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November

November 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I have always been told that something is not bragging if it is true. With, that being said, much of this article is going to be dedicated to my hound Muddy Road Backwater Sammy. 2019 has been a very successful year for us and I am very proud of our accomplishments so far and with a little luck there is still time for some more.

I stated in earlier articles that I had a plan or goals for us this year and I am very proud to tell you that all of our goals were met. We got her a Grand Nite title which now makes her a Dual Grand, we qualified for zones at Nevada, Mo, we attended the Zones in Miami, Ok and placed 7th and made it to the top 100 UKC Hounds in Marshalltown, Iowa. She performed well at the World, but lady luck was not working for us that night. We competed in a good cast of hunters and hounds that was very winnable, but we just couldn’t get it done. I have no regrets in how Sammy performed or how I handled her it was a great experience for us both.

I will tell you this story, as I have said many times before, I coached and taught for 40 years and I have been involved in many big games with lots of pressure riding on the outcome. However, as I sat in the bleachers waiting to be called out, I became so nervous that I thought I was going to have to leave and go throw up. Once I was called out and found out who I was with and where we were going, all was well. World Hunt jitters, I guess.

This past June we place in the Final Four of a PKC Pro Classic and we split the purse with three other hounds and handlers, one of which was Lane Denny and Emmy the 2019 World Champion!!

The final award at this point is, Sammy has been awarded Kansas Coonhound of the Year for 2019 as she is the high scoring hound in our monthly hunts that we do to raise money for our youth hunt each year.

So, 2019 has been eventful for me and Sammy and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to hunt such a great hound. I am a very lucky man.

This month is Thanksgiving and we all have a great deal to be thankful for. So, enjoy your family and friends and give thanks for your life. Until next month, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the tops of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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October

October 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Everything is ready for the Federation Youth Hunt and Show on October 12 at the fairgrounds in Valley Falls, Ks. Make plans for the youth in your life to attend this event. There will be a Federation meeting starting at 1 PM that day also. This is a very important meeting, that will decide the future of the Kansas Federation. There will be an agenda posted on the Federation website for you to look at ahead of the meeting date.

The rains this summer has made hunting this summer very difficult. Hunting in the muddy and humid conditions make you a dedicated hunter. I’m trying to get my hound ready for zones and it is tough due to the conditions. Getting to the World Hunt is the final step in the plans that I had for my hound this summer. I got her Grand title and have her qualified for zones, the only thing left is qualifying to go to the World Hunt. Time will tell.

I really hope you make plans to attend our state meeting your voice and attendance is needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me. Until next month, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the tops of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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September

September 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I want to share with you this month some of my fondest memories. They will be of our two son’s and our oldest granddaughter. We have four grandchildren in all however, three of them live in Dillion, Montana where our youngest son and his wife work. We generally see them only twice a year, which isn’t enough, but distance plays a roll. We our very thankful for facetime and they are great about sending pictures etc. Our oldest son and daughter-in-law live only eight miles away, so we get to see our oldest grand daughter a lot. Which is fine by us.

Certain things our just planted in my mind forever and these our three of my favorite memories.

When our boys where very little I owned and operated a custom hay operation, I still taught school and coached during the school year but during the summer I ran this operation. Both of our boys agree that being involved in putting up hay taught them a work ethic that they still carry with them today.

When our oldest son was about 5, I was putting up hay just down the road from where we live. My wife brought him to the field and let him run to the trailer which was about two hundred yards away. I looked up a here he came as fast as he could go, wave his little hands and the smile on his face is still implanted in my mind forever. He jumped up on the trailer with his gloves and was ready to “work”. Really, he was flat in the way, but I never let him know that. He felt he was helping Dad and I wanted to keep it that way.

I have told this story of our youngest son before, but it is worth telling again. It was his first deployment to Iraq, and he was leaving from Ft Carson, Colorado and my wife and I went to be with him as he left. We had all shed tears said prayers and said goodbyes. My wife and I were walking down the sidewalk away from the buses that was taking him to the airport, when some thing told him to turn around one last time, when I did he was just getting on the bus but waving his hand very hard at us, I waved back and was sure happy that I had turned around. Our son returned safely from both tours in Iraq but was never the same, as war changed people forever.

Our oldest granddaughter loves horses and does barrel racing, poles, and flag race. She is an outstanding rider for just 10 years old and has a great future in these events if she chooses. My wife and I enjoy watching her ride her horse and when she turns her horse for home its ears and back and her braded ponytail is waving in the wind, another memory that will never leave.

