Hasn't been any posts on this lately so I thought I'd add a little to it.
This is a checklist for things you need for catching wild cattle in the southeast Missouri butthole; Oh, I mean bootheel.
1. Diesel pickup at least 10 years old, and pipe stock trailer (no tarp) If you're driving anything made in the last decade, you mite be hesitant to crash it thru the bushes when a cow is roped and needs loaded. Also must be 4x4 and capable of backing a 24 foot gooseneck into a pond like a boat ramp. Sometimes a wild cow will "take to the water", and if you can git a rope on em while they're in the pond, they can be guided and floated into the trailer like a jet-ski. They kinda float in if you git the trailer down in the water enough. If yer truck and trailer is clean, you could be discounted and viewed as a novice and farmers won't take you serious
2. Dogs. If 3 will work, 14's even better. Here it's customary to have em tied to every dangerous-looking spot on yer rig. Flatbeds with no sides are preferred because people in town can see how dangerous you live. Also if it looks like the dogs might fly off the truck, city folks will feel sorry and want to "rescue" them and sometimes will pay alot for them. So always tie the culls in a dangerous-looking place (like to the gooseneck of the trailer). You can also tie them in the trailer or turn em loose in there. Dogs won't bother horses in a trailer. They know they'll get wadded up.
3. 2 horses at least. It's imperative that one of them is snaky and dangerous. If you stop at a gas station, you don't want people sticking their hands in there and trying to pet yer dogs and horses. I got one horse that'll bite if somebody reaches in the trailer. The only thing he's good for is pulling cows in the trailer, then you better get off him. And you can't touch him behind the back cinch. Horses need to be kept saddled so everyone knows you're cowboyin'.
4. Always keep expired plates on yer truck and trailer. Wore-out trailer tires are a nice touch. They should be wore out enough that you can read through them. Always drive fast. It cools your livestock, and gives you that "Outlaw" image. If you see a cop, floor it and pass him. If you drive regular speed with all that illegal stuff on yer rig, he'll git suspicious. When you pass him, don't wave, tip yer hat, or nod. Just glare at him and spit tobacco in your cup as you fly past. He'll never suspect a thing.
Last edited by AmazinCaucasian; 02-18-2012 at 12:27 AM.