Brendon, put him in the field and let him sniff around awhile. Do you know anyone else that has dogs to see if he will follow them? I'm new to this stuff too and what I am doing now is just getting my pup out in the field and letting him sniff around and do his own thing(inside a large fenced in area). I'm just trying to let him build his own confidence so that he will learn to move off on his own. He goes out only so far and then comes back to see if I'm still there. Then he goes out further and longer before he comes back to "check on me"....just trying to build his confidence to let him know that I won't leave him there. In may I will take him to a place that we can run bear and I will see if he follows the other dogs and get used to the smell of bears since that is what I want him to hunt (also getting another hound while I'm there). He has meet a few bears before but they were all dead. I try to keep him off the game that I don't want him to run and I really cheer him on when we get near the bears. I am brand new at this too so if anyone has any sugestions for me.....they will be apreciated.
Brendon, put him in the field and let him sniff around awhile.
That is a start. Another is to start training them with scents of the game your after. Start making scent trails and hide a few pelts with scents on them until you think they are ready to go on live hunts.
You can find some good predator scents if that is what your after at
Welcome aboard Real 1. What do you have for dog's?
Thanks....I no longer have any but did own a couple redbones and a english setter for birds. I no longer had time for them and the kids are now all grown. It was not fair to the dogs so I sold them. Mostly hunt deer now.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....