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1  HOG & DOGS / GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Building A Cut Vest on: Today at 10:20:04 am
Interesting topic! I am currently running a Southern Cross Ultra Flex Strike vest and really like it. My only real complaint with it is that the holes on the straps for the buckle have started to expand and tear up, I’m probably going to have to get someone to repair it before a buckle comes loose while a dog is running. I have a hardcore hog dogs vest as well that is a strike vest, I think they called it the bikini vest. I don’t like it quite as much as the southern cross when it comes to fit, but Michael is very nice to deal with and I had him make the leg holes a little bigger so that when the dogs are running and stretching out their legs aren’t getting binded up.

One thing that Hardcore does that I really like, is adding flotation. Costs is very cheap and I had a full length vest for my old RCD and it let him swim effortlessly for MUCH longer, like having on floaties. I want to see about having it added in to a strike vest too (I have transitioned away from full length vests) but my concern is that the placement of the flotation wouldn’t be in the middle of the dog and might be out of balance so their front would be floating up more than their back and mess up their natural swimming.

I also like having the collar attached. If I have a separate cut collar I prefer the Hardcore collars. I think we are at a day an age where technology and competition is speeding up the evolution of everything, to include cut gear. I would like to take a dog for an in-person custom fitting one day and see what kind of difference that would make.

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2  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Been A While on: December 01, 2020, 06:38:00 am
T-dog, she definitely has more of a walker look. You can really only see the pit in the shape of her head. She used to be totally silent but as she’s gotten older she has gotten to where she will start to open up if she’s right behind it. She’s 6 or 7 now and starting to slow down a little bit, but if you hear barking the hog will usually have teeth on it within a few minutes.

Cajun, was thank ya sir! I was more than happy with them. That young male dog was really looking good before he got ran over, after he recovered I kept him put up until I had puppies on the ground. I didn’t want to set myself back like I did before after having to start over once my lead dog and catch dog were dead. He did better than I expected for his first trip back out. Some more boot time and some more swine and I think he will make a really nice dog

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3  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Been A While on: November 30, 2020, 09:21:42 am

Yessir. The two dogs I’m holding are the parents of the pups. Both have been sitting up for a while. The male was my young dog that got ran over last March. This was his first time hunting since then and he did great. The mom I got this year from a buddy of mine in the upstate. She’s a real nice dog that’s 1/2 walker 1/2 pit. She stays fairly close if there’s no sign but as soon as she picks up a track she takes her time lining it out and then is in it until the hog is caught with plenty of bottom. She will stay busy hunting the whole time too, checking in every 10-15 minutes. There’s no doubt when she strikes that she’s gonna have a hog at the end of it, she’s consistent and true. Helping my young dogs out a lot

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4  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Been A While on: November 30, 2020, 07:42:38 am
Well, life has been hectic and I haven’t ran dogs in a while. I think it was about 4 months from the last time I had hunted. I took two dogs and my RCD to hunt with some new friends that got linked up with me through a mutual friend. They have a team of young dogs that they’re starting, I think these fellas just started hunting about 6-7 months ago and they are in it head over heels haha. They love it and have been running every weekend. I took em to a spot I knew would be somewhat dry with all the rain we’ve had recently, ended up catching 5 hogs. Not a bad day at all, dogs all worked well and we had a good time

Got a litter of pups on the ground right now too. They just turned 11 weeks old and are all looking nice and healthy. I kept 3 that I have really high hopes for. I took them with me to put some corn out and let them run the woods for a few hours, they’re already ranging out individually and even swam a water ditch a few times, so I couldn’t complain!

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5  HOG & DOGS / GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Best age to castrate a boar? on: September 07, 2020, 09:07:49 am

Were there any negative side affects? Did they just grow faster or was their final adult size larger? Lol you have me interested now. I have a litter of pups that should be born anytime now

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6  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Catch n release hunt on: August 23, 2020, 01:20:56 pm
My female I have pregnant right now is a pit x walker. She came from my buddy, one of the best dogs he’s had, she’s a proven producer. My buddy had young dogs off of her doing real well so he let me get her. She’s not suicidal but she’s pretty darn rough. If it’s not a monster or there’s a second dog she’s catching. I’ve never been a hound guy, but I’ve seen a couple like her that were crossed that have impressed me

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7  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Better start packing! on: August 23, 2020, 10:43:59 am
Just get you a job. 50% of the hog hunters out here don't have permission to hunt anywhere they hunt. Probably is you're probably gonna be poaching another poachers spot lol. There's a hog dog or ten tied to every other tree out here it seems like.

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Same in SC. We have WMA’s where you can hunt a few days out of the year, public land on the river, federal land on the river that borders the public land, and the rest is private. Tons of people try to slip in the federal land because it’s loaded and the hogs are easy. The public land you really have to know to hunt. Water levels change in the blink of an eye and all of the available land changes with it. The entire 17,000 acres is a flood plain in the middle of nowhere with Channels running through it. You might go in a channel and 2 hours later the water has dropped and you can’t get out. One day of rain will change the levels by 2ft, every winter it comes up 10ft on average. Not many people hunt in there.

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8  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Better start packing! on: August 23, 2020, 10:34:11 am
Austesus what type of pistol you carry?

