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May 2020 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

As you read this article the Federations State Hunt and Show will be over. I have posted results of the election and winners of the hunts and shows on our website as well as the minutes of our meeting as soon as I could after the event. If you have questions feel free to contact me.

When I coached, I prided myself on conditioning, discipline, fundamentals and respect for our opponent and the game itself. When you combine all of these together you come up honor. Honor for your team and coaching staff, the game but mainly honor for yourself. I drove this home to every team that I coached.

When we took the field, we did so with pride, we didn’t always win but when we left the field in defeat, we could hold our heads high that we had given it our all. I had a coach tell me once, “Porter your teams always come to play”. I took this and made it our team motto: “we come to play every day”!!!!

Honor is something that I feel is lacking in our sport of competition coon hunting. The win at any cost attitude seems to rule the day many times. I have been very fortunate not to have been in many cast’s where this happens but when it does, it really puts a sour taste in your mouth on the sport and the people involved in it. We have to have honor in ourselves, our hounds and the sport. Why cheat to gain a win? What have you really done, are you proud of the win and your hound? I want to be able to stand in front of the mirror the next morning and feel good about my hound and how I handled her.

I feel each of us have the responsibility to hold all hunters to a high standard of honor. If we all do this, our sport will improve as will the numbers at each of the hunts and then we can all leave the field with our heads held high. The sport of competition coon hunting will be better for it. We have but one life to live on this earth let’s live it with honor.

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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April 2020 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

The State Hunt and Show is ready for you, hope to see you at this year’s event. Very important state meeting will be held 2:00 PM of Saturday April 11th, plan to make this one as well.

Spring is approaching fast and hunting is good. With the new rules and format of UKC hunts, it will be exciting to see if the numbers at hunts pick up. Time will tell. I have not as yet been in involved with a UKC hunt at this time but I have talked with hunters who have and they feel the pace is much faster.

Speaking of pace, a cast should go no faster than their weakest or slowest member. In 99% of the casts that I’m in, that person is me. I can get along fine on open ground but I do have problems at ditches and creeks, I can get down but I do need help once in a while get up out of these. Most do asset me and do so willingly. The one thing that really irritates me is when cast members leave me in the ditch slipping, sliding and crawling out by myself only to find the rest of the cast 200 yds or more away from me. I then have to really hoof it to catch up, find them stopped waiting on me as I come in huffing and puffing only to have them take off again once I arrive. At this point I generally have to point out to give me a break however doing this make me feel like I am a lesser member of the cast. I have yet to get really mad because once I point this out things generally get better. However, if it would continue, I believe that it is in the rules that I could report this to the MOH and get the cast scratched. I do not want to be that guy more than likely I would just withdraw and go to my truck. This has not happened to me yet, in fact most casts treat me with very high levels of respect, to the point on one cast I told them to stop babying me.

So, the next time you have an “old timer” in your cast keep this in mind. You will become the “old timer” quicker than you think and no one finds it fun to play catch up in a cast.

Hope to see you at the Kansas State Hunt and Show, 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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March 2020 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Everything is ready for the Federations State Hunt and Show look for our ad in this month’s issue of Coonhound Bloodlines. We are adding a 60-minute warm-up slam hunt on April 9th and then the State Hunt and Show will be held on the 10th and 11th at the Jefferson County Fair Ground in Valley Falls, KS. NE Kansas Coon Hunters will be the host club again this year. The State meeting will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday April 11th. This is an election year so make time to attend or you might be given an office.

Our current President is Bruce Anderson and the Federation wants to offer him and his wife Drouthy condolences for the loss of Bruce’s mother last fall. Our past President Jerry Ponton Jr, lost his father this year also and again we want to pass our condolences on to him and his wife also. Losing a love- one is never easy, even if they have been sick for a long time or the loss is sudden, it still hurts.

