The competition got better for Saturday night's final hunts in the 53rd-Annual Grand American Coon Hunt, a United Kennel Club event presented by American Cooner magazine and hosted by the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds.
Dillon Bradshaw of Connelly Springs, N.C., and his Treeing Walker Coonhound named Tree Talken Worm took the overall championship at the 2018 Grand American in the early morning hours Sunday.
After a third-place finish in the Grand American Friday Nite Hunt, Bradshaw and Tree Talken Worm scored well enough in the Grand American Saturday Nite Hunt to qualify for the Grand American Final Four Hunt.
In the final hunt, Tree Talken Worm topped handler Mark Looney and an English Coonhound named Oconee River Waylon Jr. from Watkinville, Ga. Third and 4th-place spots went to two in-state handlers and their Treeing Walker Coonhounds, with the Justin Allen/Clean's Mr. Bubbles duo from Hamer taking 3rd and the Franklin Card/The Tree Slamming Judge duo from Sumter taking 4th.
Earlier in the morning, William McDaniels of Mullins and his Treeing Walker Coonhound named McDaniels Mojo Wildman Hoss posted the highest hunting score of the weekend, with a 775+, to take the Grand American Saturday Nite Hunt's top spot.
Also placing high in the Saturday Nite Hunt was 2nd-place finisher Ashley Watts of Longs and a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Waccamaws Toucan Sam, and 3rd-place finisher Chase Wheeler of Holly Ridge, N.C. and a Redbone named Fords Rocky Hollow Pistol.
Of all T&D Region competitors in both nights of hunting competition, Norway's Robert Brown and an English Coonhound named Browns DJ placed 12th on Saturday night.
In the Grand American Friday Bench Show, results for top spots from 43 entries were as follows: Best Male of Show - Ronks Ol Abraham, Black and Tan Coonhound, owner Dallas Runk, handler Dave Myers; Best Female of Show - Southern Flame Tequila Rose, Bluetick Coonhound, owners Loyd Black/Gerald Black/Cynthia Grooms, handler Stanley Black; Overall Breed Winner - Whiskey River Peddler, English Coonhound, owners Kenny and Keith Dameron, handler Kenny Dameron; Pairs Overall - Thunderstruck I'm Your Huckleberry, American Leopard Hound, owner Haley Creasman, handler Morgan Elburn, along with Elburn's Ragweed, American Leopard Hound, owner Curtis Elburn, handler Halie Barrus; Overall Dual Champion - Miss Molly, Redbone Coonhound, owner Doyal Anderson, handler Doyal Anderson.
In the Grand American Saturday Bench Show, results for top spots from 63 entries were as follows: Overall Bench Show Winner - Springhill Like A Rock Chief, owner/handler Bob Wise; Opposite Sex Bench Show Winner - Late Nights Southern Scarlett, owner Sasha/Cory Hall, Cindi; Overall Grand Champion Male Winner - Laurel Valley Backwoods Boondocker, owner/handler Kelly Myers, GRAND CHAMPION BREED WINNERS - Black & Tan Male - Laurel Valley Doc Holiday HTX, owners Dave Myers/Kelly Myers, handler Dave Myers; Black & Tan Female - Cherokee Morning Star, owner Cassandra Lyn Kase, handler Fran White; American Leopard Female - Elburn's Ragweed, owner Curtis Elburn, handler Abby Sparks; Bluetick Female - Southern Flame Chantilly Lace, owner Gerald Black/Cynthis Grooms, handler Gerald Black; English Male - Green Acres Rosco Willie, owner Allen Pfaff; English Female - Whiskey River Fancy, owner/handler Kenny Dameron; Plott Male - This Is My Town, owners Shane/Lisa Beddingfield, handler Lisa Beddingfield; Redbone Male - Wabash River Magic Mike, owner/handler Niki Rorvik; Treeing Walker Female - Fork River Trouble In Paradise, owner Melinda Hicks/Megan Perez, handler Melinda Hicks; Overall Champion Female Winner - Melrose Mtn Lead Me Home, owners Lisa/Shane Beddingfield, handler Lisa Beddingfield.
