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Nov. 26th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on December 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

We had a great hunt on the day before Thanksgiving with Father Patrick and some of his friends. They showed up right around 12:30 pm. We had loaded up Skinny, Little Red, Bull, Brutus, Humper, Dexter along with catch dogs Rascal and Goofy. As we are going over the ground rules and signing the waivers, my brother and Dad call me and tell me there is a good boar back on the south fence line. I tell everyone to load up and head that way. We get down there and the boar goes right past us then turns around and heads back west. We turn the dogs loose and the boar looks like he has been shot out of a canon as he is pulling away from the dogs. Finally Skinny catches him from behind and the fight is on. All the other dogs get there and us right behind them. Our hunter takes out the red boar around 225 lbs. We head the dogs into the east thicket as we wait at the pond in the middle. Dogs split into two groups. We see one large hog running down the east fence line. All I have is the catch dogs, so I turn them loose. Well we had some bad luck here. We had a bull right there and our cows do not like dogs. So the bull runs at the dogs and with them being catch dogs you know what is going to happen. Dogs try to catch bull, dogs get thrown in the air and stomped on which they very well deserved. Goofy finally hears me screaming at him and comes to me. Rascal meanwhile runs off in the brush. While this is going on, the dogs have bayed up two hogs. One in the east thicket and one right across from the east thicket. NormaJean and some hunters head into the east thicket while a few of them go with me across the sendera. My group gets to the hog and we kill a small 50 lb red boar. NormaJean and her group kill a small 50 lb black and white boar. We load up these dogs and head to the kennel to swap them out. We get LittleJohn, Red Dog, Brodie, Clyde, Curly with catch dogs Zeus and Brutus. We head back over and drop dogs in the northwest section. We have dogs going in 3 different directions and after a good hour, they start coming in as they could not get one stopped. One would bay and break and so forth. The sun is out and it is warm, so we go and switch out again. I load up Jed, Emma, Roxy, June, and Speck. We drop in the center section and once again, we have four different races going on. Dogs never get together so the bay keeps on breaking. After a good two hours, the dogs start coming in as they have run the pads off their feet. Emma is sliced and diced as she must have tried to catch one. We get her sewed up and head back to swap out one last time before dark. I load up Bo, Skinny, Little Red and Bull plus I put Brutus on the ground with them. We turn loose by the west trap. After a few minutes, we hear Little Red bark once and then you could hear the fight. We get to them and they have a good 150 boar caught with nice cutters. Out hunter does a good job and takes him out. Bo is not there, so I look on my Garmin and it shows him as caught by the big oak trees on the west sendera from the pond. We drive that way and stop. We could hear the grunting, so we turn loose Zeus and head that way. Zeus here’s the four wheeler and starts running that way. I get to the hog and see Bo holding on to this 150 lb sow. I holler and Zeus comes a running. He runs into the hog full steam and they all go rolling and when the dust clears, Zeus has one ear and Bo the other. Our young hunter does a good job and takes the hog out. What a fantastic day of hunting plus we made some great new friends.

Nov 14

Posted by hesseltinekennels on November 18, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We had Father Patrick Serna out for a hunt this past Friday. He brought along a few guests to watch the action. We loaded up Jed, Speck, Blaze, June, Brutus along with catch dogs Rascal and Goofy. We turn out down on the southwest corner. All the dogs go out a few hundred yards and open up (as we are hunting my open pack of dogs). The run for a good 5 minutes and we hear them go to baying. We drive around to the gulley and they have a nice 75 lb sow caught. Father Patrick jumps into action and makes a good stab. We turn the dogs back loose and head them back east. Again the open up after a few minutes and the race is on. June and Speck go to the east thicket and Jed and Blaze are running toward the middle. We get to June and Speck who are baying in the east thicket. My brother and nephew go in there and release a small shoat that the dogs have caught. We head over to the middle and turn loose June and Speck to help the other dogs out. We have a long 30 minute race but the dogs could not shut them down. They starting coming back in and I loaded them up. I decide to go and get another pack (one of my silent packs). I load up Little John, Bo, Curly, Houdini and keep Brutus along with the same catch dogs. We head to the southeast corner where we turn loose into the east thicket. Dogs make a big circle and nothing. I see Little John coming down the east fence line when I see him throw his head up, break into the brush and go to baying. I knew this was a good hog because Little John will catch anything 100 lbs and under. We drive up that way and the hog is in a brush pile. We cut the catch dogs loose. The other dogs are there by now and we have a good battle going on. It takes me a little while to get to the hog. Once I do, I grab a back leg and tell Father Serna to get around beside me and take the boar out. He makes a great stab between all the brush and takes out the 125 lb boar that has some cutters on him.

