2014 PKC National Championship Play By Play

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Just a little info ablut our final three, we are looking for a good hunt tonite.  Weather conditions are just about right, Doug and the gang should put on a pretty good show.  Should get started a little after 8:00 CDT.

 

WCH SMOKIN HOTSPOT

A five year old Walker male owned by Jarrod Robertson of Elkton, Kentucky and handled by Bobby Burden of Morgantown, Kentucky. Hotspot was a very impressive winner of the PKC World Championship last year and has earned $35,692.43 in lifetime earnings. His sire is Tree Slamin Frankie who was off Stylish Coma and his Dam is Decker's Smokin Susie who was off Nocturnal Skipper. Hotspot was owned by Glen Decker, Lewistown, Missouri, who was also the breeder, until Dec 10, 2011 when he was sold to Jarrod Robertson.

Hotspot qualified for the Semi-Finals on Wednesday night scoring 200 plus on the late round hunting against; Adams' Sweet Reba, Jeremy Purifoy; Dilly's Trackman Willy, Forrest Dilley and Smokin Blue Boomer, Cody Westbrook. During the early round Wednesday night he scored 425 plus hunting against another World Champion, The Outsider handled by Tyler Young; Nowhere's Sun owned by Nickey Hale and handled by Tom White and Wipeout Lil Z, handled by, Floyd Walker. In the Semi-final he drew Nickey Hale again with Nowhere's Sun and Jeff Travis hunting the renowned Huff Hollow Homer owned by Travis/Axford. Hotspot won this cast with 150 plus to earn the right to go head to head with Burton's Stylish Woody Two, owned and handled by Raymond Burton, who had put on a coon treeing clinic on the early round. The two-dog final was a disaster for both dogs, but Hotspot won by a whisker.

ROCKY HILL COLD HARD "B"

"B" is a three year old English female owned by Stewart or McCaskill or Elmore City, Oklahoma and handled by Chace McCaskill. This little girl has been really active on the circuit this year and has already earned $11,888.58 for her owners. She was bred by Asa Briggs of Morely, Michigan and was sired by Rocky Hill Rocker. Her Dam was Main Street Zoey from another long line of winning English hounds. She was bought by Stewart/McCaskill on July 20, 2013 and was formerly owned by Joe Don Stewart and Goates/George. "B" is a very pretty but smallish hound with a stub tail, I am told that she lost part of her tail by being a little too slow to outrun a pack of coyotes.

She hunted early Wednesday night and scored a very impressive 450 plus against some top hounds. She was handled by Robert Sprouse that night, but was unable to advance past the late round. It appears that the coon failed to move where they were hunting and the cast was won with minus points. They entered her again on Thursday night with Chace doing the handling and came back with another win scoring 175 plus against another very tough cast. He drew Doug Compton and Bone Collector who is about as well known a winner as we have. There was also Timmy Waters hunting Jeff Barnes Hissy Phit and Steven Smith handling William Cochran's Draggin Bawls. Advancing to the late round found Chace up against another hound that is in our final three tonight, Dustin Weed handling Andy Landreth's Machine Gun Sally. Also in the late round cast was Lock River Puzzle owned by Lock River Kennels and handled by Robert Halfacre and one of the winning Black and Tans, Where's Wally owned and handled by Chris Chapman. "B" advanced to the Semi-Finals by treeing a coon and scoring 175 plus.

She hunted in the Semi-finals in a four dog cast consisting of Northern Backwoods Fly owned and handled by Mike Deen, Wipe-Um-Up Chick owned by Axford/Thompson and handled by Tracy Thompson who just about a month ago won a brand new chevy pick-up at the 2014 Pup Shootout. and C&H on Tapp owned by Crum and Hall, handled by Jason Crum who has also been in the winner's circle quite a bit lately. "B" came out of this cast with another 175 plus and a date in the two-dog late round against Jack Maggard's Clear Creek Dixie.

MACHINE GUN SALLY.

A four-year old Walker female owned by Andy Landreth of Vardaman, Mississippi and handled by Dustin Weed. Sally was sired by Salt Creek Rapid River Sockett who was a pup from Rock River Sackett, Jr. Her Dam was Snail Creek Misty who was a pup from another World Champion Hawk's Traxx Attack. She has a lifetime earnings of $34,997.60 and has been a hard dog to beat for a long time. She was bred by James Tirey, sold to Tirey and Britt on March 14, 2012, then to Rich and Brit on October 1, 2012 and to John Rich on November 27, 2012 who sold her to Andy Landreth.

Sally had a couple of losing rounds then came back Friday and won early with 300 plus hunting against Where's Wally owned and handled by Chris Chapman, G & G's Big Bad John, owned by Shelby/Young/Wilson and handled by Scottie George and Boogar Hollow Karma, owned by Brown/Wishon and handled by Dillon Bradshaw. She advanced to the second round and won again scoring another 175 plus against Backwater Game On, owned by Michael Bramlett and handled by James Taylor, Big Money owned by Cable/Danner and handled by Kevin Cable, Jr and Prime Time Scream'n Wendy ownded by Lee/Lee and handled by Preston Lee.

