My GWP dog has been showing lots of potential since he passed the 18 month stage. He has been in training on blood trails and also working him on retrieving fox at night. Up until a few weeks back he has never had a full on track. That was until we were out one evening on the edge of a young plantation. Myself and a mate stalked in on a small herd of red hinds. The plan was to take one each and see what happened after that. Anyway we managed to put three down with the last one disappearing into the plantation with what appeared to be a normal chest shot. We decided to deal with the two beasts that were on the edge of the plantation first and then I would work the dog on the third.
After maybe 20 mins i put the dog onto the point where she stood for the shot and let him work it out for himself. We ended up going through most of the plantation with him stopping every 25-30 yards to indicate to me a blood splatter. There was a good few times I was sure he was taking the mick but then again he would indicate a patch of blood. After approx 700 yards of him weaving back and forth I broke out into a semi small clearing to find him sat beside a dead hind. To say I was pleased would have been an understatement, For sure without him I would never have found this hind.
For me now when I get home again I want to work on his reporting, had I have lost him that evening I would have liked for him to report somehow where he was.