Quick wee update as to how Charlie is doing. He's now 7 months old (and still tiny - 7.5kg) but has done quite a few tracks on shot deer now, none lost and most dropped to shot but he has found them all of his own accord. Most I've made sure to approach from down wind so he has the best chance and as soon as his nose gets a wiff that's it he's off to find it.
Ive been trying him on just foot scents recently and he did a lovely 400 yard follow through some woodland and across arable land yesterday. The deer had been spooked out an hour previous so they were long gone but thought I'd try him anyway. Just a short video below as anything bigger would take an age to upload from my mobile.