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Gun Dog Breeders: Get a Mountain Cur to Hunt Squirrels and Raccoons

By    |   Monday, 09 Nov 2015 03:36 PM

The mountain cur is an enthusiastic hunter, with great proficiency in treeing squirrel and raccoon. The dogs have also been used for tracking large game, such as bear, big cats, and wild boar. These medium-sized dogs are excellent in the field, and gun dog breeders value their stamina and tenacity.

The mountain cur is thought to have accompanied frontiersmen into the forests in pursuit of game to put on the family table. Their catches were also traded to furriers, and they were used to make useful household items.

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These dogs are natural hunters, but owners should work with them to ready them for the hunt.
  • Start early by introducing pups to things they will encounter in the field.
  • Socialize them with other dogs, crate train them, and take them on outings in the truck.
  • Start them by teaching them to fetch fur toys and skins, and familiarize them with loud noises.
In addition to actual hunting, dogs and their handlers enjoy hunting trials that tests the dogs’ abilities to perform in the field. These can be found through local hunt clubs or breed clubs, or through a program developed by the United Kennel Club.

The UKC has long been a supporter of hunting tests, and treeing events. They have developed a special program for cur and feist breeds, which measure the dogs’ skills and instincts.

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The UKC recognizes four cur breeds: the mountain cur, the black mouth cur, the Stephens cur, and the treeing cur. Two feist breeds are currently recognized, the mountain feist and the treeing feist.

Mountain curs compete against these breeds and others (excluding coonhound breeds) in structured hunt trials, which lead can to permanent championship titles, and recognition on the local and national level. Titles, such as winner of the annual UKC Squirrel Dog World Championships, are highly coveted.

The UKC performance events were developed to match actual hunting situations as closely as possible, however, taking of game is strictly prohibited at these events. The events support family participation, and professional handlers are discouraged, and typically prohibited.

In the cur/feist events dogs can compete in squirrel hunting and/or raccoon night hunts.

During a squirrel hunt, dogs are usually put into groups of three, forming a cast. They hunt together in a natural environment, and they are judged on how many critters they can tree in a two-hour period. Points are awarded for trees, and deducted for errors.

A similar hunt is conducted at night involving raccoons, involving four-dog casts.

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The mountain cur is an enthusiastic hunter, with great proficiency in treeing squirrel and raccoon. The dogs have also been used for tracking large game, such as bear, big cats, and wild boar. These medium-sized dogs are excellent in the field, and gun dog breeders value their stamina and tenacity.
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