well a few on here know i have a bmh and for the last three weeks spent time bonding and socialising her and after coming on really well i took her for a break to scotland on my ground and then to drop some highseats off for someone on here.
i had layed a track at my ground prior to coming and it was a basic straight track with a 90 deg bend to the right with some treats at the end, the track was done the night before and before work i put her on it to see how she faired. well she did very well although a little too fast i slowed her down abit on the long lead and at the end she had lots of praise so i was well chuffed.
A few days later after work set out to my ground we got there in good time and kitted up to see what we could find my intentions were to hopefully shoot a buck but to just give her different scents to come across and see if we could mark a couple of tracks of deer we would hopefully find. we started off down the track road and straight away nose down and was obviously following something but i had no idea what . so heres my first question should i encourage this want to track all the time as she seems to want to be nose down following interesting things or discourage this whilst out . we found a couple of does browsing down the road so spent an hour watching where she was just locked onto them and fair play she didnt even murmer just fixed and every now and then looking back at me as if to say whats that. i marked my postion and ranged them so i had a point to come back to the next day so back tracked off in the other direction.
after a while i let her off the lead to see how she was away from home and again did very well till we walked straight into another doe which was around 20 yrds i just thaught oh crap and she moved forward as if to go and i just tapped her bum with my sticks and she sat down shaking with exitement . now that could have gone abit pete tong so back on the lead for safety we ended the night sat on the clear fell watching more does and this was interesting as i was expecting her to winge and whine abit but she just was fixed on the deer until she decided to have a chew on some sticks and then she nodded off on my lap so at that point headed off back before dark .
Day 2 we went back to where i had marked the spot to see how she coped with that and straight away off pulling hard with her nose down flicking her ears with her paws as she went. we followed around 40yrds before heading off up a grass bank to a couple of couch marks so with lots of praise and a few treats headed off we went down to one of the lochs for abit of playtime and time out and then off back to the van for dinner later on we had another stalk but only came across does so back to the van for bed but on the way back we spooked a roe which started to bark well the look on her face was really funny she had no idea what the hell it was and was abit concerned her hackles came up and tried to catch a glimps but it was deep in cover barking as it went.
our last morning we set off up another track and she just locked up winding and as we stopped two does skipped across the track and away still transfixed i heard a noise down the bank into a woodland i couldnt see anything but knew there had to be one i spent an hour glassing but no joy headed off and after another hour hadnt seen anything so headed back and we slowly made our way back to the first spot and down into the valley a buck was mooching along the river bank up on the sticks and i let the 270 go and with the good reaction the deer jumped the fence straight towards us although we were up on a vantage point indy again fixed on the buck in its last throws of life lay down in a gully so with all the comments and help from other members took her down to the buck to see her reactions on a real deer up close well as i picked up the buck she just started leaping about ,backwards and forwards and i shook the bucks head and she started to bark so well chuffed with her reaction. i gralloched the buck and tried to give her the kidney but she wasnt having none of it,or the liver and didnt even try the heart so next time other treats needed.
we left the buck hung in the tree so i could return with the van and to put her on the start of the trail it was a cold wet morning and an hour and a half later after collecting a seat we headed back i know it wasnt long enough to be a cold scent but just wanted to see how she reacted to a real track which she followed well but again quite fast. i know we did alot in a weekend but hopefully give her an idea of what we where after and not just tracking rabbits or some other animals.
I will leave her now and start again on cold tracks in the coming weeks once a week with treats. pictures to follow with hopefully a small vid clip . she is now laid out in front of the fire dreaming and back to normal life ,any input or things i have done wrong feel free to add ,thanks wayne