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December 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

It is hard to believe that it is December already but here we are. Both of our major event in October were a huge success our youth hunt and show and our Banquet were enjoyed by many.

Our youth event had 15 hounds in the show and 19 in the hunt. This was one of our largest turn outs in a long time. The show was won by a pair of Redbones shown by Libby Lancaster. Grand Show Champion Male was Magic Luke and Grand Show Champion Female was Little Ann. Libby also won the showmanship as well, as she showed both hounds at the same time in the championship. Well done, Libby!!

The hunt was won by Kyla Bletcher, of Falls City NE, with a hound named Striker, 2nd place was won by Bently Sutherland of Oberlin, Ks with a hound named Big Chief. 3rd place was won by Karlee Porter of Nortonville, KS with a hound named Sammy and 4th place was won by Pader Ashreu of Whiting with a hound named Peanut. Bently Sutherland also won the Sportsmanship as well.

On October 29th we held our second annual Banquet in Effingham Ks, it was a huge success again. We had a lot of room and people seemed to really enjoy themselves. We did not take an exact head count, however I believe there were around 130 if not more people that showed up, as we gave out 68 numbers for the live auction. Cody Askren was our auctioneer and as always did an outstand job. Our meal was provided by a man known as “Hacksaw” I talked to several people and none seemed to know his real name but he is known far and wide by “Hacksaw”. The meal was a smoked pork chop, baked potato, green beans and a drinker roll, water and tea was also served. Dessert, was mini bunt cakes that were donated by Finer that a Frogs Hair Bar and Grill of Dennison, KS The smoked pork chop meal was totally donated by “Hacksaw” and is one of the reasons we have such a large crowed each year. “Hacksaw” owns Hacks Steakhouse that is located along K36 highway in Fairview, Ks and I’m sure is excellent and I am going to find out sometime in the near future. Thanks again, Cody, Hacksaw and Finer than a Frogs Hair.

Our banquet takes a great deal of planning, organization and work in order for it to be the success that it is. Our Vice President Brian Gerhart is this man and does an outstanding job. There is a banquet committee that helps but most of the planning etc. is done by Brian. The event this year was held in the Blue 4-H Building in Effingham, Ks, Mike Linscott was in charge of getting the building and making sure everything was OK.

When all was said and done, the KFH grossed over $26,000!!!! A job well done by all. We now have well over $35,000 in our bank account and it is the most it has been since we reorganized in 2008. We are getting back to what the account was back in the 1970’s as I have been told. What is the money going to be used for? I get asked this question a lot. One thing is for sure it is not going to be used for prizes at the hunts. It is going to be used for political action, possibly a person to work with law makers to make sure Houndsmen are not left out. Also, we will have money to help a Houndsmen fight a legal battle if his hound is shot or injured in some illegal way. We also give away a scholarship each year to a graduating Kansas Senior. I’m sure there are many other ways to use this money that none of us have even thought of. If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact us. One thing is for certain, this has been a two-year project, in getting our checking account to where it is today and this money is not going to be waisted in any way. I write the checks and I am way more careful with the KFH money than I am with my own money and I have to have approval from the board before I write or withdraw any money.

If you would like to be on the Banquet committee you can contact me, Brain or any of our board members, we would love to have your help.

The Kansas Federation is really growing, in next month’s article I will give you an exact amount of how many lifetime members we have and how many current members (yearly) that we have. My wife and I are putting this together for the new hunt that we will start in 2023, plus it will give us a total membership. This is something that we have never had. Why?? I cannot answer that, lazy, I guess. We will have it ready before January 1 of 2023 and we will post it on our website for everyone to see. If for some reason your name is left off, please contact me and I will get it figured out.

The new hunt: I believe that I have contacted all of clubs in the state and by the end of 2023 we will have a Kansas Houndsmen of the Year. Each club around the state will host one hunt either one hour or two hours and a point system has been devised to award points to 1st, 2nd 3rd and so on. The results will be sent to me to tabulate and keep track of. By the end of the year, we should have a winner. This is an effort to get all the clubs in Kansas involved in this process and it WILL NOT take the place of the State Hunt and Show that will take place in April and October of 2023. We are also considering putting a Youth Houndsmen of the Year in this format also. When all of this hunt format is ready each club will be contacted. Then each club needs to pick a date that will best work for them. The hunt that they choose can be in any month of the year, remember you will only host one date of this. I’m sure you have questions on this, please feel free to contact me or Tom Ginther. More information will be coming.