Dustin and Sally lucked out to a three-dog cast in the Semi-finals but handled it with class, scoring 225 plus against Northern Roxanne, owned by Sean Bacha and handled by Gene Driggers and Bear Creek Hanna owned and handled by Mark Bouska. This gave them a date in the two-dog late round against his neighbor and mentor Steven Miller hunting Sticker owned by Miller/Vickers. Steven has been tutoring young Dustin in the fine points of dog handling since before he was old enough to drive. Sally made it easy by bringing in the only plus points of the rainy late round.

 

Cast headed to woods, nice night, 51 degrees

 

Stopping to get soda and a candy bar on the way.  Action begins shortly!!

Just pulled up to the woods, nice hardwood bottom

Collaring the dogs.

 

Dogs cast at 8:20

Strike Sally for 100  -  Six a working

B struck for 75

Stationary working on the Sally

Sally treed for 100

Spot struck for 50 with a line

Sally handled alone; big as a nail keg laying on the first limb, PLUS HER UP!!

Sally recast.

Sally struck again for 25

The B is treed for 100

Two working on B

Barking again, two broke

Two working again, must be a little doubt in her mind.

Two broke and B is handled alone.

 Cast could not find the evidence and B was circled up.

The Sally has found another tree and is treed for 100.

 B is recast but is hanging a little close, Judge is running the 15

B has left looking for the big coon and they are running the five.

Hotspot is deep and lookin up.  Just been called treed for 100

Five is up and Sally is handled alone on her second tree.

Scores at present:

Sally has 200+ with another pending at this tree

B has 175 circle

Spot has 150 pending on this tree deep.

Guide and Bobby are headed to Spots tree while the judge finishes out the shining time.

 Could not find Mr. Coon in Sally's tree and she is circled.

Strike B for 25 and tree her for 100

Sally gets to take a walk on the leash.

Spot handled on his tree, guide and Chase are headed to B

Bout an hour left.

 The Mighty Hotspot had the coon and was plussed up.

Moved over to B's tree and she had her coon also. New ball game.

Got to the river and guide decides to call time with 52:50 left.

Scores as we stand now:

Sally - 200 plus with 125 Circle

B - 125 plus with 175 Circle

Spot with 150 plus.

 Dogs recast at 9:52

Sally get first bark and is struck for 100

Hotspot struck for 75

 Sally is barking treed and Dirt is pretending that he cannot hear her. Stationary running.

B struck to the right for 50.

Sally is anchored down and Dustin makes the tree call.

She seems to be a little in doubt now and Judge Compton applies the two minutes.

 The two minute rule caught her and we have a new leader.  Minus her 100.

Hotspot 150+

B - 125+

Sally - 100+

Little over 30 minutes left and a lot can happen.

Spot is now barking up a tree and Bobby is scratching his head. Stationary running.

 Spot is treed for 100

 Time is up and Spot is handled alone.

Must have been a small tree, didn't take long for judge to minus strike and tree.

Walking away to recast and Sally came into cast and was minus her strike points.

Stationary now running on B

This is the way I have the scores right now with 12-15 minutes left.

B has 125+ and is the leader

Sally has 200+ and 200 minus leaving her even with the board

Spot has 150+ and 175 minus leaving him with 25-

Sally has come in and walking with the cast, 15 started

B is gambling with a tree and is called for 100

 Action picking up.

Spot struck for 25, then treed for 100

Sally struck for 25

B dodges a bullet and is handled alone in the ground and receives circle.

Walked the minute and cut B.

Headed to where Spot is treed.

Sally is beginning to light up a tree over to the right.

Dustin calls her treed for 100.

Not much time left

Hunt is over and we have two trees to score.

 Plus Ole Spot up 125+

Going to check Sally

She also has a coon, plus her up 125+

I have the score:

The winner and National Champion is Sally with 125+

The Reserve National is B with 125+

Third place is the Hotspot with 100+

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR A VERY EXCITING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL!!!!!

2014 PKC Pup Shoot-Out Final Play By Play

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Lula, MS-
Saturday March 01, 2014


2014 PKC Pup Shoot-Out Final Play By Play

Everyone doing their best smile for the camera and doing their duty for the magazine people and we are about ready to line up for the woods; Judge is Tommy McQueen and back-up Judge is Brad Durham. The in-the-woods panel is John Granberry, James Love and Bud Hood. Reporter is Brandon Toney who is probably the only one on the cast that can send a text without running to a tree. Guide is Wesley Willard who has guided every final cast for a truck hunt for years. They will be hunting on a private hunting club on the Mississippi River that has been known for years to produce a lot of game.

We expect to cast the hounds around 7:00 pm CST.

Final 4 Interviews at the link below:
http://prohound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=143450

 

Hunter Struck 100

Dixie struck 75

Chick 50

Abby struck 25

Hunter treed 100

Abby Treed for 25

Easing toward the tree

Tree dead, cast going to look

Bone request to shine only with a dim light.

Hunter handled alone, Abby is moved up to 100 and tree about 100 years further.

Did not take long to to score Hunter, minus both ways.

Minute up and Hunter cut, on the way to Abby.

 Two minute rule bit Abby, she has 100 minus.

Walking back to where we last heard Chick and Dixie

Hunter struck back in for 25

Chick is through the country a ways, we are splitting the distance.

 Hunter treed again for 100, Abby for 75.

The Dixie treed for 50.

Cast easing their way toward the tree.

 Tree dead, cast on the way.

Dogs are handled, they are treed on the bank of the Mighty, Muddy, Mississippi river.

Could not find Brer coon, but it was a likely looking tree so we circle all three dogs and are walking back to the last place we heard Chick.

In hearing and the three hounds are cast.  Hunter struck for 25, Dixie struck for 25, Chick is working on a fifty strike. 

Abby is treed for 100 Dixie is treed for 75, Bone says you cannot pay him enough to call treed.

Time a-running.

 Scores at one hour is:

Hunter has 200- byut does have circle tree points

Chick is working on her original 50 strike

Dixie had 125 circle points and no minus

Abby has 100- and 100 circle points.

Scoring tree.

When the cast arrived the were treed in a den tree and a dead possum was found.  Judge circled the three dogs and cast is leading toward where they last hear the Chick.

 Chick is treed way thru the country, the other three handlers are going to practice leading hounds for a while.

Chick is treed a long ways through the country, Judge Tommy along with Granberrry and Brad are going to the tree to score it and they will then call time out and meet them at the road. 

It seems that my reporter took the easy way to the truck, Bone has offered him a nice cold drink.  It may be a little while before we know how tree was scored.

Roughly 40 minutes left in the cast and it will still take a while to get to the tree, score it and get back to the truck. Head judge and others will be a little weary of foot when they get back.

 Just checked with my trusty reporter and he says the dog is still treeing every breath, and they have not heard from anyone. Less than 30 minutes left.

Hunt is over and cast is scoring tree..

 

PLUS THE CHICK UP FOR 150+.  A NEW TRUCK WINNER!  ONE OF THE JUDGES REPORTED THAT TRACY IS SHAKING ALL OVER AND CHEEKS ARE VERY MOIST.

2013 PKC World Championship - Play By Play

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2013 PKC World Championship - Play By Play

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The Final Cast is heading to the woods.

Judges: Mike Hensley/Robert Burns/John Dunlavy/Bill Stokes, Guide: Tom Henson

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Smokin Hotspot
Jarrod Robertson-O
Bobby Burden-H

Hillbilly Deluxe
Cody Stallard(shown)-O
Jeff Stallard-H

Wipeout Maggie
Mark Hall-O/H
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The cast has headed to the woods, we will see action shortly
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The cast has arrived and dogs have been released 1:15 AM CDT
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Maggie struck for 100
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Strike Bill for 75 and Spot for 50
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Dogs getting deep, tightning up
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Bill treed for 100, Spot for 75
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Maggie has not covered so far, moving closer
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Tree closes with no Maggie
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They found some fur.  Plus Bill 175 and Spot 125
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Six working on Maggie, Bill and Spot in-hand
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Six broke, Bill & Spot released
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Spot and Bill struck for a quarter each
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Spot declared treed for 100, Maggie for 75 and Bill for 50
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Plus em' up!  Spot 125, Bill 75 and Maggie 175
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Scores at at 35 minutes in:
Spot; 250+
Bill; 250+
Maggie; 175+
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Dogs are recast, minute expires with no strikes
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Spot struck for 100
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Maggie struck 75, Bill for 50
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Spot moving right handed away from the other two, splitting the difference
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Jeff trees Bill for 100, Maggie for 75
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Spot is still generating right handed and deeper, won't be covering on this
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Headed into the tree
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Dogs are handled
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Big ol' leaning tree, looks like a den
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Found a hole
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Circle it up
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Walkin a minute to listen for Spot
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Walkin to the last place Spot was hear
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About half time...
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Spot is heard deep and Bill & Maggie are released
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Maggie strikes back in for 25
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Spot is still trailing deep, nothing from Bill yet
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Stationary running on Spot
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Bill struck for a quarter
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Spot treed for 100
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Two running on Spot
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Two broke, headed that-a-way
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Tree closed with no one covering
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Two running again
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Two broke again, moving closer
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Arrived at the tree
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Maggie Split treed off to the left for 100
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Bill split treed right handed for 100
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Plus Spot up another 200
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Plus up Bill for 125
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Spot & Bill are leashlocked as they head to Maggie
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Well Maggie had one too, give her 125
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Walking them all three the minute to cast for a new set of strike points
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Scores with 30 minutes to hunt:
Spot; 450+
Bill; 375+
Maggie; 300+
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Dogs have been recast
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Maggie struck for 100, Spot for 75
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Six is workin...
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Maggie breaks the six, Bill quiet
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Bill struck for 50
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Working six off & on
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Bill trees in for 100
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Bill moves and gets a dash behind his 100 tree points
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About 20 minutes to hunt
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Six a workin
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Maggie breaks the six
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Six a workin
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Maggie breaks the six
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Fifteen left
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Bill treed for 100
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Second tree closed, Bill sounds weak
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He hangs in there, starting that way
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Tree closed, no helpers
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Scoring tree
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Plus Bill up 150
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Tree Maggie deep for 100
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Spot also treed for 100
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Bill is leashlocked
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Hunt is over, Bill's final score is 425+, other two are pending tree scores
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At Maggie's tree
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No eyes yet
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Big tree, lots of leaves
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Maggie is circled up for a final score of 300+
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Still walking to Spot, he was wayyyy in there
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Still walking
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Made it to the tree, shining
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Plus up Hotspot 175 for a total score of 625+ and the 2013 PKC World Championship title.  Congratulations to Spot Jarrod and Bobby!

