His name is Dachs, he is back up, or tracks for me and my son. Just being of quality breeding, he is better then average, even though we do small game all the time. But with these dogs it's not hard to find deer, it's not hard to impress people cause their drive. But even among the same litters you have differences. They aren't the same litter. The differences are in their tracking styles. Tracking isn't hard for either dog they just do it differently. Cooper is methodical and thorough even when it's easy, he can be fast but always wants to smell every hoof print, not air scenting until close to deer, doesn't want short cuts. Doesn't care if it's 3 hours or 23 hours old, still keeps style, less mistakes. Dachs wants to get to deer quick, will air scent if it can speed him up, wreckless at times and likes it hot scent.Will you be using the second dog this year? Or is he ready to track?
you are in for a treat. This thread will be as positive as anything regarding raleigh cooper is negative.Not going to lie.................................................when I clicked on this thread I thought our Governor was up to something.
Yeah, I followed it last year. Had a lot going on this last month and when I glanced at the title I was not thinking "deer season". Love reading about his work. I learn a lot from that and watching videos of folks using dogs trained for this. I grew up dog hunting so we always had a few on the club that were good at finding dead or wounded deer. Just real neat to see it done a different way.
1st track was a deer shot this morning, opening morning. Deer had smelled hunter and trotted off until the hunter called to stop it, hunter took crossbow shot from ladders stand while deer quartering away. Found arrow, not gut, not liver. Hunter aimed for liver but very little blood to follow they called me. This would be the hunters (also named Cooper) first buck. My Cooper, the dog, took the track and made quick work past last blood which wasn't far from hit, over a couple roads and creeks eventually totaling 500 yards as the crow flies. Hunters followed marking new blood, there were large gaps between but found areas where deer stood but no bed, even though it was only few hours old, any fresh blood had dried edges, we did not jump this deer and never found a bed. We jumped deer in a bedding area and my Cooper stayed the course finding more blood past this point. The blood appeared as muscle blood, I believe the alert deer ducked the arrow enough for the shot not to be fatal. A fatally hit deer, IF NOT BUMPED, should not go over 200 yards. This deer went through bedding and appeared to be walking. I don't believe this deer was bumped since the hunter was unable to advance the track past eyesight, less then 50 yards.Looking forward to it. Looks like he got some lung. Did he not?