Ive decided my dog shows great aptitude for tracking deer as he's had some really good finds on the does over the winter. He's only 14 months old. I've called him up and I've pretty much said to him 'find the deer' and pointed him in the right direction, not very technical I'm sure. He's found then all pretty easily the ones in cover and obviously the ones in plain site. I had one doe a few nights ago at last light, showed no reaction to shot. Couldn't find any blood on the field. Took the dog to where the doe when in the woods, now almost dark. Told him to get on and he found the deer, dead, in quite dense cover about 30m in wood, very happy with him.
Can anyone recommend any good books on deer/dog tracking training please. Mainly covering what to use for scent trails and how to get the dog to mark the find if not on a tracking lead, ie come back and take me to the deer.