World Hunt planned for Fish and Game Club

by | Sep 26, 2021 | Columns, Darke County News, Events

Located at The Darke County Fish & Game Club in New Paris, Ohio on Oct. 6-9, 2021.

The American Coon Hunters (ACH) and Big Game Association (BGA), in connection with Western Ohio Coon Hunters Association (WOCHA), Greenville, will be held at the Darke County Fish and Game Club in New Paris Oct. 6-9, 2021.

“Night hunts will occur the evenings of Oct.6-8 with early round deadlines of 7 p.m. and late round deadlines of 1 a.m.,” said Bobby Livingston, secretary of the coon club for the past three years. “On Saturday, Oct. 9, there will be a Coon Field trial at 8 a.m, coon water races at 11 a.m., coon dog race at 1 p.m., coon treeing contest at 2 p.m. and a bench show at 3 p.m.”

According to her, the Final four for the women and men will draw at 7 p.m. for the World night hunt finals, and there will also be a Wounded Warrior Hunt on Saturday evening.

She said this is the first time this event is being held locally. It was founded and started in 1948.

The public, she said, can attend at no charge.

“We encourage the public to come out especially on Saturday to see the field trials, water races and watch the dog show,” she reported. “There will be vendors on site and a full kitchen. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. There is to be no alcohol on grounds.”

To compete, however, one must be an active member of ACH and BGA to compete and the entrant’s hound must be registered with ACH and BGA.

ACH and BGA has a $25 membership fee and a $26/dog registration fee,” Livingston reported “ACH and BGA currently recognize the following breeds: American Black and Tan, American Leopard, Bluetick, English, Plott, Redbone, Treeing Walker and the Treeing Cur.”

She explained what a world hunt involves: “Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights each cast consisting of three to four dogs will enter the woods for a 90-minute hunt; there will be two rounds of hunts each of the three nights. The highest 16 scoring cast winners will compete late round Friday night for a spot in the Final Four Saturday. There will be women’s rounds each night as well and a Final Four women’s hunt Saturday night.”

She reiterated, “Saturday will be a great day for spectators with a Dog Bench show, water swim races, field trials and treeing contests.”

Livingston has been a member of the Western Ohio Coon Hunters Association for six years.

“I got involved with my husband, who is a lifetime member of the club. He is a second generation lifetime member with 17 years,” she said.

The WOCHA of Greenville, is hosting the 2021 World Event. Officers are Robert Welch, president; Trent Livingston, vice president; Bobby Livingston, secretary; Dan Mueller, treasurer; and Zane Shauver, sentinel.

“We also have additional memberships who are all very involved with hosting this year’s event,” said Livingston, the former Bobby Wills. We currently have a membership of 25 to 30 individuals.”

The club holds several United Kennel Club hunts and shows throughout the year as well as ACH and BGA hunts and shows.

“We had our first youth hunt in the spring of 2021 and plan to continue that annually to encourage youth to stay active in the sport,” she said. “We hold a chicken dinner fund-raiser in July of each year and encourage the public to come and support the local club.”

Bobby Livingston is shown here with her husband's American Black and Tan Coonhound, Grand Nite Champion Taz. The photo was taken at the Final Four of the women's hunt at the 2020 World Hunt that was held in Milton, Ind.

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Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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