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Raccoon Hunting Questions

The purpose of this page is to ask technical questions about raccoon hunting.  Certain questions will be posted for discussion or input.  Example: where to find a certain hunting product.  Questions are sometimes answered by raccoon hunting veteran, Bob Rakow (see Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond ) and his son, Dr. Tom C. Rakow .  If you have a question, thought, or response to another question or thought, please fill out the form and click submit.

(Bob Rakow went to be with the Lord 8/22/98.)
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herbert im 16 and lookin to get my first coonhound. is there any specifick breed i should looke at or anything like that. i want a hound that will be farely easy to train and will hunt good any help is appreciated thank you.

Just wanted to let you know how nice this site is! Thank you so much.  It's just wonderful! I waited a long time to finally get the coonhounds that I always wanted. I feel like I should have played a part in the movie, "Where the red fern grows" - Part 2. That movie, especially Part 1, is a really nice movie for young hunters.  I know several male adult hunters that say that is their favorite movie too.  I sure wish I'd had my dogs at a younger age, but at least I have them now.  By the way, my puppies are both redbones, deep
mahogany red, 6 months old and I'm having a heck of a lot of fun with them.

herbert,a nice bitch english redtick sounds good for your needs.me and my uncle does a bit of hunting,and redticks is all we use.

Ralph  A friend with cat dogs gave me a 2 year old Walker dog that had never been hunted. I wanted to see if I could get him to track wounded deer next season. In the meantime I wanted to see if I could get him to hunt coons. I had a coon in a live catch trap and he acts like he's scared to death of it. A friend had a Golden Retriever with us and she barked at the coon and showed plenty of interest but the Walker would do nothing. We released it and she ran it to a tree --he did nothing. We shot it down and drug it around w/ a rope and still no interest--he still acted a little scared. Is he pea hearted or is there  something I can do to make him show some aggression? What sould I do? Thanks.

coonman  why when the dogs tree my Dad nor me can never find the coons

Bo  man o man, this is a neat site, it brings back lots of memories, i aint been coon huntin in 15 years but after reading all this stuff im gettin the itch...well first i've got to clear it with my wife...wish me luck....anyone from around Berks county pennsylvania drop me a e-mail if ya have any info on dogs/clubs or hunts

chris  how many coon dog are resigerd each year

what is the biggest coon on record

harley  I recently bought a Black and Tan pup it is about 8 months old and will run with other dogs butit seemes to fear a coon what do you suggest i do to make him aggresive and also to get hiom to bark on track and tree

jack  i have a mom babies and who knows how many other raccons living in my attic of my house what can ido

Donald  Tom: I have a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier that is just starting to run and tree coons great.  About a couple weeks ago her and the rest of my dogs got into a big fight a a coon and she got coon hound paralysis.  Can they ever recover from that, without getting it again?

Harley from wv  I have a black&Tan coonhound that is about 8 months old he'll run with other dogs but wont bark on tree or track he is also very timid around a live coon what if anything can I do to get the dog aggressive THANKS

RJ  I read the book called "Where the Redfern Grows" and it inspired me, now I am interested in buying some coon dogs and learning to coon hunt. I dont know anything about how much a good coon dog should cost. I was told by some friends that if you buy a good coon dog it will cost at least $800 bucks and\or more. I like the way the redbone breed looks, can anyone tell me about how much a good redbone hound would cost.

H.D.  I woul like to know what if anything I can do to make my 8month old B&T more aggresive on a coon and bark on the track and tree

adam  I have a five year old english she is a very good dog. She has one problem and that is when she trees she chews the tree and while she is chewing she does not bark. When she does it the two minute rule always gets me at a night hunt. So my question is how can i get here to quit chewing the tree.

Bosco  Great site fellas I hunt a 16yr old bluetic and a 7yr old walker here in mich and its great to see all the young folks getting into the sport. Lots of people ask me why I keep hunting coon when they're not
bringing anything price wise and I just keep telling them that if I did'nt love the music of the hounds I'd quit. Thanks for a great site and happy hunting

Josh  I am 18 years old and have just started coon hunting.I bought my first coon dog a couple of days ago  she is a 9 mouth old redbone who has never been worked with or even seen a coon and i was woundering the best way to start training her or what i shoud be doing with her right now.she came from a good line of dogs.thanks for any infomation you can help me with.

Walkerman  If I have a personal protection issued for the state of Indiana to allow me to carry a handgun almost anywhere could I wear this gun while I'm in pursuit of fur bearing game? Also, since I'm a handgun
permit carrier by the state of Indiana why does it say no guns to possess while chasing wild fur bearing
game.



Josh  hey TOM my name is josh and i have only been coon hunting about a year and i just bought my first coonhound a couple of days ago it is a 8 months old redbone that has never been hunting or even seen a coon and i was woundering how to get started on training her.also when she barks she sounds like shes horse or has a cold should i take her to a vet.Thank you for any infomation you can help me with.

Tom  Now is the time to start training your dog.  Check out are excepts and they should be helpful.  If you haven't ordered our Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond I would encourage you to do so.  You would first want to start teaching your dog some basice obedience - and then you could start conducting simulated hunts (I talk about this in the booklet) using coon scent or a hide.



Michael  I have a question for you guys. I live in Chicago, Illinois parallel to the Chicago River and we have raccoons in our attic. We have put two roof and virtually repaired every part of our house. However, we
have raccoons that our living in our house. We set up traps and have called animal control and exhausted every option that we can think of. We can't take it any more.. Our hosue is about 125 years old and you can hear the raccoons climbing in the attic. We have trapped one but the others can't be. Is their anything that you can suggest to me to get rid of them. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!!!


DALE  I have a raccoon that is causing trouble at my business which is a greenhouse nursery. We have a trap/cage which has not been effective due to the above average size of the coon. One of my employees had a run-in with it and couldn't believe the size of it. Any other tips on how to snag this critter, he seems to be going thru all the garbage cans nitley.

Tom  You moght contact the DNR  to get a permit tp uses a leghold trap and plan on putting the raccoon to death.  Or,  I would suggest that you check out this site ran by Stephen Vantassel  http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/living_wildlife who is a professional in the wildlife removal service.  You might find some helpful information for your raccoon problem.  Trust that this helps.



Jerod  About how old does a coonhound have to be to run coons?  I just got my first coondog 1week ago and he is seven weeks old but he gets excited when you say something about a coon of going hunting.  how should I train him to run?  A lot of guys say to get a coon skin and drag it around the yard and let him run that until you can take him hunting.  But I thought I would ask you coon hunters.

Josh  hey its josh again i was worndering about my new redbone the other day that had never seen a coon.but i have been taking her out in with a boy who has a fixed coon skin from last season and we will make a trail and hang the skin in a tree she will lead the other dogs to the tree but the other dogs i've doing that with both are females,one is 2 years old and the other is 5 months but on the trail she dont bark she just gives it a 110% and at the tree she want bark unless she sees the skin.so what i am asking is how good she is doing at her age(9 months)and where should go from here.

JO JO  I was wondering if anyone could tell me about he book walk with wick the tree dog encyclopedia written by John Wick. thanks very much.

bob  i dont have a coon hound ; my dog likes to hunt she is a year old do you think i could get her to tree

donnie  I have a 2 year old black and tan she will not bark at a cage coon and she will not show no interest in it at all . i don 't know if I should try to keep her or try to find me anther dog . do you have any
suggest to help get her start .

Ben  Do coons live in russia? We are moving and I want to bring my dogs.

Richard  I am looking for the book "Walk With Wick" are you famialar with it and it's author. Thanks for any help.

jim  hellow my name is jim your site is great i have a question i am new to hunting with hounds its not real popular in salt lake i got a nice redbone for my son he is now eleven months old the problem is he tends to fight with other dogs mostly labs but i took him coon hunting with some guys and he did the same thing with there hounds he gets alog fine with my new redbone four month old female my friends are old school hunters who have very good dogs  they say shoot him can i stop this or should i just
hunt theme alone thanks

thedude  i just wanted to say that i definately believe in multiple roles for dogs all of my dogs work on my farm and cover various hunting roles. thanks for the page i learned a lot. i recently aquired a walker. the lady i aquired this dog from called him a "sooner" but i was told by a local breeder that this is a joke, is it? and should i pay the money to get his papers? he will probably never be a sire but some local coon and cat hunters have expressed interests in breeding to him.  even though i would never charge for this should i paper him for theyre interests or is that practical for me? this is my first coon dog and ive been working him on trailing,  he has a hell of a nose  and "cuts"  trail well but because his previose owner living in an apartment she disciplined him for barking, now even though he wants to sound he is worried about it, he is only eight months so is this going to be a problem or can i work him out of it eventually? thanks for the site

donnie  Is there anyone in ms train coondogs



Brian  I have a American Black And Tan that is 7 months old,  do you think it would be better for me to just show her a dead coon hide with scent and see if she shows any interest or to get a coon in a trap and let her actually know what she is smelling when i do try her with the hide.

Tom  I would begin by conducting a simulated hunt using the dead coon.  In our booklet Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond we explain how to do this.



Jerry  Hello and thanks for listening, I have a walker pup that was born in 10-98.  I have had him out coon hunting with great coon dogs but doesn't want to stay out long.  We got a live coon and put it in a roll
cage and tried to work him on it but doesn't seem to be interested.  Could you help please.

Tom  He may just be a slow starter.  What we observed over the years is that each dog has his or her own schedule.  It's wonderful when a pup starts running and treeing at 6 mo.  However, we always considered a dog a pup until they were about 2 to 2 1/2.  Keep giving your dog opportunities and at some point I would almost be willing to bet that he will "click" at some point. Hope this encourages you - be patient - and happy hunting!



Kob  I am having problems with raccoons near my mobile home - there is a hole dug under the trailer - I have had animal control trap and remove a few but they return - what can I do the remove the raccoons
forever???  Thanks for your help

Ronnie  if any of you are from oklahoma email me please

Kelly  How do I start my walker pup hunting.

Tommy  I own A pair of 14 month old walker pups.One of them is turning out to be a real coondog.I've hunted him in a few local nite hunts and at the A.C.H.A. Little World Hunt,he has never finished loweer than 10th place except for at the little world where we were scratched over a bad call from the judge.The other pup,which is out of the same liter,is a beautiful hound and is a real good dog as far as striking in on a coon but he won't tree his own game.What should I do to make him into the coondog that his brother is destined to be?      P.S.  this is a real good site!IT gives young people who are just geeting started a chance to learn about this great sport that we share. Thank you and good huntin'.

Charles  I have recently found an add for a red tick coonhound.  I have heard of a blue tick but never heard of a red tick.  Is there such thing as a red tick and if so what are the similarinties between a bllue tick and a red tick.  thanx.

Chris  I hope someone can direct me to the right place...I am having a terrible time with a coon in my barn...I am sure there is more than one and they just love my cat food....I have a trap ( it will not kill or mame them) but I still can't get it....I have used Peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches....What I catch is the cats...Anyone out there have any suggestions...Please,,,,,All I am doing is buying cat food.....

sam  yes i got a 4 year old bluetick and every since about two months ago he all ways treed coons and now for some reason hes going after possums to do you know how i can get him back to coons?

Rick  I'm 15 and just got into coon hunting I got two walker pups about seven weeks old and I was wondering when would be a good time to start training my dogs? Thanks

I have 1yr old dog and he not do any thing I trap coon in live trap. and he did non anything to do wit  what should i do

kenny  hi my name is kenny my question is i have 1yr old treeing walker and trying to train him for a long time. I can drag a dead coon around the yard and he will go after it but as soon as i take him out in the woods he will not do any thing.except run back to the truck my buddy has a real good dog and we take my dog out with his ever chance i get but he will not do any thing. what should i do ? should i keep trying or should i get a new dog? thanks

matthew  yall have a great page i'm glad yall are doing this thanks



nathan  Were is the best place to shoot a raccoon (as in, where do you aim when shooting)?

Tom  In the head - either behind an ear or between the eyes.  If you use 22-hollow points the raccoon should be killed instantly.



lee bob  is there a web sit for professional kennl club?


Fred  Hi I have a 5 month old redbone.  I drag a coon around and put it up in a tree.  He runs the trail and finds the coon and barks and trees the coon, but he doesn't bark on trail.  Can you please tell me how i can get him to bark on trail.  And 1 more question how much dog food should i feed him a day?  I've been giving him about 2 cups in morning and 2 at night, but i want to get him balked up and big, and he is growing and I was wondering if I should give him more or not.

