After my last post which was met with mixed emotion. (partly my fault for not being clear)
I thought i would write to say that i received a call this evening from somebody who was hunting (legally) with a bow, for red deer in France. Please, before i get too many replies saying ''it is unethical cruel etc etc'' i do agree and only hunt with a rifle. But fact is, it is allowed here and animals are injured with bow and rifle.
We cannot track at night here because it is deemed unsafe for tracker and dog and to be honest unless beast was dead and not too far would be impossible and probably do more harm than good to try and track in the dark. (If we were to track at night with firearm we risk loosing licence large fines etc.)
The reason i have been called upon is because the registerd trackers are unavailable or commited to other tracks in the area tomorrow.
Having met with the hunter this evening, i asked some questions and found that the arrow had passed through (he thought) the ribcage of the animal in the lung area and he had followed the blood trail for approx 70m where he discoverd the beast lying under a tree. It then got up and ran into thick cover as it was virtually dark this is when he called me. I assume as the arrow which was fired from above passed through the edge of the animal otherwise would have connected with the spine.
My dog has only done artificial trails so far apart from one boar track which i wrote about before and a failed attempt at a wounded hind which we followed for around 4 miles eventually loosing the trail. He has also found 10 or 12 runners shot by me between 20m and 100m from site of shot 5 or so mins after shooting.
Any way out at first light tomorrow, will let you know how we get on.