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gundogs Dogs for Hogs O By Ron Spomer, Field Editor nce you've trained the ultimate pointing breed or noslip retriever, you've joined an ancient brotherhood, a proud and rich tradition. You've become an integral partner in one of the oldest cooperative hunting teams on Earth. Except you haven't. If you want to indulge sporting dog tradition, if you really want to team up with one of the oldest canine hunters in history, kennel those bird breeds and get yourself a real hunting dog-a hog dog. Dogs that hunt hogs make our oldest bird breeds look like newborns. Germanic barbarians hunted wild boar with dogs for hundreds of years before they sacked Rome. A Roman sculpture depicting the famous Calydonian boar hunt from Greek mythology includes dogs clinging to the boar's ears. That story dates back before Homer (8th century B.c.) We're talking venerable hunting breeds, here. And they're still with us, still baying and catching wild boars and feral hogs. Good thing, too, because some 5 million feral pigs are ravaging the United States. Hog dogs come in two main flavors: baying dogs and catch dogs. But the lines can blur. The idea is for bay dogs to locate a hog, stop it then bark or "chop" so the catch dogs and hunter can find them. To hold a pig, bay dogs perform more like herding them, since the fierce little terrors often dogs, standing back to guard the pig, but leap in with no regard for their physical well being. "They think they're bigger than cutting off its escape when it tries to run. "A good bay dog is impressive to watch the hog," one Texan told me. and hard to find," said Michael Spiehler, When catch dogs "catch up" to the hog hunter and proprietor at hardcore- action, their job is to dive in and grab the hogdogs.com. "You can train, but most pig, usually by the ear or jowls, and hang of it is instinct-they have to want to hunt on. Aggressive, incautious catch dogs just hogs. You can't make them. You need a attack the hog head-on, tusks be damned. dog that hunts like a hound but isn't open Because of the obvious risks with a toothy on track (doesn't bark while tracking). hog, catch dogs are usually outfitted with That's hard to find." protective neck collars, chest protectors Bay dogs can include, believe it or not, or vests. According to Spiehler, Kevlar sharp-nosed pointing breeds. But scent "cut vests" are the most effective at turning hounds like Plotts, Walkers and fox hounds tusks. Cordura nylon vests with as many are more commonly used. Still more popu- as seven layers have been sliced open by a lar are black-mouth curs, Catahoula curs, big boar's tusks, but Kevlar turns the teeth. leopard curs and mixed curs. Curs have Vests for bay dogs typically reach from long been bred to sniff out and bay hogs. just under the head/neck joint to nearly In fact, the Catahoula is thought to be the front of the hips. Popular catch dogs the oldest dog breed developed in North include pit bulls, various mastiffs, Great America. I've seen some hog hunters use Danes, bull terriers, Dogo Argentino and little Jack Russell and jagd terriers as bay American bull dogs. dogs, but they were pretty protective of A good bay dog is usually expected to ■ Build Your Skills GPS TrACkinG Thanks to GPS, tracking collars are precise and reliable. DE Systems' Border Patrol TC1 lets the user set a travel range of up to 800 yards, after which warnings and then aversion stimulation are automatically generated within the dog's collar. This is good for limiting a dog's search range. Garmin's Astro 320 tracking collars and handheld receivers work with GPS to reveal not only where your dog is, but where he's been and whether he's running, sitting or standing as far as 9 miles away. It's amazing technology. SportDog's TEK 1.0 GPS training collar does much the same, but can include a training (stimulation) module for the collar, too. june 2013 ❘ 30 ❘  americanhunter.org http://www.hogdogs.com http://www.americanhunter.org

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