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Do you have a Decent Tracking Dog ?

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DenTradshooter 21-Feb-11
Breakfast Boy 21-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
Breakfast Boy 22-Feb-11
Hinterland Rover 22-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
sub-zero 22-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
ironmike 22-Feb-11
Hinterland Rover 22-Feb-11
LKH 22-Feb-11
Fisher 22-Feb-11
BowenAero 22-Feb-11
LongbowBob 22-Feb-11
Bushbow 22-Feb-11
I Hunt Mexico 22-Feb-11
Rob Nye 22-Feb-11
Breakfast Boy 22-Feb-11
Jim Terrio 22-Feb-11
sub-zero 22-Feb-11
Coop 22-Feb-11
jay.s 22-Feb-11
Coop 22-Feb-11
sub-zero 22-Feb-11
Jim Terrio 22-Feb-11
dire wolf 22-Feb-11
BowenAero 22-Feb-11
Trapper Mike 22-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
oak 22-Feb-11
Trapper Mike 22-Feb-11
stickbow21 22-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
oak 22-Feb-11
oak 22-Feb-11
indianatailer 22-Feb-11
Hogdancer 22-Feb-11
David McLendon 22-Feb-11
Tradman & Huntress 22-Feb-11
Tradman & Huntress 22-Feb-11
DenTradshooter 22-Feb-11
Tradman & Huntress 22-Feb-11
Kevin Dill 22-Feb-11
JLBSparks 22-Feb-11
sub-zero 23-Feb-11
Feather Merchant 23-Feb-11
Tomahawk 23-Feb-11
Breakfast Boy 23-Feb-11
Ryan Rothhaar 23-Feb-11
Ryan Rothhaar 23-Feb-11
Shorthair 23-Feb-11
Tradman & Huntress 24-Feb-11
From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Feb-11

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My Best Tracker is a Mutt , Neo-Mastiff Pit mix ,His Name is ONI He is my best because I think he has Sep anxiety and I have to spend all my time with him! Seriously though I put alot of time into The field with him to keep us Both mobile and keeps me under the 280# mark cause I was really getting PORKY for a while . If you have a good Tracker for downed Game post them!

From: Breakfast Boy Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Feb-11

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Well, when this knothead isn't cuddling with the barn cat (traitor), he is usually using his nose to find something for me. He's been a great bird dog, but he also sniffs up cedar arrows that miss the target and bury in the grass. He just turned 4 years old and thus far I haven't needed his help to track a shot deer yet. However, he and I were goose hunting some public land once when we came across a blood trail where someone obviously dragged out a dead deer. I told him to "hunt it up" and he followed that trail a 1/2 mile back to the gut pile. So I have no doubt he would be a good aid in helping me find a downed deer. If I can get him away from the cat that is.

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Now He is CUTE as Hell!

From: Breakfast Boy Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Yeah, he's cute alright. I have a hard time taking a break and enjoying my pipe when he's giving me this look. This is what he does when he wants me to take him outside and throw something for him to fetch.

From: Hinterland Rover
Date: 22-Feb-11

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My constant companion. Wolf/mastiff.

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Oh wait you are ALLOWED to do your Own things ? I cannot do anything without Oni on my Heals .

My 13 yr old Rotty is too but only as far as the Fridge and Bed !

From: sub-zero
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Yep I have a Mountain Fiest she will tree squirrel or coon run a rabbit or find ya a dead deer. She is just a great little dog and loyal as any dog I have ever seen.

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




The Wolf Mastiff is Beautiful! Subzero There is Nothing as awesome as A Hunting Dog !!

From: ironmike
Date: 22-Feb-11

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got rocky, he,s a two year old german shepard and he.s real quiet, picks up scent and sound real good,he,s my eyes and ears to.I,ve been taken him trackin with just hand signals,I think he'll earn his keep this year.

From: Hinterland Rover
Date: 22-Feb-11

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From: LKH Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11

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She was almost 10 in this photo. She found it the next day after it rained the night before. So far she had 3 deer, 1 six point bull elk and proved that we couldn't recover 2 others. I'm the old guy.

From: Fisher
Date: 22-Feb-11




I have two labs who are my left and right hand assistants. I trained one to heel on left side and one on the right side. They are littermate brothers and just love us being together. They find anything that I ask of them from pheasants to waterfowl to sheds to lost arrows to down deer. They are the greatest companions - and they want to retrieve my Wife's cat!

From: BowenAero
Date: 22-Feb-11

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I would like to use my wirehairs for tracking deer. But its illegal in Iowa.

From: LongbowBob
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Tucker has a heck of a nose. He pointed a flock of turkeys his first year. Boy you should have seen the look on his face when they flushed!

I haven't tried him on deer yet, but he found a spot where some coyotes killed a deer this week, so I have no doubt that if I needed his services he could help.

At least he would probably be better than I am at it, but then that's not saying much.

LBB

From: Bushbow
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Here is my constant companion. He loves the deer when we find them but does not find them for me. He has the nose and prey drive but limited attention span. I was thinking of adding a tracker to the pack but will wait for Aussie to get a little older before I take on that responsibility. Dogs are great! Bob Urban

From: I Hunt Mexico
Date: 22-Feb-11




From: Rob Nye
Date: 22-Feb-11

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My Lab is a wicked tracker, has found numerous poorly hit deer and bears for my clients. He has found them up to a mile away and will hold them at bay for a finishing shot if necessary. He only charges a double bacon cheeseburger, clients are more than happy to pay up.

From: Breakfast Boy Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Bowenaero, it's illegal just to follow a blood trail with a dog? Here in Indiana we can use them to help recover a deer, just can't use them during the actual hunting.

From: Jim Terrio
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Here one I'd like to have.

From: sub-zero
Date: 22-Feb-11




The way I understand it is as long as you don't have a weapon you can use a dog for recovery in Iowa. Am I wrong. Guess I should call the IDNR and make sure then post.

From: Coop
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Heres my mutt tracker. Swore up and down she didn't have a nose at all. Decided what the heck did some fake trails and man it's like something switched on in her head that that is what she is suppose to do! I put on two bow kills this year, one I saw go down the other not! Man when she knows what she's there to do she goes into a quivering trance like state! Oh yeah she's my shadow the rest of the time.

From: jay.s
Date: 22-Feb-11

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not a tracker but she will kill a rat faster than any cat : ^ )

From: Coop
Date: 22-Feb-11

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First "recovery"

From: sub-zero
Date: 22-Feb-11




Coop she looks like a Mt cur of fiest

From: Jim Terrio
Date: 22-Feb-11

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This is "Jackson". If its around, he will find it. 3 1/2 y/o American Bulldog / Hound cross. 8:) Best woods buddy I have ever had.

From: dire wolf
Date: 22-Feb-11




Some great dogs and friend-companions on here..

I have a 12 year old beagle dog named Toby..

Dumber than a box of hammers..as it concerns things hunting dogs have done..:) Daughter has a pet rabbit and the rabbit and the beagle sleep together sometimes. Squirrels in the back yard mock him constantly..

They go up the trees five feet after his fools rush and are barking at him..and he gets this look on his face like.. "where did it go????" DEFINATELY NOT A SQUIRREL FEIST..:)

BUT, he can be sound asleep in the downstairs room ( snoring under his blanket) and IF I make a bag of microwave popcorn, he's in the kitchen before I have it salted..:) Got a good nose..just never have hunted with him nor trained him..Adopted dog..good friend and companion who never misses a meal..:) Jim

From: BowenAero
Date: 22-Feb-11




Breakfast Boy & sub-zero , Im just going by what a C.O. told me a few years ago.

From: Trapper Mike
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Genny tracks game and has even brought back a few arrows!

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Awesome Dogs Folks!

From: oak
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Not sure Elsa's an effective tracker, yet. Can Saints do that? :)

But, we sure like to be together!

From: Trapper Mike
Date: 22-Feb-11




Do any of you take your dog on the hunt when you are after big game like deer and bears? I take my dog grouse and duck hunting, but that is it. She usually barks when we float up on bears or moose, I figured she would spook them off if I was hunting. thanks

From: stickbow21
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Did have a good one. Her name was Sunny. I had to put her down back in the summer. 9 years old and cancer got her.

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Saints are Terrific at any job you throw thier way ! Tracking ,Protection Anything !

From: oak
Date: 22-Feb-11




Denny,

Thanks!

Elsa

From: oak
Date: 22-Feb-11




Denny,

By the way ...

We got Elsa in Blue River, Wisconsin.

Walt

From: indianatailer
Date: 22-Feb-11

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Oh yea, best nose in the county or at least our yard!

From: Hogdancer Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11

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my border collie Hannah, will do anything I ask.

From: David McLendon Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 22-Feb-11

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These are all titled working retrievers, but the one fourth from the left is also my track dog. HRCH UH Boss's Rippin' the Sky, he also has a pretty good nose for cedar arrows and will hunt those up for you as well. This is a tough crowd in competition, on a pheasant field or a duck blind.

From: Tradman & Huntress
Date: 22-Feb-11
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Oh oh, you should have never asked about my dog...

Here's Sage, our blood tracking jagdterrier. She's recovered an average of between 100 and 150 hogs per year over the past 11 years for our hunters, although she's been semi-retired for the past year and a half after losing her right eye. Sage is trained to track blood and then if the animal is still alive, to bay it up for us to move in and dispatch it. There have been many nights where we've had to follow her for several hours, chasing wounded hogs. I've never owned a dog with as much drive and determination as she has. There have been nights where we actually had to leave her out with a bayed hog while we came home to get a gun or ammo, only to find her still in the same spot when we returned an hour later. If it weren't for her, there would be many hog hunters who would have gone home without their trophy. Indulge me if you will while I tell you a story about one particular tracking job we were called out on:

Late one evening, we were called out by a hunter who had shot a big black and white boar hog at stand number three on our ranch. When we arrived with Sage, she quickly got on the visible blood trail and followed it uphill and across the road. We tracked the hog until I could no longer see the tiny specks of blood, and eventually unleashed her and kept up as best we could. Eventually, we could no longer hear her bell, so my husband Matt hopped on the four wheeler to locate her. It didn't take long for him to hear her tell-tale barking, indicating that she had found the hog and that it was still alive (she was silent on track and only barked if the quarry was alive). Matt raced to the scene, shot the hog and then called us to let us know it had been killed. When we pulled up to load the hog, the hunter looked at it and said "that's not the hog I shot". We were shocked, since the hog had a fresh broadhead wound and Sage obviously tracked it to that spot. Instead of the big black and white boar however, it was a medium sized, red sow. We decided to load the hog up and go back to the original bloodtrail to try and locate his hog, thinking we'd solve the mystery of the freshly shot red sow later. As soon as we turned Sage loose on the bloodtrail, she followed the same trail uphill towards the road. Only this time, she turned right and ran down the road. I quickly jerked her off the road and put her back on the visible bloodtrail that she originally followed across the road. Again, she pulled right and tried to run down the road. Well, if there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's to trust my dog. I unleashed her and watched her disappear into the darkness, following an a trail that was not visible to me. Before long, we heard a faint bark off to the west, and we raced to catch up to her. Once we arrived at the scene, we found that she had bayed up a big, black and white, boar hog. This time, we had the right hog, and quickly dispatched it. We loaded up the boar and drove back to camp for some pictures and to try and find out if somebody else had shot that red sow.

Once we questioned the other hunters, we found that nobody else had lost an animal that evening. We were puzzled over that, but dismissed it while we got to work skinning and gutting the animals. It was then, that one of the other hunters was viewing the evening's hunt on his video camera. Apparently he also had been at stand number three and was recording his buddy's hunt. Suddenly he said "wait a minute, what's that?" and re-wound the tape. Right there behind the black and white boar that his buddy shot, was a medium sized red sow. In slow motion, you could see that the arrow passed clear through the boar and then the sow, and both took off uphill. The shooter never even noticed that there was a second hog there, let alone that he shot it! If it hadn't been for Sage, that red sow would have never been recovered.