Nov. 15th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on November 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Well Father Serna brought more of his buddies out hunting on Saturday morning. So we loaded up Pinto, Red Dog, Brutus, Dacon, Skinny, Dexter with catch dogs Zeus and Tough. We start around 8 am and it is nice and cold but windy. We decide to turn loose in the southeast corner again and hit the east thicket as I figure the hogs will be bedded down. We turn loose and after a good 5 minutes, we have two bays going on. We drive around to the sendera coming from the middle pond. We have one hog caught to our left and another one caught about a 100 yards down in the east thicket. NormaJean takes a couple of the hunters into the east thicket where they stab a nice 100 lb black sow. Meanwhile, we get to the other caught hog and my hunter stabs about a 40-50 lb sow. We load up the dogs and head to the southwest corner and turn loose. In a matter of minutes, you hear the fight going on. We cut the catch dogs loose and head in. They dogs have a 100 lb boar caught up in under an old fallen tree. It takes us awhile to get to him but when we do, our hunter does a great job of taking him out. We decide to give the dogs a little break. While we are there talking, my nephew calls and lets us know that he says a few good hogs crossing into the northwest corner. We head that way. I turn loose on the west fence line right by the small sendera. The dogs can wind them and the race is on. They stop one right before the big sendera in a bunch of jumping cactus (nice). We get to them and they have another nice 100 lb boar stopped. Our hunter gets in there and makes a good stab. Dogs have already rolled out and I can tell they have picked up the scent of another hog as they are moving quickly. Look at the garmin and it shows them bayed way down in the east thicket. We drive that way. Once I stop the truck and get out, I hear a dog yelp and I knew we had one that was hit by the hog. There was no squealing which usually means a good boar. Turned loose the catch dogs and all heck breaks loose and you could hear the fight. We get in there and see that it is a 150 reddish black boar with good cutters. One of our hunters notices Dacon with her guts hanging out. I told them we got to kill this hog quickly. NormaJean grabs Dacon and holds her down. It takes me a few minutes to maneuver and get to the hog as we are on our hands and knees. I finally get to the back legs and our hunter gets in there and takes out the hog. I get Dacon back to the truck and head to the kennels. I get her all prepped up and staple her shut. We unload these dogs as they are gassed. We load up Bo, LittleJohn, Blaze, Houdini, along with Pinto and catch dogs Rascal and Goofy. We head back over and I decide to turn loose back in the southwest corner. After a good 10 minutes, we have dogs going in 3 different directions. Pinto is heading toward the northwest corner, LittleJohn and Houdini are heading toward the east thicket and Bo and Blaze are caught right by the gulley toward the pond. So we head toward Bo and Blaze, they have another 60 lb sow caught and one of our hunters takes her out. By that time, LittleJohn and Houdini are caught in the east thicket. My brother and nephew get to them and release a 40 lb hog. We head back to the front and see Pinto cross the big pipeline sendera heading into the middle part. It takes us awhile and finally NormaJean catches him. He was after a smaller hog but must have had some cutters as Pinto is cut in the left shoulder but not bad. We are there taking a break when we see a really large red boar and another smaller hog come out on the big sendera back by fence line. He stands there for 2 or 3 minutes just watching us. He finally heads on into the west section heading toward the small pipeline. I drive down in behind them so the dogs could get the wind on them. We turn them loose and after a few minutes, they are bayed straight north in all that jumping cactus we were in earlier. We head that way. We could hear the fight once we stopped, so I cut the catch dogs loose. We make our way in there and they have a 275 lb boar caught but he is throwing dogs. Bo is locked on one ear but you can see blood pouring from his mouth. My brother finally gets behind the hog and grabs the legs. Our hunter is really nervous but my wife directs him and he makes a stab but the beast does not go down. My wife directs him to stab again and he does and with this the big hog goes down. I get the dogs out and take a look at Bo. He has a big cut in the back of the jaw that goes completely through. My wife holds him down and we get him stapled up. What a day of hunting. The hunters did great and when I checked on the dogs this morning, they were doing good. Dacon was up and wanting to go hunting.

Mar. 13th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We had our hunter from Wisconsin to come back and hunt with us. Dad and I loaded up Bo, Smoke, Little Red, Bull, Curly along with catch dogs Zeus and Goofy. We head over to the land and turn loose into the middle of the east thicket. After a few minutes, we hear a squeal. We drive around to the east fence line and hear a hog squealing in a brush pile. We get in there and the dogs have a small shoat caught and we take care of it. Bo rolls out and catches another shoat by the back pond which Brandon releases. We get all the dogs loaded up, get them watered and let them rest a few minutes. We drive around to the northwest corner and I turn out. Within a few minutes, we have two squeals going on. We head to the small sendera and Bo, Smoke, and Little Red have another shoat caught, which we release. I head to Bull and Curly and they have a shoat caught but they have already killed it. I load them up and head over to the kennels to switch out dogs. I load up Red Dog, Lep, Dacon, Pinto and Little John and keep the catch dogs. We head over and turn loose in the middle section. Dogs break into different directions. I look at the Garmin and it shows Red Dog and Little John caught back south past the big oak tree. We get to them and they have another shoat caught which we release. Lep, Dacon and Pinto have heard the squealing and have come to us. We load up everyone and Brandon tells me he seen some good hogs heading up front into the north east section. We head that way. When I turn onto the big pipeline sendera, I see hogs crossing up at the top crossing into the northwest section. I step on the gas and get to where they crossed and cut loose the dogs. We have 3 races. Pinto crosses behind us going into the middle section. Lep and Little John are heading south. Red Dog and Dacon come out 50 yards in front of us then circle back in and you could hear the grunt. We head to the small sendera and the hog is only 5 foot inside the brush but it is full of jumping cactus. I turn loose the catchdogs. We head in fighting the cactus the whole time. We finally get too them and they have a big sow caught. Our hunter makes a good stab but the hog doesn’t want to go down. NormaJean pulls up about that time to see the big sow go down. Long hunt with a lot of shoats caught but had a great time with these folks and hope to see them again.

Mar. 12th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on May 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We had our friend from Canada come out with some of her relatives for another hunt with us. Dad, Norma Jean, Brennan and I loaded up Lep, Speck, Blaze, Dacon, and Little John along with catch dogs Zeus and Goofy. We head over to the place and turn them out into the east thicket. The wind is gusting around 40 mph from the north. Dogs head in there and in about 5 minutes, we have a few races going on. Lep and Dacon head toward the north section, Speck and Blaze are in the middle section and Little John is in the northwest corner. After a good 30 minutes, we hear Little John go to baying. We get within a 100 yards of him and we release the catch dogs. We hear them catch and head toward him. The other dogs make it there before us. We get to them and see they have a good sow about 150 lbs. Our hunter gets in there and takes her out. The dogs are pretty much tired out so we go back and switch out. We load up Red Dog, Smoke, Brodie, Dexter, and then I keep Speck along with the same catch dogs. We head back over and decide to turn loose in the southwest corner. Dogs strike and head toward the east thicket. After a short race, we hear the fight. We head over and of course they are caught in the bottom of the east thicket. We cut loose the catch dogs and head in. We have to crawl on our hands and knees for about 150 yards to get to them. We get there and they have another good sow caught about 150 lbs. Our hunter gets in there and takes her out. I start looking and notice that Smoke is not here. I look at the garmin and it shows him bayed in the front section. I tell everyone to hurry up as we need to get to him. I ask the hunters if they want to take this one and their daughter says she is up to the task. I cut loose the catch dogs but before they get there, Smoke comes out to us. In a minute or two you hear the fight as the catch dogs have managed to find him. We head in there and the dogs have a big boar around 175 lbs caught. Our hunter does a great job and takes the beast out. What a great hunt catching 3 really good hogs and meeting some really nice people.

Feb. 12th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a couple hunters come in with Jason for an afternoon hunt. Dad and I loaded up Pinto, Lep, Smoke, Speck, Blaze along with catchdogs Zeus and Rascal. My brother had his two catchdogs as well along with Jason’s three dogs. We get over to the place and see a hog down at the far end of the big sendera. We drive towards him and I tell Jason to go ahead and drop his dogs. Hog breaks into the brush and heads back east. I go ahead and drive around to the east thicket and turn out. In a few minutes, we have 3 different races going on. Lep crosses the road going back west. Pinto is headed north and Smoke and the two pups are heading back south. After a few minutes, we hear a grunt in the middle section so we head that way. Gary’s two catchdogs along with Jason’s have caught a small shoat which we quickly dispatch. With this commotion, all the dogs except Pinto have come to us. I head them south across from the middle section. Speck opens up and we drive around to the road going south from the pond. We see a good boar cross right in front of us with my two pups in hot pursuit. I check the garmin and see that Pinto is caught back in the front part. I tell my hunters to come on. We drive that way and can hear the squeal. We head in there and Pinto and one of Gary’s dogs have the 100 lb sow caught. Our hunter takes it out. I check the garmin and see that my two pups, Lep and Smoke are caught in the east thicket. We drive down the east fenceline and get within 50 yards of them. We turn off the truck and listen. Nothing, so I turn Pinto loose and in a few minutes all the dogs come out to the truck. They are covered in blood and I assume they have caught and killed a shoat. We give the dogs a little break, but Pinto has rolled out and he lets out a few barks as he is heading northwest. The dogs go to him and we drive around. We stop on the big sendera and we have a couple bays going on. One starts to squeal, so we drive around to the small pipe line sendera and I cut loose the catchdogs. We head in there and jumping cactus is everywhere. The dogs have about another 100 lb sow caught. Our hunter takes the hog out. Good hunt and no dogs hurt plus we made some great new friends.

Feb. 9th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on February 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a hunter from Alabama to come out and hunt with us. He works with our buddies at Dynamic Oilfield Services who told him about us. NormaJean, Dad, and I loaded up Bo, Red Dog, Smoke, Little Red, Bull with catchdogs Tough and Goofy. We headed over to the place. We see hogs crossing the big pipeline sendera going southwest. I was a little worried as I knew it was a large herd and didn’t want all the dogs running their own hog. We turned loose and all the dogs headed southwest then they turned east and headed toward the east thicket. We drive around and sure enough, we have three different races going on. A hog comes past us heading back southwest from where we originally turned out. Red Dog is right behind him (within a few feet). I look at the garmin and see Bo already 600 yards to the north and heading toward the front part. I hear Smoke every once in a while bark and my two pups are with him. You could hear the brush crashing where they were at. I kept my eye on the garmin as I figured those old dogs would end up bayed or caught pretty soon. After another 10 minutes, I noticed on my garmin that it showed my two pups caught. We listened and thought we could hear a bark or two but with the wind, we couldn’t be for sure. I told everyone to jump in the truck and we get drive around and get closer to them to see what was going on. As I am driving up to the back pond, I see a young dog go flying threw the air. I knew what was going on then as the pups and Smoke had a really good boar in the pond. We cut loose the catchdogs and they cannot hear as the dogs are caught on to the hog and not making any noise. The catchdogs go running into the east thicket. I tell my hunter and our buddy John to get ready as we are going to catch this hog with or without the catchdogs. As I get to the bank, the hog comes barreling toward me. I back up a few steps and the hog comes onto the bank. The young dogs and Smoke all have him caught from the back end and won’t let him move. I side step the boar and get in behind him but I sink in the mud which goes over my knee. I grab the hog by the tail and he almost yanks me out of my boots but John grabs my other arm and helps me to regain my balance. While this was going on, Goofy shows up and has caught the ear and then Tough has caught the other ear. I grab a hind leg as does John and we tell our hunter to get up there and do his thing. He does and the big black and white boar goes down. It takes all of us to drag him out as he is well over 200 lbs. The dogs have a few nicks on them but they are fine. I couldn’t believe my young dogs and very proud of them. My brother and Dad had went and got my other two dogs as this was going on. What a really great hunt and looking forward to the next one.

Feb. 2

Posted by hesseltinekennels on February 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday morning, we had another group of guys come out, with one hunter wanted to take a hog. My wife, dad and I loaded up Bo, Lep, Smoke, LittleJohn, Dexter, Dacon with catchdogs Zeus and Goofy. We headed over to the place and I turned out the dogs into the middle section. After 10 minutes, Smoke goes to baying then LittleJohn chimes in. We drive to them and I see Bo running up the road toward us. I know this is not good because Bo never comes to us when there is a bay. We get there and they have bayed up the cows and we have a real cluster going on. After 10 minutes of hollering, my dad has his BB gun and breaks it out, that is the only way we got Smoke and LittleJohn to quit. I load them up and turn out Bo. Dexter and Dacon come to me as well and I head them back into the middle section. In a few minutes, you could hear the grunting and fighting going on. I cut loose the catchdogs and the action really picks up. I tell my hunter to come on as this is a big bad hog. We get to him and it is a big boar with all 4 cutters and he is doing some whacking. I finally get ahold of his hind legs and our hunter takes him out. Bo and Dacon get cut up pretty good but nothing serious. We head over to the kennels and take care of the hog. A good hunt besides the one mishap and we met some really good people.

