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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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