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It's 'Moore' Than
Just The Chase
by Robin Gordon
     

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When I attend sporting events or travel around the county, I am always asking people if they know anyone who has a story to tell.

Tim Moore of Minnora told me I should speak with his dad, Broaddus Moore, a fox chaser. That piqued my curiosity. I knew I had to meet him.

Broaddus was born in 1934 and has lived in Calhoun County most of his life. His parents were Cecil and Maysel Moore.


Broaddus Moore, with 200 year-old steer horn used during fox hunts.

He was married to the former Thelma Anderson, who is deceased, and they have six children. He was a school bus driver for 27 years, and was also a farmer.

Broaddus is in possession of a steer horn that was passed down from his great-grandfather, Joseph Moore. Used as a fox hunting horn, it came from an early settler in Clay County over 200 years ago.

Broaddus said that the horn was used in the wild to call the dogs back to their owners, since the sound travels further.

What is fox chasing? Broaddus said the chase is for “pride and fun.” You gather up your Walker dogs, and when you get to the location of the hunt, you release the dogs.

You listen to the dogs running and barking, and whichever dog runs and stays out the longest is the winner. Moore said it is about bragging rights.

While the dogs are in pursuit, the owners stay at their camp -- eating, talking, sleeping, and stretching the truth a little. When the dogs are done chasing the foxes, they usually come back to their owners. Oc-casionally, that is not the case.


Left to right, Buhl, Orvis, Cecil and Broaddus Moore are shown in 1954 while hunting at Dolly Sods in Tucker County.

Ever since he could walk, Broaddus remembers chasing foxes. The first dog that his father, Cecil, gave to him was a Walker named Fred.

On one hunt, his father was following the dogs ahead of him, and Broaddus leaned against a tree to rest. He fell asleep and his father woke him up on the way back from the chase.

On another occasion, Broaddus and his father were hunting during a storm and lightning hit a locust tree close to them. That ended the hunt.

Once, when Broaddus and his father were feeding cattle, their dogs were loose up in a holler. The Moores spotted some foxes running through the pasture field and over a hill.

The foxes jumped on a big tree stump to rest--and watched as the dogs approached. As the dogs got closer, the foxes took off running again and got away.

Broaddus now has eight Walker dogs. He still goes fox chasing once a week.


Two of Broaddus' fox hounds.

Broaddus is a man with many memories and stories to tell, and is a lot “Moore” than meets the eye.

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