Strike dogs are definitely the quarterbacks of the bear pack. They open on scent, go and find the track and then start it the right way, and if they are well polished they do it so smooth and fast that a hunter really doesn't give the complexity of it all much thought. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes and can make or break the day for the hunter. Sometimes it seems like they can invent bears in areas that don't show a lot of bear sign. Good strike dogs are a lot like a fine wine, they just get better with age and increase in value.
Legendary bear hounds come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are registered dogs with generations of trackable pedigree, while others are crossbreeds. One thing is for sure, bear hunters are interested in dogs that will put a bear up a tree, or bay it on the ground, for as long it takes. Papers won’t produce a bear dog, but generations of solid breeding practices will. Undoubtedly, the Treeing Walker is one of the most popular breeds of tree hounds in North America used for big game hunting. In the third article in our Legendary Bear Hound series, we highlighted a line of legendary Walkers, the Nance Bred Walkers. In this article, we will talk about a hound out of New England that has some Nance breeding in it that qualifies for this series. The dog’s name is ‘PR’ Bear River Bullet.

Hunting an experience, the author finds what she's looking for in her first hound hunt in Maine.
Busting barriers to entry into the bear hound world by starting from scratch with some coonhounds.