There are a couple other popular coonhounds to think about. Black and tans, redbones and english coonhounds are all pretty popular for raccoon hunting. I can not speak to price but those are some examples of some other breeds.
I don't here much about coon hunting anymore - is it still popular or has the sport waned a bit? What are the differences in the breeds? Why is one better than the other? I don't know much about hunting dogs. I have a yellow lab, but he is not a hunting dog. The only dog that I know that would rather be inside on a nice day instead of outside.
The only guys still coon hunting now are the ones that love the sport. There is no money in it anymore so most people have stopped doing it. Any dog that can trail and tree game can be a coon dog but the hound breeds are best at it. Some cur dogs are good too.
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...