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First of Three PKC Coon Hunts Begins Monday in Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The first of three Professional Kennel Club Raccoon Hunts get underway Monday night.  

Hunters and their dogs from around the country are gathering for the Superstakes Event that will be headquartered at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Salem.  

PKC President Roger Dale Carnegie expects 200 dogs to hunt each night this week.  "It runs Monday through Saturday.  We'll have our three division winners crowned on Saturday night," said Carnegie.  "Then in October we'll start with the Youth World Championship on October 26th.  We'll complete it Friday and Saturday, take a break on Sunday and then start the World Hunt on Monday."   Carnegie says the World Hunt will then wrap up on Saturday night, November second.  

This is the first year the World and Youth Hunts have been split.  "The purpose of splitting it was to be able to devote more attention to the Youth World Championship.  It has always played second fiddle to the World Hunt by trying to run it simultaneously.  We decided to give them their own weekend to see how things go," said Carnegie.

Carnegie says the number of reservations for this week's Super Stakes is already above the number that hunted last year.   He expects more than 100 youth who have qualified for the youth hunt to participate next month.  Carnegie says it is too early to tell how attendance will be at the World Hunt.  

The PKC is in the second of a three year contract to hold all three of its major events in Salem. While the hunt is based in Salem, groups of hunters will spread out over a 60 mile radius each night.   

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