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This following article was written by Marvin Munson and was published in the 1995 BBOA Bluebook.
History of the Diamond M Blueticks
By Marvin Munson
My experience with the “Blue Dogs” began with my very first coonhound; an old, grade, Bluetick male, (with one club foot from being in a trap at one time), that I bought from my brother-in-law. The year must have been around 1979. My first experience in the “breeding game” began when I purchased my first registered dog (the following year), a bluetick female, with the idea of wanting to raise a litter sired by the old male. (This was not to happen, as he died shortly after I bought the female). This little female was a nice colored, and nicely built dog, full of Dean’s Northern Blue Hammer breeding, with McCoy’s Mich. Blue Rebel up close (two times). Though she wasn’t a world-beater, she was definitely bred right. A few months later (after getting her) I heard about a young Bluetick male from 70 miles west of here that was real nice. A member of our local club talked the young man who owned him into coming over for a club-hunt. I didn’t draw out with him, but got to see him before he went to the woods, and I liked what I saw. He was big, dark colored, and put together extremely well.
After the hunt I found that he was all-business in the woods, pushed a track well, had a loud, deep bawl, on track, and stayed treed at the end. All this at only around a year of age. His Breeding went back to the “Hammer Dogs,” as well as Smokey River, the Vauhn Line, and the Bragg’s Dogs, so he too was well-bred. I soon made a “deal” to take Diamond M Blue Lady over as soon as she came in “season.” From this cross came our first litter of registered Blueticks. These pups were naturals. We had them trailing and treeing on drags at only three months of age. When someone would come look at them, planning to get one (or maybe just to look, not buy) they would leave with two, they’d be so impressed. Needless to say, these two pups went fast, and left people wanting more. Most of them went to hide hunters, but two females went to guys that did competition hunt. When they were right at 12 months old I got a chance to go for a hunt with Mike Lensing, who owned one he called “Spring.” His female was a small dog, weighing only around 40 pounds, and was real dark blue. When he unsnapped the leash she wasted no time. She hunted hard. Real hard. And she had a voice you’d swear had to be coming from a 120 pound male dog; loud and deep. A real impressive dog; impressing most who got to see her go.
The other female, owned by Ron Garbes, was small also, and maybe a little nicer colored, and put-together dog. I hunted with her for the first time when she was around 18 months old. She didn’t seem to have quite as much drive as Mike’s Spring Female, but boy could she tree. Ron was the envy of several in the club he belonged to, as she was impressive in the hunts. Both Mike and Ron had the best hounds they had at the time, and though some tried to buy them, neither one was for sale. I had kept a male and a female from this litter also, and they had what it took to make top hounds too. This cross was never made again, as Lady died the following winter.
Around the time this litter was around two years old I decided to breed the female I had kept (which I called Lady II). After searching the breed magazines and reading about all the advertised stud dogs, I decided on a dog by the name of Gr. Ch. Gr. Nt. Ch. `PR` Adametz’ Blue Bruiser, owned by John and Jim Adametz from Wisconsin. He was dark blue, and built the way I liked. After talking to John on the phone we took Lady II up to be bred. I had to laugh as John carried her up a ladder to a loft in the haymow, to keep her away from the “unwanted” males (and John had plenty of these, as he had about 75 dogs around there). Sixty-two days later Lady II was still very puppy-less. Rather than wait six more months to raise a litter of pups from this cross, I asked Ron if he would be interested in breeding his female at that time. He wasn’t, but Mike said we could take his female “Spring” up to John’s to be bred. When we took her up, John told me that Bruiser was getting up in age, and hadn’t been breeding good lately. He said he “Kinda” owned half-interest in a son of ole’ Bruiser that was starting to “do it,” both, on the bench, and in the woods. This dog was co-owned by a young man that the coonhound world has come to know well, a “Blueticker” by the name of Russ Downing. The dog was not yet a Champion, nor a Night Champion, but was soon to be both, then on to Gr. Nt. Champion, and then 1988 World Champion Bluetick. The dog was Russ’ Treein Blue Toad. We didn’t know at the time that the dog we had bred Spring to was destined for greatness. Spring whelped a litter of nine pups. They were doing real well, and were two weeks old, when Mike, and his lovely wife Renea, hosted a club meeting and hunt at their place. After everyone had left for the woods, Spring wanted to go too, and chewed her way out of the building she was in, got out on the blacktop, and was hit-and killed-by a car. (The end of a great young dog, and another great cross, never to be made again.) Mike kept three pups, and I took six home with me. After many bottle feedings we were successful at raising all of them. Of these nine pups most of them went on to make hounds (there were a couple that didn’t). Three of them that did turn out extra good were: one that went to a hide-hunter about 30 miles north of here. I understand that he hunted his male, from this litter, with a walker dog that he later sold for $1200, and the Bluetick couldn’t be bought. Another top hound from this litter went to a young man who was only about a sophomore in high school at the time. He trained his male out and ran him to Ch. Gr. Nt. Ch. Ackerman’s Blue Smokey. Todd Ackerman is still breeding and running the Blue dogs today, and doing exceptionally well. The third dog from this litter I want to tell about is the female I kept for myself (that I called Lady III). She was an average sized dog, almost black in color, nicely put-together, and All-Blue, (as several of that litter were, just like Toad). This female had more drive than any I’ve ever had, and a voice that I’ve never seen equaled yet (by a male or female). She had a deep, loud, loud, bawl on track that sounded like a cow bellering as it echoed out of the bottomlands. I had several guys ask “what that was,” when she opened the first time they hunted with her. In my opinion she was the best all-around dog I’ve ever seen go to the woods. Yes, with all her drive, (and my lack of getting her to the woods often enough), she would run just about everything. I ran her with Russ Downing one night, and she first ran what we think was a fox (or coyote) for a little bit, then treed a opossum, then hit a skunk (somewhere along the way?), then helped tree two coon. An all-purpose hound, until the last fall before her (early) death, when she, (for some reason?), straightened out and ran nothing but coon. She looked like one of those ten thousand dollar coonhounds that I’ve only read about (never seen). Then, in March (at only 5 ½ years old), Lady III died; but she left behind pups from her four litters we raised out of her. She was the quality of dog that kennels are built from, and our present day kennel is. At the present time we have 11 Blueticks here, eight are sons or daughters of hers, and the other three are from a half-brother, half-sister cross (with both parents being out of Lady).
