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April 13, 2014

MEET THE BEAGLES

Hunters, dogs gather for Boyd field trial

CANNONSBURG — Dozens of beagle owners gathered in Boyd County on Saturday for an American Rabbit Hunters Association field trial, one of several events set across the country this year.

The morning found the Northeastern Kentucky Fish and Game Club grounds covered with tethered beagles and pickup trucks. The competitions have grown in popularity in recent decades, and the club regularly hosts them.

A dog belonging to Darrell Willis of Greenup won the open-class event and a dog owned by Ogle Jen-kins and Duyne Wilson of Ironton won the champion class.

The association was founded in Kentucky by London resident Everett Morgan and is operated by the National Kennel Club.

The events give beagle owners an outlet to keep their dogs exercised after hunting seasons close. No guns are allowed at the field trials and no rabbits are harmed.

Longtime beagle owner Gerald “Buddy” Melvin of Wurtland said the field trials are a lot of fun.

Melvin, no long able to compete because of a leg injury that forced him to retire in February, said the competition is only one draw. Friendships that develop between dog lovers is what keeps them coming back.

 

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