Bill is second with 425+
Maggie is third with 300+
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2014 PKC Sr Showdown Final Play By Play

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Lula, MS-
Saturday February 01, 2014

2014 PKC Senior Dog Showdown - Final Four Interviews
By Amy Thomas

The time has come to see which of the top four hounds competing for the brand new truck from Mitch Smith Chevrolet will drive it away from the Isle of Capri Casino. The 2014 Senior Showdown sponsored by the Isle of Capri Casino along with PKC Purina and SportDog is about to come to an end and only one hound out of the 64 that headed to Lula Mississippi can take that top spot. Lets meet our Final Four.

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Wipeout Maggie
Owned and handled by Mark Hall

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Mark Hall and Wipeout Maggie have been having a very successful time here lately. Just last November Mark and Maggie found themselves in the Final Three of the PKC World Championship and Maggie has once again proven that she can hang with the big boys as she is the only female on this Final Four. Mark is about to find out if their lady luck is going to continue and this time pay off big for them.

Mark had some help along the way to get Maggie ready for this event. First off his friend Ronald Gullion who won the Nationals one year with Adios Lightening has been a big support. Mark said that Ronald is his every night hunting partner and helps him keep Maggie tuned up. Last year when Mark ran for his truck ticket in April Ronald went with him and helped drive. Also Marks family has played a very big role in Maggie being up to par for this event. Mark said that he and Maggie had gone to South Carolina a few weeks ago and there Maggie tore her pads up pretty bad. Mark shared that he had to keep her in the house as he nursed her back to health. His wife Kim and kids Landry and Hadley all helped with her treatment and did their part to get her ready for this hunt.

With the support of his family and friends Maggie has been able to make her way to this last cast of the weekend. Entering it Mark and Maggie have a connection to one of the hounds in this Final Four. When Mark got back into hunting he bought this 08 Walker female off of Wipeout Willie from James Baskin. James has sold two of the hounds in this Final Four and he has one in it himself. Mark is happy that one of those hounds that James sold just happens to belong to him. He said that Maggie has just been a joy to own and is part of the Hall family.

After her purchase Mark and Maggie came out of the box going strong and winning big. However Maggie succumbed to some health issues and had a setback. Once recovered though she picked that winning streak back up and showed that she was still a force to be reckoned with. Maggie is once again proving it as she goes out on tonights cast.

Maggie has drawn some good hounds along her way to this last cast. In the Early Round Maggie drew out against Dirty Whiteboy owned by Cochran and Hopkins and being handled by Jonathon Merrit along with Wateree River Supasioux owned by Baker and Catoe and being handled by David Catoe and lastly Mister Overdrive owned by John Malcott and being handled by Robert Beggs. This was a tough cast as all of the hounds walked away with plus points. Maggie and Marks 50 plus point lead would take them into the Late Round. Mark shared that it was a good hunt and Maggie treed two coons for him. She treed her last one with less than a minute in the hunt. Mark shared that Maggie never quits and that in the World Championship last year that she got treed with three minutes left to go. He said that Maggie always keeps trying.

The Late Round found Maggie and Mark going up against Connell’s Thunder Tammy owned by Sarah Register and being handled by Brett Denney along with Huff Hollow Homer owned by Travis and Axford and being handled by Jeff Travis and lastly Ross Insanely Sweet Sugar owned and handled by Greg Ross. It seemed by the scores posted on the internet that it was close between Sugar and Maggie with Maggie winning with 200 plus points over Sugars 150 plus points. Mark stated that it was not as close as it appeared though and that Maggie was up 275 points with 19 minutes left to go. He said that Sugar had to tree two coons to beat Maggie but in the time left Sugar was only able to tree one.

