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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg7YfGN01eI&feature=youtu.be
  2. I haven't seen any terrier crosses that opened on track.
  3. Mine is a Jagdterrier x Whippet. One of the nicest dogs I've ever had. I sold him because he didn't tree and much of our game is tree game (coons, squirrels, bobcat , grey fox, bear). I was so impressed with him, I'm making a similar cross this Spring. I'm using a great all around Jagdterrier that is a great locating tree dog, retrieves, is a very good track dog and plenty hard. I'll be putting that dog over a fast, smart and very well built staghound female. I think I could use the size, but it's the natural tree dog that I'm really after. I'll post some pics. and stories when the time comes. There's man in Missouri that has been making Pat x Whippet crosses for about a decade. He uses them on groundhogs mostly. I need something that has a nose like a hound, trees like a squirrel dog and has some speed to boot. It should be a good time working this litter up when they get here.
  4. Greyhound racing USED TO be big in the states. Now there are a handful of tracks left. We used to have two tracks here in Wisconsin...all gone. Once in a while I go to a staghound race/sale in Nebraska and the greyhound folks used to pull in with big trucks full of dogs to sell. I don't even know if there are more than a dozen for sale there anymore. The economy during Obamy's two terms took care of a lot of that. Same goes for G. W. Bush and the big market crash of 2008. The anti's are responsible for the rest. There are to many fur moms out there with their big mouths flapping all of the time. Many of them have spent two decades training their children to think the same and without fathers around (who won't put up with their shite) they are the only influence those children have. That's where the Snowflake generation came from. Leave the world to women and it will fall so fast you'd think someone threw it down. Anyhow, I put a few questions out to the few race dog men I know. I'll see what comes of it.
  5. I'm right with you on that. I do my own work and I wouldn't be walking upright if I didn't have a good handle on how to move my bones around. I had a nasty fall in highschool and have needed a good back and neck adjustment nearly every day since. It keeps me moving well and if I can keep off of to much sugar, I don't need it much any more. Maybe twice a day keeps me limber now. For about a decade, I had to adjust my spine around 10 to 20 times a day. For about 5 years I could not run or sit in one place for more than 20 mins. I'm good to go now. It's odd that there isn't much around for that. If there is, I'm guessing it would cost a fair amount. The only people that seem to tend to their dogs in that way around here are the fat old hippy women that are sitting around dressing their dogs up while they suck their husbands retirement funds away. We call them Fur-Moms. They are mostly loud mouth bitches that were a product of the 1980's when most of our women were being taught they didn't need men and their opinions and feelings mattered more than the Holy Bible. The whole thing is a little backwards if you ask me. I'm going to figure out why bone men aren't more numerous here.
  6. I'm no newcomer to the dog world but we don't have them here that I've ever heard of. I know several people that do this for horses. I do know a few folks that race quite a bit down south but all of the dog tracks are gone in the North. I'll ask around and see if I've been missing this. I'll report back.
  7. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that a bone man is skilled at mending broken bones and all. What I'm curious about is what sets this guy apart from a doctor or veterinarian. Is it some set of skills handed down by families or something else?
  8. I got you all now. My lurchers don't make a sound on track. Not even the whippet x Jagdterrier male. I do have a stag x july hound that will open some but only when he's looking at a coyote on the run and only if he's having to give it everything he's got and he's still not catching. Once in a while there'll be a coyote around here that has some real speed and just can't be caught. As far as making a lurcher that trees, I would prefer that it be silent on track. I'm going to sell off all of my lurchers that don't tree shortly. The exception will be my first stag x BC pair. Those I'll be keeping. I just get on to well with those two and they are basically part of the family now. The other day I picked up a mtn.cur x border collie female and if she works out, I'm going to make another batch of lurchers and see if I can get something that trees well. I wish I could send a litter of dead game squirrel dogs over there for you folks to play with. I think you guys would be hooked!
  9. What do you mea by "on a line". I took that to mean when they are on the chain at home.
  10. Oddly enough, my Leopard Hounds don't sing.
  11. All of my lurchers and stags sign a couple of times a day and a couple of times night. I like it but the wife could do without the night time serenades.
  12. Chief is still kicking, I can give you his phone number if you want. That's not his real name if you haven't already guessed. He's a little bit on the impatient side most of the time but if you catch him at the right time he's got more stories than it wood take to fill a fairly large book. Chief has run a hunt club for over 40 years. He took up coon hunting way back when as a way to get out and have some fun after a day of managing pheasant shoots, duck shoots and sporting clays. He raised a family there at the club and has guided bear, mountain lion and bobcat hunts to fill in the lull of winter in that business. Chief is the best hound finisher I've met and though he's not the greatest pup starter I can think of, he is a true master of the hounds. He's also the best rig dog trainer I've met. For those of you who are not familiar with rigging a dog. It's when you train a hound to ride in or on a box on your truck and the hound bawls/barks when it smells the intended game. It takes a fiar amount ofwork to get the hound to do this only when it smells coon or bobcats or bear or whatever it is that your are looking for. When you have a properly trained rig dog, you can drive through the country side during the kill season and keep from wasting time looking for animals by having to put the dog on the ground in a likely area a wait for the hound to hunt a critter up. When the critter is found by rigging it, the hound has only to go and tree it or catch it on the ground. Done right, I've seen high caliber rig dogs put up 10 coon in half a night, which is very good in this country. I can train a rig dog but not quite to the standard that Chief's dogs operate at. Some of that is because the line of dogs that I hunt aren't as natural on the rig as the line the hunts. The hounds I hunt have other talents that make them worth keeping, particularly for bobcats so I'm not switching lines any time soon. But, for rigging coon, he beats me quite regularly. The best rig dog I've seen was a Treeing Walker Chief owned named Spook. He had good speed, would rig coon only in all weather, had good speed on the track but was by no means the fastest track dog I've seen. Spook had a great bawl mouth on the rig and on the track with a nice chop mouth on the tree and a nice bawl locate. He was very accurate and was one of the most accurate Treeing Walkers I've been to the woods with. Anyhow, Chief has a lot of talents and good stories. He's one of those people that should have a book written about him. It would be a very good read because he rarely does anything a little.