Tom  It sounds like your 5 month old is doing well.  Make sure that you hide the hide in the tree - and put it in different places so that the dog dpends on scent - and not sight.  As far as barking on trail this will come with time and excitement.  That is unless your dog ends up being a Silent Trailer.  Silent Trailers catch and tree alot of coon.  As you look at our site and other pages you will see a three- legged bluetick named Andy.  He started out as a Slent Trailer but after he lost his leg he converted to Open because he was unable to catch up with the coon so he depended on his voice. As far as dog food you should follow the instructions on the label. Different types of dog food have different levels of protein, etc.  You really can't go by how much you feed.



jerry  I HAVE A 8 & HALF MONTH PUP. HE IS A BIG PUP WITH ALOT OF AGGRESION. I CAUGHT A YOUNG COON LAST NIGHT IN A LIVE TRAPP. MY PUP,PR GERALD ANTHONY,S JOE BOY WANTS HIM REAL BAD. SHOULD I LET HIM CATCH IT ON THE GROUND AND LET HIM FIND OUT ABOUT WHAT IT OR WHAT ? HE IS MY FIRST COONDOG. CAN HE HANDLE A COON YET ? I HAVE A BULLDOG TOO. SHE HAS GOTTEN COONS OUT OF MY TRAP BEFORE AND KILLED THEM. SHOULD I HAVE HER THERE FOR BACKUP ?  PLEASE REPLY ASAP

Joe  I JUST GOT A REDBONE COONHOUND.SHE IS 3 MONTHS OLD AND JUST TO GET HER USED TO USING HER NOSE  HER NOSE I WILL LET HER SMELL SOMETHING THEN I WILL RUB IT ON THE GROUND MAKING A TRAIL. THEN I WILL PUT HER NOSE AT THE BEGGINING OF THE TRAIL AND SHE WILL TRACK IT DOWN. I ALSO GO FOR WALKS WITH HER TO KEEP HER IN SHAPE.IS THEIR ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO?

buckshoot  DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A COONHUNTING  CD  FOR CDROM if so pls let me know  (looking for one that is like you would be - at a comp.hunt ) if there is not noe i/someone needs to comeout with one!!!!!!! thank you ..see ya in the woods keep the dogs runing..

jake  I got a walker coonhound pup and she is 9 months old and I dont know how to start her out do I take her out with older dogs that run good?



Farm Girl  I'm wandering where raccoons build their nest. Underground, above ground, or up in trees.  Do you have any information on this?

Tom  Some of this depends on the area (e.g. number of trees, etc.).   They will be in hollow trees, rock
dens, ground dens, or old buildings.   If you think you have found a den tree - if you look closely you will probably find some grey hairs that have rubbed off of their belly. Hope that helps.



chip  were can i find info. on hunting coons in pa.


JASON  I'VE JUST PURCHASED A FEMALE REDBONE COONHOUND FROM A GOOD BREEDER IN NORTH CAROLINA, I LIVE IN NORTH WEST NEW MEXICO ON THE BORDER OF COLORADO, I'VE NEVER HUNTED BEFORE NOR HAS ANYONE IN MY FAMILY, JUST WANTED SOME ADVICE ON WHERE TO HUNT AS WELL AS HOW TO HUNT AND TRAIN A DOG FOR THE FIRST TIME, I'VE NEVER EVER MET ANYONE WITH A COONHOUND SO LOCAL ADVICE IS TOUGH TO COME BY. ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


Sylvia Warnock  Coon hound paralysis is caused by inflammation of the peripheral nerve roots.  Since these serve the legs, paralysis is generally seen.  Usually it starts with weakness and progresses quite rapidly, peaks after about 10 days and then the dogs improve over the next weeks.  Often there is a
history of a bite by a raccoon 7-14 days before the signs started, but not always.  It has also been reported in cats.  The signs and type of inflammation in coon hound paralysis are very like Guillain-Barre syndrome in people.  In humans, this paralytic disease may develop after some bacterial and viral infections or sometimes after vaccinations or surgery.  Humans also usually gradually improve over time.
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bio99/bio99676.htm


Craig  I'm looking to buy a blue tick pup but can not find a breeder in florida.I live in Old Town in Dixie county.Do you know of anybody up in central florida who is  a breeder that I could buy one from. thanks and God bless


chris  Where can I find the background breeding info on coondogs.


matt  when is the next coon hunt in south west ohio


ann  I have a 4 year old female fox hound/beagle mix ...and her passion is to chase fox for hours on end. I use to let her go in the city's ravines everyday where she would chase fox for about 3-4 hours...but now she has begun to cross roads and it has become too dangerous. My dog is traffic weary but if she is on a fresh scent she is blind to everything but the fox. Is it possible to train her to stay away from roads while she is chasing fox? I plan to buy a shock collar with a long range but the problem is unless my dog is baying (or as I like to call it "sounding off") I generally don't know where she is in the ravine so I wouldn't know if she were getting close to a road. I would appreciate any training tips.

Tom  I'm not aware of any way to prevent a dog from running a trail across roads.  The shock collar method would seem to me to be quite confusing for the dog in this case. My advice would be to try and run your dog in more remote areas. Otherwise, as you know, you could have your dog hit. Lord bless, - and happy hunting



JASON  i just purchased a redbone coonhound from north carolina,she arrives here in new mexico this weekend.  I'm the first and only hunter in my family, i've actually never even been hunting yet, so my dog and i will learn together.  I wanted to find out if there are other coon hunters in the area that i could talk to in order to find out about hot spots, etc... I live in farmington new mexico near the border of colorado, arizona and utah. I also wanted to find out where i can buy a live coon to train my dog, I just purchased the raccoon hunting basics book and look forward to years of fine coon hunting, thanks so much for providing such a fabulous site for all levels of coon hunters, any other advice would be greatly appreciated.


johnny  I have a dog that hunt awsome alone but when i take her out with my friends dogs she wont hunt and then when the other dogs strike she runs over there and trees where they strike and the coon gets away.  I know she a great dog but i dont know what to do can you help me.


Amanda  I have a full Catahoula, Tommy, and a Catahoula X Australian Cattle Dog, Lucy.  The Cross is the best coon dog I've ever seen.  Once there were 15- 20 coons in our yard (we have a lot of poultry and the coons were after them).  Lucy put all the coons up trees and kept them there so my Mom, Dad and I could shoot at the coons.  When One of us would miss she would look back at us and let us know how much she thought of THAT.  in 3 nights we got 11-18 coons (it's hard to know for sure, we had to leave some behind after shooting and so we don't know if we got 18 or a few twice.  We got 11 bodies though).  By the way, we'd let them go to be treed another day, but they were eating my poultry, so this time they
turned into little hats. I have pictures of Lucy with the coons she got all by herself (well, I shot them) when I didn't believe she'd put them up a tree.  She sat for 20 minutes and held them while I went for my gun (same time they were after my birds).  She'd found them when we weren't actually hunting.  If anyone
wants to see it, it's at www.geocities.com/uberpest/hunt.jpg The only problem I've had is that she never opens up when she trees or on the trail, so I have to watch body language a lot to see what she has.  If
her tail is up and wagging with her head down on the trail she's got coons, the tail drops and the head is up and she's still looking.    Trees she'll try to climb and sometimes will whimper or yip quietly, but doesn't bay at them.  I need to work on that. Oddly, she never hunted a day in her six years until this past June when her instincts took over and she crawled in under an old car sunk up to its axles after the smell.  I guess there was a den under there as one coon exploded in her face leaving a hole down to the bone.  I didn't notice right away (it was 5 am when my mom let the dogs out to pee, I got up at 6/7 am and saw dry blood on Lucy's face).  $70 later, her face is just a little scarred and Lucy is a coon hunting machine.  All she has to see is my chore jacket come off the hook (the same I wear for hunting) or my
single-shot .22 rifle and she goes nuts, screaming to go outside to hunt. One word that's been added to her vocabulary is 'coons'.  Ansd she KNOWS what that word means!


BR  IS THERE ANY KIND OF CATOLOGS OR BOOKS THAT I CAN GET TO ORDER COON HUNTING SUPPLIES OUT OF? AND WHAT KIND OF LIGHT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD BUY


Chad  Well see i Hva this 2yr. female Black and Tan she can kill badgers and i was wondering if i should turn it into a full blowing badger dog or what? So what should i do?


garry  I HAVE A 2 YR OLD RED TIC AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL ME HOW TO GET HIM TO STOP RUNNING DEER


Tommy  Where can I find a blue tick that I can buy close to Pitts.,PA?


ALLEN   I HAVE A 4.5 MONTH OLD WALKER PUP. I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO TRAIN HIM, BUT HERE'S WHAT I;VE DID SO FAR. I TRAPPED A COON AND COLLARED IT AND MY DOG WOULD FIGHT IT AND TREE IT BUT HE ISN'T SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF TRACKING IT YET. IS THIS NORMAL? I THEN TRAPPED ANOHER COON AND LAID A TRACK WITH IT IN THE TRAP.HE FOLLOWS ME AND BARKS AT IT. THEN I LET IT OUT OF THE TRAP AND THE DOG TREED THE EMPTY TRAP AND IGNORED THE TREE. I SHOT IT OUT AND MY PUP FOUGHT IT.SO FAR I'M PRETTY IMPRESSED WITH HIM, LIKE I SAID HE IS 4.5 MONTHS OLD. I'M I OFF TO A GOOD START? ALL OPINIONS WELCOME.


J.L.  I have a 1 1/2 year old redbone. I have put her with other dogs and droped atleast 60 coons out in front of her. I just can't get her to trail and tree. She acts like she doesn't pay any intrest to it. Her daddy
is grnit champ. and her brother is to. She comes from a good blood line. Do you have any ideas?


will  question I have been a coon hunter for a couple of years my uncle raises bloodhounds and wants me to try and get one of his dogs running and treeing.will i be wasting my tme or will it be worth my efforts. thanks

Tom  It takes time and committment but bloodhounds certainly have the nose and size for such a task.



Jimmy  I would like to find out which blue tick breed is the best as far as tracking ability,running track, and the most popular blood line.If there is a book on this information how and where do I get it. THANKS!


Jim  I am from Wisconsin and hunted from 1970-1989. I moved here in the Marines and my Walker dog was run over in 29 Palms. We did hunt him in the mountains just before that without much luck and Sniffer once treed 48 coons on a 4 day weekend hunting trip by himself so I don't think it was the dog. The pelts were worth so much then that we actually made money and got a little food. I miss the hunting and would like to buy another dog just for pleasure hunting. A friend around here said the Salton Sea has
coon. Where can I hunt now that I live in Southern California?


Rob  I was recently given a redbone cross. I figured, being a free dog and all, I was willing to take some time and see if she show any intrest in hunting. She is approximatly three years old and has had one litter of  pups. I've showed her live coon, but she has about as much intrest as a real young pup. I've also tried getting her to run on a scent on a scent drag with my other dogs, but if she is out of the kennel she wants to stand around me and not run with the othe dogs. I've been working with her for about two months now and   so far, she hasnt given me any sign that she will ever hunt for me. What I want advise on, should I give her more time, or am I wasting my time?

Tom  One thing to remember is that she will probably never become a "great" coonhound.  But, since you have other dogs already I would encourage you to keep running her with them.  It also depends quite a bit as to what she is crossed with (Sporting Breed vs. Non-Sporting Breed) to what you should expect.  As I've told others you should consider a coonhound to still be a pup at 2 1/2 years.  Your dog seems to still be getting used to you.  I beleive that there is certainly hope for your dog - but it will still take time
investment.



Jeremiah  I have a 2 year old walker male and I have tried advice from all of my fellow coonhunters but neither them or I can get the dog to stay on the tree I am open for all new suggestions thank you all and God bless


Keith  I have a question about a breed of coon dog i have only ever seen once . Do you know anything about  english red tick hounds if so do you know were i could find one.Thank you.

Tom  The Blueticks and Redticks can come from the same litter.  However the Redticks are definitely in the minority.  The Blue coloring would seem to be dominate.  Check with some Bluetick dealers.



I have a young walker pup 8 months he will bark at a caged coon,will tree on it with incoragement will chew on a dead coon, he has been raised by his self since he was 6 weeks,just know have I put him with another dog. The problem is he wants to ride or try and breed every dog that he gets around he might bark at the coon and then go to the back of what ever dog is close and try to ride it. the other pups his age his litter mates are doing a fine job of treeing the females that is,he is a pup out of flatrock comas pup that is a facinating coon hound of 7 years. is all of this normal for a male pup?????


Gary  How can you put a litter of Walker Puppies (to sell) over the internet?

Tom  There are some sites on the web where you can place your ad.  You might try some of the links on coonhoundcentral http://www.coonhoundcentral.com I'm not sure if you could sell them over ebay - but I would check that out as well.



