Michael thought that he had shot "too far back", possibly wounding the buck in its intestines as he noticed a piece of intestine-like tissue on the ground. There was some blood on the ground, not a lot of it, and after having advanced the blood trail for 60 yards or so, Mike called us. He did not disturb the further part of trail, which was very helpful as Joeri, our wirehaired dachshund that is trained for blood tracking, did not have any difficulty in trailing this deer until we got into a thicket.
|When we walk to a hit site, a tracking dog is kept on a regular leash. A tracking collar and a long tracking leash are put on when we want Joeri to start tracking. It is his cue.|
|Blood signs were visible on leaves and occasionally on branches.|
|In the thicket, Joeri tried several exit paths until finally he found the right one.|
The last part of the track I taped on my camera, and I put together a 10-minute video. At one point we jumped the deer and Joeri got a piece of its tail. Then we continued for 100 yards or so, and finally Joeri located the deer. John had to dispatch it with a handgun, which we can carry according to the DEC leashed tracking dog license regulations. As it turned out, the deer was shot in its intestines indeed.
The video is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZIc3SZMrRc
|Michael, the hunter, and John Jeanneney with Joeri|
|Jolanta, a co-tracker, is holding Joeri|
|Joeri got to chew "his" deer. He did an excellent job tracking and locating the wounded animal whose suffering ended with a single shot.|