Well, I could tell story after story like that, but that's one of my all time favorites. Sage now has good days and bad days with her failing health, but we still try to get her out as much as possible. We don't want to watch her die, but when it happens, we want her to go with her boots on.

-Cheryl Napper/Shiloh Ranch Hunting Camp

From: Tradman & Huntress
Date: 22-Feb-11
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If it bleeds, she'll find it! These dove all fell in a brush pile that was too dense for my to climb through. Sage managed to get every one out for us.

From: DenTradshooter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Feb-11




Sage is ONE Heck of a Dog !!!!

From: Tradman & Huntress
Date: 22-Feb-11
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Oh, and she loves the water.

From: Kevin Dill Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 22-Feb-11

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The future. Deika and Dascha are my 2 young Deutsch Drahthaars. Somehow they got nicknamed 'The Double Ds'. I got them specifically for nuisance critter control on the farm, and for blood tracking deer.

From: JLBSparks
Date: 22-Feb-11




I have "Danny", a Border Collie mix. He "finds" every deer I kill.

-Joe

From: sub-zero
Date: 23-Feb-11




Tradman don't you sell pups? I think I have looked at your web site? Those are cool dogs and Sage seems to really stand out.

From: Feather Merchant
Date: 23-Feb-11




Been using pit bulls since the early 80's. Magnum was my first. If a critter died of anything except old age, he'd find it. If still alive, he'd catch and kill it. Dragged one deer home alive!

My current hunting buddy is Bodemon, he's a big imposing looking solid black pit. Will track like crazy, but he's just a big wimp. My female, Marie Leveaux kicks his butt for the first 100 yards whenever we go for a walk. She will track as well, but not as good as the Bodemon.

From: Tomahawk
Date: 23-Feb-11

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Ms. Kitty aint so much of a tracker but the landowners dog always want to follow me to the woods.

The landowners got a kick out this pciture when I sent it with a Christmas card...they were so affraid she got in the way!

From: Breakfast Boy Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 23-Feb-11




stickbow21, my sympathies over the loss of your Sunny. It's tough having to put a good dog down.

From: Ryan Rothhaar Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 23-Feb-11

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Here's our boy, Oskar - the first picture is him at 9 weeks old. He's a standard sized smooth haired Dachshund from European (hunting) bloodlines.

My wife did the lion's share of the training, but we can, and do, both handle him on tracks. This was his second hunting season and he has found a total of 19 arrow shot deer.

From: Ryan Rothhaar Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 23-Feb-11

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Here is my wife and Oskar with a hunter and a buck we found last November. The hunter and his buddies (4 guys) searched all day then called us. 2 hours later (and 700-800 yards through THICK head high brush) and we had the deer.

From: Shorthair Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 23-Feb-11




only had one and miss him dearly...my german shorthair was also my blood trail dog....i used him for quail, dove, duck, rabbit and also blood trailing. He took to it like a natural.....had a 50 foot lead and was a great asset. He passed 10 years ago and not been replaced as wife has Bullmastiff...but she has no prey drive at all unless it is in her food dish. LOL

keep em sharp,

ron herman

From: Tradman & Huntress
Date: 24-Feb-11
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sub-zero- No, we've never sold pups, but we do have a website for our hunting operation which may be what you remember seeing.

Congtatulations Oskar (oh, and Ryan and wife too!) That's the first smooth haired dachshund I've seen from hunting bloodlines. Did you import him or is there somebody stateside that's breeding them?

For anybody who may be reading this thread that's interested in tracking dogs, I highly recommend reading John Jeanneney's book, "Blood Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer". It's full of good information not only on choosing a breed and/or puppy out of a litter, but also on how to train your dog to track. You can find it at www.born-to-track.org.





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