2018 Grand American Final Four Hunt Results
Place Name Breed Owner Hometown Handler
Overall Nite Hunt Winner NITECH'PR'TBS Tree Talken Worm TW Dillon Bradshaw Connelly Springs, N.C. Dillon Bradshaw
2nd Place Overall NITECH'PR'Oconee River Waylon Jr ENG Trent Saxon/Tucker Saxon Watkinville, Ga. Mark Looney
3rd Place Overall GRNITECH'PR'Clean's Mr. Bubbles TW Michael Reaves Hamer, S.C. Justin Allen
4th Place Overall PR'The Tree Slamming Judge TW Franklin Card Sumter, S.C. Franklin Card
2018 Grand American Saturday Nite Hunt Results
Place Name Breed Owner Hometown Handler Score
1st/GR NITE GRNITECH'PR'McDaniels Mojo Wildman Hoss TW William McDaniels Mullins, S.C. William McDaniels 775+
2nd/1st NITE NITECH'PR'Waccamaws Toucan Sam TW Ashley Watts Longs, S.C. Ashley Watts 675+
3rd/2nd NITE NITECH CH'PR'Fords Rocky Hollow Pistol RED Chase Wheeler Holly Ridge, N.C. Chase Wheeler 600+
4th/3rd NITE NITECH'PR'Woods Timber Crushing Rain ENG Roger Woods Gate City, Va. Steven Shineaberry 550+
5th/1st Reg PR'RC's Cotton Pickin Django B&T Mason Matthews Scranton, S.C. Tad Timmons 500+
6th/4th NITE NITECH'PR'Gore's Rock ENG Barry Gore Aynor, S.C. Joseph Rawls Jr. 475+
7th GNITECH'PR'Clean's Mr Bubbles TW Michael Reaves Hamer, S.C. James Huggins 450+
8th CH GRNITECH'PR'Gardins Mill Creek Style TW Harold Gardin Norwood, N.C. Ronnie Ruin 425+
9th/5th NITE NITECH CH'PR'Soggy Bottoms Sweet As Sugar TW Anderson Matthews Coward, S.C. Eric Franks 375+
10th/2nd Reg PR'Lucky John TW Jake Holder Eatonton, Ga. Jake Holder 375+
11th/3rd Reg PR'Leggetts Lockdown Freeze ENG Clay Leggett Lumberton, N.C. Clay Leggett 375+
12th/4th Reg PR'Browns DJ ENG Robert Brown Norway, S.C. Robert Brown 350+
13th/5th Reg PR'Runks Old Abraham B&T Dallas Runk James Creek, Pa. Dallas Runk 325+
14th GRNITECH'PR'Sandy River Raven BLU Mathew Brumfield Danville, Va. Matthew Brumfield 300+
15th CH GRNITECH'PR'Yocona River Wildman Willie TW Ronnie Stark Water Valley, Miss. Ronnie Stark 300+
16th/6th Reg PR'Wipeout Sledge Hammer TW Michael Barkley Sumter, S.C. Michael Barkley 300+
17th/7th Reg PR'Cache River Lady ENG Howard Hendrix Wallace, S.C. Howard Hendrix 250+
18th/8th Reg PR'The Tree Slamming Judge TW Franklin Card Sumter, S.C. Franklin Card 225+
19th NITECH'PR'Oconee River Waylon Jr ENG Trent Saxon/Tucker Saxon Watkinsville, Ga. Mark Looney 225+
20th NITECH'PR'Catwalkin Roxy BLU Austin Therrell Catawba, S.C. Travis Allen 225+
9th Reg PR'Gilstraps Carolina Smokey PLT Scott Dawson Chatham, Va. Trent Wilson 225+
10th Reg PR'Freight Train TW Greg Roberts Osteen, Fla. Greg Roberts 225+