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Use of Tracking Dogs...

Hey Folks,

I was a little unsure which forum to put this in...

We have had some discussions recently about the use of tracking dogs.

Who has stories - good or bad - about using a well controlled dog to locate a previously shot deer or other animal?

Which states do not permit this practice?

Should hunters that have good tracking dogs charge another hunter to locate a downed animal?

What dogs are best for this use?

Chime in folks!

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Shilo Hunting Ranch in

Shilo Hunting Ranch in Oklahoma has a jack russell terrier that they use to find wounded hogs.  By all accounts he is good at his job and has a huge fan following.  Lots of threads on other sites about the little guy, his big heart and great nose.

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Dachsund

I have read quite a bit about using European lines of Dachsunds as tracking dogs... they say some of the American lines have bred that capability out of the dogs.

The smaller dogs certainly seem easier to manage and care for, that sounds like a given.

I understand Jack Russell's are smart as a whip, too....

I have been in a semi tug of way with my wife over a dog for several years now - and I want a pet that can track (in that order) but cannot decide on the breed.

I wanted a Australian Heeler but my well intentioned bride says they are too high strung and require a task and room to roam.

I wanted a Staffordshire Terrier but there is the "pit bull" association with these dogs.

I am also not real sure about their tracking ability.

My friend has a Heeler, however, and he can find a deer very well... he has proven it several times.

I think in the spring, my bride is going to relent, so I have some work to do, as far as breed is concerned.

If someone has thoughts, please share!!!

 

Jim

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They are high energy, but I

They are high energy, but I like the Jack Russell terrier.

I am not sure what would be the best dog, but the Jack Russell is one good looking dog and I like their size too. 

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I'm going to say Lab because

I'm going to say Lab because I own one and she has helped us find deer quicker by way of her nose. She's getting older now, aren't we all, but once you start driving down a woods path after dark, she gets excited. She doesn't blood track the deer, rather point her in the right direction and she'll go until she finds the deer or gets tuckered out.

As far as charging another hunter for services rendered by my dog, I would never do that. I like to help others when I can and I don't like to see deer left to rot in the woods.

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Just me but my chose wood be

Just me but my chose wood be a beagle,i'm gonna get one to when i get rid of sum youngin's(less mouth's to feed)..Ha!....I've had an Australian Sheppard before an yes they r high strung,smart dog but they act like their on speed or sumpin...Black Lab pup,could'nt get her to shut up,you no it's bad when your neighbor bring's you a muzzle...even bought one of them barkin collar's,i thought battery's in it were low,went out an took it off her an got the SHOCK of my life out of me when i touched barb's on it...Bark bark bark day n nite,gave her away....

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"Black Lab pup,could'nt get

"Black Lab pup,could'nt get her to shut up,you no it's bad when your neighbor bring's you a muzzle...even bought one of them barkin collar's,i thought battery's in it were low,went out an took it off her an got the SHOCK of my life out of me when i touched barb's on it...Bark bark bark day n nite,gave her away..."
I guess I've been blessed. My lab has never had any excessive behaviors. She's always been a calm, good natured dog.

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Yeah, our yellow lab is

Yeah, our yellow lab is mellow and pretty quiet.  He will bark at something he sees sometimes, but no excessive barking and very good natured and loveable.

If a dog doesn't track the blood trail, then how do you know it is on the trail of the right deer?

As far as people charging, i guess it depends if you're just helping a neighbor or a stranger or if you raise dogs for a specific purpose and are open to the public as a service.  No different than any other business.

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CVC wrote: "If a dog doesn't

CVC wrote: "If a dog doesn't track the blood trail, then how do you know it is on the trail of the right deer?"
What I try to do is position her down wind of where the deer should be. I whisper in her ear,"dead deer" and she's off in search of the deer.
The dead deer provides a steady scent stream for the dog to follow. Once she picks up the scent, she goes to the deer, usually licking the blood around the entrance or exit wound. After a few minutes, she'll return with blood covering her face...as if to say.."I've found the deer, follow
me" and she'll take off to the deer.
For whatever reason, she never picked up blood tracking the deer. She licks the blood off the deer. Why doesn't she track the deer that way? Don't know.

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Thanks for the explanation. 

Thanks for the explanation.  It sounds like she is successful and it works which is all that really matters doesn't it?  I bet you have fun doing it with her and I know she likes it because dogs really like to have jobs to do and please their masters.

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CVC said," It sounds like she

CVC said," It sounds like she is successful and it works which is all that really matters doesn't it?  I bet you have fun doing it with her and I know she likes it because dogs really like to have jobs to do and please their masters."

Yes she is successful however unorthodox her method of finding the deer. She gets so excited she can't stand it...runs from one side of the truck bed to the other, hassling and whining non-stop once we get on the farm path. I know she wouldn't have it any other way.

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