Wishing all of you and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God’s Blessing to All!

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

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November 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I missed the October article due to forgetting to take our computer on vacation and not being able to remember the addresses of where I was to send the article. So, I no longer have a perfect record of getting my articles in on time. Hopefully this will be a one- time affair.

By the time of the reading to this article our youth hunt and banquet will be history. The results of both of these events will be posted on our website as soon as possible after each event are held.

I never felt at any time in my life that I would get old. Was I ever wrong, I have always said that I would go into old age kicking and screaming and that is what I am doing now. It seems like when I get over one aliment something new pops up. You can’t hunt when every step you take hurts. I hate to be in a cast and slow it way down but that’s the hand I have been delt. All I can do is keep trying to get myself in as good of shape as I can and keep going, as I am not ready to give up competition hunting. I enjoy it very much and always have.

Have you ever thought much about your destiny? It seems lately that I have been thinking about that a lot. When I was a young man, I never figured that my life would lead me on the paths that I have been on for 73 years. I always wanted to be a High School Football Coach and I did get the chance to do just that for 6 of my 40 years of coaching. Was I successful? Won lost wise at the 3 schools I coached at I was not. However, I know that my staffs and I did do some positive things and we impacted players to make them become better adults and many of them have told me so.

However, the Middle School and Jr High level of coaching was a totally different thing. I wanted to coach at the High School level but God wanted and needed me to coach at the Middle and Jr. High level. I know this is true because I enjoyed it so very much and so did the young men that I coached. Some seasons when the talent was there, we won and some years we didn’t but I firmly believe that we all had fun and enjoyed playing the game and each other.

I had no idea that that part of my destiny would involve coon hunting and being an officer in the Kansas Federation of Houndsmen. But here we are and I have no regrets. The enjoyment that I receive from this I cannot put into words; it has become part of my life. I will continue as long as I feel that I am productive both on and off the field of competition.

My wife Sharon of 52 years and our two boys Tyler and Tucker also figure into my destiny. My life would be so very empty if they were not in it. One item that I never thought of is our grandchildren, Karlee, Emerson, Keegan and Jedidiah. These children have made my life complete and I am a very happy man. Do to distance I have a much closer relationship to Karlee and she is also the oldest, I feel that she and I have a very open and direct relationship, she also enjoys hounds and coon hunting also. Her dad is Tyler and he shared this proud moment with me just this past week. Their hound had treed and due to the leaves Tyler couldn’t find the coon, he told Karlee to turn her light off so he could see better. She asked him if she could move to the other side of the tree and shin? Of course, he said that she could and she turned her light on and said the coon is right here Dad. Tyler, myself and other fellow coon hunters who have passed on are very proud and we all know that tradition continues. I think that is destiny too. Destiny is defined as purpose or fate. I realize now what part of my destiny was and I am looking forward to what lies ahead for me and my family.

What worries me the most is how the politician might ruin all of our destinies. I have no real answers other than to vote but I’m not sure that is going to be enough. It appears to me that we are a nation that is out of control with no real purpose or focus on our overall destiny. John F. Kennedy said it the best, “we all occupy the same earth, we breath the same air “ We are all part of the same race, the human race! What will the destiny of the human race be? I hope and pray that we figure it out before it is too late.

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

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October 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report


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September 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Many things are going to happen in the next few months so make sure you mark these dates on your calendar. October 15th is our annual youth hunt and show which will be held a Valley Falls, KS at the Jefferson Co Fair Grounds. October 29th is our 2nd annual KFH Banquet which will be held at the Blue Building in Effingham, KS, doors open between 5-5:30. More information can be found on our website.

The KFH Banquet is a very fun thing to attend, various game, various auctions, great food, and fellowship with other like-minded hunters. With the main objective being to raise money for the Federation. Why raise money—what will it be used for? We have many irons in the fire to help fellow hunters. We give a $500 scholarship each spring to a graduating Sr. we have done this for the past 4 years, we have a member or members at every Wildlife meeting that are held around the state, we are working hard in every legal aspect of hunting a hound, so that it will always be a positive experience to turn your hound loose. If fellow hunters need legal help, we will always be there for them if it is all possible. All of these areas require money and at no time will this money be used just to have fun. Make plans to attend the Banquet if you do nothing but eat the meal and visit it is worth your time.

