One thing I failed to mention about the Blue Tick, Walker, and Red Bone Hounds is that these dogs run on the scent in the air, rather than the ground as found with Blood Hounds.
Running the scent of a raccoon is very deceptive because the **** will go through water, back track, and do everything possible to throw the dogs off their trail, or in making the chase more difficult. The fact that the hunts take place at night, it makes it even much harder through the woods. You can't keep up with these dogs as you would a Blood Hound, these dogs have to run on the scent; they have to be because the scent dissipates in the air much faster than on the ground.
And there's always a lead dog in the pack; That's right, these dogs work together as a team. They also work together in training the younger pups. Natural hunters.