the farm was one day put in …

Thoughts On Socializing Of Hunting Dog Puppies

With every new breeding season, some of us will again face that exciting time when we go to pick up our new hunting buddy from the breeder, be it a hound or a birddog. Most of us have some uncertain feelings about how to introduce the new pup into our family and home – after all, there are the possible puddles on the rug to face, and so many things can go wrong. Here’s some food for thought on how to socialize your pup, and introduce him to his future life as a cooperative, reliable gundog.

What is a good pup?

Of course, a good pup comes out of good (proven) parents, a clean kennel and a careful breeding program of a reputable breeder. Litters from professional breeders are absolutely necessary to get field bloodlines with the desired density of superior genes to be worth considering as a performance hunting dog. The best pup of the litter is the one you like best. Usually you can’t predict a pup’s natural ability at pickup-time. So go with what you like: color, temperament, size, etc. The bully of the litter is not always the best! Of course, pay close attention to undesirable traits, such as extreme dependence on litter mates (pup will never go somewhere alone!), shyness of “normal” situations (humans, other dogs, especially moving objects!) and any bodily fault.

Early development

According to scientists studying dog psychology, the young dog goes through several stages of imprinting. The most important and critical …

Why Do You Start A Beagle Club?

I don’t know the best way to start a Beagle club; but I had the good luck to have a small part in the formation of Tokeena Beagle Club of Westminster, SC. Some of what we did may be of help to some one who has plans for a club. Before you start, be prepared to work. It takes a lot of work to start a Beagle club and a lot of work to operate a club. Most of the work was done with a chain saw, pick and shovel, hammer and paint brush. I did some of the fence building, but I was lucky enough to get the job of doing the paper work.

I guess the best place to start, would be “Why”. There could be several good reasons to have a Beagle club and any reason to have a place to enjoy Beagling would be a good reason . When we started Tokeena I don’t think there was a registered dog among us, and field trialing wasn’t even considered. We started as a group of hunters wanting a place to run and train our dogs in the summer months, and evolved into a Gundog Beagle Club.  Since we started Tokeena, the game laws have been changed here in South Carolina to allow for year round running of rabbits.

We didn’t think much about the fact that we were building a club that would be a place to:

  1. get together to run dogs , buy and sell and

Predator Calling For Rabbit Eaters

There are basically four factors that determine the number of rabbits and hares that live in any given area and they are cover or habitat, food, disease, and predators. First of all, cover or habitat is a must for rabbits so that as many as possible can hide from predators and survive. We have seen several articles on how to increase the amount of available cover by planting brushy vegetation, leaving in fence rows, and by adding man-made brush piles. Secondly, food is an important factor since all animals need food to survive. Simply by planting some strips of legumes, leaving a couple rows of corn, or by adding food piles to our favorite hunting spots or beagle hunting grounds we can dramatically increase the bunny populations. Thirdly, disease is a factor that we as hunters have little or no control over. We could possible try to lower parasite (tick, flea, lice, mosquito) populations somehow or even add antibiotics to the rabbit feed we place in the wild in hopes of warding off bacterial diseases. The amount of success in eliminating rabbit diseases is bleak at beast and most likely too costly if it even were possible. Lastly, the factor concerning the number of predators is very important and the greatest predators of rabbits (other than man) are varmints. According to many Game Wardens, varmints such as bobcats, coyotes, and foxes eat as many as 50 to 100 rabbits each per year. Therefore, if all Beaglers …

Casino Guide To Seattle And Puget Sound Area

Casinos abound in and around Seattle and the Puget Sound area. With everything from Las Vegas style casinos to the smaller, local venues offering casino games – there is bound to be something here for your gambling liking. The casinos discussed in this article are mentioned from northernmost to southernmost, as best as can be.

The Silver Dollar Casino and Restaurant is found in Mount Lake Terrace, Washington. This Seattle-area casino is physically located at 7004 220th Street Southwest. Operating hours are from 10am to 6am daily. The casino offers 15 table games. There is one onsite restaurant (of course) that serves Asian cuisine. Call them at 425-775-5677 for more information.

Enter the city of Shoreline and the gambler will find the casino known as the Drift On Inn Roadhouse Casino. The physical address is 16708 Aurora Avenue North. The operating hours of this Seattle-area are 11:30am to 7:30am daily. The casino offers 15 table games and some card room games. There are two onsite restaurants located at this casino. One amenity included here is valet parking. Call them at 206-546-8040 for more information.

Located not far from the Edmonds ferry terminal is the city of Bothell. Bothell is a popular city housing many who work in the Seattle area. Here one will find the casino known as Silver Dollar Casino – Mill Creek. The physical address is 17917 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell. The casino operating hours are from 10am to 6am daily. They offer 4 table games. There is …

Pine Spur Revisited

Saturday morning came around and once again I found myself with a bad case of rabbit fever (not Tularemia but, a strong yearning to be outdoors with my rabbit dogs). I had been kind of under the weather with a sinus cold for a day or two, but I woke up on this day feeling better and it didn’t take much to convince myself that a day in the field was just what I needed.

My dogs and I had been getting a pretty good workout for the past two weeks. One of my brother-in-laws had been visiting on his way to Idaho and he had never hunted rabbits with beagles. I was more than happy to introduce him to my favorite sport and wasted no time in volunteering to take him. He and I had spent several days checking out some of my favorite hunting spots. There was no shortage of rabbits to run and we were able to harvest a few of them and thoroughly enjoy the hound music. He owned several deer hounds at one time when he lived in Alabama so he was not unfamiliar with running dogs.

I have four seven month old male pups from a litter out of my older female Kiss’ Blue Maggie and ARHA GRCH BC Morning Star Blue Buck. I had been splitting them up and taking two of them at a time. They all showed a lot of natural curiosity and thoroughly investigated everything that they came in contact …

The New Hunting Season

The new rabbit-hunting season and the onset of wintry weather arrived hand-in-hand in Kentucky.  With the rabbit season having been moved to November 1, the cold air mass and the rainy days that preceded it could hardly have been more welcome for area rabbit hunters and their hounds.

The hot weather that characterized early spring and persisted throughout the summer, significant infestations of ticks and fleas, as well as this year’s mosquito-borne “West-Nile” virus, went a long ways towards keeping a lot of houndsmen and their hounds out of the fields until cooler weather arrived.

Suddenly, pickup trucks loaded with dog boxes and Beagles were everywhere—the belated labors of hunters and hounds rendered all the more urgent by the early season.  Add to that mix the persistent reports of excellent rabbit populations, and it’s easy to see why area hunters are excited about the new season.

As always, opening day is attended by anxious expectations. That is particularly true when the season is kicked off at a new hunting venue.  There’s something about a new hunting spot that inspires wildly exaggerated hopes of bountiful game and excellent hunting.

Like many hunters, I grew up listening to my father’s exciting tales of golden fields and magical thickets where rabbits flushed like birds before the hunters and the hounds. Over the years, I’ve hunted some excellent locations, but the hunting paradises my father recounted have always somehow eluded me.

Nevertheless, those lofty expectations rode with me as we embarked for our new …

Hunting Beagles Vs. House Beagles

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Being one of those people who have had the privilege and joy of being around Beagles my whole life, and having had the opportunity to live both sides of the hunting dog vs. house dog question, I’d like take this opportunity to address both sides of the issue. In some circles this is a heated topic. In my mind it is not. It’s simply a matter of choice.

I’m fortunate to live outside of Washington, DC. I have access to many of our national museums and art galleries. Not long ago I was wondering through the National Gallery of Art when I came upon some early 18th century English paintings of what appeared to be Beagles (or at least small tri color hounds). They were lounging around on the straw covered floor of some medieval hut while their master reclined in an oversized wooden chair. Another painting showed a group of tri colored hounds bounding out of a cottage while their master followed behind with gun in hand. There were others I won’t try to describe simply because I could never do them justice. It did, however, remind me of the many times I’ve argued the hunting vs. house dog topic with those who don’t believe a hunting dog belongs in the house and those that don’t seem to believe a hunting dog should ever be used for hunting.

Hunting Dogs Should Not Be House Pets: I was raised by two wonderful gentlemen who were steadfast believers in this philosophy. …