  13. Well, if that's how you feel try this one on for size. Some years ago two men we call Chief and Billy were out guiding another man on a bobcat hunt. There were three dogs with that day. They were Pounder (Treeing Walker), Magggie (TW) and Pepper (Mtn. Cur). Pounder is the start dog, meaning that he is put on an old track and expected to work it up and get the cat jumped. Maggie was nearly as good on track and Pepper was better than both on a jumped race but not quite as good on working cold tracks. Pounder and Maggie are also bear dogs, while Pepper is a bobcat and coon dog. Anyhow, Pounder is working this old cat track and doing a good job when he comes across a fresh bear track. Sometimes bear come out in the middle of the winter to find a drink or lick some snow if open water can't be found. So Pounder quits this cat track (not a good thing at the time) and gets on this bear track and takes it to the den with Maggie and Pepper following. They track it back to it's den and jump in for a good fight. Meanwhile, Billy is on the road keeping track of the hunt from the truck and Chief is on the gound going to the dogs with his paid hunter in tow. Chief, after a good long search, finds the dogs and hears that they are under ground. After a quick glance at the setup, he realizes (and hears) that the dogs are not down there with a cat. He decides the dogs have got to come out or there won't be any dogs left to hunt cat for this guy that is now standing about 30 feet back with a worried look on his face. Chief decides to do the only thing you'd expect Chief to do in this situation. He gets down on his hands and knees and pushes his front end into the bear den and starts reaching around in there trying to feel for a dog leg. After a very short time. Chief get ahold of Pepper's leg and pulls her out. He throws Pepper back, once he's got her all of the way out, far enough so that she knows he means business and does not want her to get back in the hole. He then goes back in for another dog and finds Maggie's leg and proceeds to do the same as with Pepper. Meanwhile, the paid hunter is grabbing these dogs and chaining them to trees but won't get close enough to make it any easier on Chief. Chief makes his final push in and gets ahold of Pounder's leg and pulls, but can't seen to get the dog moving. He leans over to let a little light into the den and notices that he can't pull Pounder out because Pounder's head is in the bear mouth and he's not letting go. Chief then yells to his paid hunter to throw him something. Neither of them have a gun so the hunter throws Chief on of his arrows. Chief picks up the arrow and stuffs himself back into the den for fourth time and sticks the arrow up the bear's nose and starts drilling it around. To Chief's surprise, the bear does not let go of Pounder. It may have been that the bear thought, in the darkness, that all of the pain he was feeling was coming from the dog he had in his mouth and if he let go it wouldn't end...I don't know. Back to Chief. Chief realizes that the bear isn't going to stop killing Pounder because of an arrow in his nose...so he takes it out and sticks it in his eye! He drills the arrow through the bear's eye and, not realizing that the blade on the arrow will not get past the optic nerve hole to make it into the brain. So the bear didn't die and again, it didn't let go of Pounder. Moments after Chief stuck that bear in the eye, Pounder goes limp. It's at this point that the bear decides to let go of Pounder. Just then Chief realizes he's not in a very good place for what comes next. The bear decides it's time to vacate the den and instead of attacking Chief, the bear bowls Chief over as he is trying to back out of the entrance to the den. The bear didn't put a single scratch on Chief, only knocking him over on his way out of this situation. Chief said the bear weighed about 500 pounds if he weighed one. So the bear is out and two of the dogs are unhurt, aside from a few scratches. Chief is unhurt and the bear is gone. By this time Billy has made it into the den area (with only a .22 cal. rifle) and is asking where Pounder is. Chief points to the hole and all you can see is Pounder's leg sticking out and he's dead. As they were talking about the event, Pounder stands up and comes out of the hole with blood pumping out of cracks in his head and one eye that had popped out due to the pressure of the bears bite on his head. Billy calls to Pounder and Pounder comes but it doesn't look good for Pounder so they put him down right there and buried him in that den. I was not there that day but I've heard this story form Chief many times and he's no liar, or one to exaggerate. Pounder was an exceptional dog that Billy had raised and later sold to Chief for a goodly sum of money. If any of you knew Chief, you wouldn't be very surprised to hear about this. John Wick, one of the most famous houndsman in the history of the USA wrote a story about this in an article in Coonhound Bloodlines magazine. John Wick has known Chief for many years and said of Chief that he's never met another person with so little caution for their own safety and he can hardly believe that Chief is still alive. John wrote that article around 10 years ago and Chief is still kicking at age 75. He coon hunts fairly regularly and is planning on going lion hunting this Winter. Never give up! If you would like to see a picture of Chief, there is one of him along with my son and I on my FB page, in my photos. How about them apples Born Hunter?
  14. Yes, some are natural and 99%ofthe rest are docked. I've had four that were natural at various lengths. Some have about three inches, some 3/4 tailed and some are what we call frog tailed. Frog tailed is when there's a mushy lump where the tail ought to come out.
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