When asked what strengths Maggie was going to bring into this Final Four Mark said that Maggie is just an old coon dog. He said that Maggie trees a lot of coons. In fact he said that so far she has been under five coons in her last two rounds and has no slicks.

This last round has a lot of connections for Mark. First off he is going up against a hound owned by James Baskin who is the person he bought Maggie from. Secondly Mark also went against a Stallard handling in last years PKC World Championship Final Cast. Lastly Mark works for the dealership that sells the truck to PKC. When asked how it works for him if he wins the truck Mark said that it is the same for him as it is for anyone else. The dealership will make the registration out to him like they do any of the PKC hunters who win it.

Now Mark is about to find out if Maggie can pull ahead and win the truck that his dealership has helped make available for this event. Winning the truck would truly be the ultimate pay off for Mark with Mitch Smith Chevrolets involvement with the PKC Truck Hunts. The ride to work on Monday will definitely be a memorable one for everyone at the dealership if Mark and Maggie win this Final Cast.

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Stoneys Swamp Rats Son
Owned by Allen Stonecipher
Handled by Eric Henson

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This is not the first time that Eric Henson and Stoneys Swamp Rats Son have been in the Final Four of a truck hunt. Last year both Eric and Son travelled to Mississippi to their first ever truck hunt only that time it was the Pup Shootout. On that initial Truck Hunt, Eric and Son found themselves in the Final Four. Some might say it was beginners luck but this year at their second trip to Lula Mississippi they are back at it and now hunting it off in the Final Four of the Senior Showdown.

Stoneys Swamp Rats son is out of Swamp Rat and Hicks Buckcreek Molly who goes back to Buck Creek Buck and Craedocs Jill. He also has Shoenuff Mary Jo on the bottom side. He is a 09 Walker that Allen Stonecipher bought from James Baskins as a two year old. It seems that James has had his hand on another top winning hound in this Final Four. In that time since buying him Eric said that he and Allen have done a lot with Son in those two years.

Eric shared their successes even though he said that Son does not do a lot of competition hunting. Eric said that they got to this point by winning the Dixie Jamboree. After this the next big PKC event for them is to have Eric hunt Son in the Nationals. Since they placed Son third in the Oklahoma State Race they will also hunt him in that State Hunt. Eric said that they do not run up and down the road with him. They hunt him about four nights a week around the house to keep him tuned up.

Keeping him tuned up but not run down was a key factor that Eric felt added to the success that he and Son have had so far on their second trip to the Isle of Capri Casino. Eric stated that he felt last year he hunted Son hard trying to prepare for that first Truck Hunt but he felt ran him down by doing so. This year Eric just kept Son tuned up. Eric said that it also helps when you handle a good dog and they have a lot of heart and drive. Eric said that as a handler though you have to do your part. He stressed that is a team effort and that they are there to win like everyone else. Eric said that all the dogs got here because they tree coons. He also felt lucky breaks help out. He said that the Final Four are the dog that all the stars were aligned for and the dogs did what they needed to do to get here.

Eric shared how he made it to this last and all important round. The Early Round found Stoneys Swamp Rats Son getting the advantage of drawing a three dog cast with Great Miami Rocks owned by Allen and Allen and handled by James Tirey along with Hard Times Annie owned by Mid South Kennel and handled by Ty Nelson. Rocks and Rats Son tied with 150 plus points but Rats Son won the tiebreaker. Eric talked about how the hunt worked out for him and Son. He said that he two little females could never get out of a ten to twenty acre area. They treed a coon and Son split with a coon. The second tree was a den for Son. Then one of the other dogs had a den and that was about it. Eric said when they were walking he had 175 plus points but on the way to one of the other dogs he struck Son in for 25 points but the judge did not hear him open again. Eric said that was his fault for not stopping when he heard him and letting the judge know. He stated that it was a handler mistake that cost him those 25 points.

Eric would not make a handler mistake twice though in the Late Round. In that cast, Eric and Son drew Slow Talking Buzz’s Lynch owned by Cox/Sanders and being handled by Ryan Sanders along with Wheres Wally owned and handled by Chris Chapman and lastly Full Throttle Jiggs owned by Olivia and Stivers with Robert Stivers handling. Rats Son walked away from that cast with 400 plus points. The closest dog to him was Jiggs with 175 plus points. Eric shared how that cast went. He said that before they turned the dogs loose they were striking off the leash. They started striking in within 40 seconds of releasing them. Son treed to the left. When he went to him he had a coon. Their dogs treed and they had a coon too. He stated that after that it was self-explanatory. There were a lot of coons where the cast was hunting. Every time he struck and treed Son he had a coon. He had no minus. He said that Jiggs had a chance to catch them when they were leash locked for a while. Jiggs then got struck and treed back in for 100 and 100 but it was a circle tree. After the hunt was over Eric walked into Son and he had another one on the outside.

