Originally Posted by centrarchid
Coon hunting occurs outside your neck of the woods and doing the canned hunts for show are just that. The tree climbing is rare and not consequential as the dog can not get to where the raccoon is located.
Outside my neck of the woods? Friend, I live on my 2,000 acre farm in the Central Highlands of West Virginia. I've coon and all treeing game since I was about 6 years old and started doing it alone when I was about 12.
I sold coon hides to help me defray costs in college and as a side note, I caught rattlesnakes (when it was legal) in the summertime for the same purpose.
While Marcellus Shale pays my bills now, I still get out once in a while with friends (as do my adult children) and ride along with friends on bear hunts, my old friend arthritis prevents me from taking as active roll as I would like.
My daughter killed a bear this year with friends ...her first. I mean you no disrespect and take none from your attempts to question my integrity.
Here's a pic or two of my daughter's bear.