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Raccoon Hunting

Call Of Coon Hounds Is True Mountain Music

Across the hills and hollers of north Georgia, you can hear the howling of coon dogs on any given night of winter. Whether the dogs are out working or just begging to be released, one thing’s for sure: no raccoon is safe. If the hound dogs’ noses get one whiff of them, they’ll either be…

Coon Hunt Ringing Over Hills And Hollers

Across the hills and hollers of north Georgia, you can hear the howling of coon dogs on any given night of winter. Whether the dogs are out working or just begging to be released, one thing’s for sure: no raccoon is safe. If the hound dogs’ noses get one whiff of  them, they’ll either be…

Chasing Coons With State’s Top Dogs

The hounds struck soon after being dropped for the first time of the evening, raising a din that echoed across the valley and through the bright moon-lit woods of Oconee County. “Jake strike!” barked Jake Garner, of Zebulon, the elected president of the Georgia Federation of Coon Hunters and the judge of this evening’s cast.…

Georgia Coon Dog Wins National Title

A dream came true for coon-hound handler Ross Jackson, of Madison, when owner Mary Simpson, of Farmington, told him to go get the best dog he could find. “She told me to find the one I wanted to win with, and we bought him,” said Ross. The result of his search was a 5-year-old, male,…

Barking Up The Right Tree For Raccoons

“Cut him loose, and he gets down to business,” said Rocket Fuel’s han- dler, Chris Haynes. Rocket did. Without a look back, he snuffled off into the darkness of a crisp December evening outside of LaGrange, nose to the ground, with a neon collar light marking his progress through the hard- wood creek bottom. Less…

Coon Hunters Have College Club In Tifton

The soft-blue glow of halogen lamps danced and flickered through the swamp, casting eerie shadows through the trees and along the ground, as I listened to the haunting mixture of voices. The deep chop and long, mournful bawls of the hounds shattered the night, which previously had been quiet save the noise of the gusty…

A Boy And His Coon Dog

Guy Nelson is 7 years old and absolutely nuts about hunting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the future of a hunter start out so promising. I took him turkey hunting last spring. He was still too small to handle a shotgun, but he just wanted to spend a morning roaming the woods. At daylight…

Coon Dog Shot in White County, Georgia

On Christmas Eve, 53-year-old Stanley Barnes of Clermont, and Cleveland residents Donald Maney and Brent Thomas, both 30, loaded Stanley’s Walker hound Kate and Donald’s Walker Lady and went on a coon hunt. But what began as a fun evening in the woods quickly turned into an ugly incident which left one dog dead. The…

Allure Of Coon Hunting

  Ol’ Slick “opened up” with a loud tenor bawl, about a half-mile into the Broad River bottoms. He was telling me that a coon had walked there… much earlier in the night. The trail was ice cold. Ten minutes later, I could tell it was gettin’ hotter, as Slick’s barks changed to a shorter,…

Snakebit After Dark

The hounds were sounding half-hearted in their attempts at treeing a coon, so Glenn Cauley of Soperton, decided to catch them and move to another location. As his snakeproof boots swished through the underbrush on a hot night in September, Glenn’s mind was a world away from the horror of rattlesnake bite. But only a…