Tracking Dog Recoveries (2016-2017)

Kota and Blue

both of the bucks are the archers first bow kills. The first buck was shot with a mechanical broad head that did not open. There was very little blood and the deer ran into a thicket where we were standing directly over my dogs and the deer and could not see him. It was not till my dog busted out of the briar patch to where we could see the buck. The second buck was hit a little back and the hunter had taken his two dogs out to look.for the deer. It made for a very interesting first couple hundred yards with all the trails my dog had to work before she found the true blood trail. Once we got past all the mess she found d the deer in less then five minutes. Having a great start to the tracking season. Love both of my dogs.
 

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Mike here is Daisy's 1st ya'll found!!!! If you don't find another for us this 1 will be remembered for a long time.3rd year bow only and has been a few misses along the way. She missed a doe sat evening and was very upset and didn't want to hunt anymore so they packed up Sunday morning and started home but her dad made a great decision to turn around and come back and we worked with her and put her in 1 of my stands where I had seen a few deer She made a great shot!!! No pass thru so we looked a bit then backed out and called Mike !!!! Pic says the rest !!!!:)

Those are the ones that mean the most!!!
They tried to pay me,but I refused,got my payment in smiles and a few tears,
How many years of tracking for you and we are still 100%
Including that all nighter,remember,we started around midnight,tracked your big buck untill almost daylight,finally Bayed him up in your in law's backyard,lol!!!Lucy was baying him up and he just fell over dead,lol!!!I will never forget that one.
 

Idahomike

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lucky shot

Recovered this buck,just looking at him I would say no way he is dead,
Arrow must have deflected off something and took a lucky/wierd turn down into the lungs,only went a little over 300 yards.
 

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rvick

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...Two that we were proud to recover this week.
Lee's big mature 8 point and Briar's first deer!
Congrats to both!
Reba tracked an 18 hour old back-whack yesterday and the only drops of blood that we found were at the hit site where he fell and laid and ****her in the woods where he bedded once. He was long gone by the time we got there. They will see him later I'm sure.
Heck of a tracking job, though!
 

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Opening morning recovery in north Sumter County. Not a lot of blood etc... to work with for first 150 yards. But Grizz was able to locate the very much alive buck 3 times before it was dispatched.
 
Wade Johnson his wife Sarah,their friend,Lucy and her pup and me tracked this mortally shot archery buck, earlier while tracking it they jumped it and decided it was time to back out and call Lucy,,she tracked the buck around 1000 yards,then she and her pup Andy Bayed it up,next to a deep Creek,just as I was about to dispatch it,the dang thing took off,swam across the creek and Bayed up about 150 yards down the creek. I couldn't believe it Sarah jumped right into the creek up over her waist and waded across the creek with the rest of us. We finally dispatched the deer.never seen a happier bunch of soaked hunters.we looked at each other and said dang now we have to drag the big boy back and especially daunting was the wade back across the creek,by the time we got back it was around 5am,by the time I walked in the door and collapsed in bed it was 6:30. whew what a night and memories.
 

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rvick

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...this deer was shot with a 308 but there was no blood and even if there had been the one inch plus of rain would have washed it out.
Reba had no trouble following the track to it.
 

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rained out

Jim shot this buck at daylight this morning,while it was raining,then it really started to pour for the next 7 hours,with high winds,they said it was raining so hard the roads started to flood out.they did grids in the poring rain for 3 hours,couldn't find the buck,then they got on their atv's and did grids with them still no luck,all this time just poring rain,so they called a friend and asked him what to do,he said call in the dogs,and gave them my phone number,I got there 7 hours after the shot,had to put the truck into 4x4 just to navigate the public dirt road to get to their place.was raining so hard when I got there had to wait 20 minutes for the rain to slow down.the hunter said I have no confidence that dogs can track this deer after all the flooding rain,and he is a dog man he competes with German short hair dogs.put Lucy on the ground and I was surprised she took the track with no problem and found the deer.one time last year in kentucky she tracked a deer after 18 hours of on again off again deluges of rain.i have the video of it on my YouTube channel, idahomike100.
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Randy, I ran the track. Jumped a very much alive doe about 100 yards in bedded in a Chinaberry patch. Very little blood in bed. Deer was running and jumping good and left no visible blood trail. Grizz stayed on it and turned it back in the direction of the hunter. Took the track down in the hardwoods and over a creek thru a field. Bow shot a little far back. Deer was not slowing down and I believe it will be fine. Richard
 
Nice to get an easy track after the last 4 we have been on. Hunter shot the deer last night and tracked for several hours, pushing the deer. They went out this morning and advanced the track another 40 yards then lost it. We started on one side of the paved road to allow Mirko and opportunity to figure out what he was tracking. He quickly took us down the steep bank to the road and across and almost up to the hunters point of loss. The hunter told me they paralled the road and had one more spot of blood. Mirko indicated otherwise. Boy was I hoping he was wrong. Right down into a 5 yearold cut over that was solid briars and privet. Now mind you this place is thick and we are barley making any ground but Mirko is up under all this following a trail. I did not see a drop of blood which suprised me as how thick this place was. Mirko did not have to go very far maybe another 50 yards when he had the deer. A very old main frame 6 with a small kicker. This was a hudge body deer.
 

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Idahomike

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Got some great stories to share and some monster bucks ,will share when things slow down
 
Ran a 17 hour old track this afternoon in Lee County. Track went 383 yards. Buck was shot in ribs angling into rear flank without exit. Nice deer and good folks.
 

Idahomike

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Young hunters

Finally have time to post. I decided to post this year's young hunters pictures
 

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Thanks Tommy Yarberry, aka mercuryman, and Scout

Had this deer walk by a little before dark. Finally got him to stop quartered away at about 30 yards. I shot and he ran thru a food plot and in to the woods. By the time I could get my stuff packed and get down from my climber it was getting dark. It had been raining and all I had was my headlamp and looked and could not find any blood or hair where I shot, where he ran thru the food plot or the edge of the woods where he ran in. I called Tommy, aka mercuryman, in Habersham Co and he came down with his son and his dog Scout. Scout picked up nothing where I shot or thru the field but when she got to the edge of the woods where he ran in she picked him up right away and was hot on the trail. A few minutes later Tommy said "dead deer". Thanks to Tommy and Scout for coming out and finding my deer for me. Not only does Tommy and Scout do a great tracking job, he is a great guy too!! Highly recommend Tommy and Scout for those around Habersham Co. Thanks again Tommy and Scout!
 

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