I went on an interesting track Thanksgiving morning. The night before a local hunter called me and said he took a shot at a buck that had his head down and was slightly quartering towards him. When he shot, the buck lifted his head and the arrow lodged in the buck’s skull. He felt it was near the antler area. The arrow broke off but the broad-head was still in the deer. He was pretty depressed about the shot and was wondering if I would help look for it. He said there was a lot of blood near the original hit sight. He had tracked it about 50yrds. to a creek crossing as it was getting dark. After talking to him and determining it didn’t appear to have been a jaw hit, and the description of a lot of blood I told him I would help look for it the next morning. I headed out the next day with my dog Echo and we proceeded to track. The wound sight he had described did seem to have quite a bit of blood. We ended up tracking the deer about .8 miles according to my Garmin. The deer crossed the creek twice. It bled most the way although the blood got sparse a couple of times. I don’t have much experience with archery shot head wounds and was somewhat skeptical we would find the deer. In the end we found the deer. The hunter along with the tracking team was quite happy. I ended up gutting the deer and noticed there was not much blood at all in the cavity. I feel this deer died of external hemorrhage. The deer had been hit between the eye and the end of the nose on it’s left side. It was not a jaw wound.
Recently the tracking team of Scot Davidson and wirehaired dachshund Vimy worked hard to help recover a nice Iowa archery shot buck. Scot told me they tracked the deer approximately 900 yards after the shot. Along the track they encountered multiple deer beds and hot deer scent that had crossed the colder track. They never came upon a wound bed from the tracked deer. After several hours of hard work Scot decided to call off the track. The next day a neighbor was riding a horse and encountered a mature whitetail buck that was lame but very alive. It turns out this was the deer that Scot and Vimy had tracked. The tracking team was called out again and the deer was dispatched. The deer was recovered close to the site of Vimy’s last indication of the line. It turned out this had been a bow hit that was near the shoulder area. The arrow had stayed in the deer. One lung was probably hit but the mature whitetail traveled a distance. This was a challenging track with lots of fresh deer scent that could of thrown off a young dog. Vimy did a good job leading to the area the deer laid down after the visible blood had quit. Excellent job and keep up the good work!
Scout is about 34 days pregnant with pups. The normal gestation in dogs is 63 days. In the next 4 weeks her body will start to noticeably change. She will start to eat more and put on some weight. She might become a little whiny and take a few more naps. We will be looking forward to her whelping pups sometime during the week of December 12th-16th.
This deer season in Iowa I have made an effort to get my young dog Echo on some archery shot deer that were known to go down. I believe there is nothing better for a young dog than to do a fresh track with a real prize at the end. It gets their prey drive going and builds confidence. It is also a stepping block for tougher tracks ahead. If you also throw in a track in the dark with lights and other distractions this is a bonus. Echo did a good track of a doe 5 days ago and then tracked this buck I shot tonight. Another bonus is that I didn’t even have to make a practice track. Good job Echo!
I just returned from the vet with a confirmation that Scout is pregnant. Good job Rosco! The vet estimated 5-6 pups through ultra-sound although she says she tends to under estimate. Counting pups with ultra-sound can be a little tricky. It looks as if the pups are about the same size and all their hearts are beating. Scout should be whelping sometime during the week of December 12th -16th.