A dream came true for coon-hound handler Ross Jackson, of Madison, when owner Mary Simpson, of Farmington, told him to go get the best dog he could find.
“She told me to find the one I wanted to win with, and we bought him,” said Ross.
The result of his search was a 5-year-old, male, treeing Walker hound named Clutch of Mayhem, and the investment has paid off. With more than $8,000 in winnings for 2009, Ross and Clutch led this year’s money standings in what is arguably the top coon-hunting competition trail in the world, the Professional Kennel Club’s (PKC) Blue Ribbon Pro Division.
Out of an eight-hunt schedule, Ross and Clutch took two first-place wins in Illinois and Missouri hunts and advanced to the semi-finals casts in a Mississippi hunt to become 2009’s top money winners. Those were the only three hunts Ross and Clutch competed in on the 2009 schedule.
To top off a great season, Ross and Clutch also made the semi-finals at the PKC World Finals in October. Plans for Clutch now include a continued run in the Pro Division and breeding.