Although he now calls himself a “pleasure hunter,” George Ricks is something of an expert on coonhounds.
He participated in competition coon hunting for 10 years and also judged competitive events.
“It got to be too much, with all my other irons in the fire,” Ricks admitted.
He said that there are six dog breeds in coon-hunting circles: treeing walkers, blueticks, black and tans, Plotts, American English and redbones.
“There are good coonhounds in all breeds, but my preference is for treeing walkers,” Ricks said. “They hunt harder, they are faster and I like their looks.