Morning , ok having read about all the good work being done by the various tracking groups I have a question about following a wounded muntjac ? Out of all the deer species I am way more careful in using a dog of off the tracking leash , in other words as you all know a muntjac has some serious armoury , very capable of slashing a dog . So my question is this at what point do you risk the dog by sending him on a wounded muntjac ? How are you sure he will deal with it properly and not get injured ? Is this training or gut feeling ? If it's training I am not sure you could ever replicate a very angry muntjac buck , if you can I would like to know how ?
This is not a criticism of anybody on here and it is admirable that people are prepared to do it . I ask this because I had. The very dilemma a few years back and didn't let my dog go as I was concerned of injury to him and we lost the deer ! I know he would have got it but then don't know what would have happened .