Treeing Walker coonhounds are excellent hunters, thanks to their superior lineage.
According to Vet Arena, treeing Walker coonhounds are descendants of the English foxhound, which was ferried across the Atlantic Ocean to Virginia by Thomas Walker in 1742. After years of breeding, the treeing Walker coonhound appeared on the scene and proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the hunting world.
Here’s a little bit about what prey animals you will be most successful hunting if you get a treeing Walker coonhound from a gun dog breeder:
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Because treeing Walker coonhounds are swift and agile, they have a lot of success hunting small prey like squirrels. These coonhounds have large ears which is essential for tracking animals as light and swift as squirrels. Additionally, they are excellent at treeing animals and keeping them in place until their master can close in for the kill.
With their distinctive bay, treeing Walker coonhounds make it relatively easy for hunters to follow them into even the thickest forest while on the trail of their prey.
According to Petful
, some dogs of this variety can climb up a tree after their intended prey, which makes them doubly dangerous for tree-loving squirrels.
It’s probably no surprise to learn that treeing Walker coonhounds are fantastic raccoon hunters. Raccoons aren’t particularly fast, but they are certainly stealthy and evade their pursuers with their quick thinking. But with these coonhounds, raccoons have met their match.
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As with squirrels, raccoons often take to the trees to avoid becoming someone’s trophy, but treeing Walker coonhounds stay hot on their trail and stick with their prey until it is captured.
Unfortunately for the raccoons, these dogs are also incredibly fast on the ground so raccoons can easily become prey without a tree or high place onto which they can scramble.
Opossums may not be popular prey in some areas, but they make for perfect hunting subjects for the treeing Walker coonhound. Although they are at home in the trees and are nocturnal, they are considered unusually slow for an animal of its size. That spells easy pickings for the coonhound, which can sniff its way to an opossum’s home.
And opossums truly do fall into an involuntary shock-like state when frightened, which ultimately leaves them completely at the mercy of a great hunter like the treeing Walker coonhound.
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