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for this heat wave to past besides the heat I am now getting over Covid. I tell you, if it’s not one thing it’s something else. I really believe that I have had this before and it took me a long time to get over it. This stuff is serious and you better take it that way or it will put you under, plus regardless of your age it takes a while to rebound. I am looking forward to the time again when I feel like going hunting again. All of my goals that I talk about are on hold until I feel strong enough to get back at it.

Our hunt and banquet committees have worked and are working hard to make a quality experience for you and yours so make plans to attend.

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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August 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Every August I dedicate this article to Preston Luft of LeGrande, Iowa who lost his life on a Friday night hunt, in the Tall Corn Classic. It was a very hot night and the cast split up at the end to go and retrieve their hounds. Everyone thought the Preston had already gotten a ride, when really, he was still looking for his hound. His body was not discovered until late the next evening. It appeared that he was running after his hound and ran into the side of a tree and crushed his skull. There is a plaque on that tree along the Iowa river today, you may run into it if you happen to hunt in that area.

The main point that I want to remind everyone about this tragedy is, we as hunters have to make sure that all cast members are accounted for. Leave no hunter behind. No hunt is worth losing the life of a hunter.

The Federations Banquet is set for the last Saturday of October at Blue Building in Effingham, KS. Doors open at 5 PM. Make plans to attend this event it is a great evening of food, and friends. If you wish to donate something or purchase a table, contact the people on the Baquet Committee. They can be found on our website in the May article.

Look for our minutes of the Fall meeting next month as they will be printed on the website. This meeting will be held on Saturday August 5th in the cook shack area of the Whiting grounds.

Hope all is well with you and yours, stay safe. Until next month keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hound be fleet and have the meat.

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July 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I hope this summer is finding you well. Things here is northeast Kansas have been pretty wet in May and June. The rain is very welcome as it was getting dry however, I hope that the rain valve doesn’t get shut off with July just around the corner.

Kansas will host two RQE’s one will be in Valley Falls the first weekend of July and one in Osage City the last weekend of August. Make plans to attend these events, both clubs do a very good job of running these hunts off, with good places to hunt and good judges. Check the UKC site for more details. The next Federation meeting will be August 5th at 5:30 outside the cook shack at the Whiting coyote grounds. The coyote hunt will be August 5th and 6th, it’s worth watching.

The banquet committee is working on getting this year’s banquet ready. I believe it will be the last Saturday of October, in Effingham, KS, more details will follow in the coming months.

I’m very pleased to report that my young English hound won his first hunt in Falls City, Nebraska this past May. It was only his second hunt in competition and I have said many times that I do not consider myself a good handler, however I felt on this night I did one of my better jobs. We had a good cast of guys that helped find each other’s coons and we all got along well.

Tom Ginther and I are in the process of putting together a new event for the Federation that will start in 2023. Each club in Kansas will host one hunt that will have points that will go towards the Kansas Coon Hunter of the year. I believe that I have contacted all of the clubs in Kansas and most are interested in doing this. Once we finalize everything it will all be posted on our website. This event will not take the place of Spring and Fall hunts it will just be an additional event for us with the winner being announced at the spring meeting in 2024. This is an attempt to get all of clubs involved with the Federation. If you have question’s please feel free to call me.

Stay safe over the 4th and until next month, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hounds be fleet and have the meet.

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June 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

The 2022 Hunt and show is history. We had a pretty good turnout for the way things are heading with competition coon hunting. We had 16 hounds on Thursday night for our warm up hunt. 19 hounds on Friday night, 12 hounds in the show and on Saturday we had 8 hounds in the show and 12 in the hunt. For a total of 67 hounds involved in this year’s Kansas competition.

Our annual meeting was conducted you can find the minutes of the meeting on our website. We had election of officers with all officers keeping their positions and Joey New replacing the open position of social media. Our next meeting will be August 5th at 5:30 at Whiting hunting grounds.

I have reported in several of my articles about the friend of mine who suffered a major stoke right before Christmas. I am delighted to inform everyone that though hard work on his part, a lot of positive support from family and friends and many prays, that he is now at his home and improving every day. He is the perfect example of believing in yourself. He can now talk some, put his clothes on with some help and get around but the main thing is he is out of the hospital. I am very proud of him and his efforts. He still has miles to go but knowing him, I am sure he will get as strong and mobile as is possible.

