Inaugural Scott Crump Pro Classic planned for November

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/10/17

The inaugural Scott Crump Pro Classic coon hunt will be held in November, with hunters coming from across the country to participate in an event also designed to encourage the disabled.

In addition to hunting, organizers are hoping this event …

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Inaugural Scott Crump Pro Classic planned for November

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The inaugural Scott Crump Pro Classic coon hunt will be held in November, with hunters coming from across the country to participate in an event also designed to encourage the disabled.

In addition to hunting, organizers are hoping this event will inspire people with disabilities to be involved and prove to others that disabled individuals can live their lives like everyone else.

The idea for a coon hunt started with Doug King, 50, who became disabled after having his neck broken twice. The first time he was hit by a drunk driver in the late 1980s and the second, around eight years ago, he was hit on top of the head by a piece of plywood. King eventually recuperated and is still able to walk.

After being injured the second time, King said he needed something to fill his time and turned back to a hobby he started when he was younger — coon hunting and raising coonhounds.

“My dogs became both my physical therapy and a hobby,” King explained. “That grew to a point where I started taking it further. ... The first hunt I participated in, I won first place with one of the dogs I trained. That’s been about three years back. That year, I beat some top dogs.”

According to King, a Jasper resident, he has also created a new bloodline of coon hounds — king blackwater blue ticks — which he has certified with the United Kennel Club. He already has two generations and is working on starting a third. King is looking to start raising hunting dogs for other people and is currently working to raise funding to open his own kennel through the Ticket to Work program.

Scott Crump, owner of Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper, explained that the reason for the event is to try to get hunters who are disabled involved.

“I’m doing this to open doors for other disabled people in this world and I’m showing them there is stuff we can do,” King said. “Before I’m done, we’re going to have class divisions for the disabled to hunt. We have a youth division, regular divisions and a senior division. Soon, we’re going to have a disabled division.”

Crump described the hunt as “Doug’s dream. We’ve got people coming from Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, all over, to participate in this hunt.”

Sign up for the event will start on Thursday, Sept. 14, and those interested can contact the Professional Kennel Club office to book entries. The entry fee is $1,000 and the limit is 108 entries.

The event will take place Nov. 9-11 and start at Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper. The Professional Kennel Club will host the event and the hunt itself will be held at the Townley Hunting Club. An early round and a late round will be held each of the three days, with a certain number of dog casts in each round.

First place will win a new Toyota truck and $2,500 cash. “There will be 100 percent pay out,” with all the money that is collected going to the hunt’s winners, according to Crump.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the final day of the event, Scott Crump Toyota will host a special party featuring music, food and jump houses for kids to celebrate the event.

Crump and King are both expecting a large crowd to turnout for the event and for entry places to fill up quickly. They’re hoping this can become an annual event. They encouraged people to register as soon as it opens up on Thursday.

For more information, call Eddie Simmons at 288-860-8405, Bryan Sparks at 205-385-3171, Brad Durham at 256-206-6770, Jerry Moll at 812-212-1619 or Doug King at 205-522-7805.