Each dog in a cast of four is awarded points (100, 75, 50, and 25) for the order in which its barks indicate it "struck" or "opened" a coon trail. A dog is also awarded points (125, 75, 50, and 25) for the order in which its bark changes to indicate that it has "treed" the raccoon. Points are "minused" for mistakes, ranging from quitting a trail to treeing a "coon" where there clearly is none, to fighting with another dog. Points are "circled" when proper scoring can't be determined, such as when there might be a raccoon in a tree, but it cannot be seen. If two dogs are tied when time is called and all other factors are equal, the dog with the most circled points wins. —B.H.