I have received some recent pictures of several of the pups from the last breeding of Scout and Vimy. I always look forward to hearing from their owners and finding out how they’re progressing. It sounds as if they are all doing fine with track training for finding wounded deer. Soon it will be fall and they will be able to enjoy their initial tracking seasons. One of the recent pups (Willow) of Washington has already started on real tracks. Her owner is Native American and is able to hunt year round in their area.
Although this blog is normally about dogs and their tracking abilities, it all starts with hunting. When I initially got interested in obtaining, and training my first tracking Dachshund, it all started with hunting. A relative of mine had shot a deer with a bow and we were unable to locate it. A week later a local farmer found the deer not far from where we had left off. I am certain if I would of had a tracking dog at that time we would have recovered that deer sooner.
Last fall a local youth had his first successful bow hunt. There was no need to call in a tracking dog for this recovery. The shot was true and the deer did not go very far. This young man had hunted hard the year prior and was successful this season. Congratulations to Taylor and his successful hunt. It is great to see youth involved, and passionate about the experience of hunting. As we enter August, the 2014 hunting seasons will soon be upon us.