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World coon hunt in Illinois

August 05, 2008 at 02:45 PM
Click here for complete details about World Coonhound Championship Finals or to learn more about all UKC licensed coonhound events.

Coonhound enthusiasts from across the country turn their attention to northwestern Illinois, as the country’s 100 best coonhound dogs compete for the title of World Champion during this year’s UKC World Coonhound Championship Finals taking place September 18-20 in Elizabeth.

Dog/owner teams featured during the finals must advance from semifinals in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Utah, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee. There are 100 spots available in the finals.

All UKC registered coonhounds who have qualified at designated events from January to August are eligible to compete in the semifinal events. The field of hopefuls will be a group of 700 to 800 dogs.

The Northwestern Illinois Coonhunters Association located in Elizabeth will act as Host Club for the 2008 UKC World Championship Finals. Based on average numbers per event; they have been considered Illinois’ top club for five years running. Last year the NWICHA was ranked #9 in the nation out of a grand total of nearly 1,400 clubs.

Founded in the spring of 1999 by Tom Basten of Elizabeth and Mark Hauck of Stockton, membership is made up of houndsmen and women from Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll Counties, Southern Wisconsin and western Iowa. The club is very supportive of charity groups and events for all of North Western Illinois and is also a major supporter of local town chambers.

This national event starts with Round 1 and 2 on Thursday night and Rounds 3 and 4 taking place on Friday as necessary. All events during the weekend are free admission and open to the public.

Championship Saturday begins with the most competitive Bench Show of the year with the winner being crowned “World Show Champion”. Saturday evening the main event Nite Hunt Finals takes place to determine which of the final four Coonhounds will be crowned “World Coonhound Champion”.

The UKC World Coonhound Championship Finals is the third and final round of this year’s Triple Crown, sponsored by Black Gold brand dog food, which awards a prize package worth over $3,000 to the dog with the highest cumulative point total from UKC’s three largest yearly events (including Autumn Oaks and Winter Classic). UKC also thanks Nestle Purina (Purina Points Series sponsor) and Tri-tronics for their support of the World Show Championship Finals. 

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Anybody know if they allow spectators?  Looks like it might be fun to watch.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 08:36 PM

They do allow spectator’s… but i’m not sure if they do on the final cast to determine the world championship…I’v been to several world hunt’s and hunted in a few.You won’t be sorry if you attend.It’s great time with great people.if you have never been to one it’s well worth the time to go…One word of cuation dont believe everything you hear…coonhunter’s have been known to stretch the limit’s of the truth…LOL..LOL

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/06 at 08:00 AM

Horse ,it will take more than that to ruffle my feather’s…lol..I wouldn’t mind to see hootie win if it wern’t for having to hear all that bragging..If I was to bet though .I’d say Treeing Walker all the way…If you didn’t know those dog’s of Hootie’s are bred back 9 genration’s..and every one a coon dog and if you dont think so just ask him…lol..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/06 at 11:06 AM

For the World hunbt there is no spectators allowed, just a back up handler. But on Friday & Saturday night there will be a UKC Mini-Slam hunt with a $500 added purse and these cast will be allowed to have spectators on them. I believe the World Champion will be somoen with a “REAL COON DOG” LOL We have great hunting up here, big corn fields and it will test some of the southern dogs who are not use to pushing a coon out of them. The Public is invited and on Saturday is the World Bench Show so come on up and we’ll have great food also !!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/07 at 08:37 PM

Champion will be somoen with a “REAL COON DOG..that’s what I said ....a walker dog will win it…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/07 at 08:41 PM

LOL now that is funny, just kidding there are a few good ones out there WE hope to have lots of the locals there checking things out and this might even open a few more doors for club members to gain some hunting grounds.

I’ve got my local 6th grade groups coming and it will tie in well with our reading of “the Red Fern”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/08 at 10:26 PM

One of my favorite book’s ..still got my worn copy from the day’s of my youth…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/09 at 08:45 AM

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