Jan. 31

Posted by hesseltinekennels on February 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We had our hunters from Minnesota show up at 8 am on Friday morning. The ground had a lot of dew and the weather was in the 60’s but would be warming up throughout the day. My dad and my wife helped me load up Bo, Red Dog, Dacon, Little Red, Bull along with catchdogs Tough and Rascal. We headed over to the place. I decide to drive around before turning out. We see two good boar hogs cross the sendera heading into the southwest section. We cut the dogs loose, they head east and our moving fast. We hear one bark then silence. After another 5 minutes, I look at my garmin and it shows them caught in the east thicket. We drive to the east fence line. NormaJean bails out of the truck and heads into the east thicket, in a few minutes, she is yelling “cut the catchdogs loose”. I do that and head in right behind the catchdogs with our hunters in tow. We get in there and see that it is a big red and black spotted boar with big cutters. All the dogs are there and the fight is on. I get up to him and grab his hind legs. Our hunter gets up to him and makes a good stab and takes the beast out. We get the hog out and then check all the dogs. None are cut, so we give them some water and take about a 15 minute break. After our break, dad calls me on the phone saying he has just seen another good boar back toward the southwest corner not far from where we started. We drive over and cut the dogs loose. In a matter of minutes, dogs are caught, there goes my wife once again and in a matter of minutes, she goes to yelling, “cut the catchdogs loose”. I do and head in with our hunters and once again we have a really big boar caught but it’s not real thick so the dogs really have him pinned down. My brother Gary is there and has grabbed the hind legs. Our next hunter takes out the hog. Again we check the dogs and Bo has a few small cuts on him but nothing bad. I decide to go back and load up another team. We load up Pinto, Lep, Bonnie, Speck, and Blaze. We keep the same catchdogs. We head back over and it is now 10:30. We turn out into the middle section. After 5 minutes, we have 3 different races going. Pinto has crossed the sendera with a big hog going toward the northwest. Lep is headed back toward the southwest and Speck is heading toward the east thicket. We set there and listen and I watch my garmin. After 30 minutes, dogs are still separated and running their own hog. I have picked up Blaze and Bonnie. We wait another 15 minutes and one by one the dogs start coming in. The weather is now in the 70’s and warming up quickly. I decide to go back and switch out again. I go back and load up Bo, Red Dog, Smoke, Curly, and Brodie. We head back over and I decide to turn loose in the northwest corner. Dogs hit the ground running and after a few minutes, we once again have multiple races going on. Bo going south, Red Dog heading northeast, Curly and Brodie heading east. After 30 minutes, dogs start coming in and it is warm now. Give the dogs a break and tell the hunters that this is our last chance for the day as the dogs are getting wore down. We turn loose into the front north section. Dogs head in, Red Dog crosses and heads back southeast. Bo is making circles in the front section and then lines one out. He crosses the sendera in front of us and Curly is there and the hog almost runs him over. The head into the middle section, Dad had already walked in there and was waiting so he could hear the dogs as the wind is really blowing know. Curly goes to baying and then Bo catches. I cut the catchdogs loose and head in there. The dogs have a nice sized red boar caught. Our third hunter does the deed. We get the hog out, check the dogs and head over to the kennels to clean the hogs. What a fantastic hunt, no dogs hurt, had a great time and made some great new friends.

Jan. 26th

Posted by hesseltinekennels on January 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, we had a hunter from Louisiana come out. We loaded up Bo, Red Dog, Dacon, Little Red, Bull with catchdogs Zeus and Goofy. We headed over to the place around 10:30 am. We drove around and seen hogs crossing the back sendera heading into the south end of the east thicket. We had the wind and turned the dogs loose. They winded the hogs and headed that way. We heard Red Dog bark once and then about 5 minutes later, we hear the squeal close to the fence line on the east side. My wife along with our hunter and a friend of ours (Leo) head into the thicket. I drive around and head in there. Our hunter makes a good stab and takes out the 100 lb sow. Another good hunt, no dogs hurt and another friend.


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