Eric has never hunted against any of the dogs in this Final Four. He said that he is just going in blindfolded with guns blazing. He feels that Sons strength in this last cast is his heart and drive. He knows that Son feels good unlike last year. James says that he hopes Son does what he does best and hopefully they will get a lucky break.

James said that he told Allen and everyone back home that the truck is coming home to Oklahoma. He also said that Allen had to stay back and tend to cattle so he came down here with his wife Heidi and their seven month old daughter Paris. He hopes Heidi will be helping him drive another truck home.

We are about to find out if Erics lessons learned last year will pay off and if he will find himself one of the luckiest coon hunters in PKC by only being in two truck hunts back to back and finding himself in the Final Four of each of them!

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Eli Stone
Owned by James Baskin
Handled by Jeremy Qualls

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This years Final Four of the Senior Show Down is quite an accomplishment for long time PKC member and supporter James Baskin. Having sold two of the tree hounds in it and being the owner of Eli Stone one might say that the odds of James coming away from this round at the casino feeling like a winner are pretty high. However it is with Eli Stone and Jeremy Qualls that the real feeling of winning will hit home for James Baskin.

Eli Stone is a 08 model Walker out of Skuna River Bark and a Rat Attack female. He did not enter the scene under this name though. It was actually James Love who put the name Eli Stone on him when the Walker was owned by Rick Vogel and John Strickland. James Love had gone to try a young dog by the name of Snoop Dog that Jason Will had bred. James liked the dog but future owner Rick Vogel said that if they were going to hunt it than that name had to go. After watching a detective show with a main character named Eli Stone, Snoop Dog no longer existed. James went to work on training the young hound now named Eli Stone.

Eli Stone has had quite the ownership change over in his lifetime and it was from Terry Bush in Georgia that James Baskin bought Eli Stone. James had gone to Jacob Edmonsons house. James Love told him about Eli Stone. James Baskin had hunted with Steve Yant and Eli Stone at the wildlife refuge near James house so James already knew Eli Stone was a good dog. Jacob Tea Cup Edmonson got James Terrys number and James Baskin ended up buying him.

Then James took Eli Stone to the Super Stakes two years ago. He led his first cast and during a time out he called Gary Elliot who had been after him to sell Eli Stone. James told Gary that if he wanted to buy Eli Stone then he better tell him right then. Gary bought him and James went on to win both of his rounds that night. He and Gary waited for Friday to come around and then James got him in again with nine single coons on that third round. James and Eli Stone ended up winning third. Gary Elliot took Eli Stone home but then Bob Dudley found out about him. Bob ended up asking Gary what he would take for the hound and Bob bought him. James and Bob are good friends and have done many dealings together. Down the line James wound up doing a deal with Bob on the Roxanne gyp that James bought from Ryan Crowson. That was when he wound up with Eli Stone back.

Eli Stone had not been hunted for a little while, but James said that he and Eli Stone hunt good together and it only took him about two weeks to have Eli Stone back to the dog he was the first time he had him. Then James and Ben Jones who is from the same town as James started hunting five and six weeks ago until the early morning hours even in the icy cold weather several nights to get Eli Stone ready for this Senior Show Down.

Jeremy Qualls has hunted for James on and off for fifteen years now and has hunted with Eli Stone both of the times that James owned him. James wanted Jeremy to handle for him at this event so Jeremy started going with James and Ben to get to know him. Having Eli Stones style fresh on his mind, Jeremy did well in his first two rounds.

In the Early Round Jeremy and Eli Stone drew out against Handsome Little Demaon owned by Lively Newsome and Reeves being handled by John Lively along with Cutrights Mr Gibb owned by Caleb Cutright being handled by Matt McCallister and lastly Nowheres Sun owned by Marshall and Carvill being handled by Nickey Hale. Eli Stone won the cast with 275 points. Jeremy said that he struck Eli in for 50 and 100 points on the first coon. Eli was by himself. When Jeremy cut him loose again Eli struck back in for 25 points and he had another coon. Jeremy said that nothing ever backed him and Eli Stone was by himself every time.

In the Late Round Jeremy and Eli Stone drew out against Sue owned by Hanawalt and Messersmith being handled by Brad Messersmith along with Rf Big Creek Phlirt owned by Rodney Finger and being handled by Stan Ailshie and lastly Wipeout Stylish Gold owned by Wilbanks and Young and being handled by Clay Young. Eli Stones 175 plus points put him above Wipeout Stylish Golds 25 plus points and James Baskin found himself connected to another Final Four Winner only this time he was the owner! Jeremy said that on this cast he struck Eli Stone for 75 points and he was deep and alone on a coon. Unfortunately Eli Stone was leash locked for about twenty minutes until they heard the other dogs. They heard Gold and Clay Young struck him and then treed him. Jeremy said that Gold was a little over a mile away and that it took them about 30 minutes to get there. After that there was only about 30 minutes left in the hunt. Eli Stone treed again by himself but the hunt was over. All he got was that one coon.