To keep from making this story any longer, I’ll tell of only one litter out of Lady III. We drove all night to take her up to the little town of Dowling, Michigan, to be bred to one of the line-bred Dean’s Northern Blue Hammer dogs (the longest line of winning Blueticks in history). We met Dave Dean, and his friend Patti. It was a pleasure to finaly meet him. The next question was: “Which Hammer Dog to breed to?” Dave had Hammer VII through Hammer XII there at the time, then had his newest campaign dog, the one that was to be Hammer XIII. The dog lacked just a few points of being both, Nite Champion and Bench Champion. He was big, and nicely put together, and only around 10 months of age. Dave said he was doing a super job in the woods, and he’d like to see us breed Lady to him. So we did! The dog went on to finish (in the next week or so) into dual champion at 10 months and 20 days of age, then on to Dual Grand after that. The pups from this cross were the most natural tree dogs I have ever seen. We raised nine pups, and at only 2 ½ months of age they were treeing cats right and left, not just one or two of them, but the whole litter. Some would lose interest in a little bit and leave, but four of them would stay till you went to get them off the tree (or barn, trailer, truck, or wherever they treed at). It was a male from this litter that we started hunting at the age of eight months old (we don’t start them any younger). The first night in the woods he went right out like an old dog, opening every breath on the track. I’ve never seen anything like it. (Unfortunately all they ran the first night was a grey fox track). A week later I took him for his third trip to the woods and he treed all by himself, with the three other dogs running track all around him yet. He had the coon, and he held tree under pressure. Toward fall (three months later) the dog I had been running him with, for some reason, started running fast game. Every time he did Rock would start with him, then every time he would fall off treed, and usually had the coon. This really impressed us, a young dog with enough natural sense to lay off the fast game and tree coon.
At three years of age, we started putting him on the bench, making Champion in five shows, and then, with almost only showing him in the breed shows, he made Grand Champion in only eight more shows, finishing at the 1995 National Bluetick Days in Clinton, Missouri.
With very limited showing he has won King of the Iowa BBCHA Sectional, Champion of Champions Male at the Zone III BBOA Show, Champion of Champions at the Postville, Iowa Black and Tan Sectional, and Champion of Champions Male at the 1995 National Bluetick Days. We started showing a sister of Rocks at two years of age. She made Champion in four shows. Three of these were Best of Shows. We also just put her in the larger, mainly Bluetick, shows. From very limited showing she has won Best of Show Female at the 1991 Zone III BBOA Show, Queen of the 1993 BBCHA Iowa Sectional, Queen of the 1993 Zone III BBOA show, Grand Champion Female at the 1994 BBOA Zone III show, and at the 1995 National Bluetick Days she won Grand Champion Females, Friday and Saturday, and Queen of the whole show. We were real happy and honored to win this National Event, and we’d like to thank all of the sponsors and everyone else who helped make this event a success.
There have been (and continues to be) many more crosses than just told here, but these were the one’s leading toward the two Gr. Ch. we have here now. We are still striving to produce the ultimate Bluetick, (one that has it all). We can only hope that, maybe someday…
Myself, my wife, Karen, and our boys, Jeremy and Philip all work together to hunt and show these dogs. With all of the activities we have going on, we don’t get the dogs to the woods as often as we should, so we choose to show them in competition (as this takes a little less time), and hunt them as time allows.
Jeremy finished a young dog (that he picked out for himself from the last litter) to Champion at only seven months of age. He has worked hard to help make the showing a success.
From all of us at Diamond M Blueticks, we want to say “Thanks,” to all of you out there who helped make the shows and hunts a success. And also thanks to all the dedicated breeders who have spent all the money and time to breed the Blueticks that we enjoy today; and especially thanks to you, Dave Dean, for your many years of dedication to breeding the longest, and most successful, line of Blueticks in history. Without the breeding to Hammer XIII we wouldn’t have a National title.
Thank you and keep up the great work!
That article was written for the 1995 Bluebook. In the 10 years since that time, we have had success in the Nite Hunts and the Bench Shows. Jeremy won the National Show twice, both times with littermates out of Tracy II, and sired by Dave Dean’s Hammer 18 dog. Jeremy also had success in the local Nite Hunts with two females he hunted. Jeremy also has more recently finished each Sundown and Trouble to Gr Ch Nt Ch. We will continue to strive to breed the perfect Bluetick… if that’s possible. If not, we’ll have fun trying!!