Legendary Stories

Tight Squeeze Coon Hunt

By: Greg Phipps

After hunting with hounds for the past thirty years I have devised ways to minimize effort and maximize results. But what was about to happen was ridiculous!

Normally I like to leave for a coon hunt a couple hours after dark, as was the case the other night when a friend asked if he could go. Although I enjoy the solitude, company is sure a nice break sometimes on long nights with little action. So I picked up Bill around 8:00 p.m. He came out with a large flashlight and a headlamp shinning to match his smile. Bill has been coon hunting with me before and has learned that “lighting” is a mandatory part of this great sport. Read more

Mandy Enjoys the Woods in Walkin’ Wheels Dog Wheelchair

by Steve Phipps

Mandy got hurt while in pursuit of a problem Black Bear a couple years ago she slipped and fell off a rocky ledge. After having her checked out, she appeared to have hurt her lower back but recovered and seemed perfectly fine for a couple years. About 3 months ago she started showing signs of trouble and in just a matter of a couple days became completely paralyzed in her back end. I took her to the vet at the first signs of trouble and he put her on a steroid and told me she would only have about a 50% chance of walking again. X-rays showed that it was more than likely caused by the old back injury. Read more


By: Bryan Disabatino

When I was a young boy I saw a movie by the name of “Where the red fern grows”. Ever since I saw that movie I always dreamed of growing up and training hounds and becoming a houndsmen Well, years went on and it kept in my heart and my mind I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I would be sitting in school and it would just be there in my mind bugging me and then my senior summer I purchased my first hound. I think I could have been the happiest teenager on this earth just knowing that it was finally about to happen I was going to own my very own hound.

Then school started and I was training him for a senior project and had to write papers about how to train hounds and the history of different breeds. During my training I became close to this little hound. I remember every second I have been with my hound when he first came home and it was during football season right during hell week and we were in very tough and rough practices and the whole time during practice all I could do was think about my five week old hound pup at my house wondering if he was all right, if he had enough water, did I make sure his food bowl was filled up enough when I would get home. All I would want to do is lay down and relax but oh no the little guy would be right at my feet so I would begin playing with him and the bond just grew more and more. I would take him out to my girlfriends farm and let him run around and play with scent drags.

What I am trying to say is over the next couple months he became more to me than just a dog. He is like a brother. Most people say if you own a hunting dog that you’re a bad person,that you don’t care about your dog, that its neglect or animal abuse. Well those people haven’t met or seen these dogs and the families that own them.

They are right, they are not dogs, they are family. There is a bond between outdoors men and their dogs that can’t be broken and while I have been studying about how to train dogs and become a houndsmen I have learned a lot about how to become a hounds men before I started this project. I thought all that you needed to do was own a hound and you were a houndsmen. Well, I soon learned that is far from the real truth. I have learned that to become a hounds men takes time, effort, patience, and the willingness to learn. No one can go into any sport and know everything about it.

Through my time of studying and striving to learn I met a man by the name of Steve Phipps. Steve is a true houndsmen. He helped me out in what no words can explain. He opened my eyes to the real fact of what a true houndsmen means. He is so dedicated to his hounds and to helping others. He is so dedicated that I needed to interview a professional and I called him and he took a interview with me on the drop of a dime and now I know what a true hounds men is.

A true hounds men puts his dogs first. He has a special bond that no one knows how deep it runs between a man and his dogs. A houndsmen will do anything for his dogs and the dogs will do anything for his owner. When a houndsmen loses one of his dogs a little part of the man goes with him. Just by spending a couple hours with Steve it made me strive to become a great hounds men. To pursue my passion for hounds and keep the sport going I hope the rest of my life can be me and those special dogs. Those family members out in the hills, just me and my brothers running together hearing those loud bays and bawls and knowing there on something, doing something that those dogs love to do. I know I will be visiting Steve again. Hopefully also bringing home a pup but there is more to it. I hope I made a friend as well and I hope that someday I will be able to help a younger hounds men like Steve helped me.


