Anyone have a number for someone who can track in Orange County? I am on mobile so search is not easy at the moment.
Me and Cooper probably could use some antibiotics but we'll live. The hunter was very appreciative for good reason.Great work Cooper. I'm sure the hunter was very appreciative.......... at least, he should have been. Other comments witheld.
Appreciate your service and knowledge of shot placement. Hope I never need you but would love to see Cooper work.Tracked one in Roxboro this morning, deer stopped bleeding after 100 yards. Deer was hard quartering toward hunter and he hit low, as evidenced by cut white entry hair on broadhead, hunter in treestand. Me and Cooper know where his deer went but with zero blood to confirm, hunter won't have 100% closure until the deer shows up back on camera. Only reason I tracked was dark blood on trail which upon closer inspection was coagulated blood not liver. Arrow was nearly clean and liver coats an arrow, it should be painted red. It is possible to hit liver and on exit low fat cleans off arrow but not as clean as this one was, it never hit liver.
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I'm hoping to film a track without edits, problem is 3 of 4 finds have been very difficult and have taken over an hour to complete. One thing about quartering toward bow shots is the lack of exit holes, especially when shooting from the ground and the difficulty in hitting both lungs. This leads to longer and more difficult sight tracking.Appreciate your service and knowledge of shot placement. Hope I never need you but would love to see Cooper work.
Amazing recovery! Cooper's Best?Drake Slaughter and his dog tracked this one up until they jumped the deer in a cutover last night. Drake knew he worked today so he gave me a call. Thanks Drake for doing that. I met hunter about 9am so track is maybe 16 hours old, started from the hit site, the briars and bushes where really too thick to see Cooper half the time but he worked through it 75 yards past where deer was jumped in the direction they believed he ran. We eventually dropped steeply into a creek bottom with creek running from left to right. Cooper found it difficult to advance from here but I could tell his enthusiasm suggested the deer definitely dropped off this hill. When Cooper tracked down the creek bed and to the right and lost enthusiasm, it was so thick I picked him up and I took him back to where the deer dropped off the hill. He jumped a tree and went left then worked his way across this thick creek area, then up through tall grass into a field. He did not hesitate to go right in the field but was checking many trails that were crossing the trail while we were working. Other deer had been through this area last night as it had rained and fresh doe and fawn tracks easy to see. While walking the field about 70 yards down we noticed a fresh buck track, obvious a running deer right where Cooper was headed so we continued into another bottom of tall grass and creek. The deer was headed towards a highway that is actually behind in picture but 50 yards back Cooper had to cross a fence. We could not figure out if deer went left or right so we attempted the same again where he entered the tall grass. Now Cooper takes a left and goes under an old fence tracking 20 feet from interstate paralleling it, another 50 yards and we find the deer. At no time could we find blood although we looked for it. It was physically very tough, jumped deer can be difficult to find, entry in front of ham, picture shows exit.View attachment 51085
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The fence added a dilemma to it that probably added 10 minutes, basically the deer jumped it and immediately took a left but Cooper couldn't get through it so it stalled us, after restarted 50 yards back he got to fence, took a left and paralleled it until he could get under it at a running creek where he took left and continued to track confidently so before I got in the creek and got wet I looked in the direction he was headed between the interstate and fence and saw buck 20 yards ahead of him and he went right to it. This track took 2 hours. Another that comes to mind is a leg shot spike in a swamp a year or 2 ago. Leg shots live and get away quick but that spike gave up in that tough ass swamp before my dog would. It's hard to read your dog tracking when you have to help him through submerged layed over grass that's impossible to swim or gain traction in. Coop grabbed him while he was living and we dispatched him.Amazing recovery! Cooper's Best?
Tracks like those they look and look for blood behind my dog with nothing, they've already given up by the time we find the deer. They start asking questions, how long does it usually take to find the deer? I say as long as it takes, I believe the deer is dead so as long as my dog is working independently without encouragement let's keep going. It's a great feeling when they go from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.Cooper is a heck of a dog for sure and you ain't too shabby as the handler either. Trusting the dog when there is no blood and the hunter claims the deer went the other way is the hardest thing to do even when you know your dog.
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Yes I do, he's friend on fb. I just ordered a chest harness for my GoPro that I'm gonna use to video some of my own. But I will in no way have as much shot placement analysis as he does. He puts out statistics on dog recovery percentages based on age of track as well as dog recovery percentages light arrow vs heavy arrow. I've also invested in the radio like he uses as you can see in my most recent big buck recovery picture. But it's very much almost exactly (except for his silly retractable leash) as what I do and how it is when I go, organized chaos at times. When I first started watching I was very surprised at how similar it felt since I'd never seen him track but have spent time around some of the best in the country. His style is a little different then mine but I have learned a few things from what he's doing. His dog has similar ques as mine as well but tends to air scent more.bowhuntingrook have you seen any of Shane Simpsons “Callie chronicles” on YouTube some nice tracks and recoveries, might be something that you could relate to