Brady  Hello all.My whole family was real big into pleasure coon hunting before i was born and got out of the sport before i was old enough to appretiate it. My grandfather coon hunted ever since he was my age and has always had dogs, so I've heard plenty of stories and tips on training. I am 16 years old and I was just recently given my first coon dog by a friend. She's a 5 month old beautiful walker female and she comes from great bloodlines. I have been told alot of different things by different people as far as training goes. I have been letting her play around with a coon skin that I have to let her get used to the smell. I was told just to wait till she is about 8 months old and then just run her with some well trained dogs to get her on the right track, while other have told me to let trapped coon out in front of her and let her trail them after they have run out of site, and then when she gets older and a little more wiser I can start running her with older coon dogs. It seem everyone has they're own opinion on traing and I was just wondering what yalls was, and if I am in deed doing the right thing or not. thanks

Tom  Glad to hear about your new dog!  We have had a dog or two that ran and treed their own coon at 6 mo.  However, normally a dog doesn't begin to advance until they are 9 mo-1yr and sometimes later.  What is key is to spend time with your dog and give it as much experience on the trail as possible.  Be patient!  It may actually be a couple of years before your dog starts running well.  One of the best and quickest ways to train a dog to run coon is by running yours with some quality dogs.  In the same token -
one of the quickest ways to ruin your dog is to run it with some dogs that have a tendency to chase trash (e.g. deer, etc.). Read our pages and I believe you would also find our booklet could give you some key points.



ctrapper  Hi I am 17 and just bought my first coon hound. It is a redbone. It is only 5 weeks old. I know its a little young yet. But when it get a little older how do I go about training it to tree a coon. And how do I make it not be gun shy. Because one night the neighbor was shooting gun and she heard it and she went running away. How do I break her from that. And when is the best time to start training her. Thanks


WHAT IS THE BEST BAIT?IN CAGE TRAPS?

Tom  I'm not dure what the best would be.  But if you make sure your cage is set up where you are certain raccoons are you can use peanut butter, sweet corn, etc.



Harold  I have a Black & Tan 5 mos old. I want to let her off the leash sometimes but when I do 9 times out of 10 she wants to run and getting her back is not fun. The wife thinks me running after her is great to watch but it is not for me. Any help on how to train her to not run so far away would help.  Should I just
keep her on a leash longer to train her to come? I know 5 mos is young.


MATTHEW  My name is Matthew and I am 15. I have a blue tic. She is about 2yrs old. I'm having trouble training her. One night she will strick but when she gets to the tree she will leave the tree. Then the next night she will strick and tree. Then on another night she will just go off from the other dogand do no hunting at all. What can I do. Or what do you think is doing on with my dog.


KAY  I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR VIDEOS STRICKLY ABOUT COONHUNTING FOR MY DAD. I BOUGHT THE ONE BY KEN TUCKER, BUT MY DAD ONLY WANTS ONES ABOUT COONHUNTING.  HE HUNTS TREEING WALKERS AND BLUTICKS. I TAPED THE AUTUM OAKS NIGHT HUNT. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF VIDEOS THAT ONLY PERTAIN TO COON HUNTING? THANKS SO MUCH, HAPPY HUNTING!!


shotgun  I've got a 3 1/2 old walker. He has not been hunted in a year. Last hunting trip he did good but know he don't want to hunt. I've got some ideas but I'd like to have your take on what I should do with him.


Jayman  What is usally the best dog to use?  Is a black and tan coon dog a good dog?

Tom  Yes a Black and Tan is a fine hound.  Others you might consider are: Walker, Blueticks, Redbone, etc.



Todd  I have a redbone that has just turned 12 months old. the problem is that when i shoot a coon out he wants to fight with any other dog that are there for the coon. Is ther anyway I can break him of this.


Slicky  I was wondering what the best way of breaking a coonhound from running deer is. This is one year old pup.


Mike  Do you guys know where I can get a pattern for making a coon skin hat?

Tom  Sorry we don't - but if you find a lpace where you can get one let us know!



Chris  im 20 yrs old, my brothers and i own a 1 1/2 yr old walker.  he goes nuts over a caged coon, and loves to fight when we shoot a coon out. but when we take him alone, he doesn't want much to go into the woods without us, and when in the woods, he goes out about 50 yards, makes about a half circle, then comes back to us and waits for us to start moving through the woods again.  He seems way too playful during "work-time".  Is this normal, and what can we do to make him more excited about hunting?    The second question that I have is about getting another dog.  A friend of mine has a redtick-bluetick mix pups.  He says that I can have one for free.  Should I take him up on the offer, or is he giving then away for a reason(is that mix worthless)??  Please reply, because i have a passion for coon hunting and want some success, thank you for your time and website.

Tom  Your dog not ranging out far is quite normal for his age.  As the dog gets older and has more hunting experience this will change. As far as the Bluetick and Redtick cross - even with registered dogs you can have both in the same litter (e.g. You can have two Blueticks breed and end up with a Redtick or two in the litter - although the Bluetick color is dominant). I take it your friend's dogs are not registered therefore he refers to them as a cross.



Kathy  I have called and called different Fish and Game people and they all give me the same answer to my question.  I realize they are right in saying that raccoons are nocturnal and that is when they come out to forage BUT....... I need to know if there is a time..MOST OFTEN...that raccoons come out to hunt.
We are having quite a problem with them coming in and killing my poultry and would like to be able to catch them on our property.  Any ideas would be very helpful.  We do have a live trap and 5 untrained dogs (just pets that love to eat and sleep and bark at the wind).  Have caught 7 coons to this point but
having to be home EVERYNIGHT just as it gets dark to lock up the poultry is making us feel trapped ourselves.  Don't know if coons maybe come out later in the evening or middle of the night when it is quiet.

Tom  It really seems to depend upon the individual raccoon.  However, many seem to come out right after dark.  I would say that for the most part they come out right after dark in order to begin eating as soon as they can.



Bill  Just came across your page,Keep up the good work. I used to run tree dogs on coon, bear,squirrel etc.(fourth generation) now I just bird hunt a little with my lab.I beleave most hunting is more enjoyable hunting with a dog. thanks.


Steve  I am interested in trying to train beagles to hunt and tree coon , as well as run rabbit, fox, coyote, bobcat, tree "bushy tails", flush quail, etc... A multi-purpose pack if you will. I know that this is a tall order and may be an impossible dream. But, if there is anyone with information that could help make this dream a reality it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and God bless!


Ray  This is my first time on this line. I'm looking for an active chat room where I can talk to ohter coon hunters.


cochise chief  THE DOG IN THE PICTURE ON THIS PAGE LOOKS LIKE A DALMATION. WHAT IS HE? HE SURE IS GETTING UP THERE TOWARDS THE COON THOUGH, WHAT EVER HE IS.SOMETIMES PEOPLE CALL ONE OF MY BLUETICKS A WALKER DOG EVEN THOUGH HE IS A REGISTERED BLUETICK FROM THE SMOKEY RIVER BLOODLINES.


Bull Frog  How do I find out about coon hunting events and clubs in my area?  Thank You


Phil  I am thinking of getting a black mouth cur and would like to find out about coon and squirrel hunting. Can you give me any good book titles to read and what I can see on your titles to topics are you saved and born again


coonhunter25  i need to know some good tips on hunting coonslike what is a good time to go out and start hunting them and if ther is any other way to hunt them without dogs or traps? And also some good bait to use to atract theem , if it is  helpful, the placw that i will be hunting at will be 84 acers of property
has one open feild and clearings around the lake,but most  of it is brush with trails in them.i have the things i nedd like i spot light and a 22. caliber long range rifle,and a feeder that throws corn on daly and nightly basis.I am not sure if they are trained to come to the feeder couse the times we go up ther we ar always either deer hunting or getting ready for deer season so  if i just could get a few tips on how to atract them and to hunt them without a trap or hound it woiuld be helpful.


don  I am 32 and allways wounted to go coon hunting. at 5 my dad took me the only thing i rem. is sitting on a big log inthe middle of woods listting the dogs,and being fritend. i gust wint agen tonight,27 years later. resenbeing i foud a bluetick pup about 3 or 4 months old. eny info. on traning, ger., and being set on the right path would grately apresheated!!!


JAMMER  HEY WHAT DO YOU WHEN A 5WEEK OLD WANTS TO TREE?


Paul  I am 16 yrs old and I first started coon hunting with my uncle around the age of 10. This past year i figured i would go get some pups of my own. I just bouhgt a pair of 2 female walker coon hounds. And i was wondering what age do u think would be the best to start traingin the pups and another question i have is how old do u think they should be untill the go out in the woods with my uncles other dogs just to get some expierence. Help ME


Josh  I have a question i have four coon hounds a 3 1/2 yr old blue tick, 2 yr old black and tan and two 7 month old treeing walkers. when we get in the timber the the two older dogs run and run and they never tree, but once in a while they will chase the coon in a culvert. what can i do to get them to tree?


Dru I am 14 years old, and I have a Treeing Walker that is five months old. I have not started hunting him yet. I keep him up most of the time except when I let him out for exercise. We live on the edge of a forrest and he heads right for the woods when I let him out. I usually have to go looking for him on the 4-wheeler. He knows the sound of the 4-wheeler and will usually come when he hears me. I have a friend who has a Blue Tick, same age of my Walker that they let run loose all the time. They keep telling me I should let my Walker run lose and not keep him up all the time. But since my dog is registered I am afraid of losing him. My question: Am I right in keeping Spook in his pen. I want what is best for my dog.


melinda  I have a bluetick that is just 5 months. I'm turning her loose on a live coon , But she likes to tree to tree squrrils when were out walking . do you think this will be a problem?


Mick  Could you tell me where I might find used Coonhunting equipment.  i.e. Tracking collars and night lights.  thanks

Tom  You can go to huntsmart.com (click on the url below).  Hope that helps.
http://www.huntsmart.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=displaypage&page=free%5Fcatalog%2Ecfm&eid=121



BRIAN  I HAVE JUST PURCHASED A REDTICK AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL ME A MAGAZINE THAT SOLD COON HUNTING SUPPLIES AND RELATED ITEMS.  YOUR RESPONSE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICIATED.  THANKS...

Tom  You can find supplies through Full Cry and the Night Lite company (they are on the web), and I
know another company called the Bill Boatman Company.  Hope that helps



ctrapper  Hi I just got my first coonhound she is a RedBone and is about 3 1/2 months old.  And I was wondering on how to train her to hunt coon.  She has good hunting instents but it is my first hound and dont really know how to do it so if you could give me any ideas that would be great thanks.


J   YES I HAVE A BLUETICK OUT OF HAMMER WOULD IT BE GOOD TO SHUT COONS OUT ON HIM OR JUST PET HIM UP?


Bubba  When a dog trees on a empty tree, what might be the reason. Maybe is it the coon marked the tree and decided to move on. And, in relation to DEN TREES, what is your description or term to this tree. Thank You......


drew  when is the best time to coon hunt after your area receives bad weather (ice, snow, rain, & wind or a combination of the 4?)

Tom  We always found that after a rain - or even while it is still drizzling that not only do the coon seem to be out frogging around - but that even a young dog is able to pick up and trail a raccoon.



Kealy  How much is a six week old redbone puppy?  Where is the closest kennel to Coalgate, Oklahoma (outside of Ada)?

Tom  It really depends on the person selling - and the breeding background of the dog.  Usually they sell for about  $150.00 - but you can also pay quite a bit less - and a lot more.  You might want to look in the pets section of newspapers under dogs.  Be patient - and pick one that you really like and are willing to spend time with.



Brandon  I use dogfood to catch raccoons in box traps, but I haven't been real successful because most of the coons in the area are feeding on another ranch but we still have some over here. I want to start attracting them back over here.  How do I do that?  Should I use smelly fish bait or what?  Please give me a suggestion on this.

Tom  You might want to try peanut butter.  Hope that helps.



Joey  I have recently moved to South Texas (Corpus Christi) and would like some info on any coon hunting  organizations in my area. If there are not any clubs, then I would at least like to find somebody with some hounds. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tom  I beleive you might find some clubs by going to the links section of web site http://coonhoundcentral.com    Another place where you can find a lot of information is by subscribing to Full Cry Magazine (we are in no way associatied with this magazine - but it is quite extensive.



Felix  I have a one year old bloodhound cross with blue tick, do you think this cross would be good for coon hunying? If so what are some tips on training? Thanks.

Tom  It would certainly have the potential.  I would encourage you to read through our pages - and buy the Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond book.



beaverque  I have several Nite Lites wqhich need new batteries.I used to have one of their catalogs,but have missplaced it.I thought they had a website but cannot find it.Do you know how to contact them?


Austin  I have two questions.....hope someone can help me,1st how do you slow a dog down on the trail?  (its a pup in training)and 2nd,can you use raccoon urine to put on a rag to use for training?  Thanks alot!!!!!


chris  I'm a coonhunter from kentucky i've been hunting 15 years.I would like to say it's nice to have sites like this to help fello coonhunters.I'm still learning new and valuable info.keep up the good work!


david  i am just getting into coon huntin and thinking about buying a catahula curr  the pup is almost 3 months old . the lady said it would make a fine coon dog and would be a good tree dog the daddy and momma are top cow dogs  what do u think . registered nalc           thank you


Hilda  I am writing this question for my friend Marty.  He was wondering if there is any regulatiiins on
hunting on a 3-wheeler in night hunts.  He has no legs and he really likes to hunt his dog in the night hunts if he does not have someone to go in the woods.  Could you please send me something, telling about it so I can tell him and let him know.

