Tallyho! In Texas, tracking convicts is the ultimate hunt

In Texas, tracking convicts is "the ultimate hunt"

Jerry Hodge is a Texas sportsman whose usual idea of a good time is venturing into the wild for a little game hunting. But in the spring of 1989, Hodge, vice chairman of the Texas board of criminal justice, invited two buddies to join him on what he called "the ultimate hunt." The quarry: a convict from the penitentiary.

While Hodge and his friends ate lunch, an inmate from the Huntsville prison was released on state property and told to "lay track" by crossing streams, walking in circles, and finally climbing a tree stump. Later a pack of baying hounds was...