I am sending you some pictures of my 10-month old Bluetick, Tinker 2, which I got from you.  She is doing really well and is showing some real promise for a young dog. From day one, she has shown lots of grit, is very fast and is a natural tree dog. She is also a natural with a lot of drive for game. Tinker has all the tools and will soon be my lead pack dog.  She is high energy and always ready to hunt.  Tinker has such a great nose that she has her head up wind-scenting on the run, when most dogs have their nose to the ground picking at a track.  I’ve already had offers from others wanting to buy her.  I’ve hunted hounds for 27 years and can tell she’ll be a great dog.  Thank you again, Steve—this pup is goin’ to be a good one.



“The two Crazy Cascade Pups I bought from you were outstanding. They both were striking and trailing big game at 6 months of age. I will be sending money for another when one is available. Great pups and keep up the great work.”


I wasn’t looking to run a bear today, but the hounds put one in a den after about a two mile chase. Gunner lead the whole way and here are a couple of pictures of him baying in full cry.  He caught his first bobcat at 9-months old. Gunner is a great dog and is my favorite out of four.  

Travis- Washington

Diesel absolutely has a “mean on” for cats and trails a bear scent good, too.  The story goes like this:  we had the dogs out coon hunting, and they were treed on a coon when Diesel winded something, came off the tree, and after awhile, started treeing again on a different tree.  When they got to the tree, they found that Diesel had this cat treed by himself.  I can tell you one thing for sure, he is gonna be one bang-up hound. If you’re serious about hound hunting and are considering a Phipps-bred Bluetick, I highly recommend that you give Steve a call. I am completely, 100% satisfied with my male pup I got.  I will be purchasing another hound from Steve in the future.


“My female is good-looking, athletic and fast. Thank you for the opportunity to own one of these fine hounds.”


“Crazy Cascade Blueticks are the most persistent, cold-nosed hounds around. If you want to catch game, you need a Crazy Cascade Hound.”


I want to thank you for such a great hound. It has been a pleasure to train such an intelligent, fast, true-grit, easy to handing, hair puller, loud mouth,  tracking machine.  At six months, she was running and treeing a bear drag.  At nine months, she could run and tree her own game.  Now, at 11 months, she is out-performing the rest of my pack.  


I can’t wait to get my Crazy Cascade Bluetick, Sweetie, for hunting boar and elk.  She is a great-looking hound and has an intelligent look.  You should be very proud and excited; your line of Blueticks will be the very first in Sweden.  


Charm is gritty, fast, strikes coons and bobcats, and she is making a name for herself in my area. Charm will be hunted on bear in the upcoming year.  She is a coon-catching machine, and I can’t wait until the other one I purchased from you, arrives.  


This pup has all of the makings of a top-notch dog:  smarts, drive and the willingness to please.

Dwanyne and Jordan-Washington

“I can’t tell you how excited we are. You are breeding the exact type of dog we are looking for. Thank you for your honesty about your dogs, and not just ‘BSing’ me like a lot of breeders do.”


This is my Bluetick female that I got from you.  Her name is Storm, and she is doing great!  She is the fastest hound I’ve ever seen.  I sent you a picture of her baying a lion on a cliff that she caught by herself.  


Blue is a wonderful dog…very gentle and loving, but don’t underestimate him.  In hunting mode, he can be absolutely vicious VERY intimidating.  He is the most beautiful dog I’ve ever had or seen, for that matter.  We love him to death, and we do want a female puppy in the future.  


“It’s a real honor to own my very own Crazy Cascade Bluetick. I have hunted with them before and have been very impressed with their tracking and treeing abilities. I want to thank Steve Phipps for allowing me to represent this line of blueticks.”

La-Pine, Oregon Youth Football Team

Named the “Blueticks” for Steve Phipps bluetick hounds. The football team took 1st place 3 years in a row. When the team made a good play the fans would baul out like a Bluetick Hound.


Nitro is looking great. He has been striking on bear, cats, lions and, today, a coyote.  The first time he was on the box with the other dogs, at 3.5 months, he struck 3 bears by himself.   He roads great, rides the box great, listens to me very well and uses his nose well.  He has lots of drive, treeing instinct and natural striking ability.   



