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Have you ever horse traded with hounds?

Horse Trading with Hounds


Shannon Hollon

Coon hunting and hound trading has had a long tradition in Alabama history. We got to experience it one May day.

Son won some awards

My son Jake coon hunted for years as a youngster winning some awards on competition hunts and catching a number of coons with a blue tick hound he raised from a pup by the name of “Ole Dan”. Jake received “Ole Dan” as a gift from a prominent coon hunting family from Montevallo during my deployment to Afghanistan, but as with boys as they get older their love changes from chasing coons through the woods all night too fast muscle cars and girls.

Ole Dan – Ready to Hunt

Hound trading is complex

One day we got to meet a prominent hound man from Marion Alabama he showed us the complexity of the art of hound trading.

It starts with laying out the certificates of lineage and proof of the pedigree from both the sire(father) and dam(mother) sides going back 8 to 10 generations. The health, color and even the hounds bawl are taken in consideration. Many times the lineages can the traced to past hounds as far away as Missouri and Wisconsin.

Jake and “Ole Dan” after one of their Roupes Valley hunts.

We learned a lot that spring day sitting on my back deck with the Marion houndman. We also realized that the tradition of horse trading with hounds is alive and well in Alabama rural culture.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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