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Dogs compete to catch raccoons

January 26, 2007

Albany -- Some of the best coonhounds in the country are howling in south Georgia. Hundreds of dogs and their owners took off from Albany for the annual Winter Classic.

Some hunters had to travel more than 100 miles from Albany to their designated hunt area. The dogs compete to see which can first track and tree a raccoon first.

Ronnie Copeland brought champion show-dog and hunter, Deacon, to the event this year and says it takes long hours to prepare for a hunt.

"A lot of hard hunting during the week. You know weekends prior to this you hunt sometimes 5-6 nights a week at least getting them ready fot his particular event," said Ronnie Copeland.

Top hunting dogs take home trophies and titles recognizing them as United Kennel Club Grand-night Champions, among other awards.

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