Bertie, out with her friends in Southeastern Missouri. On this Sunday a pack or professional hunting bassets were brought to her farm to test their scent skills in a new environment. Bertie, still a puppy, enjoyed going out with them to see if she could stir up any of those pesky rabbits that have beenContinue reading “Bertie”
Hounds from Tree Creek Bassets kennel return form the hunt. With the hunters, we have 3 Couples (six Basset Hounds), Annie the Coonhound and bringing up the rear is Brian-Scott a one year old Basset Hound not quite ready to be a tracker. The other six hounds have spent about two hours scouring fields, woodContinue reading “Return from the Hunt”
A the moment, a quiet setting at one of St. Charles’ numerous duck hunting clubs. Earlier a storm came through cooling things off and soon after the sunsets the ducks will will be ready to roost and flock into this lake. Currently the lake is occupied by decoys tempting others to join them.
This is one of the many duck clubs along the Mississippi river. Missouri offers one of the best sites in the nation for duck hunting and St. Charles County is no exception. During the fall huge flocks of ducks fill the skies and fill the wetlands during feeding time. Walking the levies during these timesContinue reading “St. Charles Farm”
A fall scene in Weldon Spring, Missouri. This area sits on bluffs above the Missouri River, just west of St. Louis County. The area provides space for equestrians and roving “foot pack” hunters with their Basset Hounds. Following the hounds through the woods and pastures can be a great way to spend a fall afternoon.
These two compete nationally as scent hounds. Here they have been tracking rabbits and just came out of a deep ravine where they found a few tracks but nothing substantial. The Hunt Master is telling them to move on to another field where they might find a better scent to track. They are judged forContinue reading “Working Hounds”
A lone woman with her trusty hound hiking through the woods. Actually she is part of the Gumbo Flats Gold Cup event where hounds show off their tracking skills. Today there are “12 couples” (24 Bassets) in field including Missouri’s Three Creek Basset Pack and Okaw Valley Foot Bassets from Ohio. Awards are given toContinue reading “Out with her trusty hound”
Sochii is out with his pack combing through brush and undergrowth trying to pickup the scent of a rabbit. He usually hunts with a dozen other Basset Hounds and is part of a pack that belongs to Three Creek Bassets, a professional group of hounds that competes nationally. This is actually part of a sportContinue reading “Sochii”
After scouring woods, creeks and valleys, hunters return empty handed. This is in Lincoln County, Missouri with low rolling hills that turn into rugged terrain towards the Mississippi River. An easy area for these hunters to trail fox and the Basseters chase rabbits. However the enjoyment of being outdoors, camaraderie of friends and the afterContinue reading “Returning from the hunt”
This is part of the Three Creek Bassets pack that competes nationally in their hunting and tracking skills. This pack hunts every Sunday afternoon, September through April. Watching them get onto a scent and follow it is something to see!