2004 PKC National Championship


By Jerry Moll 6/20/2004  2:02:23 PM

Flora, IL 9:04:38 AM

The 2004 PKC National Championship has been all an event of this magnitude should be. There has been a competitive mix of winners, some very well known, some newcomers, and an unusually strong showing from the Black and Tan breed in a sport dominated by Walkers. That turns out to be a thumbnail of the Final Three.

Veteran handler Tam Young emerged as the standard bearer for the Black dogs by placing Tennessee Hardrock in the big money round. Salt Creek Jenni, a frequent player in major event finals in more than one registry by Hoosier member Jerry Moll and recently purchased by Savannah, Georgia businessman John Strickland (shown left) has proven to be a major threat and will no doubt continue in that role in the Final Three. R. D. Trout turns out to be the newcomer, the sleeper in an all star entry at this year's Nationals and his Sassy Too has laid down a solid performance and could be prove to be the spoiler.

Here's the way they hunted and finished in two tough rounds of competition in an unusually crisp, clear, near perfect for hunting night in southern Illinois:

PKC National Championship Quarterfinals Saturday, June 19, 2004

1st Place $27,500.00 Tennessee Hardrock Clay Young/Tam Young, owners Tam Young H 2nd Place $14,000.00 Salt Creek Jenni John Strickland, owner/handler 3rd Place - $7,500.00 Sassy Too Swanson/Montgomery, owners R. D. Trout, handler


Cast 3001 Shawn Tramble, judge Toby Winteroad, guide

Abby Gregory Taylor, owner/handler

Hardrock Black and Tan male Young/Young, owners Tam Young, handler 200 plus Cast winner

Cast 3002 Mike Tramble, judge Ron Guinn, handler

Salt Creek Jenni Treeing Walker female John Strickland 175 plus Cast winner

Stylish Snag Massengill/Taylor Bennie Taylor

Cast 3003 Sassy Too Treeing Walker male Swanson/Montgomery, owners R.D. Trout, handler 125 plus Cast winner

Bad Habit John Strickland, owner Jeff Ricklefs, handler

Salt Creek Supply Opens


By Jerry Moll 3/29/2004  1:58:38 PM

Batesville, IN 3/29/2004 11:36:32 AM

There are a lot of success stories in the world of coon hunting. Many of them have a familiar ring. Everyone knows that coon hunter John Wick build a healthy business around the sport. Innovator Dayne Phillips invented the Nite Lite battery light for coon hunters and parlayed it into a tremendous business before selling it to its present owners. Early PKC competitor Wayne Green has his Prowler Lights and Quick Trac recovery systems, and the list goes on and on.

The newest comer to the field of hunters turned suppliers is Jerry Moll of Batesville, Indiana. Unlike Wick, Phillips, or Green, each of which based their businesses on a product idea such as the Wick Chap, or the Coon Hunter’s Favorite, Moll is hitching his hopes for success on necessity and his reputation in the sport of coon hunting.

Moll is recognized as one of the most successful of Walker breeders in recent years and his record in competition is well documented. Final Four finishes in major events in both registries have rocketed Moll to the forefront of the nation’s most recognizable and successful competition hunters and breeders of Walker hounds.

More than a year ago, Moll faced what many Americans have faced in recent years. A job of many years with Wood- Mizer Products, Inc., a sawmill manufacturer was either outsourced or became a victim of the all to frequent downsizing that we see companies going through these days. Moll, with a wife and three children struggled with the idea of opening a business after difficulty in replacing a job that had provided well for so long. Finally the decision was made and the result is the recent opening of Salt Creek Supply.

Here’s what I recently learned about Jerry’s new business:

Salt Creek Supply is located in southeast Indiana at the intersection of State Roads 46 and 129. That’s 45 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, 65 miles east of Indianapolis, Ind., 50 miles south of Richmond, Ind., and 45 miles east of North Vernon, Ind., where the PKC Labor Day Classic is held each year.

“We have the full line of Purina products from small animals to horses, specializing in the ProPlan line for dogs. Since Purina is the new major sponsor for PKC events, we believe in supporting those that support us. We are carrying the Valley Creek 20-volt belt lights and Muck boots with Valley Creek Chaps,” Moll told me. “We are also carrying a full line of tracking systems and collars ranging in brands from Wildlife, to Tracker, to the "K" collar. We also have Tri-Tronics E-Collar systems, Zepp Squallers, and Valley Creek bibs.”

The accompanying photos reveal a huge stock of nylon, DayGlo and leather collars with nametag applications. Moll is also carrying a large variety of dog leads ranging from leather, to cable, to DayGlo, beta (a composite stretch-type material), and chain. I asked Jerry about mail order and he told me that’s coming down the road.

We at PKC certainly wish Jerry and Brenda success with their new venture and encourage members to visit Salt Creek Supply when in need of dog food or hunting supplies.

2003 PKC Labor Day Classic Saturday


By Jerry Moll 9/1/2003  1:55:56 PM
North Vernon, IN 9/1/2003 4:51:41 PM
The fairgrounds are quiet now. Sunday dawned gray and damp as if the clouds were weeping at the departure of the throngs of hunters leaving southeastern Indiana for home. Labor Day weekend in the Hoosier State is the epicenter of the sport as both the Labor Day Classic and Autumn Oaks draws hunters from around the nation to the region.
The PKC Labor Day Classic was a huge success, drawing 825 entries to the hunts and show. The five days of "Labor Day Games" drew an astounding figure of 1131 hounds to PKC competition!
The Saturday night hunt saw an improvement of scores overall with a handful of dogs posting 600 or better. The handlers of the Pup Derby were content to split as the rains began to fall in earnest around 3:00 AM. Joe Mullins of Ohio, hunting the D.J. English hound in the Open had other ideas. He challenged the other three handlers of the Final Four to hunt. He would finish 3rd. The call goes to Chris Saunders (Chris is the gentleman on the left in the photo at right) for stepping up to take the card and judge the final despite torrential showers outside. Here’s the way they finished on the final night of competition in North Vernon:
Open Event Saturday, August 30, 2003
$1000 Added Purse 173 entries Winners Judge – Chris Saunders
1st – Bee, Mitchell Burns, James Tyree handler
2nd – Jenni, Jerry Moll, owner/handler
3rd – D. J., Joe Mullins, owner/handler
4th – Hot Rod, Sherman/St. Clair, owners, Rick St. Clair, II, handler
PHOTO: (Right) - Standing: Judge Chris Saunders and Guide Mr. Grabbard. Kneeling are Jerry Moll with Jenni, Mitchell Burns with Bee, Joe Mullins with D.J., and Rick St. Clair, II with Hot Rod.

2003 PKC Labor Day Classic Friday


By Jerry Moll 8/30/2003  1:28:22 PM

North Vernon, IN 8/30/2003 9:29:50 AM

Thunderstorms at drawout and throughout the early minutes of most of the casts challenged the resolve of 293 PKC members that hunted night number two of the 2003 PKC Labor Day Classic. Soggy hunters filed into the clubhouse to post their scores throughout the evening and despite the weather, coon seemed to be cooperating in providing competition for the pups and big dogs alike. The Open final elected to split while once again the Pup Derby was hunted. Here are the winners of night number two of the Labor Day Games here in North Vernon:

Friday Night August 29, 2003 Open Event $1000 Added Purse 196 Entries Split Winners

4th – Sandy, Nate Krieg 4th – Jenni, Jerry Moll 4th – Tess, Rob Coselman, Brandon Coselman 4th – Zack, Brian Ratcliff, Tim Moore

PHOTO CAPTIONS (RIGHT)- Nate Krieg with Sandy, Jerry Moll with Jenni, Brandon Coselman (Youth Hunter) with Tess, and Tim Moore with Zack.

2002 PKC World Final-Four


By Jerry Moll 11/6/2002  1:25:24 PM

Aurora, KY 11/6/2002 5:24:50 PM

The 2002 PKC World Champion is a two-year old son of Rat Attack, owned by Roger Dale Carnegie of Franklinton, LA and handled by Craig Deschamp of Pass Christian, MS. Deep South Pac Rat earned the title in a toughly fought contest that went down to the wire on a crisp, picture-perfect western Kentucky night. 1st Deep South Pac Rat, R.D.Carnegie o, Craig Deschamp h 2nd Heart Attack, John T Treadwell o, George E. Major, Jr. h 3rd Salt Creek Jenni, Jerry Moll o/h 4th Rock River Sue, Ricky Powers o/h


Left: The Final Four. Kneeling left to right are Ricky Powers with Rock River Sue, Jerry Moll with Salt Creek Jenni, Craig Deschamp with Deep South Pac Rat, and George E. Major, Jr. with Heart Attack. Standing left to right are: Judge Mark Hall, Backup Judge Marcus Green, Twin Lakes Coon Club's Danny Hamby, PKC President Roy Tramble, PKC's Rick Stretch, and Guide Phillip Thompson.