2020 tracking logs

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10/02/20 track #1
Went on a track for older man with walking issues. He'd arrowed a doe the night before, thought it was a bit back. He and friend had followed it to the best of his physical abilities (after giving her time to set) in the dark but heard a commotion ahead and thought they'd jumped her so backed out.

We arrived early am in the rain. It had poured overnight and the copious blood at the start of the track was washed out.
Since the doe had been with other deer we wanted to make sure we set Bella on the right deer, so cast about a bit trying to find the exact path.

Finally found a small amount watered down blood and once on the right path Bella motored the entire 440 yards to the deer with no other blood seen.
Found where deer had bedded in ferns and then a smaller bear had tackled it, then dragged it several yards under a tree to consume half of her. That was probably the noise they heard that night, the bear being spooked off the kill. They were within hearing distance of it then.
Shot was high rear lung and upper liver
12 hour old track, hard rain, 440 yards

10/2/20 track #2
Bullet's second track

Took a call from our colorblind friend for a deer he'd arrowed that had run in a circle, fell down and ran off. Sounded like a good call to take Bullet on, we've been waiting for an easy track to take the puppy brain on. LOL "easy track" being the perception but not the reality.

Track was just a few hours old. We arrived on scene in the dark and it took us a bit to find the spot the deer fell down in but finally we did but no visible blood leading away. Bullet however struck blood all on his own and we went off trying to sort out this mess as the deer had run in a couple circles.
Bullet struck off on the cleanest scent he could find (bright green) but we took him back after a a bit (pale green) as it was not right. Bullet does not yet know not to back track and that was the deer's entrance path
Restarted him and he found the deer's wandering path when he had sprinted off. No blood.

We then found a little blood and another circle .A couple tries to get out of that then he led us to more circles and substantial blood. Looked like the deer had shook and blood was literally everywhere in a 15' area.

Out of that with minimal blood to more circles and more blood

Finally out of that mess and straight lined it to the deer in my headlamp.

A far harder track than I intended for him but he worked it super well with lots of intensity and no quit.

Track was 506 yards of actual deer travel (white), though Bullet did more working.

Good puppy
 

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Too bad he lost the deer, but awesome tracking job. Whenever we've called in a dog tracker, it was always the last resort. But it seems pretty obvious that trying your hardest to track the deer in the rain is the wrong choice. If the rain is washing away the blood, just call the dog first.
 

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Too bad he lost the deer, but awesome tracking job. Whenever we've called in a dog tracker, it was always the last resort. But it seems pretty obvious that trying your hardest to track the deer in the rain is the wrong choice. If the rain is washing away the blood, just call the dog first.
The bear one?

it was not raining then, they just thought it was hit back and thought they heard it so backed out til am

who knew what they really heard was a bear getting jumped off the Wounded deer it killed

it rained after they backed out
 




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