Tracking Dog Recoveries (2019-2020)

wildlands

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With the hot dry weather tracks have been tuff this year. We have not put many on the tailgate but not the fault of the dog. Mirko has worked hard but either non fatal or property lines keep getting us. Well tonight that all changed with a nice recovery. Hunter was bow hunting and shot the deer at 10 this morning. He knew instantly it was a bad shot as the deer just walked off and he could see the entry hole was back. Then it went up the hill and just stood there before coming back down and laying in the creek 40 yards away but could not see it. The hunter knew if he got down probably would spoke the deer so he just sat there. He called a friend to come in on the hill above the creek to look down and see if the deer was dead or still alive. Well at 2 the other person finally gets there and sure enough deer is still alive. It gets up and comes back by hunter who shots it again but hits shoulder. He watches as it runs off and decides to back out. I got the call at 430 and got there around 530. We tracked only about 150 yards crossed the creek twice and came to a dry bed, it was drizzling rain at the time. Thinking we might have just bumped him when we walked down the hill we decided to look just a little more to make sure it was a bed from our deer since there was no blood but plenty of ants. We went about 10 yards and found another bed and we sat there talking about what to do next. I turned around looking the way it was headed when all of a sudden the buck jumped up only 5 yards from us. I barely got a hold of Mirko as he wanted the deer bad. We decided to back out and wait till dark. So we backed out and waited another hr and a half. When we decided to get started again it did not take any convincing to get Mirko up and going. As soon as we got past where the buck was laying you could see it was bleeding more. Turns out we did not have to wait after all, but better safe than sorry. The deer only went another 40 yards and piled up. This will be the hunters first P&Y and he has waited a long time passing up a lot of fine young bucks only for them to get killed on the neighboring property.
Congratulations Gordon Lew on a fine symmetric Upson county 12 pointer.
 
This is our Texas Lacy Taze, he is about 7.5 months old, he has been doing mock tracks since about 2 months old, I was able to work him really hard before season on a deer removal permit, since season has started we have gotten 1 call for a track and it turned out to me a non fatal shot. We are hoping for a great season!
 

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Got a call yesterday from an old friend that was having trouble finding a buck he shot that morning. It was around 2 before we made it to him. I put Hank on the track and he started working towards the swamp. Then he just acted like he wasnt smalling anything. Then my friend tells me thats the same way his dog went. Did know he had his dog out there. Took hank back to tje start of the track we got on blood again and worked the trail a hole new direction. Found somemore blood and not long after that the track seem to go cold. Never found the deer. Never found more blood. The other dog that he took out there seemed to really effect the way Hany worked.
 

wildlands

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Got a call today at 430 from a hunter in Clayton county needing our help. He had shot a deer this morning at 930 just before the rain started. As he released the arrow the deer swirled and he thought hit low. They waited 2 hrs before starting to track. They already had a dog out there but it did not do anything. So three of them did a little grid search. Fast forward to 6 PM and we start tracking. Immediately I find gut material with corn. They did not see it this morning and tracked about 300 yards bumping the deer at least twice by the sign we found. Mirko quickly made it to point of loss and keep right on going. One thing with all the clouds and rain the blood we were finding on the known trail still looked fresh. From point of loss we went across a road and about 200 yards finding a wound bed and the arrow. Crazy thing is the arrow was intact but the broadhead was gone. Insert was still there so it had unscrewed. So after investigating this a little we got back to the job at hand. It did not take much and Mirko was back at it. We were going at a steady walking pace as the ground was fairly clean. Every now and then we would see a little blood. Again it was hard to tell if this was fresh or old due to the rain all day. We found a few more spots that looked like he laid down but Mirko never picked up pace or acted like the trail went hot. We busted out into an open area and went up a pond dam. As we get to the top we see the deer bedded about 100 yards in front of us laying in the ditch. He did not waste any time getting up and out of there. I did notice he was stumbling some as he left out though. At this point we had gone 1.39 miles in 50 minutes. I decided best thing would be to back out and wait a couple of hrs. We meet the hunters dad and sister who were also out there hunting and went to dinner killing 2 hrs. When we got back out there a little before 9 Mirko picked up right where he left off. Well it did not take us long less than 5 minutes to go 250 yards and we were looking at a very much alive deer. We got to within 20 yards and the hunter put another arrow double lung. The deer jumped up ran about 20 yards and dropped. This was some really good work by Mirko tonight.
 

wildlands

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Sat. we only tracked 2 and did not get either but they took all day to complete. The first one we chased around and finally parked him till the evening ended up jumping again at 23 hrs and backed out. Had the guys from North and West Big Game recovery come in at 11 now 28 hrs after being shot and they bayed him up 150 yds from where we last bumped him. Second one we took 1.4 miles with a stretch of .98 miles between blood spots.
 

wildlands

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Sunday I was worn out. I probably got 20 calls to track but between church and how tired I was decided to give the dog and myself the day off. That last until the night when the local club down the road called. A lady who is very passionate about hunting had a hard quartering too shot. Mirko made quick work of this one and had it stopped so I could put a finishing shot on it.
 

Blackston

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Sure miss the tracking stories
 
Here are my two that Maggie got on for me. Been training her since she was 6 months old. She’s only not found one since I’ve had her and that’s because it ran off the property after a too far back bow shot
The big 8 wasn’t a hard one for her. Shot it in one field, ran through some woods. I lost the blood. She found it in another field a couple hundred yards away.
The 11 point I shot and even though the shot felt great, it didn’t show any signs of being hit. Got down an hour later at dusk and looked for blood just in case. Found nothing. Since I was confident in the shot I got her out of the dog box and put her at the place of the shot. She found it 50 yards away piled up. No blood to speak of.
Her nose is a good one. 04901625-52EA-4E1D-87AA-A09105655C82.jpeg 75D4EB3B-7252-4104-9188-E9531E5A26FC.jpeg
 

Blackston

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Dang man ..... when I tracked I was always scared of that Glad he’s still kicking!!!!!
 

wildlands

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Baying up and bullet passed through deer fragmenting. Had a piece in his elbow, a piece in his shoulder, a tiny needle like piece entered his lung and the main portion of the bullet struck low gut traveling along muscle exiting just in front of his wiener? The channel was shredded but bullet never entered the gut so we got very lucky. We might be back for an easy one around Christmas or maybe one over in Jan when I am in Bama hunting.
 
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