Jeremy said that he had been on two great casts and had two great judges on the two rounds before this Final Round. This is the biggest Final Four that Jeremy has been in so far. When asked what strengths he felt that Eli Stone would bring to the last cast Jeremy said that Eli Stone will be a dead loner who will get treed by himself and have coons. He said that Eli Stones strength is that he will not back another dog nor will he pull to one.

Jeremy has a little advantage in this cast because he has hunted with Mark and Maggie and the Son dog also. He will at least know what to expect with them. James has a lot of faith in Jeremys handling ability tonight.

Having played a part in three of the four dogs in this Final Four is a huge honor for James Baskin. James said that he is proud. He said that he has no hobbies outside of coon hunting. He said that he hunts every night of his life and loves to buy dogs and work them to either keep or sell. He is also proud that he raised the All Time PKC Money Winner in Rat off of his female Shoenuff Mary Jo who is also in Swamp Rats Sons pedigree. No matter how it turns out this Final Four is one that James Baskin will not forget.
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Last year the Stallards also found themselves hunting in the Final Four of the Senior Showdown when Jeff Stallard and his son Codys dog Hillbilly Deluxe made it to that much desired final round. That started off a very successful year for the Stallards with Hillbilly Deluxe. Jeff found himself handling Hillbilly Deluxe in the Final Three of the 2013 PKC World Championship and though they did not emerge as the victors they did find themselves on the top of PKC standings by cinching the Top Male Race. Now the Stallards are going to see if the third time truly is a charm for this Final Four just a year later. However this time they are mixing it up with dog and handler.

In this Senior Showdown the Stallards had two dogs in. Jeff Stallard handled Hillbilly Deluxe and his son Cody Stallard went on as Rovers handler. This time the son took the lessons learned from home and beat out his father Jeff and Hillbilly Deluxe with this O6 model Walker. In their interviews last year Jeff Stallard bragged about Rover and obviously with good reason.

Rover is out of Stylish Zeke and Stylish Kate. The Stallards got him from Ian and Kevin McCoy a year ago. The Stallards decided to get him all because of his coloring. Their saying is If it aint white then it aint right. Cody said his dad and Larry Danner both say that he reminds them a lot of Jeffs old dog Lefty. Cody said Rover is just an old bawl mouth tree dog that does not say a lot on the ground. When asked the Stallards will tell you that Rover is just another of one of their farm dogs. These farm dogs to them may not be as refined appearing as some of the hounds in this competition but they definitely get the job done.

The Early Round found Cody and Rover up against Briar Creek Chaser owned by Manuel Mowery and being handled by Travis Sneed along with Hats Creeks Stylish Bang owned and handled by Wesley Hamby and lastly Wipeout Bones being owned by Morgan and Goings and being handled by Benjie Morgan. The only other dog to have plus points in that cast was Stylish Bang with 25 plus points but Rover toppled that score with his 150 plus points. He may have only made one tree but that tree held a coon. As Cody said having those coons helps you. This took Cody and Rover into the next round.

In that Late Round Cody and Rover drew W CH Smokin Hotspot owned by Jarrod Robertson and being handled by Bobby Burden along with North Bottom Jackie owned by Curt Hummert and being handled by his son Mitch Hummert and lastly Nighttime Tree Bender owned by Hall and Chenoweth and being handled by Jared Hall. This was a cast of top youth handlers accompanied by the 2013 PKC World Champion that the Stallards found themselves going up against back in November at the PKC World Championship Final Four. Cody said that the handlers all had a good time hunting against each other but the dogs just looked common and did not perform to their fullest. Rover would walk away from this cast though as the only hound with plus points and those 50 plus points would put Cody Stallard in the Final Four of the Truck Hunt.

When asked what strength Rover would bring to this last battle for the truck Cody replied that he just stays out of trouble. He said that you may hear him walking around one minute and then the next minute you will hear him in there treed.

 

If they win the truck Cody jokingly said that he may do some donuts in the parking lot of the casino before he drives it home. Then on a more serious note Cody said that if he wins the truck he will be keeping it. This would be a nice gift for a 16 year old PKC Youth Handler! However he is not the only Stallard son with his eyes on the road ahead. Younger son Casey Stallard is looking forward to next month when the Stallards travel back to Lula Mississippi for the Pup Shoot Out with Caseys hound Image. Casey is hoping that his older brother wins it tonight and next month he will get his own set of keys.

