Just a quick post to say that I've never done much on old trails with my 5 year old GWP, he's with me all the time whilst stalking so it would be very rare for him to have to follow a trail more than an hour old-he's mostly there for pointing unshot deer and a confidence booster for when you have a guest out who you've not seen shoot a deer before. A friend off here shot a roe doe last night which ran into a wood and his dog wasn't interested in the trail for some reason, no problem as he tracked it by the blood trail in the torch and found it dead so no worries, the shot had gone slightly low on a quartering deer. He rang me today to ask if I wanted the practice for my dog as the trail was nearing 100m in woodland and 20 hours old, I went up there, put him on at the strike spot and he took me straight to the end of the trail on a long lead flat out without the wind and in poor scenting conditions with no problems at all, nothing too amazing for all the people who use the continental methods of training on old trails but I was happy as it gives me even more confidence in a dog I already wouldn't be without, .
Here he is with a couple of munties:
And a couple of Roe: