After foraging through the woods in Weldon Spring, this group pops out on a country road. These hunters have a pack of about a dozen Basset Hounds and are part of Three Creek Bassets, a nationally known pack of scent hounds. Today they are trying to pick up the scent of a rabbit, track itContinue reading “Hunters”
You know it is fall when you experience opening day of Basseting. During the fall season through winter, about a dozen Basset Hounds are tested to see if they can find and follow the scent of a rabbit. Once the scent is found the Hounds go on full alert and try to find their elusiveContinue reading “The Hare and Hounds”
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!
The family that runs Herbst Farms generously allow the Three Creek Basset hunting group to use their land twice a year. Everyone goes all out for an afternoon of chasing rabbits. The event usually requires 12 to 18 Basset Hounds to track the varmints. Since the hounds are off leash a group of people includingContinue reading “Horseman”
Watching these hounds hunt is fascinating. Bassets are pack animals and work together to track their prey. When one finds a scent and heads into the brush, the others spread out knowing the target will run. The secondary hounds try to judge the direction of the prey and attempt to cut it off. During allContinue reading “The Discussion”
It’s the end of fall and time to take the hounds into the empty fields. The Three Creek Basset pack will spend weekends from now until April honing their tracking skills. This is an opportunity to get out, enjoy the Fall weather and fresh air.
Many of our Sunday afternoons are spent in St. Charles County watching these hounds demonstrate their tracking skills. They are part of Three Creek Bassets, a professional pack of Basset Hounds that compete nationally. Their short powerful legs allow them to forage through dense brush where rabbits hide. Their goal is to track the rabbitsContinue reading “Basset Hounds”
The Basset Hound was bred to hunt. Its keen nose and short stature are suited to small-game hunting on foot. As hunting has declined in popularity, many Bassets have lost their age-old skills. There are a few groups that promote hunting with Basset Hounds. The American Hunting Basset Association and the Basset Hound Club ofContinue reading “The Hunt”