On Saturday before our meeting Lee Wilson of La Cygne, Ks came up to stay hi and right after that, ask me how my friend was doing? It took me a second to realize what he was referring to but when I realized that he was talking about my friend who I had written about, we had a very good conversation. Later in the day Lee came up and said to me, in reading some of your articles it sounds to me like you get depressed from time to time? I told him that things do get under my skin and bother me. He proceeded to tell me that when that happened and I get down, I need to go visit a nursing home and see and visit those people and my attitude will improve. You know what? He is totally correct!! Thanks, Lee, for helping me see the light.

I see things differently I guess, but I hold people and hunters to a very high degree of integrity. When hunters get caught cheating, stealing other people’s dogs’ and other unprofessional behavior, I believe they should be casts out of this sport forever. If we do not police our own ranks and hold each other to a high degree of integrity, the unprofessional sportsman will take over and this sport that I love so much will be over. Let me know how you feel about this.

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

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May 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Congratulations are in order to all of the Kansas Hunters who participated in the TOC this year. I know there were several but not knowing all who went I don’t want to leave anyone out. The only one that I am sure of that made it through to the top hounds for the TOC was Blaze Bauer from Girard, KS. If I have left someone off, I am very sorry. We wish you the best of luck.

At the writing of this article, I don’t have the information on our state hunt and show. Look on our website for that information if you are interested.

The Kansas Federation has been hard at work for Kansas Coon Hunters. We are trying to get the season on coon to be open all year. Wheels are in motion and we should be getting more information out on this very soon. With the over population of coons, we see no reason that this should not get accomplished. We are looking with great anticipation for the results of this from the commissioners.

We now have new officers for the federation, look on the website to see the results. If you have suggestion of any kind feel free to contact any one of us. Minutes of our April meeting may also be found on our website as well.

The Coyote state hunt and show will be held the first weekend of August in White Cloud KS. Check the website for this as well and make plans to attend. Seeing 175 or more hounds turned loose at one time is a very unique and fun experience with a great group of guys.

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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April 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

Just another reminder, the Kansas State Hunt and show will be April 14, 15 and 16th at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds in Valley Falls, Ks. Deadline for the all hunts is 7:00 PM and shows is 5:00 PM. If the weather holds this should be a great time for all involved, make plans to attend.

My granddaughter gave me a plaque for my birthday and on it, it says: “The hunting partnership between man and dog developed thousands of years age and from it came a deep bond of affection”. I know every hound that I have hunted there has been a bond. Sammy, the hound that I hunt now, I know there is a bond for me to her and her to me. Regardless of how the hunt goes we have a friendship that is very close. It makes the experience that much more fun. When I go into the club house to get us signed up and I go back out she will be on the tailgate looking to see where I am and when our eyes meet her tail goes to wagging. I believe that is a bond of affection.

I wish all hunters could have the bond that I do with my hounds but many will not and never will due to being cruel. Oh, have had to discipline my hounds from time to time but it never has fallen under cruelty. Even my new hound Jr who is being hunted by a friend of mine, when I go over to visit him, it is very obvious to me that he knows who I am and that we also have a bond. If I couldn’t bond with my hound’s I’m not sure this sport would be worth it.

If you know of a youth who is going on to some type of post high school education make sure they get on our website and submit a paper for our scholarship.

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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March 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

As I stated last month the dates of the 2022 Kansas State Hunt and Show had to be moved to April 14, 15, and 16. The deadline for all shows are 5 PM and all hunts are 7 PM. The hunt on the 14th is a 60-minute Slam hunt with no show before. Entry fees are: shows $20 and hunts $30. Our annual meeting will be held at 2 PM on Saturday April 16th as well. The location for all of these events will be the Jefferson County Fair Grounds in Valley Falls Kansas.

I also talked about a friend of mine who suffered a 70% stroke and my difficulty of handling the whole situation. I am happy to report that he is improving and seems to be in very good spirts. He has a long road ahead of him but I am confident that with the support of family and friends he will improve even more. However, there was life before the stroke and life after the stroke and they will not be the same. I fail to see the overall purpose of this but I’m sure there is one, that’s just seems to be the way it is. Life is not fair and never has been, we just have to make adjustments and try to move forward.

If you know any seniors in high school make sure they apply for our scholarship. The deadline for that is in April. They can find all the information on our website or they can call me. We as the Federation are very proud of this project and want to keeping awarding this to a deserving student.

