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Shelby County Coonhunters Reach Out to Help Their Community
On November 12, 2011, the Shelby County Coonhunters Association of Chelsea, in cooperation with the Black Creek Coonhunters Club, will be reaching out to help the Family Connection Residential Youth Home. The members of the hunting club have organized a benefit coon hunt sanctioned by the United Kennel Club (UKC) with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the Youth Home.
The Shelby County Coonhunters Association was established in 1978, since that time they have grown and maintained a very active organization hosting UKC, PKC and AKC hunts monthly.
Jamie Perrin, an active coonhunter and president of the Shelby County Coonhunters Association gave this statement, "Shelby County Coonhunters are proud to sponsor this benefit hunt for the Family Connection Residential Youth Home. We ask all coonhunters to come and participate in this full day of activities we have planned."
The activities planned include a Bench Show, Night Hunt and other activities including a treeing contest, kids zone and good eating.
For those not familiar with the sport of competition coon hunting, each competition hunt must be sanctioned by one of the kennel registries — Hunting for Shelter Benefit Hunt is sanctioned by UKC. During the Night Hunt or Bench Show, each dog must be registered by UKC to participate. The Bench Show focuses on the beauty and conformation of the dogs; while the Night Hunt shows the endurance and ability of the hounds and handlers to track and tree the raccoons. At no time during a competition hunt are any animals hurt (this includes the dogs and the raccoons).
The dogs are drawn out and placed into casts of no more than four dogs. Each cast will go out to separate hunting grounds to hunt their dogs. Each dog is then scored on their ability to track and tree a live, wild raccoon. Not only is the dog’s ability being judged, but also the handlers ability to call their dog struck and treed can win or lose them the hunt.
Coonhunters are very passionate about the sport and the programs they support. The members of the Shelby County Coonhunters Association felt deeply about supporting the Family Connection Residential Youth Home and felt this was a good way to be able to give back to their surrounding community. The Family Connection Residential Youth Home serves a vital role in Shelby County. It serves as a shelter for youth who are often dealing with personal or family crisis. This home provides shelter, professional youth care specialists, and counselors to help and care for the youth who come through the resident home.
Mrs. Susan Johnston, executive director of Family Connection said, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You – we are thrilled the proceeds from this hunt will benefit Family Connection’s Residential Youth Shelter. The shelter is a temporary home for vulnerable youth who are often runaways or youth in the midst of a family crisis. These funds will help us provide food, clothing, personal care items and counseling support in order to stabilize the lives of young people in our care."