Following on from the basic standard thread.
The use of dogs part issued by SNH,as I said some parts within will not always help secure a wounded beast.
I understand that the BP guides are not made to cover "every conceivable operation or situation",you could write a book about the subject never mind trying to condense it into a few pages,a very hard job to do.
The guide needs to dedicate a few pages to shot site inspection,photos as well,instead of a few lines on the subject,this is THE most important way of working out how you and your dog should be worked.Reaction to shot is used as stated by the guide also,however we have all I'm sure seen beasts at the side of a wood show no reaction and dissappeared after the shot,to find dead within the wood.
Follow up procedures-
In the table at the end of SNH guide,
First box-I'd agree with unequivocably along with head and neck shot as well.
2nd box-to my mind I'd leave that type of shot beast(mid haunch,legs or brisket)a lot longer,minimum of 4 hours,longer if possible,dependant on what is found at shot site.
3rd box-bang on
4th box-probably one of the most common but yet this is the worst piece of advice within the BP guides in my opinion.Deer shot in stomach will go a long long way if followed within 30minutes,normally resulting in a lost beast,leave it at least 4 hours,beast will stiffen or die,liver shot will be dead,again depends on shot site inspection.
Last box-correct,but always on line,especially in thick cover,able to read dog much better.
All dependant on shot site inspection and experience of dog and handler.
The BP guides are a great bit of work and as cooking fat rightly stated yesterday,when written,not a lot known about tracking in UK.
Id not let a dog free unless that dog is experienced also,knows the job already,loosed preferably with a more experienced dog for a start,then once 2 or 3 wounded beasts found then loose alone.Reason-it gives a young dog confidence,take older dog off though in later searches as normally the older dog will take over and give the youngster no opportunity of working.
Hope this helps a bit and clears up any misunderstanding of myself slating BP guides,this is not what is intended.
Any thoughts or comments?