Tom  I would reccomend that you contact the Department of Natural Resources in your state.  There may be a permit that would allow this individual to use a vehicle for these purposes.  I do know that in certain states mules may be used in pursuit - but regulations even with regards to this may vary
greatly.  The best thing would be to call an offical (e.g. Game Warden in your area) and ask her or him if this is possible.



Adam  Hello, Iam a first time coon hunter im 17 years old and me and a few buddies are getting some dogs and try to get them to run coon.  But im unsure of what breed i should get i was looking into Black and Tan, Bluetick, and Treeing Walkers.  If i get lets say 2 dogs could i also run bear with them? some people say that u shouldnt run a hound u use for coon on bear. im not sure so i though i would ask someone who does thanks.


cody  I am 15 years old I got my first dog this fall its a 2 year old treeing walker I was woundering what is the best way to get here started I have caught a caged coon and tride to work with here but she bark at him


TRACY  PLEASE HELP ME LOCATE PARTS OR DEALER FOR EAGLE BRAND LIGHTS,I HAVE A SUNBURST LIGHT AND NEED BATTERIES.   THANKS


Loren  I was wondering how coonhounds hunt?I have never heard about this sincei read a book about coonhounds.


the big 93  Do you need a dog to go coon hunting?


Hello, My father in law took in a puppy from a lady who called the puppy a "Blue Tracker".  He got the pup in South Georgia this may be a regional name for the Blue Ticks or maybe combination of breeds. Anyway, any help in describing what the dog is much appreciated.  Thank You....


willie  I HAVE A 13 MONTH OLD REDTICK..WHEN I TURN HIM LOOSE WITH THE OTHER DOGS HE WILL GO IN THE WOODS FOR ABOUT 4 OR 5 MINUTES SOMETIMES LESS AND THEN COME BACK TO THE TRUCK SO WHEN I HEAR THE OTHER DOGS STIRKE I START WALKING IN THE WOODS AND HE WILL FOLLOW ME SOMETIME HE TRIES TO TAKE OFF TO GO TO THE OTHER DOGS BUT DOEN'T GO FAR..BUT WHEN THEY TREE HE WILL WALK IN WITH ME ..HE KNOWS WHAT A COONS SQUAL IS AND IF I TAP ON THE TREE HE WILL PUT HIS FRONT PAWS ON TREE AND LOOK UP..BUT NOT BARK.BUT WHEN WE SHOOT IT OUT HE WANTS TO GET IT . . SOMETIMES WE LET HIM SOMETIMES NOT...IF I DRAG IT THROUGH THE WOODS HE WILL TRACK IT BUT NOT BARK THEN WHEN HE GETS TO THE TREE HE LOOK AND WINES FOR A FEW SECONDS BEFORE BARKING CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO TO GET HIM TO HUNT BETTER HE BEEN IN THE WOODS ABOUT 25-35 TIMES AND SHOWS INTREST BUT ACTS LIKE HE DON'T KNOW THE SMELL YET! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

Tom  Dogs mature at different rates.   Yes, some dogs can run and tree their own coon at six months - but they are few and far between and are still a long, long, long, ways from becoming a good coon hound.  Your dog is young.  Many consider a coonhound a pup until they are two and a half.  Keep working on your dog.  He will "click" if you continue to give him the right experience.
Sometimes the ones that take awhile end up in the long run to be some of the best dogs.  Be patient.



luke  my dad had some red bones out of Miller's valley wood pecker champion line and out of the tall timber talker champion line we crossed the two blood lines and got some of the best dogs around they were litter mates out of big dan and little ann off of that move. to make a long story short we went under with the fur prices and I would like to get him some good dogs if there not out of miller's or talkers they have to be grand night champions and don't try to bs me ps I only like red bones


Small Hunter  Hello. I just turned twelve here about two month ago and just recently bought my first coonhound pup. He is a really good looking black and tan. He is only four months old so I am going to wait about another four months before I start hunting him but my question is, do you have any ideas on the best way to train a pup to track and tree coons for just starting off? Any ideas would be appreciated. THANX!


The Hunter  O.K. I just want to now that is it o.k. for my 1 year old pitbull terrier to be able to hunt and me to be able to teach him i,m 11 years old and never been on a hunt in my life but i know a lot about it I,m getting ready to turn 12 in April.  I NEED TO KNOW WILL A PELLET GUN HAVE ANY AFFECT ON A RACCOON?

Tom  Your dog may not have the best nose for raccoon hunting - but you never know.  I would advise you to read our web pages - as well as the raccoon hunting questions and the answers.  You will learn some of the basics.  You might want to order our book Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond because it tells you some of the things you can do to get your dog started. Pit bulls are not normally known for their noses.  So apart from that point I don't know much about pit bulls.  They would certainly have the right stuff for being a kill dog if the coon was caught on the ground. Your dog might serve to be a "short chase" dog.  By this I mean that your dog would have to run into one - or have a really hot track.  I'm doubtful that your dog would have the ability for a long run.



greg  Does anyone know if coons go into a state of hibernation during severe cold spells and deep snow?


Lady  I am fairly new to the hunt, am usually just a bystander an I have recently decided I wish to actually participate. I have enjoyed your site greatly an wanna give you thanks. I was a big help.


dave  I am interested in hunting fox and coyote. What in your opinion would be the best breed for this sport. I know that there are many options for hunting coyotes , anything from plotts ,walkers, american and english fox hounds,ridge backs, etc  etc.  ques. What is a goodman hound and a july hound?  I conj with my first ques, I would prefer a hound that barked on track over a silent tracker. I realize you are into coon dogs , however , after doing some reading ,I found that many hounds bred for coon hunting are also being used for coyote hunting .Because of this I thought maybe you could help in picking the best breed for coyote.so far I havent had much luck in finding this info.thanks for your time


jason  I have two live traps and have been trying to catch a live coon for training a young coonhound.
The problem is that I cannot catch any coons, just possums.  I have tried to bait them in with
sardines, dogfood, catfood, and grain.   ---Can you help?


Mike B.  Hello, I have two new six months old walkers. They have been playing with fresh coon hides and been hunting together, as well as one at a time, along with an experenced hound. The other day I showed them a live coon in a trapping cage and the pups couldn't get away fast enough. The question is am I doing it the right way, training the pups, or do I need to do any thing different? Can anyone give me some sugestions as to the proper training method needed to put them on the right track. Any help will be most greatly appreciated.


willie  i have a redtick that will bark at coon on sight look up trees in the woods but when i try to turn him with the older dogs he will only go a few feet then come back..what should i do to get to go in with the dogs...he acts like a real coondog at the tree he snifes it and looks up it sometimes barks he will even fight a coon taht cooms down on him .....thanks willie


jason  I am thinking about getting a redbone coon hound pup. the question is a females better than males and are they good hounds. thanks

Tom  Redbones are good dogs.  As far as female or male - females seem to be easier to train other dogs with.  Also, they (males)have a tendency to range out farther.  The one draw back is that females come in heat - and sometimes when you don't want them to.  However, there is a way to get around this.
Personally, I have always been partial to females - but it comes down to personal preference.



deric  Yes I have only two question about racoons.. See I have one stuck in the rafters of my basement and I need to get it out, I was woundering how I could do that without endangering me and anybody else that goes down there?  The other thing is I really don't have a gun to shoot it out only thing I have is a pellet gun will that work or will that make him mad?  The coon is full grown and is about 20lbs... so if you have any advise for me please email asap.......  thanks for the information..


eddie  i have a thirteen month old treeing walker male that has a habbit of running deer what is the best way to break him from it.


jacob  I have a 11 month old walker dog and have been taking him hunting fairly regular the last couple of weeks. We went hunting the other day and killed a coon and when we got it on the bank my pup would not have anything to with it.  So I brought it home and skinned it out.  The next day I took my dog and started playing with him with the skin. I can drag the skin across the yard where he cant see me and then put it up in the tree and when I let him loose he follows the trail real good but when he gets to the tree he seems like he is lost.  I can get him to bark at the skin when I make it move in the tree with a rope tied to its tail but when it is not moving he seems like he has no interest in it.  He will chase it all over the place on the ground and try to tare it apart but when it come to it being in the tree he doesnt know what to do.  How can I teach him to tree??


Danny  Question:I have a male walker and female walker they are both half brother and sister is it all right to breed them still?


jfmcoonhunter  I own a 13 month coonhound that is starting to tree.  The problem is that the dog likes to leave the tree.  I don't want to punish the dog too much since he is young.  Can you help?


Owen  I HAVE A YOUNG TREEING WALKER FEMALE THAT IS DOING A GREAT JOB HUNTING COYOTES AND BOBCATS BUT SHE IS HAVING A LOT OF FOOT PROBLEMS-RAWNESS AROUND TOES AND SPLITTING INSIDE OF HER FEET.I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY AT THE VET ,GIVEN HER A LOT OF TIME OFF,AND TRIED EVERYTHING I CAN THINK OF AND BEEN ADVISED TO DO WITH NO LASTING SUCCESS.I BELEIVE THAT THE TIME OFF IS HURTING HER DEVELOPMENT.  I'D GREATLY APPRECIATE ANY ADVISE THAT COULD HELP ME CURE THIS PROBLEM.I'VE BEEN TOLD TREEING WALKERS HAVE BAD FEET OR AT LEAST CANT CONTEND WITH MAINES WINTER CONDITIONS.IS THIS TRUE? CAN ANYONE HELP?


Colby  i have your book and need to know how much do you think i should sell them for

Tom  The thing to do is contact a couple of buyers and campare what they will give you.  Much depends on the going price, how well they were skinned,  and the quality of the hides which is determined by size - and the time of year in which they were harvested



Levi  I have a 2 Year old female Bluetick and as a pup would run a track part way. But over the past two years I have had Knee surgeries that made it impossible to finish training or hunt with her.I am 18 and new at coon hunting. My question is how can I train my dog.


Stormy  I have a question about a coondog.I do nothave a coon dog but I have a lab but my parents will not let me have a coon dog because it would brake my other dogs feelings.Iwas wondering if there is a place that people take kids hunting. I thought that it would help my chances on geting something I have allwayes wanted.


Scott  I once had a walker that i used for rabbit hunting, she was the best dog I ever hunted. So I just got another walker pup(4 months) with the intention I'd hunt him on Rabbits, the Pup's Sire is a dual grand champion, his Dam is a grnitech, if I hunt rabbit with him will he still be able to hunt coon ( I'd like to try coonhunting also). He has a great voice and a loud mouth but how can I stop him from barking constantly during the day? If I use a barking collar will this keep him from barking on the hunt? Do you have any better suggestions? Also, how do I find out about any coonhunting clubs in my area (Kansas City MO)?


mapboy  I recently got two 12 week old female Bluetick/Walker hounds.  There parents were excellent bear and lion hounds.  They have been out with them on four hunts.  I know they are young, but when can I take them out on their own? (I no longer have access to older dogs to run them with). I know this will be difficult.  Should I wait until they come on my command every time?  Also, will keeping them indoors make them "soft" when it comes to hunting them?  Thanks.


Ken  I've enjoyed your web site. My good redbone "Sundown" has went to coondog heaven. I'M VERY INTERESTED IN obtaing another red dog cause he was so great. Could you possibly help me? He had FAMOUS AMOS blood in him. I prefer a 6mo. female this time. Please help point me in the right direction. I'd like to contact someone here in PA. Thanks


Chad  how long does it take for the coon dog that is about 1 1/2 years old to get her to treeing

Tom  It really depends on the dog.  Some dogs need some help to know it's alright to bark.  If the dog is running raccoon and you think she/he  may be putting the coon up - but is not barking - you might want to try putting a bell on the dog's collar in order to keep track of the dog.  Once you get a dog at the tree it is actually quite easy to get the dog excited. If you faven't gotten the Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond book - we do discuss this a little bit.



Randy  Could use a few suggestions, my english coon hound is 2yr's old, and I am having trouble keeping her treed. She tracks great, and is very accurate, and she will blow the top off a tree, but it's like she thinks she's at the end of the trail and after a few min. of treeing she will move on to find another coon. Sonetimes before I can get to her. How can I keep her interested in staying at the tree. Or will this develop in time.     Thanks


longjacks  We have a 2yr. old bluetick male that is bred to be a great hound. We hunt all our young dogs with a older dog to keep them on the right track. The problem that we are having is when we cast the dogs "bullet" our 2yr. old will not hit the woods with the rest of the pack as he should, sometimes but not regularly. We did not get him until he was 14 months old and he had only been hunted 2 or 3 times. This dog loves a coon, when the other dogs make a tree he will be there in a flash, when you get there he will be on the wood and treeing like a pro and he loves to get his mouth on a coon.My question is this what do we do to get him running track with the other dogs? Any and all help will greatly be appriciated.


Ed  I have a 2yr. old walker. He is great on drags with caged coons, and will fight vicously with one on the ground. Problem is, when hunting, he is too playful. He runs around like crazy, messes with other dogs, sniffs and hunts, but never ranges much, and checks back often. It seems like he is just immature, but Im wondering if and when he will mature and hunt seriously. My dogs have a home for life, and I would never get rid of one, but is this a bad dog?

Tom  Your dog will grow out of most of this.  Normally a coon dog is considered a pup until they are about  2 &1/2 years old.  Just be patient and he will get down to business.  It probably won't suddently stop - but in time he will mellow out.



anonymous  hi,are coon hounds still used for raccoon hunting,what methods do people use today,and is their any chance that raccoons can become extinct


Mick  I AM LOOKING FOR A BOOK BY JOHN WICK CALLED A WALK WITH WICK TREE DOG ENCYCLOPEDIA.  IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN FIND THIS BOOK PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP, GOOD HUNTING!


BILLY  i WAS WONDERING IF I COULD TEACH A LAB HOW TO COON HUNT MY AM AND PA SAY I CAN BUTT I DONT NO COULD U HELP ME OUT.AND HOW SHOULD I TRAIN I HAVE NO ONE TO TACK I WITH SO I GOT SOME SENT AMD BE SPRAING IT ON THE GRASS  FARTHER AND FARTHER EVERY NIGHT AND MY DOG oscar SURE DOES FIND IT I THIMK IM DOING IT RIGHT WHAT ABOUT YOU.

Tom  You're on the right track.  I would say to read our pages and you will learn a lot.  Especially the Simulated Hunt page.  It is covered in more detail in our booklet.  It is well worth the $14.95.



MICK  I have been told that female raccoon do not give off a scent during gestation.  Is this true and if so how soon after the kits are born do they start giving off a scent again.  Thank You for the help!


cephalopod  How do you properly treat a raccon skin? How much can you sell them for?


Ken   I have a ten month old bloodhound.  She tracks really well but sometimes she gets off on a different trail.  What should I do?


anvil  I'm looking for a good hand held spotlight.  One that lasts a long time and is very bright.  Any suggetions?


dixieland delight I JUST BOUGHT A REDBONE COON HOUND SHE IS 5 AND A HALF WKS OLD. THE MAN I BOUGHT HER FROM TOLD ME HER MOTHER WAS BRED TO A FULL BLOODED REDBONE MALE FOR 4 DAYS STRAIGHT AND THE NEXT DAY WHEN HE GOT UP HE FOUND HIS MALE WALKER WAS "ON TOP" OF THE FEMALE DOG THE MOTHER OF MY DOG HE SAID HE PULLED HIM OFF AS SOON AS HE SAW WHAT WAS GOING ON MY QUESTION IS MY PUP HAS A FEW WHITE SPOTS ON HER ONE SMALL ON ON HER CHEST AND A TWO SMALL ONES ON HER HIND FEET IF I SENT YOU A PIC COULD YOU TELL ME IF YOU THINK SHE IS "PUREBRED" I AM REALLY WANTING TO HUNT THIS DOG DAILY WHEN SHE GETS OLD ENOUGH AND IF SHE TURNS OUT TO BE A GOOD DOG I WANT TO BRED HER IF I DO FIND OUT SHE HAS A LITTLE WALKER IN HER SHOULD I SPAY HER AND WILL THAT MAKE HER AS NOT AS GOOD OF A HUNTER AS I AM HOPING SHE WILL BE? OH YEAH BUY THE WAY THE SECOND DAY I HAD HER SHE RAN A TOM CAT UP A TREE HAHAHA


eddie  I am 18 years old and a real good friend gave me a walker male about a year old that is a little shy.What should i do to get him to comming to me????


Peter  I seek to buy coon lights.   I'm on a small farm, raising chickens, and the coons are killing everything that moves.  I tried Big City Supply in Euless TX, but they are out of business.  Any help will be a blessing.  Thank you.


Jenny48  Do you know where I can find a coonhound breeder in Canada Ontario? Or really close to the border of Canada and the U.S. (below Ontario if possible). Examples: Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan...etc.


Dwight  Where can I buy a kitten coon and get it shipped to Idaho?


Marcie  Do rat terriers make good coon dogs?

Tom  We actually used a rat terrier cross to coon hunt.  The dog works for a short run - when the track is hot.  However, we hunted her with a German Shepherd who served as the "kill dog."  The both of them together made a pretty good team.  But, not the same as a pair of hounds.



willie  I have a 15 month old treeing walker male that is a little shy. He will not come to you sometimes and others  times he will. How is the best way to get him out of his shyness?  The man i got the dog from says that it is the YADKIN RIVER bred in him. What age is to old to train the dog ? Will not hunting him over the summer hurt?

Tom  You need to back up a step and teach him some basic obedience.  Get at least 50 -100 feet of rope(e.g. clothes line rope) and attach the rope to the dog's collar.  I would suggest that you then take him to a place where he can run some (e.g. football field, baseball diamond, or pasture).  He needs to realize that no matter where he goes he is not out of your reach- that he can be caught.  Hang on to the rope at first and gradually come to the point where he is running with the rope.  When you call him - pull on the rope at the same time and reel him in.  Of course you will not want a rope on him when he is actually hunting.  The best thing is to start this process when a dog is a pup.



Josh  Hi, I have what I beleive to be a black-and-tan coonhound(the name of the breed) He is just over 10 months old and Ihave not put him on coon yet, any recommendations on how to train him so that his breed is not totally wasted. Also,I can't seem to find the right bait to get a coon yet. I am 13 and recently aquired a 16 gauge shotgun. This started me on a hunting craze. I have read the book "Where the red fern grows" by Wilson Rawls and I began to trap varmits,Instantly I hooked. Although  I have not yet caught a coon and have never hunted with dogs I am confident that will change with your help.


Roy  I want to say that this is a outstanding webpage. I am getting back into COON hunting with my wife's uncle, and I love it just as much as I did as a kid. I am getting my own WALKER'S here soon hopefully and I think this page will help me alot.Keep up the good job and I will see you on a creek bed.


Phillip  Do you have any idea how to hush up a coondog at night without hushing him up when I hunt? He keeps me awake all night.

Tom  What I would recommend is that you try a nylon muzzle the next time you tell yell at him  to "stop it" or "be quiet" and he doesn't.  Get up and go out and put the muzzle on him right away so that he associates the muzzle with the excessive barking.  Then - after an hour or so - take it off.  When - he
does it again repeat the same process so that he then begins to associate your - "be quiet" or "stop it" with the bad behavior - and the bad behavior with the muzzle.  You will need to repeat this a number of times.  And - even after he has been through the process a number of times you  will probably have to periodically repeat it as a reminder.  However, it won't take as long in that he will more quickly associate the consequences of the bad behavior with the muzzle. Be careful not to leave it on if the weather is real hot - it will make it more difficult for him to pant.  Lord bless - and hope that helps.



Mark  how do you know where they are if you do not have dogs.what is a good gun to use.


HoundKid  I am 15 yrs old and I own 2 dogs. One is a 13month old walker and the other is a 12month old black and tan/ plott mix. They plott trees like a stuck hog and the walker is getting better. I run my dogs on Bobcat, lion, bear, and coon. They haven't had a whole lot of game shot out to them the walker
has seen two dead coons and the other dog hasn't seen anything. The walker is really agressive but I dont think neither of the dogs are very good at trailing and the walker is silent. How can I help them with there treeing? Is this a big problem to fix?    Mike


Larry  I have a 9 month male walker pup. He shows no interest in a caged coon or a deaded one.  I took him out 8 or 9 times with 5 year blue tick ,that is pretty good and he run "straight".  Each time I take my pup out he stays with the blue tick a litte longer each time but he comes back or off by him self untill the blue tick gets so closes. My pup has ever little interest when we tree,he runs around the tree and back to me and to the tree.He is alittle gun shy, but we can fix that with alittle more time in the woods.Want do you think, give up or give him more time. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated


TOM  HI, I HAVE 2, 10 MONTH OLD PLOTTS.  I OWN THE PARENTS OF THEM.  THE FATHER DIED THIS PAST WINTER AND HE WAS AN EXCELLENT BEAR/COON DOG.  IVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE PUPS AND ONE WILL LOOK AT THE COON AND BARK A FEW TIMES THEN LEAVE AND WANT NOTHING ELSE TO DO WITH THE COON, AND THE OTHER WONT EVEN LOOK AT IT.  WHEN I LET MY WALKER ON THE CAGE TO TEACH THE PUPS THEY JUST GO AND RUN AROUND. IF I REALEASE A COON IN THEIR PEN WITH THEM TO GET THEM TO ATTACK IT COULD I END UP RUINING THEM FOR GOOD.  I KNOW THEY WILL BE EXCELLENT HOUNDS IF I CAN GET THEM GOING. CAN YOU HELP?


john  yes i was wondering..i have some pups just three months old and have played with them with coon hides since they where nine weeks old... what i was wondering was can you start to early with a pup or will it not matter in the long run????

Tom  I don't believe you can start too early - but you can start too late to ever end up with a great dog.  There are limits to what a 9 week old can learn, and at times the time invested in apup will show minimal returns as far as the dog learning specifics.  Yet, you are bonding with your pups - and just as important - you are learning to read them.  At about 10 weeks you can begin teaching some basic obedience with significant returns.  This will make your pups more valuable, and a greater pleasure to hunt with.  Be sure and keep the training sessions brief - and fun.  Don't push your dog too hard (this will be part of being able to read your dog).  Always try to end the lessons with the pup having done a good job (or at least adequate job) of responding to your command.  However, always remember that  your dogs are
not little robots.



paul  what do raccoons eat

Tom  Frogs, crayfish, acorns, corn, and they really love sweetcorn.  They are notorious for going through trash cans which can hold a lot of things.



Ryan  I have an 8 month old bluetick that is very coon crazy. He will bark and tree on a caged coon, showing a lot of interest. I have been hunting him with a good gyp that is perfect to train a pup with.  The problem is,the pup does not run or tree with the gyp.He does fight and chew on the coon along with her.  What can i do to make him hunt with her? Or,does he need to be older?  Thanks for any answers.


willie  i have a 19 mounth old female out of kansas storm she wasn't started till she was 13 months old..but she will run a track byherself and with other dogs but will not tree it...sometimes with other dogs she will bark a few barks on tree but not many.. she acts like she wants to tree she will locate around some trees some of the trees  she locates on if i am close i'll shine it there has been a few with coons in them but she won't tree.. i was wondering if a caged coon turn in front of her would help or what can i do ................I appreciate help from any one.


Jim  Hello I have a question, wich would be better, buying a coon scent in a bottle at a store or catch a coon and use its skin to train with. I have a long time to decide because this saturday I am getting a 6 week old walker coonhound and its father and mother are both grand nite champions and it will be my first.


TIM  HOW DO I TRAIN A COONDOG.HOW DO I TRAIN A 15 MOUNTH OLD BLACKANDTAN.


STEVE B.  i was wondering im gettn' a coon dog and i live in florida. i have a hunting lease but it definatley coon country. but my question is...im not sure if im gonna get a blue tick or redbone but my dads friend was questioning its intelligence and the smell of its coat. i right now have a bird dog but and it does well with other dogs but im worried about the redbone or blue tick's tempermant towords it. but the question about the coat was does the coat on a blue tick or a redbone smell unusuall or does it not smell that much just like...dog. but i would really like to know. and really what breed would you recomend. i would really like know because im stuck on these to dogs but.. im not sure. thanks


Linda  I just read the question about coonhounds being pets and I am wondering if I made a good choice. I have a 9 week old blue tick and she is showing signs of aggression (I think). She chases and lunges after people and bites rather hard. She lunged at my husband and tore a pair of suit pants (from a $350 suit - he was not happy to say the least) and then she bit my face this evening. Will this aggression be a character trait and perhaps she won't be a good pet? Or is this puppy behavior that will pass?


johnny  do you know of any coon hunting clubs around north georgia?i have got a blue tick "ticket".he is about three months old how much longer should i wait before i start training him.and i got to other dogs 2 walkers male and female the male is about 1 half years old. the female is about 2. the male is doing better but he runs around the tree barking.the female has nothing to do with hunting is there any hope for her?thanks a lot


JT-  I have a treeing walker 9 weeks old. i am new to this sport my question is when do i start training this dog and what would be the best way?


Krista  My boyfriend and I got a beagle/bluetick mix(Elmer)a few months ago from an animal rescue and adoption service. He is a very lovable member of our family, and VERY needy when it comes to being loved on. He has black and tan stripping on his head and legs. Is this common for blueticks? Also,
my dad keeps saying he is an outside dog, but we live in a city and keep him and our other Heinz 57 dog indoors until we visit my parents in the country. Can he be happy indoors as a pet? Thank You!


willie  I got a treeing walker that is a little over three years old that goes back on WORLD NT CH  GR NITE CH PR BELLAR'S PAC-MAN AND WORLD NITE CH GR CH GR NITE CH ROCK RIVER BANJO AND FOUR NITE CH DOGS BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN HUNTED DO YOU THINK HE WILL BE ANY GOOD FOR BREADING?              THANK YOU .

Tom  I certainly think that there would be many folks interested in your dog's pedigree enough to pay.  Your dog (although he hasn't been hunted) would be viewed as having innate ability.  Actually - you could still do some hunting with him - as long as he hasn't been running loose.



willie  when is the UKC and PKC world hunts and were are they going to be held at. THINK YOU


redneck coonhunter  I have a black and tan and it is 3 months old , and my question is when should i start training it to coon hunt and how i can train it? This is my first dog and i have only been coonhuntig once so i need help!

Tom  You can actually start teaching your dog basic obedience now - and in the next couple of months start using simulated hunts, etc.  I would encourage you to study our pages - and you will pick up some
important tips.  However, you will save yourself a lot of time in the training process by ordering the Raccoon Hunting Questions Tape, and the Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond book.  It covers some of the topics discussed on our question board in greater detail.



SWAMP CRACKER  IS THERE ANY CAT HUNTERS IN FL ANYMORE?


josh  Im a new coon hunter and i got a puppy thats about 3 months old .How can i train him or is he to
young? If he is too young,  how old should he be and how do I get started?


Bill  I am interested in subscribing to the Full Cry. I coonhunted with Harold Dickerson the owner of "Loose Bruce" I think he's the Treeing Walkers shown on the ukc web site.  It has been quite a few years ago and I really miss reading the hunting news. If you could help me get in contact with the Full Cry magazine please don't hesitate to contact me.  Thank You.


Erik  I live in western Washington and we have a couple of grape vines growing over the patio. The problem is that the Raccoons have discovered them, and every night they make a mess. I have a live trap and my question is. What is the raccoon's favorite food?

Tom  I would suggest that you try sweetcorn on the cob (perhaps heat it up just before dark), or peanut butter.



Tim  Nice website!  If I want to start my pup on coons, what should be the first thing to do with her? I thought about killing one or trapping one and hanging it in a tree.

Tom  Besides the basic obedience, one of the first things you could start doing (depending on the age of the pup) is to begin laying a scent trail.  You may want to use a road kill.  But check the laws in your state.  In some places it is illegal to pick one up without a special license.  I would suggest you read our web pages (e.g. the Simulated Hunt Excerpt page), and of course - buy our little booklet Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond and audio tape Raccoon Hunting Questions.



I would greatly appreciate your advice.  I have had coon dogs, black and tan and bluetick, but many many years ago.  Still I have the love for them but this time want them for a different use.  I no longer hunt but still farm with veg crops and poultry.  Our two dogs have been trained, it didn't take much work, to chase anything on four legs that comes within their territory - about two acres in an invisible fence -
coons, foxes, cats, deer, other dogs.  They are also friendly or at least not aggressive, to two legged things, people and birds.  However, are getting pretty old and while still great on the attack are less likely to notice intruders.  I wonder whether a coonhound would be good as this type of watch dog.  In  particular, I wonder about the alertness to intruders. Clearly we are looking for a working dog not a house pet or show dog.  On the other hand, we spend a lot of time with our dogs, love them, bring them in often to visit and take very good care of them. Any ideas.  Do you think the breeds differ?   Any difference between dogs and bitches?

Tom  I would definitely suggest a female - they seem to range out less.  Of course, you do have the heat problem - unless they are spayed.  We hunted with a female that came in heat - even with other males, but had a technique for that.  But probably, under your circumstances where you want the dog to be loose you would need to put her up.  As far as the general breed - you might consider a Border Collie.  They are sociable - but also have the herding - and protecting instinct. Dalmations are very territorial -  we love ours - but they shed continually. They can become a little aggressive to outsiders - but for the immediate family they are very protective.  They have the territorial instinct bred within (this was evidenced and further enhanced by the breeding when used as Coach dogs) in that they were left to guard the coach. I guess - I wouldn't advise getting a hound for your specific purposes - although a dog is a dog and would certainly work to a degree.  They would (under most circumstances) be less aggressive towards people (which of couse is good) - but may quickly develop a bad habit of chasing game far beyond your borders.  Their instinct would generally over rule your traing to stay within the borders.


raccoon3  What would win in a fight -a raccoon or a fox?

rowdy  i am 14 years old and just got my 1st coon dog, he is a 3 1/2 month old walker. he is out of a very good blood line, (burlesons roxey and high plains drifter), but i have broken my leg 3 times in the past 11 months due to a horse who i no longer have. i think i'll be back to normal walkin in about 4-5 months, will it be ok to wait till then to take him out with my cousins dog (who is a very good dog)? also, what do you think about the coon scents they sale in a bottle on a dummy? can i start playin with him with that at this age?

hoss  Hello, I am BRAND new to the coon hunting scene. I have always wanted to get into it, and did my fair share of trapping when I was younger, but I just got a Redbone pup, both parents are champion hunters, I initially planned for her to just be a pet, but I would sure like to see if she could hunt. I live in a coon territory, but have no idea what I need to do to train this pup. I know of nobody near me that has coon dogs, so it's pretty much a solo attempt. I just need to know how to focus her attention to a coon. She's just a youngster, so time is on my side, but I want to do it right. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

charlie  Hi my is charlie and have black and tan coonhound mixed with a walker. I want to know if she would coon hunt.I'm just starting to coon hunt. I would like to know how I can train her. She is 13 weeks old she is a puppy. So would you write back.

Tom  If you study our pages of Raccoon Hunting Questions and the excerpts from the booklet Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond - you should get a pretty good idea. Of course, I would encourage you to purchase both of these resources and you will have the information you need to get a great start.

T.C.  Is a two-year-old hound too old to train to tree a coon and to stay on the tree. If not, how do I get him to stay on the tree?

shad  i have 2 month 1/2 old walker pups . what is the best way to start training them

michael  i have a question on getting a dog to stay treed. i have a two year old walker female that has house lipper,hillbilly mac in her she is a great track dog ,but wont stay treed.what should i do thank you

Rod  i have a two year old female redbone. well, she is half redbone, half bluetick. i have trained and worked with her some but not as much as i should. when i did try to work with her she would be very hyper, running around playing, so much that i couldn't train her. i figured it was just the "puppy" in her and that i'd let her get a little older. also, she has a habit of running off and not coming back. i have had to go get her several times from different neighbors houses. this got aggravating, so thats one reason i haven't trained her more. she has shown an interest in coons. barking at a coon in a rolling cage and trailing a dragged hide. it just seems like she was more interrested in playing or running off. she's not as bad as when she was younger but still not as "settled" as i'd like. i've had a couple of blueticks and black and tans and never had one to do like this one. what do you think ? have any suggestions ? do you think she's too old to be trained now ? any replies would be really appreciated.

Charlie  I have a 4 month old coondog she is a black and tan mixed with a walker. A man told me to trap a squirrel and have the dog run it up a tree. Then he said after she has gotten good at that, take coon scent and spray it on a coon tail. Then take the coon tail, drag it across the yard and see if the dog will tree it. Will this prcoess work? How old does she have to be before I can start training her?

shad  I have just bought two 3 month old treeing walkers with papers. what age sould i start training it. and should i let it see a live coon first or let it play with a hide first. and how long and how many times should i work with them.

Tom  You can start teaching your dog some basic obedience. I would start with an extremely simple simulated hunt - and then introduce the hide. You can read the various excerpts on the http://www.rockdove.com site - or purchase our resources to learn more.

Ricky  I have a coon problem and I was wandering what they eat.

Lois  The morning after running my dogs the night before, Ranger's (3 yrs old/male/Blue Tick) front paws are swollen. He doesn't limp or in any way act like they hurt. Lucky's (1 yr/female/Red Tick) front paws swelled the first time but haven't done it since. The swelling goes down within 36 hours. What could be causing this?

Tom  There is a product(I have never used it) called TUF-FOOT. It will probably cost you about $10.00 with shipping. The phone number is 1-888-883-3668. Tell them Rock Dove Publications sent you!

BT Norman  I have a 2 month old bluetick pup. He barks non-stop while he's in his cage and its driving me and my family crazy. How is the best way to make him be quiet while not ruining from barking at coons when he gets older? Your ideas will be very helpful.

Tom  I would recommend that you do a combination of things.
1) Keep the dog in the pen or crate for brief periods at a time. Don't wait until dog absolutely needs to get out. Take it out to potty frequently that way you will know whenthe dog wines it is not needed.
2) Begin training the pup to bark on command (I do discuss this some in the Raccoon Hunting Questions tape) with a treat, etc.
3) When the pup is barking squeeze its muzzle to the point of being uncomfortable - and say "NO!". When the dog whines again (probably as you are walking away) repeat the process - but be firmer.
Again - do all of these in conjunction with one another.

colton  I have a 13 month old male walker,he comes from a very good blood line and is doing a fine job of going hunting on his own.The problem is that when someone yells,even if it isn't at him,he acts as though he's been scolded and comes back to the truck.I can't use a stern voice on him or he will cringe and lay down.I've only had him for two months and assume he was well cared for by the previous owner,but he acts like maybe he has been abused.What do you think? Have you ever had a timid acting dog?

kevin  how can i get my blue tick to get interrested in a coon besides running her with other dogs and draging a coon hide much?

John  I'm 18 and I'm wanting to know if I buy another pup to use as a companion I want to get redbone to hunt with my little walker female but I want a male it to be. I want the male as the brawns so they'll be the brains and some brawns . I'm just getting into hunting I don't know if I want to hunt coon or coyotes cause we got enough of both. I was wondering I took some babie coon out of a nest if that would help train them I hear it ain't right cause the person said the dogs would smell human on them is this true .

kevin  i have a blue tick mixed with a blue heeler and he is five months old and he is running with the other dogs and laying by the tree when the other dogs tree and i also have a blue tick full breed seven months old and she runs in the woods with the other dogs and comes back to me the olny problem with the blue heeler and blue tick he tires out very fast is that because of the mix or do i need to get him checked out by the vet. do you think my dogs will do better in the long run after there full grown.

Paul  I have a question. I use to hunt alot until my dad said it was interfearing with him and him being a pastor, so we had to quite. After about 5 years I have talked my dad into getting me my own hound he is a year old treeing walker. The guy we got him from hadn't messed with him much all he ever done was turn a coon loose out of a cage in front of him instead of letting it run and then letting the dog go. He is crazy over a coon though. I have taken him hunting three times so far. he will go but i never hear a sound. I have seen him go with other dogs and trail and everything. He won't do much by himself. I tried the simulated hunt. He showed some interest and trailed it to the tree but then just walked away. My question is how can i get him to bark on the trail and tree? When i tried a simulated hunt i used commercial coon sent on a sock. Could you give me any tips on getting him really fired up and on better methods of getting him there?

cory  is it ok to keep a coon hound in the house and if you do will it hunt

mike  I have access to 1000 acres in central florida that I hog & deer hunt on and I'm having a problem keeping the coons from eating all my corn.I'm thinking of having some coon hunts but dont have dogs and have never hunted them before.I would like some info on the season dates and legal methods of taking them.

Kurt  I have a 6 yearold Chocolate Lab who recently tangled with (what we think was) a Raccoon. He has 4 small puncture wounds and one large infection sack above his front left shoulder. I have taken him to my vet for care, he received a shot and is on anti-biotics, he has been vacinated for rabies ever since he was a pup. I'm sure even the born to hunt coon dogs get bit once in their lives. Do you have any comments or suggestions in the care of my block head lab?

Jamie  How can you find a coon in day or night without a coon dog?And where can you find one in day or night?

zach  My grandfather used to hunt, and he had always said that he would take me, but he got sick and never did. He did talk about it often though, and it always sounded like fun. I was wondering about how someone with no experience gets into coonhunting, is all you need to do find a dog and a book on training it then take it to the woods and let it go or what. thanks alot for the help

Tom  To end up with a good dog - takes a lot of work and years of training. Hunting at night is a unique experience - but it isn't for everyone. I suggest you read our pages and if you are interested purchase some of the materials which will help get you started. The audio tape - Raccoon Hunting Questions covers some on how to pick a dog.

