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February 2021 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

As I set in our study and write this article, I cannot help but think back over this past year and reflect on what was, what could be and what might be. The fact that we live in uncertain times is an understatement to say the least. Both my wife and I have been tested for COVID-19 and were lucky enough to have our tests come back negative. Many have not been so lucky. My heart and prayers go out to them. We all hope and pray that better times are ahead.

Well, Sammy and I didn’t make the cut for the Tournament of Champions. We were one win short, we hunted five different times to get the final win but couldn’t get it done. One night she treed three den trees. It just wasn’t meant to be, so this leaves us open for something else to happen.

I’m going to reach out a little this month and do something totally different. I did not pick a coon hunter of the year for 2020 basically because I forgot until the article was sent. Since that time, I have decided on an individual but he is not from Kansas. This individual is Gary Wentz from Rullo, Nebraska. I have known Gary for several years now, having met him at hunts and we always have seemed to hit it off. Gary is the epitome of “you don’t judge a book by its cover”. As I heard one man say, “when you meet Gary Wentz and go to his place you go back in time”. He lives by himself except for numerous hounds that he takes care of, he does not have a television or any type of computers, he does his laundry in a wringer washer, heats totally with wood heat. He is most definitely a throwback to an earlier time.

He loves his family and is very proud of his roots and where he comes from. When I first went to his place several years ago, I was impressed that even though his hounds were mostly tethered, their water blows were filled with clean water and there was not a dropping in sight, the sign of a Houndsmen who takes care of his hounds. He is a hard hunter and when weather is right will hunt all night almost every night. His breed of choice is English and he knows the breed and breeders inside and out.

Gary is all for the youth of this sport, if a young person comes to his place looking for a good hound, if the youth show promise and sincerity he very well may give away a hound that other people could not buy. That is just the make-up of Gary Wentz.

I have hunted with Gary and beat his hounds and have been beaten by them also. He hates water, and if you have hunted around his place which is in the Missouri river bluffs, you would understand why. Lots and lots of hill, which doesn’t bother him at all but it kills me.

I have been involved in competition hunting now for over 10 years and have met people from all over the United States. Some I never want to be around again but Gary is not one of them. He is sincere and honest and a man of his word. About two years ago I was having some serious heart problems and really didn’t feel I was going to make it; I told my wife that night with tears running down my face where I want all of our dogs to go and I told her that I wanted Sammy to go to Gary because I felt her life would be better off with him than anyone else. Sammy is my most prized position and Gary was shocked and honored when I told him this.

Gary is a unique individual but he is an individual that makes this sport better for us all. I am proud to call him my friend!

The Kansas State Hunt and Show will be April, 8th, 9th and 10th this coming year at the Jefferson Co Fair grounds in Valley Falls, KS. Start making plans now to attend.

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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January 2021 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

With the coming of 2021 most of us are wondering what might or what could happen. We are praying that things are better for us all than 2020 turned out to be. That the world will go back to some kind of “normal” whatever that is. We were told once that” Hope Faith and Love” are good things that we possess and the greatest of these is love.

I hope for us all that 2021 will be the best that it can be. I have faith in us all that we will all do the right things and are lives will improve. For the love of each other and ourselves we need to do all we can to improve our lives and our health in as many ways as is possible. 2021 is ours for the taking let’s get it done.

As I write this article on the next to last day of November, I still need one more win on my hound to be qualified for the Tournament of Champions. I have four hunts left in my area to get this done and my feeling is, if we can’t win one hunt out of these four, we don’t belong in the tournament. I have faith in my hound that she will do her part, I just hope that I can do mine. The latter has been my hound’s problem all of her life with me. As I make many more mistakes than she does. I’m not sure that dogs love their Masters but there is sure a bond between Sammy and me and it is a special relationship for us both. I can be in the clubhouse getting final arrangements made and when I come out, there she is on up of the dog box with her ears up looking around to find me and when she does, her tails start wagging. The relationship that Sammy and I have make everything else in this sport seem rather small. I enjoy competition hunting very much and having a hound like Sammy makes it even more enjoyable.

I’m a blessed man for a variety of reasons but being involved in this sport is a blessing for me. Besides the hunting itself, meeting and becoming friends with different people in Kansas and all over the Midwest makes this sport so very special. I am terrible with names but I do remember faces, many people will speak to me and call me by name and I feel bad because I can’t call out their names. It bothers me more than them I sure but it’s just the way it is. I really do enjoy talking to you all so don’t stop talking to me, we can make it work.

Let’s all pull together and for the love of our hounds, our sport and each other let’s do our part to make 2021 the best year that we can. If we can do this, we will all be winners. 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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