I reported last month that my hound Sammy was not hunting well at all due to slick treeing. She hunted so poorly and a Pro Classic in Osage City that I took her to a new vet to see if there was a health issue. It turns out that her thyroid level is low, and meds were prescribed. I gave her three weeks off and started the regiment of medicine, her hunting has improved, and her slicking treeing has stopped to some degree. She has always been a tree happy hound, but this was different. Its good to see her getting back to her old ways. I go into any hunt just wanting to feel like we are competing with the rest of the cast. I try not to have feelings of grandeur; I just don’t want the feeling that I really don’t belong in this or that hunt. Time will tell but hunting her is starting to be fun again and believe me when she is treeing 5-6 slick trees in one night or staying treed on a bush for 90 minutes with nothing in it is not fun.

I do this sport for fun, and I love the competition, if it wasn’t for the competition I doubt if I would own a hound. I do enjoy hunting Sammy when she is right, and our time and memories together will last me a lifetime. I feel she and I both have at least 2 or more good seasons in us, health depending. When she is finished, I believe I will be finished also because if she does last three more years, I will being hugging 75 and anyway you cut this sport it is a young man’s game. Until that times comes Sammy and I will try our best to give you a run for your money.

Hope to see you at the State Hunt and Show, 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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February 2020 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I first want to apologize for missing the December 2019 article. This is the first article that I have missed since I started writing them. I thought I had turned the article in by the deadline but for some reason I missed it for both the Coon Hound Bloodlines and American Cooner. You can also always go to our website and find my articles there also. I want to thank both Coon Hound Bloodlines and American Cooner for combining both the December and January article into one article in the January magazines. Maybe, if I didn’t wait to the last minute, missing the deadlines wouldn’t happen. I’ve always been a procrastinator and I doubt if that is going to change anytime soon.

I look for inspiration of some kind when I write these articles and tonight, I received that from a song by Andera Gayle titled “Rise up”. If you want to see a very inspirational video go to a computer and put in the artist or the title and you will be very rewarded. Speaking of being rewarded I have not been rewarded lately by the performance of my hound Sammy. After bragging about her and her accomplishments in 2019 she has gone “belly up”, with slick trees being her middle name. I cannot figure this slump out and I hope that is what it is. We will just keep plugging along and see what happens.

Get your calendars marked for April 9th, 10th and 11th, for the Kansas State Hunt and Show. The 9th will be a one-hour warm-up Slam hunt and the 10th and 11th will be two hours hunts with a final four being decided and hunted off on the 11th, watch for our ad in the March Bloodlines.

This is also an election year and there will be positions opened if you are interested, please contact one of the Board members and we will put you in for a position. We need your help!

This should prove to be an interesting year with the changes that have taken place in UKC and the fact that once you win five casts you are in a position to get into the big money hunt coming in 2021. It is our hope that these changes bring more competitors to each hunt. It should prove to be an exciting year of good competition.

Hope to see you down the road, if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact me anytime. Until then, keep your power dry, your eyes in the tops of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meat.

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January 2020 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

With the coming of a new year, our expectations grow. I hope that 2020 can be as fun and rewarding as 2019. The Federations State Hunt and Show will be April 9, 10 and 11 this year, with a warmup Slam hunt on the 9th. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. It will be held again this year at Valley Falls, Kansas.

With the coming of a new year I turn 71 on January 14th! This seems unbelievable, no real plans for the future other than to keep on plugging away. I do plan on getting in better physical shape so walking through the woods is not as difficult as it was in 2019. Our youngest son and his family live in Montana and we do plan to go visit them, maybe in March.

For you readers who follow my articles, if you remember back about 2-3 years, I wrote an article about getting a female Walker hound from a Mountain Lion hunter in Idaho, I named her Ida. Ida was a fast and good track dog, but she was not going to make a competition hound. A man from Montana called me who was in Kansas had gotten on our website and got my name and number, as he was looking for a young started hound. To make a long story short I gave him Ida as she was given to me, with the understanding that he would give her a real chance. He and I have talked several times and Ida has turned into a good Bobcat and Lion hound! I also have an open invitation to go hunting with him anytime. This gentleman is about my age and he says that March is the best time to come up and hunt. So, with a little luck that is in our plans.

I also have plans to get my hound qualified for the World Hunt again this year and to go to as many PKC Pro Classics as I can afford. A new year brings with it an exciting challenge for us all when you are 71 you are just happy to still be here and still have a chance to compete. Until next month, keep your powered dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hound be fleet and have the meat.

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