 

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The group going to the woods are as follows.  Maggie/Mark Hall, Son/Eric Henson, Stone/Jeremy Qualls and Rover/Cody Stallard.  Lead judge is Mike Hensley, back up judge is Eric Henry.  The three panel members going to the woods are James Love, Mike Creasy and Brad Durham.  The guide for the final is Wesley Willard and the Play By Play will be reported to Jerry Moll by Ashley Guthrie.

We will start taking the Final Four photos around "The Truck" in about ten minutes or so.  As soon as possible we will get this group to the woods and get the action started.
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The cast has arrived at the woods.  Collaring up and strapping on lights
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Dogs are loose at 6:43 PM CST
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Son has decided to hang around, 15 working
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He's gone and 5 is working
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A dog is barking, judge Hensley has asked for a call several times, no response
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Minus Stone 300-
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Strike Son 100
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Strike Stone 75
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Stationary on Stone
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Maggie has been quiet
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Tree Stone for 100
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Two working on Stone
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Stone left, minus him 100-
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Tightning up
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Tree Rover 100
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Tree Son 75
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Rover, Son and Stone all handled at at the tree.  Stone was not treed in
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Shining tree
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Maggie struck for 25 with a line
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On a massive tree, hard to shine
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Tree is circled, Rover (150), Son (175), Stone 75 deleted
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Wind is picking up, hard to hear
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Six working on Maggie
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66 degrees, wind 15 mph
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Six broke, Son, Stone and Rover released
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Six on Maggie again
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Stone sruck 25
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Rover struck 25
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James love is displaying his phisical abilities to the other cast members
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Son struck 25
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Stone treed 100
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Son split treed 100
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Maggie is currently MIA
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Trees are dead, cast heading to Stone, Eric going to handle Son
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Circle Stone (125)
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Maggie treed 100
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Stone has been recast, cast members headed to Son
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Mark going to handle Maggie
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45 minutes left
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Circle up Son (125)
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Strike Stone and Son for 25 with a line each
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Tree Rover 100 
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Tree Stone 100
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Plus up Maggie 125+
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Maggie is loose
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Plus up Stone 125+
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Recast Stone, headed to Rover
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Strike Stone 25
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Strike Maggie 25
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Circle up Rover (125)
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Rover has been recast
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Stationary working on Maggie, she has loaded up again
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Son treed 100
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Rover struck for 25
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Maggie treed 100
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Stone treed for 25 with Maggie
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Shinning Son's tree
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Circle Son (125)
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Tree Rover 100
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Hunt is over
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Two working on Rover
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Two caught Rover
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Maggie is the 2014 PKC Sr Showdown Truck Winner
Son is second place
Rover third place
Stone fourth place
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2013 PKC Youth World Championship - Play By Play

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Published Date Written by Jerry Moll

Judge: Steve Combs

Back-up Judge: PKC Youth Program Co-Coordinator Steve Burkholder
Guide; Tom Henson
Reporter; PKC Youth Program Co-Coordinator Amy Thomas
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inal cast members:
Elijah Miller of Catlettsburg, KY;
hunting Hard Knockin Stylish Knot, owned by Robbie Fuller..

Paxton Lee of Lepanto, AR;
hunting Prime Time Scream'n Wendy, owned by Lee/Lee.

Dalton Major of Oologah, OK;
hunting Little Witch, owned by George E. Major Jr.
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A few more photos at the fairgrounds and we'll be ready to go...
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The cast has arrived at the casting grounds
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Judge Steve Combs led the cast in prayer, now they are leading across a field to cast the dogs.
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Dogs have been cast at 10:13 PM CDT and Witch is struck for 100
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Wendy struck for 75
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Dogs are moving deeper and to the right, cast is tightning up
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Knot struck for 50
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Here we go, Witch loads up and Dalton trees for 100
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Second tree closed sans participation
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Knot is treed for 50
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Dogs are treed on a creek bank, going into handle now
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Searching the tree
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Wendy is off somewhere doing her own thing
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Circle up Witch and Knot
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Before they could re-cut Witch and Knot, Wendy is treed, leashlocking the other two
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At Wendy's tree searching now
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She's up a leaning tree on a creek bank
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Circle up Wendy and recast the trio
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Twenty-five minutes left to hunt
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Witch struck 100, Knot for 75, Wendy for 50
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Witch treed for 100, Knot for 75
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Plus up Witch and Knot
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Wendy trees AGAIN before they can get cut and locks em' up AGAIN
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Plus up Wendy!
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Dogs recast and minute is up
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Strike Witch for 100
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Six working
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Knot struck for 75, Wendy for 50
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Knot treed for 100, Witch for 75
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Hunt is over, heading to the tree
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A big leafy tree, shining and squalling...
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Circle it up, Dalton and Witch win with 200+
Paxton and Wendy are second with 150+
Elijah and Knot are third with 150+

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