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I googled helicopter used to

I googled helicopter used to find deer and came up with this link.  http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/deer-hunting/finding-deer-hunt/2009/10/ohio-crossbow-hunter-rents-helicopter-?photo=2#node-1001339432

Apparently it was an Ohio crossbow hunter trying to recover a 20 point deer he shot.  Interesting to think about this...we give guys heck about not exerting enough effort to find game, but will we also give guys heck for exerting too much effort?  Something to think about.

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That's just too outrageous

That's just too outrageous though. Really...using a helicopter to find a deer...in Texas, of all places. Too extreme.

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The story I posted was about

The story I posted was about a guy in Ohio doing it.  For some reason, I can see it happening in Texas... they just do everything big there, but it really stands out as outrageous coming from Ohio.

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I tried to Google it up just

I tried to Google it up just now and can not find anything on deer recovery in Texas with helicopters... I find a service in New Zealand that does just that, though.

If I recall correctly, I was told there was a $300 fee to locate the deer and they have a very high success rate.

When you figure that in some ranches out there, the deer are rated by the inches of antler (with some of them going for THOUSANDS of dollars on top of the regular fees), that $300 starts to seem a little more reasonable.

I have also heard of many folks that charge a fee to track a deer with their dog - in fact, that is going to be one of the clear downsides to owning a tracking dog... everyone that shoots and loses a deer will want you to come out at all hours of the night to help find their deer!!

At any rate, I still want the dog and mentioned to my lovely bride tonight and I think I see a small crack in the door!

I better move while the moment is right - I think this spring will be the time.

Best of luck!

Jim

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Just go ahead and buy the dog

Just go ahead and buy the dog and then tell her you won it on BGH.  Sounds like a plan to me.....not.

What kind of dog is it that you want - breed wise?  I am assuming you want a puppy?  If so, how can she resist a cute little puppy.

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Just go ahead and buy the dog and then tell her you won it on BGH.  Sounds like a plan to me.....not.

What kind of dog is it that you want - breed wise?  I am assuming you want a puppy?  If so, how can she resist a cute little puppy.

Funny, CVC, good one...You see there's an original joke. Hahahaha

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Jim, what kind of fee do

Jim, what kind of fee do those folks charge? It may be a way for me to make a couple extra dollars in this bad economy. I'm sure my dog would be up to it.

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ECU, With a good reputation

ECU,

With a good reputation and some word of mouth, I am sure you could charge a base fee of $25 to $50 and then maybe have a recovery fee of $50 - maybe even more.

Find the deer and you get the recovery fee... otherwise you just charge the base fee.

That sounds fair to everyone.

In my opinion, most deer that are going to be found are found fairly rapidly.

When the search really gets protracted, the odds go down considerably.

Having the dog, however, tilts the odds a LONG way the other direction.

They can do what we can not do... smell their way along.

I have found deer from smell before - and not just rotten ones... I found one in 2009 for someone... we lost hope and just started walking blindly around one night and I just happened to catch a rank buck smell and moved easily into the wind for about 10 yards and there he lay.

Now, imagine how easy that would have been for a dog... a piece of cake.

Talk to some of the local sports stores, taxidermists, deer processors... they would likely let you put up a flyer - but know ahead of time, you are gonna have some nasty nights ahead of you!

The balance will be finding a fee that makes it worth your while.

Best of luck!

 

Jim

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ECU,

With a good reputation and some word of mouth, I am sure you could charge a base fee of $25 to $50 and then maybe have a recovery fee of $50 - maybe even more.

Find the deer and you get the recovery fee... otherwise you just charge the base fee.

That sounds fair to everyone.

In my opinion, most deer that are going to be found are found fairly rapidly.

When the search really gets protracted, the odds go down considerably.

Having the dog, however, tilts the odds a LONG way the other direction.

They can do what we can not do... smell their way along.

I have found deer from smell before - and not just rotten ones... I found one in 2009 for someone... we lost hope and just started walking blindly around one night and I just happened to catch a rank buck smell and moved easily into the wind for about 10 yards and there he lay.

Now, imagine how easy that would have been for a dog... a piece of cake.

Talk to some of the local sports stores, taxidermists, deer processors... they would likely let you put up a flyer - but know ahead of time, you are gonna have some nasty nights ahead of you!

The balance will be finding a fee that makes it worth your while.

Best of luck!

 

Jim

Yea, Jim...the last sentence is the kicker. Can I charge enough to make it worth my while? At this point, I don't think so but you never know. You have a good idea, I'll run it by my taxidermist.

Talking about finding a deer by smell, I found a doe for a guy one night by the moonlight.

We went into the river low grounds one night to retrieve a doe for a friend after our hunt was finished. He said he made a good hit on the deer and he had heard it fall so we grabbed a couple of lights and headed out.

After an hour and a half, the lights start to go dim. Now, we're 2 miles from the other trucks at the house, so a couple guys head out to get some flashlights.

Meanwhile, instead of just waiting for them to return, I took off in search of the deer. The other two guys stayed with the last blood sign.

I could see fairly well after my eyes adjusted to the moonlight. A couple minutes into the search I see a white "shadow" a short distance away. If you've even been out in the woods during a bright full moon night, you'll see bright shadows caused by the moon.

It actually turned out to be the doe. I yelled to tell them I found the doe but they didn't believe it was possible. Once they arrived, they were estatic.

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Great find!

Forget the dog - we will just hire you to find them!

Yes - therein lies the dilemma - I am not the least bit interested in tromping around in the woods for two or three hours looking for a deer - even for the full $100

That is my fear about owning a good tracking dog - all the guys in camp will expect you to do it for free and you can hardly refuse.

I am going to get one regardless - maybe I can just say she is the worst tracker I have ever seen and leave it at that!

You should write and submit a hunting story about finding the deer in the moonlight - very interesting tale!!

Best of luck

Jim

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