Dogs for blood spooring deer

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malcolm

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#1
Last year I bought a dog for deer stalking. It is a Bavarian Mountain Hound, bred especially for blood spooring wounded deer. Training is going fairly well, and although only 11 months old he is settling down. I am out for Fallow this weekend with him for the first time.

Has anyone in the forum trained a Bavarian before, or has a friend or contact who has? It would be good to swap notes if there is anyone.

Thanks
 
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Bradley

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#2
Get hold of Jan Andrews I think she was the first peson to bring them into this country.
 

Muntiacus

Well-Known Member
#3
Hi Malcolm
I am just about to get a Bavarian and was wondering how you get on with yours, if you have any tips ect:
PM me if you wish.
Regards
Muntiacus
 

MarkH

Well-Known Member
#4
Hi Muntiacus

I have a 4 year old Hannoverian/Bavarian cross much to the chagrin of Jan. I work her frequently on both fresh and cold trails up to 36 hrs old. If you want any help or advice feel free to PM me.



Mark
 

MarkH

Well-Known Member
#6
Hi Malcolm

Myself and a friend are enthusiasts rather than breeders so the barter system works well otherwise about £500. The dogs all work, though they are also pets and good with the kids.
THe cross breed gives a little more body weight to the Bavarian but the bavarian was crossed out of the Hannoverian to start with anyway. A little cross breed vigour once in a while does no harm in ironing out inbreeding defects.

Mark
 
#7
Deer Dog

Hi all,
Been watching this with interest. I'm undecided on what breed to go for with my next dog, I've been out with a friend watching his Gsp bitch and although she was excellent I wasn't sold on the breed. I would like to see a Bavarian working don't now if anyone can help I'm in the Hereford/Worcs area I would even supply the stalking???

Wayne
 
#8
GSP's

Hi Wayne,
I'm a newbie to the board and I read your post with interest.
I have a black GSP dog, rising 4, from a working strain.
I have to say, he's a cracker ! Just watching him run is a pleasure - I don't bother with driven shoots any more, because I get more enjoyment working him for friends' rough shooting !
He has really settled well to deer work and will sit ready whilst I crawl off into the distance and take the shot. Or lie quietly below a high seat.
I have only ever once had a wounded roe buck, shot slightly forward in the fore leg. He got straight to it and held it down without any fuss. Blood trailing or finding a beast in uncut silage grass etc is no problem either.
If you have the time to spend with a GSP and it lives as family, they are real characters and very rewarding. Not sure that they would be so good outside in a run though !
 

sikamalc

Administrator
Site Staff
#9
Hi Wayne, I have a Bavarian dog who is 16 months old. He has trailed and found his first deer, but still needs a lot more experiance. I shall be taking him up to my lease in Scotland this year. Maybe I could drop by on the way up. You have my number let me know and perhaps we can sort something out later in the year.
 

Rob Mac

Well-Known Member
#11
Hounds

Hi MarkH

The dogs all work, though they are also pets and good with the kids.
THe cross breed gives a little more body weight to the Bavarian but the bavarian was crossed out of the Hannoverian to start with anyway. A little cross breed vigour once in a while does no harm in ironing out inbreeding defects.
You mention that your Bavarians are good with kids etc. Do you know if this is true across the breed or just yours. I'm looking to get a dog and just wonder how they compare with Labs for instance. With three kids, the most important thing is it's temperament at home, together with its ability to work.

Rob
 

MarkH

Well-Known Member
#12
Hi Rob

The breed is by nature calm and self confident. Hounds as individuals tends also to be relaxed social animals compared to dogs (generalisation alert :lol: ) I have also reinforced this by keeping them 'soft mouthed' in their training. Because it is almost a 100% working breed the psycho dogs dont last long at any age, very few are owned as pure pets or show dogs. They also dont have many genetic problems like hips and eyes for the same reason.


Mark
 

Muntiacus

Well-Known Member
#15
Bavarians

Hi MarkH
Thanks for the offer of advice ect, I will be in contact as I'm sure the questions will come.
How old and how did you start training on blood trailing?
Cheers
Muntiacus
 

MarkH

Well-Known Member
#16
Hi

We started on blood trailing at about three months by just dragging a fresh deer skin round the garden and then letter her follow it and leaving a treat on the skin.
This moved up to artificial blood trails

As she gets older the ftrails get more complicated and aged for longer - up to 36 hours.
She also gets practice on the real stuff but as it does not run that far its not always that useful but it does keep her motivated.
The handler also needs to know a lot about tracking and blood/foot spoor.

Mark
 
#17
After visiting the midland game fair & meeting with other Bavarian Mountain hound entusiast's, I was told of some pups available. There are 3 dogs & 1 bitch, K.C registered. If anyone is intrested send me a p.m or e-mail me through our website www.deertrackers.com & Iwill give you the contact details.
 
#18
Deer Dog

Hi All,
Just thought I would let you know I have finally settled on the dog I wanted for stalking "Max" a 15 week old GSP.
Many thanks for all of you who helped with advice and "demo's" of the different breeds. wayne
 

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