SHAD  I AM SIXTEEN I BOUGHT TWO WALKER PUP THEY ARE NOW FOUR MONTHS. I SHOWED THEM THEIR FIRST COON AND THEY WERE INTERESTED. THEY TRIED TO TEAR THE CAGE UP. WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT. BE FORREAL.

Tom  You should be teaching some basic obedience (e.g. Kennel Up!), and you could be doing some simulated hunts. And you should also purchase the Raccoon Hunting Questions tape - and that's for real!

do coon hounds only hunt coons?

Tom  No. They generally make great squirrel dogs - and sometimes fox dogs as well. Some use certain coon dog breeds to hunt mountain lions and bear or wild pigs.

Jason  I purchased a walker dog alittle over a year ago. I have only been coonhunting for a few years and only know what i have picked up from fellow hunters, which are several different opinions on the question I have. The dog I purchased was bred from a line of foxhounds. At the time I was unaware that he might have the tree bred out of him. However he is absolutely crazy over a coon and will open on track but will not finish it. My question is: Is it possible to put the tree back into this dog?

Tom  If your dog is crazy about coon - than the treeing will follow. Although you didn't say how old your dog is - it sounds like he's perhaps a couple of years old. We do cover some tips on treeing in the Raccoon Hunting Questions tape. This includes teaching your dog to bark on command - and then carry over this conditioning at the tree.

Bluetick  I have a 4 month old bluetick and I have been doing some light training and he don't seem interested in anything. I was wondering if you now someone that could train for me. Someone that wont give me a runaround I don't have money to throw away.It's happened before. Please send me some info.Thank You.

Red ticks rule  I have a coon hound who was a stray. He has a good temper,but he chases chickens,ducks, cats ect...I dont like bopping him on the head beacause he is a little head shy do you have any suggestions?? P.S. HELP!!!

Clayton  Do you have the point system they use in the "Buddy hunts" ?? If you do please send me a copy of it.

Louisiana Shadow  I have a 2 mo. Black & Tan so i took her out with an A 1 red bone after about 15 min the dogs had treed i heard my pup open up a time or two. but i was wanting to know could she have been behind and felt lost or what. but when i got to the tree she was sniffing around it could that have been a good sign

andrew  i am from missouri and have a 4 month old treeing walker that i have been training since it was six weeks old. i began with a coon tail and have worked my way up to a coon hide and commercial scents for trail use. the dog is extremely obedient and listens to me as well as follows long trails of the scent. once the dog has found the tree he looks up and acts halfway interested in what he was persuing, but is having a hard time trying to talk to the coon that is supposidly in the tree. i have been working with him and am stressing him to "speak" to the coon(i have already taught him to speak) and he will bark and will soon lose interest. if anyone has any suggestions on what i should do about this problem i would greatly appreciate it. and is it something to really worry about? or will it be easy to fix his problem? perhaps running it with another dog?

Tom  Your dog is young - and the thrill of when there is a real coon treed will help inspire the excitement. However, Iould encourage you to make sure that when the dog is excited - and still treeing that you pretend to shoot him out (e.g. have a cap gun and after shooting it knock or pull the hide out of the tree.). This will serve as a reinforcement for the tracking and treeing.

Connor  I have a 7 year old beagle how to racoon hunt? If thats possible do you know where i can get a traing video to help me?

bh  I have a one year old male treeing walker out of a good blood line. He is showing no interset ina caged coon or hunting with other dogs. When i let him out of the box he goes and hunts but by himself. All he wants to do is play when around other dogs. I have had pretty good luck with female treeing walkers in the past , and the usually started showing interest by the 9th or 10th month & treeing on their own within a year. My male puupy shows no interest at all. How long should i give him to start or have I just gotton an unlucky pick.

blue dog man  I'm currenlty looking for a "good" light weight bright light. I'm currently useing a coonbuster 12 volt and seems to be apretty good light but it'll go about 4 lb. It'll burn about ten hours on the low side and 2 on the high side. Need a little better time too. If anybody can help write.

chad  Hi my name is chad i got a a walker coon dog pup he is about 10 to 11 montes old. He is scared the death of a coon and needs help it u could email me bac with some tips i would be thank full.

brad  i read an article in magazine that said coon hunting helped the deer hunting in that area because it forced the deer to hide at night and feed more during the day. The article said there was a study done on this by a university,but i can't remember which one. Is this true,and do you have any info on this study? Thanks for any help.

jordan s  i have a 5 month old walker pup from amos aldridge out of sackett jr hes is treeing on his own and hard but sometimes treeing possum should i be worried about it at this age? also what else do i need to be working on at this age? how old are most pups when they start barking on track he is already wide open on tree? thanks

Willie  When you are starting your hound off is it good to let him bark at a caged coon or a coon in a roll cage? How long do you need to wait till you intorduce your hound to a trail you make with a coon skin?

bluedog man  I was wanting to know if anyone on here knows of a good light weight hunting light that will burn all night it has to be bright thanx for your help.

Jason  Hi i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on web sites or books on how to skin a coon. I'm just getting into coon hunting and i need a bit of help and i can't seem to find any. If anyone had any suggestions PLEASE!!!!

Jeff   hey i have a 3 month old bluetick named dixie. i would like to know what would be a good age to start training her on the coon and how to start doing it thanx hope to hear from u.

Tom  You can start teaching her basic obedience now (e.g. kennel-up, sit, come, etc.). Read our pages and you will get a good idea of what to do. I would also recommend our Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond, and the Raccoon Hunting Questions audio tape.

Eugene  Can u tell me about Coon Dog fever? What is Coon Dog fever? What are the symptoms? How do u treat it? Thanks for any help!

Tony  I have hunted coons before with a friend and his dad. He ran a small pack of 5 hounds. They were a mix of different breeds including 2 Blueticks, a redbone, a walker, and a Black and Tan. I really don't have much experience at all with coon hunting and I'm just trying to work my way into it. My first question is in regard to breed. I have an easy opportunity to get a pair of Black and Tans. Do you think this is a good breed to hunt? No matter what breed I get, I'm thinking of getting a pair of them. Is it better or worse to hunt hounds in pairs compared to single? Also, I don't know if I would hunt them solely on racoons. Is it possible to train dogs to hunt several different species, but still not go after just anything (deer)? Any and all i nformation you can give to me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

redtick man  If anyone out there knows of a good light wait and bright light that doesn't advertise in the books because i already know what they have a small time company or something anyone may know about thanks alot

Caring Wife  I am looking for a redtick hound puppy, need it by Christmas. My husband has had two very good redticks before and they both got very old before they died and we have been looking for a good redtick pup, I want very much to get him one as a surprise for Christmas. Needing Help, Please

countryboy  i would like to get the best advice that i can get, what is the best way to get a bluetick approx. age 2 years old to track coon and get out from under my feet any advice would be wonderful

ang  I'm new to coonhunting but i really enjoy it. I have a 6 month old treeing walker that is 30 pts away from being a bench show champion. all the judges have complimented on the pup and he is a beauty. My problem is that i'm not real sure on the correct way to train for coon. no he has treed with another dog a few times. but other times he has showed less interest. what can i do to turn him into an excellent hunter?

coonhunterswife  My husband has a 4 year old bluetick. He just got him a couple of months ago. He took the dog out with my brother -in-laws black and tan the other night. They dropped the dogs at 7:00 pm. My husband could not catch up to them until noon the next day. They were running a bear. What I want to know is can my husband break his dog from running bear. We were told by the man that owned the dog that it didn't run trash. Also my husband has bee told that 4 years old is to old to be able to break him. Could you please respond. Thank you

Tom  A lot depends on how many times the dog has been on similar runs. If this was the first time there may be hope of breaking him. However, if he has been able to do this in the past - it is doubtful that he will ever be entirely trustworthy. The key is to stop him in the act of running trash - and head him off. Or, you may consider purchasing a shock collar. However, it is important to make sure the dog is running trash before using the collar. You don't want to use negative reinforcement - or discipline him - if he is running coon. You will want to be careful when training another dog to hunt with him. Keep any young dogs on a leash until you are certain that he is running coon. If you don't, you will ruin the young dog - and thus perpetuate the problem.

Korbin  Question, How Can You Get dog TO Settel Down During Huntig Season.And what's The best way to teach a wlker coonhound about one years old to tree a coon.

Hunterfromhell  i live in Comox.Vancouver Island .b.c and i have never hunted coon in my life,but i have grown up around many other types of animals , is anyone guiding how to hunt coon with dogs i have got a little money saved for an emergency like that, reply asap

supdragoon  Do you no what the going price of pelts are if so I would like to know. i would like to know the price of all pelts

Mike The Deer Hunter  i was just wondering how would you know if the raccoon doesnt have rabbies because theirs tons of dead raccoons up at my swamp and their seems to be not a scratch on them and there dead could that be from rabies and if so would the other raccoons be infected?

How do you make a raccoon trap, give me the directions please

Chopper  I've got a problem I've got a male Walker and he is on of the best started dogs I've ever seen im 16 year old and been coon hunting ever since i was 6 and i come across alot of dogs. We took him out with two other Grand Nite Champions and he struck and treed first. Well here is my Problem I've got a female in heat and i want them two to breed but on December the 14th there is a big hunt in Pauline S.c. and i want to hunt her then and im scared to breed her. Well i want to breed her and then again i dont cause i want to hunt her then i need some help

Joe  I have a female bluetick that was breed by my redbone. Both dogs are full blooded. I was wondering what the pups might hunt like? If they will be worth any thing?

Tom  You will no doubt have some dogs with great potential for coon hunting. However, you will not be able to sell them as easily due to the fact they will still be classified as crosses. As far as looks I would imagine you will get some who look like a pure blooded bluetick or pure blooded redbone. You may get one that looks like a redtick.

tom  MY dad and I coon hunt quite a bit I just got a new bluetick 100% Cameron bred. My dad has a walker the Bluetick is 2 yr old and the walker is about 7. I run the bluetick on a coonskin and he trees like crazy but I would like him to bark on the trail, its such a beautiful sound!!! what can I do to encourage him? Also these dogs are notorious for being cold nosed and I am afraid he will run for miles! Is there anything I can do about this? Thanks for your time and happy hunting!!

Clay   where can I buy a english coon hound or a Plott hound in georgia? Please help?

D Fernandez  Question: I heard that when skinning a coon you need to leave at least one paw for it may look like a human infant (skinned). Is this true? Apparently in Wisconsin you have to leave one paw. Have you ever heard of this?

joe   I have a young redtick pup that is know 8 months old. He was treeing coon at 6 months. There is a problem though, this dog will case anything that moves. He cases birds. He has know running deer and I think that he is doing this by sent. I think that he will make a good, and that he really wants to hunt but I do not know what to do about him. He did just run loose on our farm but he is know tied up. I want to try and run him with my older dog, that I use to train, but I do not know if he would run deer. Do you think that I can break this problem? He does hunt squirles as well but that is not a problem. How can I get him to run coon and not worry about the deer? If you have any answers for me I would take them as a great value.

Jeff   i have a 5 mounth old bluetick pup and i live just outside of richmond Va so its really hard to find coon hunting supplys are there any coon hunting catologs or anything out there i can subscribe to or somthing? thank you

mike  I am a blue tick hound fanatic! I recently lost my bloodline. I live in Nacogdoches, Tx and I am eagerly seeking a new line of blue tick hound. I cannot post too much info because I work in a law enforcement capacity.

Why do we actually need racoon'skin to train the dogs for hunting racoons like billy did in the red fern grows

knogg  you were talking to a man named jeff about starting a pup , you said wait tell he is eight or nine months old . why ? i have found that it is never to early to sart. i start my pups at three months old . for six nights a week , weather permiting,we go out for one hour with just a flash light we walk & we walk somemore , in time those pups start to leave my side and thats when i start with drags and such. is this wrong? if so why?

tom  i have a 10 week old walker female she eats coons but wont bark nor stay on a tree unless im right there any help thanks email

Kim  I have been searching for the perfect Christmas gift. My best friend is a coonhunter true blue. We have had several conversations about every aspect of the sport. Competition, training dogs, nitehunts, on and on and on. He has repeatedly told me that he would really like to have a pocket skinner to do the field dressing. I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for except that he says he has one mounted on his garage and that you simply hook their paws in this V-shaped area to make the skinning process so much cleaner. The one at his house must be too big to be portable, he wants one that I'm guessing collapses and fits in the pocket. If anyone knows where to find such a device pease e-mail me as soon as possible. Thank You and God Bless All of You at This Holiday Season and Always.

Keith  I have taken lots of coon 30 to 40lbs. Last year the two biggest boars my ole Bluetick found weighed in at 52 and 54lbs.There are alot of coon in Northern Maine but the season is short,still I average 150 a season with PR CH Connecticut Blue Lucky. Response to biggest coon.

