Hound kills 200 bobcats – milestone

By John Holyoke
BDN Staff

No matter the season, Paul
Laney finds plenty of ways to keep busy in his adopted hometown of Grand
Lake Stream.

Whether he’s guiding anglers and bear hunters or tending his own trap line, Laney spends most of the year outdoors. This time of year, he’s bobcat hunting. And the affable Registered Maine Guide checked in earlier this week
to share a milestone.

“[Tuesday] was a very special day,” Laney wrote in an e-mail. “This morning my client Pete Gamache harvested a 30-pound tom in a small deer yard.”

Laney hunts with his hounds, and three — Lilly, Sadie and Suzie — were
in on Gamache’s kill.

“That was number 199 for Suzie,” Laney explained.

And Suzie
wasn’t done.

“Around 11 a.m. we cut another track and let Suzie, Sadie and Bella
go in quest for number 200,” Laney wrote. “A couple hours later, Suzie made
history with the help of her two young friends.”

Laney says a single dog reaching 200 kills in a career is quite

“Anyone who knows much about bobcat hunting knows what it takes to
reach 100 kills,” Laney wrote. “Suzie accomplished that milestone at five
years old. She turned 10 years old in June and is still going strong. Who
knows where it will end? But I do know there will never be another hound
like Suzie.”

Congratulations to Suzie [and Paul] for the hard-earned milestone.


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