Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

June 1, 2012

A Cur's life: Lions and bears and squirrels

Greensburg — Some might say Tony Porter's a bit squirrely -- probably a lot squirrely, in fact.

Porter himself probably wouldn't object to that description, but he might take exception if folks forget that his world-class Original Mountain Cur hunting dog, Sand Creek Boone Dock, is every bit as crazy about squirrel hunting as his master.

"I've been squirrel hunting since I was 8 or 9 years old," Porter told the Daily News. "Between October and March, my partner and I, Paul Tindall, try to hunt every night. Squirrel season generally starts when the leaves are off the trees and runs through the end of January."

Tindall and Porter have been friends since the two were children and have been squirrel hunting together almost as long.

According to Porter, the two friends eat everything they kill Ñ except for raccoons. "We don't eat those," he said. "We sell the hides."

Porter and Boone Dock don't eat their prey from competition hunts, either.

"We don't kill anything at a competition hunt," Porter explained. "Competition squirrel hunts work just like other competition hunts. The dogs earn points based on the order they take the scent and the order they tree the squirrel."

Porter became involved in competition hunting about five years ago.

"This past year alone," he said, "Boone Dock and I have competed in hunts in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

According to Porter, Tindall doesn't participate in competition hunts. "He just hunts for fun."

Still, Tindall is co-owner of Boone Dock.

"We won three world hunts this season," Porter continued, "and a state title and a reserve title. We also won Dog of the Year from the Original Mountain Cur Breeder's Association."

Porter attributes a great deal of his competition success to Boone Dock.

"Boone Dock's three years old," he explained. "And for me, he's that one perfect dog all hunters talk about Ñ that once-in-a-lifetime dog that's perfect in the hunter's eyes. Another hunter might find something wrong with him, but he's perfect for me and my partner. It's all about chemistry between hunter and dog."

"I never have leash him," he continued. "He listens perfectly and knows exactly what to do."

Boone Dock is so good at what he does, in fact, that in March 2012, Full Cry Magazine, "America's Leading Tree Hound Publication," came knocking.

"They put my dog on the cover with a full-color photo spread," Porter said proudly.

It's obvious that Porter's extremely impressed with the Original Mountain Cur breed in general.

"They're highly versatile," he said. "They're bred to squirrel hunt, but they can do a whole lot more. They're extremely tree minded. They're used all over the world to bay hogs, and to tree bears and mountain lions. Farmers use them to herd."

In fact, Porter said he receives regular calls from local farmers for help with raccoons problems.

"Boone Dock started coon hunting about a year ago," he said. "He took right to it. The farmers we help out are extremely thankful, because coons are extremely damaging to their crops."

Porter raved about these animals' suitability as pets, too.

"They're great for families," he said. "They're not overly protective, but they're very territorial. They're smart as a whip, too, and eager to please. My 9-year-old son and my 6-year-old girl come hunting with me and Paul and Boone Dock every chance they get."

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011

1
Text Only
News
  • Club Chatter Night Club Extension HomemakersThe Night Club met July 2, 2014 at the home of Liz Hally with Janet Bedel as “absentee” co-hostess. Seven members were in attendance with one guest, Isabell Royce. Loretta Macyauski, vice president, opened the meeting b

    July 30, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar eventsLocal clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.All July – International Cr

    July 30, 2014

  • nws-gb073014-allie benefit ride - pic Minister raises money for cancer victim GREENSBURG — Sixty-year-old Rev. Rick Sasser knows what it’s like to live in a home without heat.The Poosey Ridge, Kentucky native grew up in a household that didn’t have much money, and so remembers the discomfort of going to bed on a winter night i

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2 elks were recaptured, one killed GREENSBURG — Two of the three elk that escaped last week from the Circle S Ranch in Greensburg have been recaptured, but the third was shot and killed by the owners, a state official said.The animals had escaped Tuesday from the ranch, at 4860 E. Sta

    July 30, 2014

  • Artists to 'paint the town' GREENSBURG – Artists of every skill level from across the state will descend upon downtown Greensburg for the eighth annual “Painting the Town” Plein-Air Paint-Out this Friday.The annual summer staple is set to draw from a pool of talented local arti

    July 30, 2014

  • nws-gb073014-Student CERT pic Local students receive CERT training GREENSBURG – Students from North Decatur (NDHS) and South Decatur (SDHS) high schools underwent Student Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training Friday, July 25, at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.In the spring this year, Decatur Cou

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb073014-DCCS registration pic 1 School registrations pave path to a new year GREENSBURG – Parents of the students at the Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) traveled to their respective schools to register their children for the new school year.North Decatur Elementary (NDES), North Decatur Jr-Sr High (NDHS), South Decatu

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb072914 Casa logo CASA sought for "Jennifer" and "Erica" In order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list. Identifying i

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-Self defense pic Smith Martial Arts to hold women’s self-defense class GREENSBURG – It’s an unfortunate fact that women need to know how to protect themselves in today’s society.While it is a comforting thought to believe that someone will help if a woman should find herself in a dangerous situation, there may not alway

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-back to school photo 300 students get backpacks, encouragement at Back to School Bash GREENSBURG — With face painting, free hair cuts and backpacks, about 300 local students received some proper primping to help them get over the disappointment that school will begin again next week.About 30 businesses and organizations participated

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo