Tony Beals has spent a lifetime serving the citizens of the United States as a professional soldier. Tony, in his retirement, continues his service as the president of the National Plott Hound Association. He has also served as an officer with the Michigan Coonhunters Association. He maintains a local squirrel dog club. Tony Beals also has terminal cancer.
Chris and Tony meet up at Bluetick Days in Salina, Ohio for this deep dive into Tony’s lifetime of hunting and tree dogs. They discuss the challenges of being active duty military and trying to be a houndsman at heart. THey discuss the sacrifices made by military veterans and how we can all step up to pay back the price paid for freedom.
At the risk of being self-serving, Chris and Tony share military stories and how they have found peace through hunting and helping other military veterans heal some emotional scars by becoming involved in hunting.
Tony’s story should inspire listeners to do a gut check and ask themselves how they could be more involved to preserve, protect and promote this lifestyle of being a houndsman.