The July Hound Of Yesterday-"Quick To Jump, Runs To Catch"

specialk

Senior Member
Nice! We still have a farm in Campbell Co...used to hunt some in Halifax too when the dogs would cross the Staunton river!
we are down on the state line, more deer there now than there ever was when i was a kid.....i got bunches of family there and still have my grandparents place we go back to several times a year....
 
The next county over from me…they use July’s on Fox and deer. An elderly gentleman told me they would catch a grey in 45 minutes or less. I had never heard of that. Back in the hills Fox hunters were mostly wore out coon hunters who couldn’t pull the hills anymore. I never heard of a pack actually “ catching “ a Fox. Too many ground hog holes and rock bluffs for that to happen. The Fox hunters never wanted to kill a Fox anyways. They wanted to hear their dogs run. People weren’t infected with the incurable “ deer” disease back then. Old timers pulled out on a point where they could hear the whole holler/ valley, turn the pack loose and build a fire, usually pulled a cork too. I Believe that’s where the saying “ Pee on the fire and call in the dogs” comes from. They ran mostly Triggs back in the hills, never seen or heard of a July until I came to South Carolina.
 

jaydawg

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we are down on the state line, more deer there now than there ever was when i was a kid.....i got bunches of family there and still have my grandparents place we go back to several times a year....
ten fo, good deal...we’re located in Seneca, on the river...still dove hunt and black powder hunt every season, plus Thanksgiving and Christmas...no more July hounds running...dog hunting just isn’t the same
 

jaydawg

Senior Member
The next county over from me…they use July’s on Fox and deer. An elderly gentleman told me they would catch a grey in 45 minutes or less. I had never heard of that. Back in the hills Fox hunters were mostly wore out coon hunters who couldn’t pull the hills anymore. I never heard of a pack actually “ catching “ a Fox. Too many ground hog holes and rock bluffs for that to happen. The Fox hunters never wanted to kill a Fox anyways. They wanted to hear their dogs run. People weren’t infected with the incurable “ deer” disease back then. Old timers pulled out on a point where they could hear the whole holler/ valley, turn the pack loose and build a fire, usually pulled a cork too. I Believe that’s where the saying “ Pee on the fire and call in the dogs” comes from. They ran mostly Triggs back in the hills, never seen or heard of a July until I came to South Carolina.
That’s right...for years my family ran July hounds all over the southeast in fox hunting competition, and then used the same hounds to chase deer in Va...the old timers just wanted to hear the dogs run, build a fire, drink, and argue whose dog was best...they’d rather see you kill the deer in front of their dogs....and those July hounds were fast...seen em catch foxes and have seen em catch 2 deer in my day, and not yearlings either....good times back then, but doggin days are about gone
 
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