‘Hooker’ wins NSD championship


‘Coal Country Girl,’ ‘M&W Zoey’ round out Top 3

By Charles Warner - [email protected]



Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash The National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Champion is "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell from North Carolina. Hooker was the overall winner in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.


Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash Third place winner in Saturday's National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Championship competition is "M&W Zoey" owned by Bill Townsend from North Carolina and Dean Wright from Ohio. M&W Zoey was one of 12 dogs from five states that competed in Saturday's National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County


Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash The National Sporting Dog State Dog of the year is "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend from NC. Coal Country Girl was also runner-up or reserve State Champion in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition which was held this past Saturday in Union County.


Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash The final cast for National Sporting Dog SC State Champion were "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell and "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend. The dogs won their place in the cast during the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.


UNION COUNTY — Their names are “Hooker,” “Coal Country Girl,” and “M&W Zoey” and they finished in the top three of the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.

In a statement released Sunday, National Sporting Dog SC Division 2 Hunt Manager Tracy Rash said that Saturday’s competition drew competitors from five states in the southeast.

“We had a great hunt Saturday in Union for the NSD State Hunt Championship,” Rash said. “We only had 12 dogs entered in the hunt but we had dogs come from five different states. We had guys come from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to hunt for the title of SC State Champion.

“The weather was hot and windy and the game didn’t cooperate as good as usual but fun was had by all,” he said. “We hunted three rounds and by the end of the day the dogs and handlers were ready for the day to be over.”

In his press release, Rash announced the winners of the competition, all of whom are from outside South Carolina.

“Our overall winner was a hound named ‘Hooker’ owned by Jonathan Mitchell from North Carolina,” Rash said. “Our runner-up or reserve State Champion was ‘Coal Country Girl’ owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend, also from North Carolina. Our third place winner was ‘M&W Zoey’ owned by Bill Townsend and Dean Wright. ‘Mr. Bill’ as we call him is from North Carolina and Dean Wright is from Ohio.”

In NSD competition, hunters do not use guns and the squirrels they hunt are not harmed. The dogs in the competition are judged on a point system based on their performance. Dogs are drawn out in casts of three and go to certain spots to hunt in the area competition takes place in.

Rash also announced the prizes won by the dogs for their owners.

“With the NSD hunts you pay a entry fee to enter your dogs and you hunt for a percentage of the overall entry fee money,” Rash said. “We also did what you call a added purse which gives the hunters a little extra money to sweeten the pot for the winners.

“Jonathan took home $410.00 for his win and a nice plaque,” he said. “Hubba took home $355 for his runner-up performance. Not bad for a $30 entry fee to hunt.”

In addition, Rash said a new title was up for grabs at Saturday’s competition.

“Also we had several dogs battling for the title of NSD SC State Dog of the Year,” Rash said. “With the runner-up performance from Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend’s female Coal Country Girl, she became the inaugural NSD SC State Dog of the Year.”

While Saturday’s event marked the conclusion of the 2016 competition season in Union County, Rash said there will one final competition for South Carolina this weekend.

“SC Reserve dog of the year will be determined in Cassett, South Carolina this weekend,” Rash said. “It’s a tight race between Anthony Tarrelton from Cassett and Justan Presley from Whitmire. They have battled the entire year for Dog of the Year and the runner-up is a great accomplishment.”

The NSD World Squirrel Hunt for 2017 will be held in Indiana in March, but Rash said that while many of those who competed in Saturday’s event will go to Indiana to compete for World Squirrel Hunt Champion this weekend’ competition in Cassett will bring an end to the 2016 season in South Carolina.

“This weekend will finally bring a close to the NSD series year for South Carolina and it’s been a grueling ten weeks of competition,” Rash said. “I want to thank all the guys who came up to Union and helped make this first year of division hunts successful. Without all of you it wouldn’t have happened and went as smooth as it did. Met some great guys this year and the hound world has some great people in it who usually become friends for life.”

Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash
The National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Champion is "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell from North Carolina. Hooker was the overall winner in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_thumbnail_IMG_20170211_173930958.jpgPhoto courtesy of Tracy Rash
The National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Champion is "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell from North Carolina. Hooker was the overall winner in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash
Third place winner in Saturday’s National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Championship competition is "M&W Zoey" owned by Bill Townsend from North Carolina and Dean Wright from Ohio. M&W Zoey was one of 12 dogs from five states that competed in Saturday’s National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_thumbnail_IMG_20170211_135328437.jpgPhoto courtesy of Tracy Rash
Third place winner in Saturday’s National Sporting Dog SC State Hunt Championship competition is "M&W Zoey" owned by Bill Townsend from North Carolina and Dean Wright from Ohio. M&W Zoey was one of 12 dogs from five states that competed in Saturday’s National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County

Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash
The National Sporting Dog State Dog of the year is "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend from NC. Coal Country Girl was also runner-up or reserve State Champion in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition which was held this past Saturday in Union County.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_thumbnail_IMG_20170211_174109977.jpgPhoto courtesy of Tracy Rash
The National Sporting Dog State Dog of the year is "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend from NC. Coal Country Girl was also runner-up or reserve State Champion in the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition which was held this past Saturday in Union County.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Rash
The final cast for National Sporting Dog SC State Champion were "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell and "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend. The dogs won their place in the cast during the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_thumbnail_IMG_20170211_154752909.jpgPhoto courtesy of Tracy Rash
The final cast for National Sporting Dog SC State Champion were "Hooker" owned by Jonathan Mitchell and "Coal Country Girl" owned by Hubba Aldridge and Bill Townsend. The dogs won their place in the cast during the National Sporting Dog Squirrel Hunt Championship competition held in Union County this past Saturday.
‘Coal Country Girl,’ ‘M&W Zoey’ round out Top 3

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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