2018 Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound Award
A fast-moving 4-year-old bluetick male English Coonhound named “Crow” proved his natural tracking ability to win the 2018 Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound Award. Handled by owner Asa D. Briggs Jr. of Morley, Michigan, GR NITE CH(2) ‘PR’ Main Street Wild Crow qualified for the Purina National Championship out of the North East Region 2, advancing to the semifinals and then the final cast of four hounds. His littermate brother, GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Coonvalley Blackjack, took Reserve National Champion to Crow’s National Champion. Bradley Ryan of Arab, Alabama, is the breeder.
“Crow is quick on the track and a good strike dog,” says Briggs, who bought the talented English Coonhound in March 2018 with co-owners Shane Cannon of Maysville, Missouri, and Troy Schellhorn of Rea, Missouri. “He opens with a chop mouth when he’s tracking and bawls once he trees.”
Building a bond with Crow came slowly, says Briggs, who was pleased to win his first Purina Coonhound Award after 32 years in the sport. Their success includes winning the National Grand Nite English Coonhound Championship at Autumn Oaks and the Michigan State Championship. Crow took third in the United English Breeders & Fanciers Invitational. “He’s my buddy,” Briggs says.