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Anybody hunt anything with Dachshunds anymore?

Does anyone know if there are people that still hunt with dachshund? I know that they used to be used for badgers but I don't think I've ever heard of anyone using them for hunting these days.

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I guess not.

I guess not.

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Our dochsund is constantly

Our dochsund is constantly hunting squirlls in the front yard and I'm sure he would run just about anything in the woods lol, but we have beagles, and walker/blue tick hounds for our hunting dogs. I'd be cool to see some weiner dogs doin there thing in the woods though. I've heard their great for rabbits and such.

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Growing up as a kid, me folks

Growing up as a kid, me folks had a wirehaired dachshund, that thing was a 'possium killer for sure.  Rember her cornering and killing opussiums bigger then she was, she hated them things with a passion.

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Growing up I had a short hair

Growing up I had a short hair that had serious hatred for fox squirrels. He would team up with my britany spaniel and together they were dinomite on the rodents. It was pretty cool seeing them use a sort of two dog pack method. That weener dog had an ego that was bigger than life. He wanted to fight any dog that he came across... didn't matter how big they were. He was a trip for sure.

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It is interesting to look at

It is interesting to look at some of the cuddlely and sweet dogs today and trace back their history to see that they were once prized hunting dogs.  Poodles come to mind.  Poor things were bred to hunt and now are just sissy looking dogs.  a lot of the terrier breeds were for hunting and now have been downsized to be just little lap dogs.

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" It is interesting to look

" It is interesting to look at some of the cuddlely and sweet dogs today and trace back their history to see that they were once prized hunting dogs.  Poodles come to mind.  Poor things were bred to hunt and now are just sissy looking dogs.  a lot of the terrier breeds were for hunting and now have been downsized to be just little lap dogs."   

Yeah, it's difficult to imagine a Poodle was bred for hunting.  I had heard this before but it doesn't seem right for the Poodle to have been a hunting breed stock.

Now the terrier breds are more in line with what I would expect from a hunting breed. I know several Jack terriers which love to squirrel hunt and one that is the best blood tracking dog. I laughed when the guy brought him out to track a wounded deer. I didn't laugh long as the terrier found the deer in short manner.

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Apparently some still do

Apparently some still do field trials with them.  Their thick curly hair protected them from teh elements when being used as a retriever.  Yeah, hard to imagine the modern poodle with the poodle cut as a hunting dog.

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There is a definitive use of

There is a definitive use of dachsunds for deer trailing dogs.

I read recently that the European lines were best suited for this use.

They also cited the fact that the dogs were small and easy to manage...

There is an agency or group out there - I can not recall the name right now - that specializes in helping to train dogs for tracking and they list the Dachsund as one of the primary dogs for this task.

I seem to recall they even have local branches or agents that help to put hunters who have lost a deer and dog owners (of tracking dogs) together... and there may have been some fee asked when the tracking dog is used...

I think a fee is fair whether the deer is recovered or not... although I am not sure how you would know, when you hired someone, whether or not the dog was effective.

I also read recently - I think it was out in Texas - that people are even hiring helicopters to locate animals that have been shot.

What will come next??

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I also read recently - I

I also read recently - I think it was out in Texas - that people are even hiring helicopters to locate animals that have been shot.

What will come next??

Really?  Helicopters?  Think of the expense.  Who knows maybe hire a private detective?

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"I also read recently - I

"I also read recently - I think it was out in Texas - that people are even hiring helicopters to locate animals that have been shot.

What will come next??"

That is an extreme means of recovering a deer, kind of over the top...even for Texas.
How in this world could you afford to pay for a helicopter to retrieve a deer? It seems infeasible to me. Maybe I'm crazy, but I can't see it.

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