About Salt Creek Coonhounds

My name is Jerry Moll, born and raised on a farm near Batesville Indiana, the youngest of 13 children. I married Brenda Schutte, also of Batesville and also the youngest of thirteen children in 1990. We have three children, Nicholas, Erin and Bethany. We have never and will never expect to make our living from our efforts at breeding a better Treeing Walker Coonhound; it’s just what we want to do.

As a young boy in Southeast Indiana, I hunted whatever kind of dog we had on the farm. We never had a hound; most were curs, collies, or shepherds. I hunted mainly groundhogs and squirrels, but would occasionally sneak out after dark in search of coon and possum. If I ever heard "real" hounds running & treeing at night in the creek bottoms below our farm, I would sit and listen to them for hours. As I got older and bolder the curiosity got the best of me and I began joining whoever it was, much to their surprise. Soon they were stopping by the house and inviting me to go along on a regular basis.

I really began to enjoy the hounds over the curs I had been used to. As a rule, the hounds had much more nose, hunt, and mouth. I began the search for a hound of my own and within a short time acquired a registered Bluetick. This was a big old hound with a cold nose and a big booming voice. I would love to sit on a log and listen to him work, but when he finally treed I would have to run to him fast or he would be off tracking again. I soon bought a 1/2 Redbone 1/2 English dog that would stay treed and hunted them together for several years.

When I was about 15 or so, a boy in school told me about his Walker dog and invited me to go along hunting with him. My Dad warned me not to take my good dogs with this "crazy fox hound" or it would surely ruin them, so I left them at home. I was totally amazed at the ability of this black and white hound, named Rudy. He treed four coons and caught two more on the ground that night. This hunt made an impression on me that would last a lifetime. I hunted with and enjoyed Rudy many times after that night and could not bear to hear old Blue wallow and boar on a cold track anymore. I had seen the light; I bought a Walker pup and have been breeding and hunting them ever since.

Many of the things I breed for and look for in the Walker dog today trace back to those first hunts with the old Rudy. I love quickness, I'm impatient and I want a dog to do things very rapidly, right or wrong. I hate a track straddling dog, I want one that will cut, drift, or swing on a track. Just as soon as my dog smells a coon, I want her to be thinking tree, not track. I want a dog to be an exceptional Treedog, accurate and stay-put, regardless. I keep a dog with an uncommon voice, both extremely loud and distinct from others.

Many people get confused when they hear me talking about the quick drifting track dogs that I like. They think I like a hot nosed, pop up dog, wrong! The kind of dog I'm talking about has the kind of nose it takes to run a track with their head up off the ground, locate as their coming off a track into a tree, and the ability to tree laid-up acorn coons other dogs don't know exist. A dog that will work for an hour grubbing out an old cold track is what some folks describe as having a "good nose", I disagree.

I have been following the same line of dogs for the past twenty-five years and as most everyone knows, I’m partial to females. These days I’m hunting hounds that date six and seven generations back to my original Treeing Walkers: Gr Nite Ch Moll's Salt Creek Annie, Gr Nite Ch Moll's Salt Creek Ann II, Gr Ch Nite Ch Moll's Salt Creek Ann III, Gr Ch Gr Nite Ch Moll’s Salt Creek Ann IV, Ch Nite Ch Moll’s Salt Creek Sam, Gr Nite Ch Gr Ch PKC CH Moll's Salt Creek Molly-Ann, Gr Nite Ch Gr Ch PKC GCH Moll's Salt Creek Kiss , Gr Nite Ch Ch PKC CH Salt Creek Private Dancer, Gr Nite Ch Ch PKC PCH Moll's Salt Creek Jenni, Gr Nite Ch Gr Ch PKC CH Moll's Salt Creek Kiss This and Gr Nite Ch Ch PKC CH Salt Creek Rapid River Sockett.

These hounds have won the Lee Crawford Invitational twice and placed in Walker Days several times. They have also qualified for the World Hunts many times and gotten into the finals a time or two. Ann II placed 11th in the 1993 UKC World Hunt, Jenni finished third in the 2002 PKC World Championship and followed with a third place and World Champion Female finish in the 2003 UKC World Championship. These hounds have produced several titled dogs in AKC, UKC and PKC and their records speak for themselves.

We support and enjoy the competition and fellowship of AKC, UKC and PKC hunts and are members of SETWA, TWBFA and the NRA. I have met most of my close, lifelong friends through these Spotted dogs and Coonhound competition. I am a Walker man through and through and wouldn't have it any other way.