It was good that Middle Boy showed some mercy on the old man today. We, as in Middle Boy and I, went to Buena Vista to hunt 80 acres that will be available to us next year and see if we could find more acerage. With The Alabama Conservation Board becoming more and more the Alabama Deer Hunters Advisory Board, the extension of deer season in the North Zone seems very likely and then the extension until the end of February push will begin.
Middle Boy who will run in the Boston Marathon this year could have easily out paced me, instead he matched his pace to mine and allowed the dogs to hunt. I tend to match my hunting style to who I hunt with. With Brag and Middle Boy, that means a walk them down hunt, where they try to jump the rabbit for the dogs rather than let the dogs hunt
The planted pines were a little past their prime and starting to shade out the briars and brush. The only briars were an abundance of wire briars, just right for garroting those in a hurry or sending you face down. The rest of the property loooked like it was managed for hay with large briar patches near the edges. There were two factors that favored the rabbits. The owner actively worked on coyotes and long lengths of old hog wire. The cottontails had the hog wire down pat. They would scoot to the other side right after being jumped causing the dogs to detour looking for an opening. It didn’t’ take Middle Boy and myself long before one of us just hung out at a patch of hogwire.
“We” killed three little cottontails, or as Charles calls them “hillbillies” out of eight races.
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