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Fifty years ago we did not have any horse races but we
had fox races. There were plenty of foxes where we lived.
There were the grey fox and the red fox. They did not stay
together. The grey fox was in the Piney Grove section; and
The red fox was in the Mt. Page section. We were glad
when fall of the year came and the fox hunters from South
Carolina would come to our house in wagons bringing their
tents and dogs for a week or so to run the foxes. I remember
some of them; Dr. McKinney and George McKinney
and others. They would have 20 dogs or more. Some would
be trained dogs and some had never run a fox before. We
always kept a good dog or two. My father liked to hunt.
Most all of the fox wanted to run from one mountain to another,
and you could get on top of one mountain and stand
still and hear all of the race.
The prettiest music you ever heard is a good pack of
dogs in a fox race. When the hunters came the first thing
they wanted to know was where do the foxes use at, and my
dad would tell them where they could find the fox any time
within a little way of our house.
There was a man who lived near who had a dog that
would not run anything but a fox at night. The hunters
would always get him to go with them. His name was Lewis
Davis. The dog's name was "Laud." We would start out
about 4 o'clock; would tie all the dogs but Laud. When
he barked Mr. Davis would say, “Turn your best dogs loose,
it's a fox.” They would soon get the fox going. Then they
would turn some more dogs loose. Finally they all got together.
Then the race began. Old Laud would usually
drop out when all the dogs got in the race as he was an old
dog. Sometimes they would catch a grey fox on the ground.
Sometimes they would tree it in a rock cliff; sometimes
up a tree. It had to be a tree full of limbs. A dog could
go almost anywhere the fox could.
The red fox was different from the grey fox. He would
run around for awhile, then he would just leave the
country - run your dogs to death. You would have to double
pack your dogs to do anything with a red fox.