“I have never seen a line with as much natural instinct as Steve’s line of dogs. His line is for all types of hunters, from the new guy just starting out to the veteran houndsman. I will always have a CCB running in my pack. My pup was making kills for himself at seven-months old. Steve, thank you so much!”


“My Crazy Cascade Bluetick caught his first coon at 9 months old by himself. He caught a bear last October by himself. Three months ago, my Crazy Cascade Hounds warned my family of an intruder breaking into our house while we were sleeping, which gave me time to get my gun. I shot the man as he entered my front door. These hounds literally saved me and my family’s lives.”


As of today, Luke is a little over 6-months old—and he is so smart and good natured.  He continues to draw the attention of people with his looks and temperament.  He has been the easiest dog to train.  I truly believe now, it is best that a puppy does STAY with its mom until 10 weeks of age.  He is really a great well-rounded dog.  

Zoran-Montenegro (Southeastern Europe)

Blue is doing very well in her wild boar hunting.  She helped catch—and pull hide—on her first boar at 6-months old.  She is a great dog, plenty of grit and is getting better all the time.  


“I’ve hunted with a lot of different hounds over the years and the pup I got from you was the easiest to train to track and tree I’ve ever owned.”


Steve-Baller is the best lion hound I own, and she was well worth the money spent.



“My son and I are excited to find someone with well-bred pups.”


“I’ve been coon hunting for over 20 years and always thought I had top hounds, but since I got a Crazy Cascade Bluetick pup from you, I am catching them whenever the dog is dropped on a track.”


Thank you for Elfie, Steve!  She is making a great boar hound in the Jura Mountains of France.  

In Memory of Quentin Briffouilliere—In November 2010, a fine, young French houndsman, Quentin, unexpectedly passed away.   We know how much it meant to him to import a Crazy Cascade Bluetick into France and how much he loved running the Jura Mountain Range with hounds.  Quentin loved his hounds, the mountains and his family very much. He spoke very fondly of his older brother, Youri, who continues to chase wild boar with Elfie throughout France.

Bryan -Oregon

The dog I got from Steve is the best-mannered dog.  Not only did I get a pup that is easy to train, I also got a good friend.  Steve won’t sell a cull pup.   I have never seen a line with as much natural instinct as Steve’s line of dogs.  His line is for all types of hunters, from the new guy just starting out to the veteran houndsman.  I have only good things to say about Steve and his breed of dogs.  I will always have a CCB running in my pack.  My pup was making kills for himself at seven-months old.  Steve, thank you so much!  



Kirby’s been doing well. She’s been under 4 lion trees so far.  Another pup and she caught a lion in a culvert pipe last weekend, and she took a swat, but is fine.  She’s gamey and got to chew on a lion last Saturday.  We enjoy her antics; she’s the most entertaining dog we’ve ever owned.  

Ash Tully, Rio Grande Outfitters-Colorado

My Crazy Cascade Bluetick, Bullet, started earlier, and is trailing and treeing better than any of my older Cameron-bred dogs I purchased from another reputable breeder.  He is a track-driving, treeing machine that has no quit.  


Thanks for the pup—he’s a real hair puller.  He’ll bay anything I put in front of him.  He’s a good-looking hound and has a voice—to boot.  I can’t wait to get another one.  They’re naturally prone to be good hunters.  Thanks again and keep up the good breeding!  This is Copper’s first big game at 9-months old.  He bayed the sh*t out of it!  I’ve got some real good, older bay-up dogs, and he out-bayed all of them.  I’m really happy with him.   



“My Crazy Cascade Bluetick Pup is the most confident, easy-handling and earliest-starting hound of any I have ever owned. He was successfully scent-trailing and treeing at 5-months old. His natural treeing instinct is the best I have seen from a young hound. I will definitely be adding another to my pack in the near future.”


Tinker has all the tools and will soon be my lead pack dog. Tinker has such a great nose that she has her head up wind-scenting on the run, when mastr. I’ve hunted hounds for 27 years and can tell she’ll be a great dog. Thank you again, Steve–this pup is goin’ to be a good one.


“I have been hunting coons and cats in Northern California for 22 years. I have hunted redbones, plotts and walkers. None have performed like my Crazy Cascade Bluetick. Trust me, get the best! Get a CCB!”