i got a phone call this morning from a profesional stalker who was out with a client, they had shot a roe buck that had ran on into a wood with lots of Rhododendron's etc.
so i sped home to pick up my young teckel who's training is coming on ok (she seems to be getting board of liver drags but this is all i can do as i am waiting on a set of scent shoes and i have now dried hide), but half way to the location i got another phone call they had located the buck.
this was great news from the bucks point of view as it was DOA so no suffering but i was disapointd not to get to track, so i asked if they could leave it and meet me at point it was shot.
when i got there i asked them not to tell me which direction it took only the rough area it was standing when it was shot.
she picked up the trail straight away and with her nose glued to the ground she was off! she crossed a burn without hesitating and picked up the trail on the other side were the buck had jumped and left a bigger spot of blood she followed it across a track around an old release pen that had the top net taken off it. she stopped at the rabbit net and looked up at me as if to say well if you want me to keep going you will have to lift me over! so i did and once again she was off.
After a couple hundered yards i could see the buck lying next to a clump of rhodys but too her credit she did not look up from the trail and followed it in a semi circle to were he fell! i was over the moon all the training we have done seems to be coming together really well after a late start. its a strange feeling hoping to get a phone call from some one that has lost a wounded deer but i am addicted to tracking with her now!
so if any one near by needs a hand dont hesistate to get in touch!