I hope you and yours are safe and healthy, try and makes plans to attend our shows and hunts this April. Until then, keep your powder dry, your eyes in the top of the trees and may your hunts be fleet and have the meat.

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February 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

I want to apologies for my negative attitude last month. The old age syndrome gets to me sometimes and that was the case last month for sure. I am going to approach life with a new and improved attitude from this point forward to the best of my ability. As long as we awake to a new day, we each have the ability to do with it as we please, if our health allows.

Two weeks ago, today (the time of this writing) a close friend and I were cutting wood, visiting, eating lunch together and having a great time, as two friend will do. There was way more visiting and joking around than there was wood cutting as it should be with two old friends. Two days later he suffered a 70% stroke! This came totally out of the blue, he was in great health, not over weight, he exercised regularly, went to his doctor regularly, took no medication and had no idea that this was coming. It came as a shock to us all!

I have had a very difficult time wrapping my head around all of this. It took all the strength that I had to go visit him at the KU Medical center because he didn’t need me to be crying or shedding tears in front of him. It was tough to see him laying in the hospital bed with a feeding tube in his nose, not being able to talk and having the right side of his body paralyzed. He did know who my wife and I were but I found it very difficult to carry on a one-sided conversation. Plus, he had just finished a therapy session and was very tired. We stayed about 15 minutes.

I cried all the way to my car because this seems so unfair and it is my worst nightmare. I don’t want to die any more than the next person and looking back over my life I have survived several near-death experiences and I have dealt with family and other friends’ death but I do not want to leave my family with the situation that my friend and his family are in now, that is the nightmare to me.

Bottom line here, life is not fair! How we deal with it is what is important, we have to play the hand that life deals us. That is exactly what my friend and his family are doing, making the best out of a horrible situation. He is now in a long-term rehabilitation center and looks a lot better. I have not had the opportunity go visit him due to having a cold but I plan to do exactly that. He and his family are in for a long ordeal, his life will never be the way that it was, there was life before the stroke and now life after the stroke and they will be totally different. However, the promise of life is still there and what he makes of it will be up to him. He is a strong person and will make the best of it, I’m sure. My job as his friend, is to be there for him with as much support as I can give during this journey and I and others plan to do exactly that.

The Kansas State hunt and show have been moved to different dates due to a scheduling problem at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. The dates are April 14th ,15th and 16th. Times are not available now but will be posted next month. Start making plans now to attend.

I allowed another friend of mine to hunt my young English hound this winter. I tell everyone that he is going to “coon camp”. He is now treeing coon on his own and is making progress which was my hope. My plans for him are this, he is a beautiful confirmation hound, I plan on showing and hunting him at the Kansas Show and Hunt, we will see what happens after that. By letting my friend hunt, him, it allows me to continue to hunt my older Hound Sammy, it’s the best of both worlds.

I plan on getting myself in better shape and I have no plans to give up hunting now as I hinted in last month’s article as long as my health allows it. In fact, I hope to have both hounds at the State Hunt and Show, get them both qualified for the World Hunt and if time allows qualified for the 2023 TOC. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest and that is what I intend to do.

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

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January 2022 Article

By Terry L. Porter - State Report

It’s hard to believe that it is 2022 already but it is! Here’s hoping that you had a blessed Christmas and that your new year has started good for you.

I’m no longer the hunt coordinator for the state hunts. For 2022 that position goes to Ken Hickman and Skyler Mick. I will tell you next month the exact dates of our hunts and show, I’m sure they will be corresponding dates from last year, or you can reach them yourselves by going to our membership on the website. Their phone numbers are there. I’m sure they will post the dates and other information on face book and on our website as well. These two individuals will do an outstanding job.

At this point in time, I have no plans on hunts other than trying to get my young English hound going. I have reached a point that I am tired of trying to keep up with the young guys in competitions and feeling like I’m holding the cast up. When I do compete, I’m going to start with the one-hour double headers and move on from there. The big problem here in this area is that there is no club doing these that are close. One hour and a half is the closet hunt for me, so I have to pick carefully.

If I sound discouraged it is because I am. I’m getting older and slower and it seems like things are just passing me by. I do get enjoyment out of pleasure hunting but it just doesn’t match the competition hunts. We will see how things go this year and hopefully my attitude will improve.

Our banquet was a huge success and I’m sure we will do another one sometimes in 2022. I will keep you posted the best I can. We have had a great deal of positive support which is a very good thing.

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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