I got a call from a friend yesterday morning saying that he had hit a young roe doe and she had been lost. By the time I got to where they were it was 3.5hrs after the shot had been taken. She had been standing in a gamecrop and after the shot several deer broke out. As she had been lost in the crop, he waited and after 3 or 4 mins she appeared on the outside of the fence and looked to be stumbling. he took a rushed shot at her and missed before she was lost to sight.
For anyone interested the following is the track my 14month old HS did with the photos which tell the story. Up until now she has never been trained on blood (but has had 3 proper tracks on shot deer, rest all training tracks) and always tracks on the collar and lead.
These first 3 pictures are the blood found at the shot site but we could find no hair. It was quite windy which did not help. They are in sequence in the direction she walked off.
The dog picked them up right away and was showing her find. She then tracked through the gamecrop to the front, and where the doe had appeared before being missed with the second shot. She was put through the fence and onto a blood spot on the outside. The images were taken today and the dog is only in them to show some scale, hence some are a bit blurred as she was playing today.
This is the point she picked up the track outside the gamecrop.
Track followed about 30m to the first fence...
She has then gone through the fence and made her way across an open grass field, I could see no blood along here.
At this gate she did exactly what you see her doing here again, although there was still no vlood on the gate or under it.
We go through the gate and down this steep slop, plenty of sign of deer on runs in this area...
And then we come to the first real test for her, a stream. She stopped here and went 10m to the right, then back to me and another 4m or so to the left before coming back to me again and looking across with her nose up trying to catch a scent. She was wary about jumping over but a wee bit encouragement saw her carry on. On the other side on a rock we found this blood spot...