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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Recent articles on blood tracking dogs in the deer hunting press - part 1

Carney Easter and Dinky at UBT
Trackfest  in Alabama, 2009
The September issue of Bowhunter magazine has a nice article  Lost and Found: Trailing Dogs at Work by Clay Newcomb. The article starts with a story about a wounded buck recovery by a blood tracking team of Carney Easter and his dachshund Dinky from Arkansas. When Clay Newcomb made a poor shot he called Carney for help. A two-year-old Dinky found the buck in 20 minutes, 14 hours after the shot.

We know Carney, who is a member of the United Blood Trackers, but we did not know that John's book Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer played a role in Carney's choice of breed. In Carney's words: "The book talked about all aspects of blood trailing game with dogs. The author stated that the miniature dachshund had retained much of his hunting instincts, so I went out and bought one. At first it was just a tool, but now it has just become another very rewarding aspect of hunting for me".

The second part of article is dedicated to the United Blood Trackers. Carney is quoted "Ihe United Blood Trackers is dedicated to promoting resource conservation through the use of trained tracking dogs in the ethical recovery of big game. We support recovery efforts afield, the education of hunters, the training and testing of dog handlers and their dogs and legislative efforts to promote blood trailing". If you need help with recovery of your wounded deer, go to the UBT website and check handlers in your area by following the link "Find a tracker". The United Blood Trackers is a national organization, which accepts members from all states. You can join online by filling out an application and submitting payment ($25). It takes just few seconds.

Congratulations Carney on such a nice recovery and many thanks to you and Clay for promoting blood tracking!

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