Last weekend i was out for wild boar in a high seat. I started just at dusk and was about to go home around 2.30 at night when i heard wild boar approach the feeding area. They where 2 uberlaufers and after a while one of them stood broadside and i shot it. It tumbled over several times and ran into some trees before vanishing completely in cover. I waited for 10 minutes and had a look and found plenty of blood and a good bloodtrail over the first 40 meters. Then it stopped. So in the following morning i called in a doghandler who is employed by the German forestrycommission. He came within the hour and 10 o clock we started our search. Off course i first told him what size of boar i shot at, where it stood, how it signed, which direction in heard it ran off, the caliber i shoot with, how many animals involved etc.
We then took of, a Hanovarian scenting hound accompanied by a rugged terrier which acts as the bodyguard for the Hanovarian. We went down hill, uphill, through thick cover, meadows, arable land, woodland, took a part of the provincial road...and all the time the dog was still on the track. Here and there we found little spots of blood on branches and leaves, almost invisible to the human eye, but happily "nosepointed" by "Fiene" (the Hanovarian). I always knew these dogs are worth their weight in gold and seen them work before, but this tracking was amazing. In total we walked a good 5 to 6 miles and ended up at a very thick cover. Again blood at the entrance of some thorn bushes. The dog handler said it unfortunately ends here as he was not keen to sent in the dogs as the wild boar seemed too mobile for his liking and he was aspecting more boar in this cover. Also it was impossible for us to go in on our hands and knees and follow the dogs in case they got in a standoff with the wild boar. So disapointment in retrieving it. It looked like it was hit by a high spine shot and would recover from this in time. Off course it did not feel right to leave it at that but we had no choice.
Still had an good learning experience for the 1.5 hours we spent tracking it. The dog needed very little guidance form the handler and just did his thing. It went in a very relaxed and professional way. The interaction between the 2 dogs and the doghandler was more with bodylanguange then with speech. A look or gesture was enough. Very nice to look at a person and dogs who have that much fun and professionalism in what they do.
Off course i thanked him and his compagnions for the hard work. Hopefully i will do better myself next time.