My wife and I consider ourselves very blessed as we both have relatively good health as we turn towards old age, but our biggest blessing are our two sons and their families. We all enjoy each other very much. I wish the same for all of you.

Zones are just around the corner and the Kansas Youth hunt is set up and ready to go. Hope to see you and yours at one of these events. Until then, keep your powder dry your eyes in the tops of the trees and may you hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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August

August 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

When I took this office in December of 2012, I was instructed that it was my responsibility to write an article every month and during the almost seven years, I have not missed a deadline. I will continue to do so until I am voted out of this office. I became very negative last month which is not my style, but I had became very frustrated and my article for July reflected my frustration. I want to thank those of you who took the time to call and write me about that article, your comments of encouragement meant a great deal to me and was “fuel” enough to keep me going. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!!!

Everyone who contacted me all had the same overall concern, which is this; if we do not stay together and stand as one united voice, we lose our privilege to free cast our hounds. I think we can all agree that this is a concern that we share. Make plans now to attend our next State meeting which will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Valley Falls, KS on October 12th the time will be announced later. Your voice can not be heard if you are not there.

Every August I dedicate this month article to Preston Luft who lost his life in an accident during the Tall Corn Classic on August 4th, 2012. His cast became separated and everyone thought he had caught a ride home but that was not the case. On a very hot night of August fourth Preston was chasing his hound and hit his head so hard on a tree that it took his life. The tragic part of this story was he was not found until late August 5th he died alone. We must never leave a hunter behind again; we must take care of each other!!

Plans are underway for our State Youth Hunt which will October 12th, there will be an ad in the September issue with all the details, look for it. Make plans now to attend.

Good luck to all of you as you prepare for zones and the UKC World hunt. Until next month, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may you hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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July

July 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Congratulations to Kyle Budy and Bryce Sommer as these were the winners of the first DJ Bales Memorial Scholarship, with each receiving $250. They were both very deserving as they were both Valedictorian’s of their classes with a 4.0 GPA. A full report will be given on this at our State meeting in October at Valley Falls.

I’m not surprised just disappointed that I have not heard a word on the article that I wrote for June 2019. This is my opinion, but the Federation is at a crossroads and we need your input, or it very well may no longer be around. Feel free to call me with your comments or suggestions. However. I’m not planning on holding my breath as I don’t believe many of you care enough to respond. If I sound negative, I am. As I wonder if anyone really cares. If you can’t or won’t respond at least show up at our State meeting in October.

When I took the office of State Reporter, I was told that I needed to write an article every month but I wonder if anyone ever reads them in Kansas as I never get a response from our Kansas members however I have received several from readers from out of state. I have never missed an article in seven years, some have been much better than others, but I have tried to inform you of Federation news and give some of my views and “takes” on life and hunting in general. However, if no one cares enough to respond why should I take the time to write them. In fact, if no one responds back on this article it very well may be my last.

Keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be fleet an have the meat. Hopefully there is a next month.

Please respond with your views on the Kansas Federation.

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June

June 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I have thought a great deal about this article and how to present it. There is no other way than to just dive in and do it. Parts of this article will be very positive and other parts will not. I‘ve been told by some not to carry my feelings on my shirt sleeves but the Kansas Federation has been and still is a passion for me and I take what is said and how and what the Federation does very personal.

I want to congratulate Rick Rodchester and Tom Anderson and their hound Jerry for winning the Kansas PKC Hunt and then one week later winning the Kansas Federation State Hunt too. This the first time in recent history that this has been done. Then at the end of the month at Treeing Walker Days, Jerry was the High Scoring female on Saturday night of that event too. Also, at Walker Days Logan Anderson the son of Jana and Tom was awarded the Horizon Award from the Treeing Walker Association as well. Its been a very good spring for them and you all have made Kansas proud.

For whatever reason, this year’s Kansas Federation Hunt and Show had the poorest turnout since this event was reestablished in 2013. Friday night we had 5 hounds in the show and 18 hounds in the hunt, Saturday night there were 7 hounds in the show and 6 in the hunt. The weather Saturday night was not good, but Friday night was great. I have no idea why the turnout was so poor. However, the sportsmanship throughout both nights was outstanding, with hunters coming back in talking about what fun they had etc.

We are going to have to evaluate, think and talk about how we want to move forward because we cannot continue to have these numbers at this hunt and give the same prizes etc. Changes are going to have to be made. Talk to one of the board members and bring ideas to our next meeting which will be in October at our youth hunt.

This April’s meeting was interesting to say the least. Minutes of it can be found on our website (kansasfederationofhoundsmen.com). Things were moving along fine until we needed to discuss the DJ Bales memorial (the family of DJ had donated $1015.00 to the federation to use in some way at our youth hunt). I proposed that we take an amount this money and use it to send a youth that had placed at our State Youth hunt, to the National UKC Youth hunt which is held during the summer. I could not believe the reaction to this proposal that followed. It took us over one hour and 20 minutes to finally reach a decision (which can be found also on our website, DJ Bales Scholarship). I believe in the end the correct decision was made, however the tone of people’s voices and the direction of the words and who they were directed at was uncalled for. We got completely off task on several occasions during this discussion to the point of being out of control. Thanks to several, control was gained and in the end the DJ Bales Memorial Scholarship was created.

I guess the thing that upset Tom Anderson and myself was the criticism on how we run the hunts, the money that we spend and how we spend it. Tom and I have been the hunt directors together for about five years and I have been on every hunt committee since the federation was started in 2012. We have asked countless times for suggestions and any type of help. Let me be very clear, when the hunt and show happen, we always have people step forward to serve as guides, judges, clean up etc. and your help is appreciated. What people do not understand is the amount of time, money and energy, Tom and his family and I put in organizing these events. So, when Tom and I were “thrown under the bus” (this is how we felt) during the open discussion, YES, we both took it personally! We have always followed guidelines that the federation set up both in terms of money spent and organization. A hunt report is given every year at the meeting held before each hunt and those reports have always passed with very little or no discussion. I could not believe what was being said and yes it hurt.

I really do not know what will happen but after this falls Youth Hunt Tom Anderson and I are stepping down as hunt directors. We will serve out this this year but starting in 2020 it’s time for someone else to take on these duties.

At the meeting this fall before the youth hunt important decisions are going to have to be made. Changes are going to have to happen, one-or two-day hunts, do we want to continue the Youth Hunt and Show (it will be a sad day if we stop having this) should we change the amount on money spent on hunts and what is the purpose of the Kansas Federation of Houndsmen?? I suggest that you look at our website and see if this is what you want because it is spelled out there.

The meeting this fall may be the most important meeting for the federation since we started. You have time to discuss these matters and bring your views to this meeting. I believe the Kansas Federation of Houndsmen is at a cross-road and we need your help. I have always believed in the phase “what does not kill will make me stronger”.

I do want to end this article on a positive note we have had several High School Seniors write us an essay for the BJ Bales scholarship a decision will be reached at the end of this week and the scholarship will be awarded shortly thereafter at that Seniors award night or graduation. The students name will be on our website once a decision has been reached. This will be a very positive thing for the Kansas Federation of Houndsmen and I am proud to be a part of it.

The Kansas Federation is worth saving and being an active part of. I invite any of you to please respond to this article we need your thoughts and support.

Until next month; Keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top to the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meet.

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May

May 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

As you read this article the Kansas State Hunt and Show will be over, the results can be found on our website and there will be a photo spread in the June addition. Since we stated this event in 2012, Terry Baker of Nevada Mo has been our Master of Hounds. Terry is having some health issues and will not be attending this year’s event, we want to wish Terry a speedy recovery and we all need to keep Terry and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

This past weekend I attend an RQE at Nevada, Mo and my hound Sammy did very well placing 2nd overall and taking us another step closer to the World Hunt. I received a call that afternoon from Ed Budy asking if I wanted to go along with him and I jumped at the chance. I when I go to these hunts that are two to three hours away getting to the hunt is never the problem but driving home at 2 or 3 am always is. Ed and I had a very good visit both going and coming. The cast that I was on was a good one and all members got along, and it was a very competitive cast with the winner being decided in the final 6 minutes. Our guide was a 14 year-old young man who did an outstanding job and handled his hound well too. He will be a very good competitive hunter as he continues because he already is.

I have several goals this year for our competitive season, one was to get qualified to the World hunt, to get Sammy the title of Grand Night Champion, and to hopefully make it to the World Hunt in Marshalltown, Iowa. Both Sammy and I don’t have many competitive years left which makes achieving these goals very important to me. If we can make it to Marshalltown whatever happens there will be nothing but “gravy” as getting to be one of the top 100 hounds in the US will be the highlight of my competitive career. After this past weekend we are one step closer to making those goals. Time will tell and I will keep you all in the loop.