Sorry bud I just saw this. I carry a glock 19 gen 3. It’s my everyday carry. I have a trigger and night sights on it but other than that it’s all stock. I’ve swam with it and had it covered in mud and it still goes bang every time

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9  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Plott O’ Clock on: August 23, 2020, 10:06:35 am
That’s a Hoss of a hog! How’s that Jemima dog bred? She sure has the looks

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10  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Catch n release hunt on: August 23, 2020, 10:04:03 am
Nice hunt buddy

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11  HOG & DOGS / HOG DOGS / Re: Tweety x Obama pups... on: August 22, 2020, 08:47:30 am
Man it’s so cool seeing this post and seeing where the line started and where it’s at now. Goes to show that first cross was successful! I love the looks of those black dogs. How are they bred?

I’ve always liked BMC x Pit, and I liked the looks and traits of Plotts but never hunted with one. Never been a big hound guy but my buddy asked if I was interested in getting one of his older finished dogs that I’ve hunted with for a few years, she’s Walker x Pit. She’s made a name for herself and is one of the best dogs he had, but he’s got young dogs off of her that are proving themselves and needed to make kennel space, so I got her.

Well I was planning to breed my other older female as soon as she came in. She was a littermate to my old lead dog Dum Dum and I never got to breed him before he died so she’s been kept up to breed to the right male, so I could try to make Dum Dum again. Well shortly after I got Copper from my buddy she came in to heat and since she’s already 5 and a very rough dog that might not make it longer I went ahead and bred her. Of course my other female came in heat a few days later, and I have limited kennel space so I decided to hold off on breeding her and focus on this first litter. The pups will be 1/4 pit, 1/4 walker, 1/8 bird dog, 3/8 BMC. It’s a crab shoot first cross but I’m hoping the genetics line up good and they make some nice dogs.

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12  HOG & DOGS / HOG DOGS / Re: 2 excited young dogs on: August 22, 2020, 08:22:47 am
Good luck! I’ve been having nothing but dry runs lately, frustrating when I’m running almost all young dogs and can’t get them on any hogs. But I guess that’s why they call it hunting and not catching! Lol

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13  HOG & DOGS / GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Kennels size on: July 29, 2020, 06:00:13 am
I hunt once a week, sometimes only once every other week. My kennels are 6x10 and I have to clean them every other day or every 3rd day. That size gives them enough room to move around decent but I would not want to go smaller than that unless they were getting out more

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14  HOG & DOGS / GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New buggy on: July 28, 2020, 06:49:49 pm
Sweet! I’ve been wanting a buggy too and think I’m gonna end up getting a pioneer 500 when I have the money. I’m used to walking and my buddy has spoiled me with his ranger

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15  HOG & DOGS / HOG DOGS / Re: Still learning: Florida cracker curs on: July 27, 2020, 10:25:44 am
I agree with you Jstankus,

My dogs that I decided not to handle much as pups are timid and hard to deal with when it comes to listening around the yard and loading up. I used to run 6-8 dogs on the ground between me and a buddy, now I’m wanting to get to where I can just take two rough curs and get it done

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16  HOG & DOGS / HOG DOGS / Re: Still learning: Florida cracker curs on: July 26, 2020, 08:23:41 pm
Good post bird slayer. What’s the personal list you have for deterring if you’re going to cull a pup?

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17  HOG & DOGS / HOG DOGS / Re: Still learning: Florida cracker curs on: July 25, 2020, 04:08:23 pm
Thanks for the response, I have several things I plan on doing differently with these pups. From day one i want to start working on basic commands. My older dogs that are dead now had that because they were all inside at one point or another. My younger dogs don’t because I didn’t spend time with them hoping it would make them less attached and better at casting. I learned from it, they don’t handle well and I don’t think it made much of a difference on how they hunt. This round I want to make sure the dogs listen well and are easy to deal with.

Had a lot going on when I was raising the last few and didn’t get to work them like i wanted. This time I want to really start taking them down to the creek by my house almost daily to let them get used to going through the swamp before I ever even put them on hogs. I’m also going to try that tip about spotlighting rabbits

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18  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Let the girls hunt on: July 25, 2020, 03:34:44 pm
Man that’s awesome! I love seeing the kids get involved

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19  HOG & DOGS / DOGS ON HOGS / Re: Better start packing! on: July 25, 2020, 03:32:56 pm
I’m a believer in always having my pistol. I’ve only used it one time on a hog and that was because we only took 3 pups, no bulldog. They bayed a nice sow and tried to catch, got flipped and went back to baying. We tried to coax them in to catching but they wouldn’t. I shot, was filming with one hand and shot with one so it was a bad shot. I meant to catch it behind the ear and instead was about 3” low and hit the neck. She broke and ran 20 yards and they stopped her again then caught her and we got her with the knife.

But outside of that, I’ve had to put several dogs down when they were suffering and weren’t going to make it, and I’ve killed plenty of snakes and a few gators. Never a bad idea to have it just incase. Invest in a quality holster and you’ll forget you’re wearing it

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20  HOG & DOGS / GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: T-Dog on: July 25, 2020, 03:26:01 pm
T-dog, I have several dogs that have normal stools at the house, but when hunting they are pooping out liquid every 5 seconds. They are wormed well and it only happens when hunting. Any idea what the cause of this is?

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