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2015 PKC National Championship Final - Play By Play

Postby Jerry Moll » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:26 pm

Flora, IL -
Sunday June 28, 2015

After four nights of battling the weather and the stiffest competition in the Coonhound World, the following three finalists are chomping at the bit to get this show on the road.

Please join us as we take the journey along with these elite dogs, handlers and judges. A HUGE thank you goes out to the Flora Coon Club, the City of Flora, Illinois and all who help out to put on this great event. Thanks also to our judges that spent the sleepless nights judging their peers in the woods. We appreciate every participant who drove across the United States to compete in one of the most prestigious events of the year.

Congratulations and good luck to the three finalists, you are all WINNERS!

The weatherman is calling for an evening of scattered thunderstorms with 7-10 mile winds from the south. With sunset scheduled for 8:25 PM CDT, we should be in the woods and underway by 8:45.

GCH Stylish Trader, owned and handled by Jed Finley of Indianola, Iowa.

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GCH Piney Creek Sweat Pea, owned by Larry Watson of Sulphur Springs, Texas and handled by Jeff McCord of Prattville, Alabama.

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PCH Eli Sone, owned by Heath Johnson of Burnsville, Mississippi and handled by Scott Faulkner of Corinth, Mississippi.

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Shown below is the Final Cast of the 2015 PKC National Championship preparing to head to the woods.

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Shown in back row (L-R): Purina's Larry Walters, Lead Judge; Shane Patton, Back Up Judge; Tom Froese and Guide; Lance Gill.

Shown in middle row are the Final Cast panel members going to the woods (L-R): David Dial, James Love and Bud Hood.

In the front row (L-R): Jed Finley with Trader, Jeff McCord with Pea and Scott Faulkner with Eli.

It won't be long now
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The Play By Play reporter in the woods tonight is Ty Anderson from Missouri
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The cast just pulled into a fresh casting area that has not been hunted this week
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It is currently 69 degrees with an 8 mph southeastern wind. Chance of rain is about 40%, but they are calling for some severe storms later. Hopefully after this cast is over
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Boots are being strapped on and dogs are being collared up
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Dogs will be cast down a small creek with scattered crop fields and wood lots. A great place for independent dogs to show their stuff!
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Dogs are cast at 9:05 CDT
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The minute expires with no barks and no strikes. Zero pressure on Judge Patton at this point
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Dial and Love already complaing about the skeeters
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The dogs scattered like a covey of quail, no barks yet. This could mean some long walks coming up
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The cast is easing into the country, the direction the dogs were cast. So far nothing
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The raccoons may be laying up in anticipation of this thunderstorm
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Trader breaks the silence of the night, strike the big white dog for 100
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Tighting up in Trader's direction
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Cast stops for a little, 6 working on Trader
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Six is broke and the cast continues to tighten up
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Stationary rule working on Trader as Eli is struck for 75 deeper in the country
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Faulkner waists no time and declares Eli treed for 100, about 800 yards from the cast
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Eli's tree is dead as the cast starts that way
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Not wanting to be left out, Finley trees Trader for 100
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The rain drops are getting larger and coming more frequently
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The cast has stopped, the two minute rule is working on both Eli and Trader at different places
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The two got Eli, minus him 100
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Trader barks and breaks his two, the cast starts toward him again
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The cast has arrived at Trader's tree, he is handled and the 8 started
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Dial is holding the umbrella for Love and Patton
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Trader has the evidence, give him 200+
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Walking Trader the minute
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Six working on Eli
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The six caught Eli, minus him 75
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Trader has been released, no word from Pea
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-----HALFTIME-----
Trader; 200+
Pea; 0
Eli; 175-
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Strike Eli for 100
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The rain is picking up more now as Faulkner trees Eli for 100
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Eli's tree is dead, cast is heading that-a-way
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Eli is handled in a beautiful block of hardwood
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Dial spots the raccoon quickly, Love is slipping
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Eli is walked his minute and recast, nothing struck, nothing opening
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The radar map is looking better, rain yes, but the red and yellow parts are north and south of us
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Finley strikes Trader for 100, Judge Patton applies the stationary rule
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Pea speaks up and is struck by McCord for 75. She's about a day and a half in there
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Tree Pea for 100, she's gettin in the game now
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Strike Eli for 50
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Both Trader and Eli have been treed for 100 each
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It's a three-way split and they are pretty far apart
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There is only about 35 minutes left in the contest, these three trees may be IT
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If Trader pulls this win off, his lifetime earnings will be $39,536
If Pea wins, her LTE will be $30,263
Should Eli win, his winnings will be boosted to $45,201
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Hunting time has expied in the 2015 PKC National Championship Final Cast.
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The Judge has not yet reached Sweet Pea's tree and it is the first of the three trees to score.
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Sweet Pea had her coon. She has a final score of 175+.
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It is pouring down the rain hard now as they start to shine Eli's tree
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Eli's tree was circled. He finishes the cast with 25+
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Headed to Trader's tree now
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Shining Trader's tree now
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Plus him up!

Congratulations to Jed Finley and PCH NCH Stylish Trader for winning the $20,000 2015 PKC National Championship.

The second place $12,000 winner is; PCH Piney Creek Sweat Pea, owned by Larry Watson of Sulphur Springs, Texas and handled by Jeff McCord of Prattville, Alabama.

Third place $6,000 winner is; PCH Eli Sone, owned by Heath Johnson of Burnsville, Mississippi and handled by Scott Faulkner of Corinth, Mississippi.
Please prepare yourself and your hound. Hunt the dog, read the Blue Book, and your Good Book!
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