Until next time, Keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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April

April 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Everything is ready for this year’s hunt and show, we hope that you will attend, and the weather cooperates for another great event.

This month I want to discuss sportsmanship and proper behavior. These are just my views and thought’s, but they have worked well for me over the past ten years that I have competition hunted.

Lack of sportsmanship and improper behavior fall under two headings, one is just a lack of knowledge about the rules and how to properly handle your hound. The other is individuals come to a hunt with the attitude that I am going to win this hunt by hook or crook. I have a general knowledge of the rules, I consider myself an average handler and I am honest to a fault. Which are characteristics that makes for a good judge but in my case, I choose not to judge because I cannot multi-task, time, keep score, interrupt the rules and handle my hound too. So, when I attend a hunt with a hunting judge I try and keep all of this in mind.

The individuals who have a lack of knowledge about the rules and how to properly interrupt them are always feeling like they are getting cheated in one way or another and usually disrupt the cast, due to their lack of knowledge. In the years that I have hunted, I have never felt that I was cheated out of a win. My hound has not hunted well, I have missed called and not handled my hound well and I have been beat by some outstanding hounds and by handlers who used the rules to their advantage (I used to do the same when I coached), this is just part of the game of competition hunting.

When I go to a hunt, I want my hound to perform well and I don’t want to make mistakes, I just want to compete and let the hounds take care of the rest. This philosophy has worked well for me. I refuse to let my temper take control of the situation, when I feel this happening I just withdraw and live to hunt another day. This is because my reputation as an honest and fair hunter is very important to me and I don’t want to tarnish it in anyway. It doesn’t take long to ruin a positive reputation. So, let’s all stay positive.

Hope you can make it to Valley Falls on April 5 and 6. Feel free to look me up, I would love to visit with you. Until then, keep your powder dry your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be felt and have the meat.

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March

March 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

As I write this article this morning, the temperature here at our place is a -10’!! I’m not a cold weather person, as I have written about this before but the weather here in NE Kansas is very cold however, the weather people are predicting 50’s by the weekend, go figure. I’m ready for warmer weather now!! The Kansas State Hunt and Show is set, and prizes are ready for you and yours to come earn them. April 6th and 7th at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Valley Falls, KS. Look for our ad in this month issue of CHBL. We are giving away a Garmin Alpha to the overall hunt winner this year besides our medals and plaques package. We will continue to have our $10 raffle both nights with a .22 rifle given away each night and a Garmin Alpha given away on Saturday night right before we call out the casts. Our State meeting will be at 2 PM Saturday we have several important items that we need to discuss and make decisions on, which means we need your attendance. Makes plans to come and be a part of this event. I would to visit with all of you, please look me up.

Last year at are State meeting we had two gentlemen from another state attend our meeting and offer suggestions which was great. Also, right before we cast out they told me how much we the Kansas Federation do for hunters at our event and regardless of how they did, they really enjoyed our being a part of it. Their being at our meeting and their positive comments meant a great deal to all of us.

This fall and winter I have hunted less than I ever have. Weather being the main reason, but I have also been having some leg and back issues which has also held me back. Being 70 doesn’t help matters any however things are getting better and I am not giving up just yet. The statement that you don’t miss something until it’s gone really applies to me and this situation. I went out hunting this past weekend and things went well and I got along fine and the whole hunt really felt good. We never know how much time we have and we sometime forget how important things really are to us.

Hope to see you at our State Hunt and Show, lets hope for a great weekend. Until then, Keep your power dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be felt and have the meat.

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February

February 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

We are just starting to get things organized for the Kansas Federation of Houndsmen Hunt and Show that will be held at the Jefferson County Fair grounds in Valley Falls Kansas on April 5th and 6th. Look for our advertisement in the March issue of Bloodlines. Weather permitting, we are looking forward to a good turn out and a very good time, makes plans to attend this event.

I have written many times about how proud I have been to be a part of the Treeing Walker Association. During the first week in December, I decided to resign my position on the Broad of Directors of that association. This was a decision that took me many hours to reach but after soul searching, I realized that it had to be done. There were just too many different items that I disagreed with and these were items that I knew I could not change.

