Nice pup , I'm trying the blue print method don't have the videos but watched what's available and seems to work. Was out tonight with the GWP pup now 8 months looking for a buck. Wind was against us trying to get into position to start stalking, pup walking about 4-5 meters in front nice and slowly, when a territorial Buck heard the dog walking through the crop , must have thought it was another buck , he jumped the fence and ran straight towards the dog , the dog stood still then the buck winded me or the dog and exit stage left. The buck ran into the gully crossed the stream and up the other side into the neighbouring field where he stood and barked back across the valley at us. The shot was about 120 meters from a seated position and the hit looked good, buck then ran into thick gorse. Pup sat at the shot and walked to heel to the strike site . Once on the scent he disappeared into the gorse (to thick for a tracking leash ) so loose . He then stated barking , I crawled into the gorse and found the buck still alive but imobile. Dog continued to bark at the buck until I dispatched it. Would have struggled to find it without the dog. On gralloch the shot was a little far back and had hit the liver but a great lesson for the pup his second buck.



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Out of interest what is the blue print method ?
Am I missing something???
It's a method a Newzealand guy Paul Michaels uses, he has collie type dogs think they might be huntaways , the dogs are taught to walk in front of the stalker and indicate live deer for the stalker to shoot. The dog walks in front rather than at heel so you can read their body language for an indication. You can pay for all the training videos forget how much they are but quite deer in my opinion. I just watched what was available on u-tube, he keeps his dogs kennelled so the only interesting stuff they get to do is when they are out with him. In the videos he looks like he stays in a remote area, my dog is a family pet and needs to be sociable so the isolation / kennelling doesn't really work for me but I suppose it's similar to a gamekeeper approach where the dog is either in kennels or in training. You just need the dog under control and I've taken the bits that suit me and my dog and applied them to the way I stalk , Chris Dalton from South Ayrshire uses the same method in his videos , he appears to prefer HPR's but again the dog walks in front off lead and indicates unseen deer. Watch the videos on u-tube see if it suits you .