I got invited to be the dog man on a deer day on a big estate near me this week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to give my two 9 month old black labís some real trails to follow.
After two hours of walking the woods and the morning session over I followed the picking up truck to the first seat on our route, all very straight forward, three roe shot, all shot cleanly, all dead within 50 yards of the seat, dog not needed, moved on to the second seat which we new had had lots of action as we had seen and heard lots of shooting as walking through, on arrival the gentleman in the seat told me he had shot three deer which had run on and showed me where the shot sights where, went back to the landie and got one of the pups out, big mistake as I soon found out, while he was showing me the shot sights the picking up teem where busy dragging some 12+ deer to the trailer making even more trails and with all that scent and blood around the poor dog stood no chance for one so young and I think even the most experienced dog would have been very confused.
The guns and picking up teem moved off leaving me to try and work out where these wounded deer had gone, back to the landrover got out my big chocolate lab who is a mostly an air scenter cast him off into a big and very dense Christmas tree plantation, it wasnít very long before he was onto the lost muntie, 1 down 2 to go, two minutes he had found the lost roe, only a fallow to find, spent the next 20 minutes looking with no luck.
Got a call on the radio to move off to onther seat where a roe had been hit in the rear leg and was still very mobile, the shot sight had been marked and it was the only one in that place, so my partner took one of the pups and went to look while i continued to look for the fallow.
this was much better for the young dog as there was only one trail to follow, after some 5 minutes or so the dog found the lost fallow and i moved off to join my partner getting there just in the nick of time, the pup had found the deer some 50 yards doen the trail and the yearling roe was very much alive and active and my partner not knowing what to do, very quickly put the big choc dot onto it and it was dispatched very sonn after.
lots of lessons lernt that day, but it was nice to see one of the pups work really well after all those months of training even if it was at the expense of some wreckness shooting.