The main item that I disagreed with was the reluctance of the association to even consider letting Treeing Walker Days be hoisted by anyone west of the Mississippi. After many discussions I realized that I was just wasting my time and I had to take a stand. It just never set well with me that people from this area and states around us had to travel 10,12, 15 hours and even longer to get Walker Days which was either held in Illinois, Indiana or Ohio. It was fine for us to make that trip, but they wouldn’t consider traveling this direction. There is other reason also, but I don’t want to write about them now however, if you want to call me or visit with me at the state hunt, I will be more than willing to do so. I don’t consider myself a quitter, but I did realize that if I stayed in that association at that level, I would become very negative and it would ruin the sport that I really love.

I will continue to hunt Treeing Walker hounds as I believe they are the best to use in competition hunting. I know many of you will disagree with this as I have been beat at one time or another by about every other breed that is out there. However, I still like Walkers!

After all that I just have stated, want to personally thank the United Kennel Club for allowing the 2019 World Hunt to be hoisted in Marshalltown, Iowa. I know Jack Bingham and the clubs of that area will do an outstanding job of hosting this event. I truly feel that people will realize after this years World Hunt that there is outstanding hunting west of the Mississippi.

I have been trying to make it to the World hunt since 2010 and this is the closest it has ever been to me as it is only about 5 hours from my place to Marshalltown, Iowa. Now its up to me to get my hound qualified!

Until next month, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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January

January 2019 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I hope this article finds you all happy and rested after the holidays and ready for a great 2019. I am writing this article just after returning from a brief vacation and time with our two boys and their families on Thanksgiving in Cody Wyoming. We had a beautiful place to stay overlooking a valley with loads of deer and elk in a snow-covered environment. We lift on Saturday November 24th at 7 Am, with 9-12 inches of snow covering the roads. This was the same system that that was going to hit NE Kansas on Sunday, so we decided to drive as far as we could, if not all the way back to Nortonville. It was slow going due to the weather but after 19 hours of driving and stopping only for restroom breaks, fuel and one stop for a sandwich break we made it home at 3 AM, just before the winter storm hit NE Kansas. Had we stopped anywhere along the route home we would still be there as roads closed and weather got worst. My family is thankful for a verity of things we however are all very thankful for getting back home without having a serious accident.

I am very proud of my family as I know you are of yours as well. My wife Sharon and I have been married for 49 years this coming June 5th, we meet in a one room school house in 1956, she was in the 1st grade and I was the older man being in the 2nd grade. We were an “item” in what now would be termed Middle School but got serious in High School we went to collage together and were married in 1970 during my senior year at Pitt State. We both graduated with degrees in education and both had very successful careers spanning a combined 80 years. The bulk of both of our careers was spent at Jefferson County North Schools, with Sharon teaching High School Business classes and being the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) sponsor and being involved in many district committees. I taught at both the High School and Middle School and coached a variety of sports but I always coached football. I also served as district and Middle School activities director A job that I really enjoyed and one that prepared me for conducting and helping with hunts for the Kansas Federation and the Treeing Walker Association. We both loved our jobs and were committed to the philosophy that if you love what you do you will never work a single day of your life. Sharon also taught at Valley Falls for 8 years and has worked for the nursing homes in both Nortonville and Oskaloosa. After Jeff North, I taught and coached at both Oskaloosa and Atchison County Community Schools for 8 years as well. We are both now retired from education, Sharon on a part time bases takes care of a special needs lady who we both enjoy and enjoys time with our grand kids. I work part time with a coaching friend in his painting business and takes care of Muddy Road Kennels raising a variety dog’s.

We raised two boys Tyler who will be 40 this coming May and Tucker who will be 37 will in April, oh, how times flies. Tyler and his wife Nicole have one daughter Karlee Ann, they live 8 miles from us and we spend a great deal of time with them. Tucker and his wife KC live in Dillon Montana and have three children Emerson, Keegan and Jedediah we love going to visit them but due to time and distance it becomes difficult. Both of our boys are outdoor people with Tyler being a farrier and Tucker working for the US Forrest service. We are so very proud of both in what they do, how they are raising their families and the men they have developed into.

I realize that this has nothing to do with the Kansas Federation, but I thought you might enjoy reading about the most important things in my life, my wife, our sons and our grandchildren. We are blessed and very thankful for all the world has done for us. I hope and wish the same for all of you. May you all have a blessed and enjoyable 2019 and hopefully we will meet down the road this year.

Until then, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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