Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) --South Carolina is known for hunting.And what better way to do it with man's best friend?
Anybody that wants to have a good time, it's something to see for the whole family. Even if you don't like hunting, if you come down here, you'll end up like hunting," Randy Bass said.
Bass, 21, has been coming to the Grand American Coon Hunt for more than ten years.
This year he went for a different reason, to buy something special.
"I'm just looking for a good Treeing Walker, that's the top breed in my book," Bass said.
Joey Dunn breeds that exact dog and he traveled more than 300 miles to show interested buyers.
He's already sold four of six puppies.
"I have good luck every time I come down here," Dunn said. "I like to coon hunt and make sure my dogs get in the hands of people that do coon hunt and competition hunt and that helps me as a breeder to sell and market my pups."
Dunn says these puppies are winners.
The father of the litter won him a Professional Kennel Club championship in Virginia.
And he's not the only one.
"I have shown and bred and been around hounds my whole life. I actually won the overall show here last year," Andi Elburn said.
Elburn will wear the judge's hat this year.
But, she says the best part is sharing the experience with her family.
"It's great to see all the fellowship and the family atmosphere, too. We bring our kids, I came when I was a kid and a lot of people do," Elburn said.
The organizers expect anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 thousand people total at the event.