Larry  I have a redbone hound. She was picked up by a friend as a stray and the vet thinks she is now about 20 months to 2 years old. This is her first real hunting season. She has a great nose and will track great, wants to HUNT when she is in the woods, but is having a hard time treeing. From my previous experience, she does not appear to be running rabbit or deer, but either possum or coon. Her trailing sounds great, but then she quits and comes back to you. She may trail for 15 or 20 minutes. When a possum crossed the road in from of us, we turned her loose on the trail and she ran the trail backward for about 100 yards, came back and ran it straight. Fortunately, it had gone up a tree about 20 feet after it crossed the road. We just happened to follow the dog into the woods after she started the track right and saw where she was walking around a tree, scenting, but not barking now or treeing. We spotted the possum in the tree and actually picked the dog up to show it to her. When she seen it, she sat down and did some of the best treeing you could ask for! This is also how she reacts to caged animals also - very intense. The key seems to be - if she can SEE the game, she will stay with it. Currently, we are hunting her alone since we have no other dogs and no hunting buddies. 1. Is there something I can do to help her? 2. Is this normal in a dog this age and will time take care of the rest? 3. Is it possible for dogs to have a good trailing instinct, but not treeing? For most, isn't the treeing a given once they trail? Seems the trailing is the toughest for most dogs, right? Thanks for a great website. You guys seem to know your stuff - and it is good to see your religious input as well.
Larry  I am interested in placing a coon feeder to increase the chances of striking a trail without staying out on those LONG hunts. Can you tell me if this is a good or bad idea and what is the best way to do this.

hey there i am a coonhunter from souhwest VA, and i am getting ready to buy to buy a bluetick pup out of the swamp rooster dog, and id like to know an oppinion on what age to start a pup. Well thanks for your time, an many nights of good huntin to you and yours.
Jeff  I have a one year old female walker. Lately she has been barking constantly despite the use of a bark collar. It seems like nothing we try works to keep her quiet. I don't advocate beating a dog but we have come after her with a broom or a pitcher of cold water. It didn't phase her in the least. I hate to get rid of her as she was a Christmas gift from my wife and also a good companion for my six year old male walker. There is a divider in the kennel but at times her barking sets him off. I have also thought that she may be in heat and have considered getting her fixed but don't want to invest too much money if I have to let her go. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

TomIt sounds like your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. I don't see a need to sell the dog. In fact, in a couple of days you should see some progress. Here are three things that you should try: 1) Buy a nylon muzzle. This fits over her nose - and she will not like it. You should try using it for short periods of time (e.g. after telling her to "Be quiet!" and going back in the house - when she starts barking again go out and put the muzzle on her for an hour or so. Then go out and take it off. Go in the house - and if she starts barking again tell her to "Be quiet!" If she does not - put the muzzle back on her for an hour or so - and then keep repeating the process. In fact, when you tell her to be quiet you may even shake the muzzle so she can see it.) 2) I would suggest you teach your dog to bark on command. This can also be helpful in the treeing process - and can be a lot of fun in the long run - see Raccoon Hunting Questions. 3) Try to go out and see the dog after an hour or so when she is quiet and praise her for being a good dog. Lord Bless - and hope you find this helpful!

Jeff  Hi, Thanks for responding to my question. I will try the muzzle and see if it works. When you mentioned about the separation anxiety, did you mean separated from us because she is outside and we are in house or what? We have had her about a year now so it couldnt be separation from her mother right? Thanks again

Tom  I was talking about separation from you. This is why sometimes a dog will chew, scratch, bark etc. when left alone for an extended period of time. When a dog is a puppy it is quite natural. It is also quite common among older dogs. There seems to be an inner fear that you will not return, etc. Different breeds, and different dogs have varying degrees of this. What I have found is that the way to overcome it is by using small amounts of time (e.g. an hour, then two or three hours, etc.). The key to this is to not wait too long. If you wait until the dog is barking - and then go out - it basically reinforces that barking is the way to get your attention. Sometimes of course it can be that a dog is cold, thirsty, etc. In your case I am almost certain it is separation anxiety. I would suggest you do a search on the web - or perhaps better yet go to the library and check out some dog training books. Most will probably deal with this problem. I did a quick search on the web - and scanned through this article http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/separtn.htm . I don't agree with everything it says - but it will show you some of the symptoms and perhaps give you some ideas. I would like to say - I really believe with some patience and persistence you will be able to lick (pardon the pun) this problem.

joy  Hello, My husband is a very big fan of Ken Tucker. We can not access his web site any way form or fashion. Help How do we get in touch with Ken? We really want to talk with him, or find out where his show airs. Thanks
I have a 3 month old 1/2 bluetick and 1/2 walker. Yall have any tips on trainng it to tree coon or squrriel. And could she run 2 differnet animals or should i stick to one?

mabel  i am a black and tan coon hound i have worked very hard this past year and have saved a lot of my coonhides i would like to sell them need a buyer could someone help me i am from burnsville nc cant find any body that buys hides any more and my freezer is full i hate to waste em alot of us coondogs here need a fur buyer i still believe in hunting coons where its needed please email us

first timer  i got a racoon that is 42" from tip of nose to end of tail, and i thought it was a nice racoon could you tell me what is a big racoon and how big they get thanks

Tj  i have a bluetick that is about 3 months old i have 2 questions on her and they are 1. at what age should i begin hunting her? 2. she is suppose to be a bluetick and walker mix but im worried about her ears can you tell me about how long they should be and is their a thing about a walker or bluetick pups ears their too short. thanks p.s. i also need a coon to train my redtick if anybody can help me and live in tennessee please e mail me

Tom  Regarding your dogs ears - you will probably just have to wait a little longer. Or you can also look at and compare pups from both breeds in books (e.g. go to your library). As far as training - I would encourage you to read our various pages - and order the materials (Raccoon Hunting Basics and Beyond and Raccoon Hunting Questions).

jerry  I have a walker hound that I cannot get to load up into the dogbox. he will come to the truck and puit his front feet on the tailgate bu will not jump up. what do i do? I have used food as a stimulant. Thanks

Tom  There are a number of things you can try - and when the dog does load up - reward your dog with praise and a special snack (e.g. hot dog). - You may try putting the dog box (or if you have a portable kennel) on a lower level - and then work your way up on heights. - You may try to put a heavy rug on the tailgate that won't slip ( some dogs don't like the surface of the truck box). - You may need to teach your dog to jump on command (e.g. start with a eaves trough, etc. and continue to lead your dog over things it must step over and ultimately jump over - and while doing this say "Jump!"). Praise the dog each time. Pat on the surface of what you want the dog to jump on (e.g. eventually the tailgate). - When your dog does get on the tailgate pet and praise him before putting him into the box. The dog will begin to associate the getting on the tail gate with praise rather than confinement. - You may make sure your dog is quite hurry before using the treat to try and get him in.

coooon hunter  look eveybody that is worried bout mix breeds dont worry unless they do not have any coon hunting records in their back grounds but still you can almost make any dog a ok coon dog. my buddy had a border colley for a coon dog and it woul tree in about 4o min before all the hounds treed

Mary  I have a redbone that I coon hunt a lot. Ijust realized my dog is 3 months overdue for his rabies vacination. I am really worried. I was just wondering what you would have to say on this matter. Have you heard of many dogs getting rabies from Racoon hunting? Should I be worried? I just don't know what to think. I know that there is a good chance that racoons have this disease.

David  I recently bought a walker pup from a good bloodline. my dad owns two walkers, but neither of us have ever trained a pup. i know from reading your answers to other peoples questions that i should not begin training until 8 months.. does this mean that i shouldn't try laying any scents, or that i just shouldn't start hunting her?

Jace  My friend and I have been fox hunting for a couple of years now. We use an electric call box to lure the foxes in range to shoot. We were wondering if there is any type of call you can use to lure a raccoon in so that we can shoot it, such as any type of distress call, mating call, territorial call, or any suggestions you might have to give us? And one other question is,what is the best time at night to hunt the raccoon, early evening, late evening? What time do you find is the most successful time of night?

Jessie  Why do people hunt raccoons?

Beth  I have an approximately 3 year old Walker Coon Hound (male/neutered). He showed up in our yard (in the country) a little over a year and a half ago. He loves to chase squirrels. We are moving and cannot take him with us. Is there any chance he could become a hunting dog for someone? I desperately want to find him a nice home. Thanks for any input.

LAR BEAR  I would like to know how to catch racoons with out a gun.See iv been triying to catch coons in a egg cartone whith ahinge on the side , the door opens in butt not out i think it will work butt they keep stiling the eggs i put in there.Know i dont want to go out an buy one, so can you tell me how to make a better one please i would really apreasiatit. Oh and if you can please E mail me sum plans, thanks allot,LAR BEAR

Ryan  I just went on my 1st coon hunting trip last fall, and I had a blast. Now I am starting to trap them as well. I am 15 and I have 1 dog, a black lab. Now I am looking into getting a coon hound, but my parents say that i don't need another dog. I try to tell them that rith now there is good money involved in selling coon. But i just cant seem to convince them, if there is anyway you could help me, I would be greatful

elijah  have you ever heard of a steven stock kur walker hound?

Todd  Question: I'm looking to purchase some training scents (coon, bear, and mt.lion) but I'm having a hard time finding a supplier. Know any?

Dr. Mysterious  How much do two redbone hounds cost today?

racoonhunter  i would like to know is it posible to hunt racoons and be sucsesfull with a pellet gun. If so what caliber do you recomend . what type of pellet. where should you aim for a racoon with a pellet gun and will it run . how long should i wait to look for the raccon if it runs .

I was just wandering if you can use a beagle to hunt coons.

chris  when is the youth hunts going to be for the hamilton county going to be

Bill  Hi, Would anyone know where I could find a copy of the books by Obe Cory titled: "Beartracker" and, or "The Locating Treedog"

DWAYNE  I AM NEW TO THE SPORT OF COON HUNTING A GOOD FRIEND GAVE ME A TREEING WALKER W/EXCEPTIONAL BLOOD LINE. I STARTED HER EARLY WITH MY DAUGHTER DRAGGING A HIDE THAT I KEEP IN THE FREEZER AND SHE TRACKS WELL BUT DOES NOT REALLY TREE. MY FRIEND AND I ARE NOW TAKING THE PUPS (8 MONTHS OLD) AND RELEASING LIVE COONS I CATCH IN LIVE TRAPS, (THE THREE DOGS ARE FROM THE SAME LITTER) MY PUPPY TRACKS AND HIT THE TREE, CIRCLES AROUND, HITS THE TREE AGAIN, AND IT'S LIKE THE GAMES OVER THE OTHER PUPS WILL EVENTUALLY LOCATE BEHIND MY PUP, BUT THEY STICK AND TREE. SHOULD I TAKE HER BY HER SELF OR AM I JUST BEING IMPATENT I KNOW SHE HAS POTENTIAL BECAUSE SHE TRACKS AND LOCATES WELL JUST LACKS ON THE TREEING. PS. I JUST ORDER YOUR "BASICS OF COON HUNTING" LOOKING FORWARD TO READING. THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE.

Jamie  I have a question. Ok here it goes, I am a 12 year old girl, almost 13. I want to start hunting. I have a 1 year old beagle. I am getting a female beagle pup in about 6 months. I WANT to hunt but I don't know if I can. I know that I could take my hound out there, shoot the animal, its just the skinning I have a problem with. Is there anyway that I could go on a hunt with somebody who knows what they are doing and see what they do? Can beagles hunt coons? And what advice would you give a young person like myself if they were starting to hunt? I will be living in Arkansas and if you know of any good clubs are organizations for young hunters are beagle fanciers please tell me.

Jonathan  I have a 2 year old bluetick she use to be a good treeing dog but then she had pups and didn't go to the woods for a while then i got her she didn't show any interest in a coonskin. i've tried hunting her with dogs but she just doesn't do anything what do i do

D Winslow  I have heard that if you shoot and wound a racoon , that the rest of the "pack" will come after you. is this true?
bucksyler  my redtick is 8 months old she runs cats and not coons how do i get her to stop and run coons

Kyle  I am wanting to start coon hunting and i was wondering what is the best inexpensive light I can get?(I'm 14 years old). I'm thinking of getting the coon hunters favorite is it a good quality light?

Lowell  I bought A Registered Bluetick gyp back about 3 months ago.I hunt her 3 to 4 nights per week. I hunted hard back in the late eightys and early nintys and trained several pups.However this pup is 7 months old and has treed 4 or 5 coon on her own being hunted by herself.She is very intelligent and has the want to.But my problem is she barks very little to none on track. She gets very excited on a coon track but only whimpers or whines.She will bay a opossum or coon on the ground.And her treeing is improving.I like the dogs hunting range and it is getting farther out as we go.Any thoughts or ideas on her tracking silence?Or will it maybe come in time. Thanks.
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