HTDA Director has Hounds Shot!!!

On the evening of Wednesday, September 23rd, Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance Director Brad Hall was enjoying an evening with his father and HTDA member Albert Hall. They were hunting two treeing walker coonhounds near Brad’s home when their dogs were shot by a nearby homeowner. 


Brad Hall called the home of Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance President Chris Powell immediately following the incident. Hall was clearly shaken and very emotional on the phone. He was telling Powell that his dog had just been shot. 

This is the third dog shooting case the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance has dealt with in 2009. In February of 2009 Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance member Bill Herrel of Peru had a hound shot by a renter of a farmhouse. The HTDA made contact with local conservation officers and following an investigation, Herrel received full restitution for the dog, vet bills and the shooter made a donation to local youth hunting programs. In August, HTDA members, Anthony and Cody Loehr while hunting had their dog shot in Owen County by a homeowner. The HTDA contacted conservation officers in the area and felony charges are pending. Now this case. 

Hall went on to state that he was approximately ninety yards from the residence when he heard a series of three shots. Hall had been tracking the movement of the dogs on his Garmin GPS Astro. When the shots rang out - all movement of his dog stopped and the unit was showing his dog Banjo was stationary. At first it was believed that Banjo was the only dog shot. Once Brad recovered his other dog he found out he had been shot as well. Banjo was taken to veterinary hospitals where he was treated. Banjo’s wounds were beyond treatment and veterinarians recommended Hall give consent to put Banjo down. 

The irony of this whole tragedy; Hall had volunteered his time to assist in the training of Indiana Conservation Officer recruits just one week prior.The training had taken place and was sponsored by the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, Inc. Hall and other members were a part of scenario based training that taught future conservation officers how to handle field situations, including investigations about shooting tree dogs. Hall’s dog, Banjo was the star of the show. Hall had brought him along because of his easy going disposition, willingness to please and Brad’s overall admiration for the dog. Banjo is two year old Treeing Walker co-owned by Brad and long time walker breeder Mike Dohoney. Fast forward one week, Banjo lie on property that Hall cannot enter, not moving. 

Hall put his experience and the skills he had used to teach new recruits into action. Hall immediately called local law enforcement and Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene. Hall requested that veteran Indiana Conservation Officer Jeff Wells conduct the investigation of the shooting of his companion. 

At this time the investigation is ongoing. For reasons of confidentiality and to protect Brad Hall’s interests, the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance is not releasing any further details at this time. The Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, Inc will state that Criminal Charges are being considered as a result of this incident and a civil case is being considered at this time. We will keep you posted here on developments in this case. 

2009 HTDA Youth Day at ACE

Martinsville, IN- 


On Saturday June 13, 2009 the Ace Conservation and Education Club, Inc. (formerly known as the Ace Coon Club), located just off Peavine Road in Martinsville, Indiana held an educational youth day for area families. This program was co-sponsored by Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, Inc. and Utter’s Dog Supply. This fourteen + hour event consisted of several programs for the fifty-one youth, ages four through seventeen participating. 

See details and photos here: 

2009 HTDA Banquet Set

You Are Invited to the 2009 Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance Banquet! 

February 7th 2009 

We need your help and participation now! Coming up is our Second Annual Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance Membership Banquet. If you joined us last year you know this is an awesome occasion to get together with your fellow hunters. If you have ever attended a National Wild Turkey Federation or Ducks Unlimited Banquet, this event will be very familiar to you. The HTDA has reserved Jonathon Byrd Banquet Facility to hold our annual event. This facility is top of the line and is easily accessible from anywhere in Indiana. Jonathon Byrd’s is located right off I-65 at the Greenwood exit just south of Indianapolis. We will be holding many live auctions and raffles. There will be keynote speakers on a variety of topics. We will have great dinner and fellowship. There will be state legislators and influential IDNR officials in attendance that want to hear from you. What a great way to wrap up our coon and squirrel seasons. Come and join us in an atmosphere that will allow us to swap hunting stories, raise some funds and recognize our gracious supporters from 2008. 

Please take a few minutes to clear your schedule for Saturday, February 7th, 2009 Jonathan Byrd's Banquet & Conference Center, 100 Byrd Way Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 881-8888. Exit #99 off I-65, go west, and turn left to Jonathan Byrd's Banquet & Conference Center. Doors Open at 5:00 PM, we will adjourn at 9:00 PM. You should plan on a wonderful evening of fellowship, raffles, auctions, guest speakers, and a delicious banquet quality meal. Your $20 annual dues include, admission, one meal ticket and raffle tickets. Family and non-member meal tickets are $15 each and Children aged 3-12 are $10. Children under 3 eat free. To ensure your banquet reservations please R.S.V.P. by Saturday January 10th with number of members and guests attending. You can find additional banquet invitation forms at

Please invite anyone that you think would enjoy the program, a nice meal and the possibility of taking home a new gun, a custom crafted bow, a nice piece of artwork or a vast array of other possibilities that will be auctioned and raffled as the night moves along. With your help we can make this a great event for our sport, our families and our future as tree dog enthusiasts. 

Attend this historic banquet and see what we have been up to in the last year and how we plan to work for you in the future. If you are interested in playing a role and putting some time into making this banquet a success there is plenty for you to do. We need merchandise for raffles and auctions, advertising, folks to sell admission tickets, members to work the floor and the list goes on. If you can help in any way please contact Kyle Heminger, Chairperson for the event, 317-508-2454, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_BLANK" style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', 'Comic Sans MS', 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: 11px; text-align: -webkit-auto; ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Butcher Co Chair, (260) 726-5716This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_BLANK" style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', 'Comic Sans MS', 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: 11px; text-align: -webkit-auto; ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please return this R.S.V.P. by January 10th 2009 and help us secure the future of tree dog sports here in Indiana! 

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Send completed RSVPs with check or money order to: 

Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance 
P.O. Box 93 
Batesville, IN 47006-0093

Thank you! 

ICOO Karl E. Kelly Memorial Youth Camp


Dear Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, 

Thank you for letting me go to the IDNR camp. I had lots of fun. We shot guns, learned to track animals, and lots more. I made lots of friends, and I still keep in contact with them. I was one of the only coon hunters there. I thought that was kind of funny. Thank you for accepting my essay. 

This camp has helped me with the outdoors, and has let me know about all different game to hunt. I am planning on going bird hunting this fall. I would of never thought of hunting bird if you didn’t accept my essay. I now have a wide variety of things to hunt that I would of never have done. 

As I said before we did lots of stuff. First the thing that I liked the most was shooting guns. The only thing I didn’t like about that is the tests to get to be able to shoot them. The shotgun was my favorite gun to shoot, that’s were I got the idea of bird hunting because we shot clay birds. My second favorite gun was the pistols. We had two different kinds a semi-auto and a revolver. The semi-auto was fun because I could shoot up to 8 times real fast. But the revolver was fun also. Another big thing I liked was boat day we got to ride pwc (personal watercrafts). That would have been the most fun on boat day. I was riding a racing tube on the back of one where you sit down in a seat, and I hit a wave and flipped over. It was actually funny. At the end of the week I passed both my boaters and hunters education test! Now I can hunt and I can drive a boat when I’m 15. I really appreciated going to this camp so thank you again for accepting me. 


Josh Newlin