Who says you need a "deer dog" or specific breed to track deer?
Shot a pair of twin yearling roe yesterday, one dropped within 10 yards, the second went off like a scolded cat into the trees about 10-15 yards away.
Really low sitka plantation, hands and knees stuff.
I lost its path in the scope, luckily I was with someone who marked the entry into the trees.
It was a solid chest hit, visible in the scope, with lots of fluff and blood at the site.
Bring on the "deer dog"...
1 year old cocker bitch
I kept her on the lead, just a standard rope slip lead.
She picked up the shot site quickly and set off but got a bit excited and we headed off into the trees, i suspect on the track the deer came out from rather than the trail of the shot deer going in.
I brought her back and focused her on where the deer went into the trees
Once inside the trees she set off like a dog possessed and basically dragged me straight to the carcase 35-50yds inside on an angle I wouldn't have considered initially.
Took 5 seconds!
The blood trail was minimal and there was certainly nothing I could see between site and resting spot
saved me an hour on my hand and knees under the trees I reckon.