After three good tracks and no finds due to different circumstances, we finally scored.
This was a 26-hour-old track about a quarter mile long. Hunter was looking for last blood and Doc found it first and came out of weeds and down along side of woods. He made one short side check of about three feet into woods, then continued along edge of woods and then made an abrupt turn into woods for about 75 yards and there lay the doe. No blood seen from last sighting in weeds. As you can see the coyotes beat us to it. I'm very happy with his performance this year. The hunter said he had his doubts, but now is a believer. He told his buddy, "This dog is bad."
|"Doc" (Magnum v Moosbach-Zuzelek, a Buster/Keena son) with the deer he found|
---------Chris Barr who also tracks in Indiana wrote recently:
Gerti found her first deer for me that I’d shot over the weekend. I’ve taken her on some “set-ups” of mine, but until Saturday, I’d not needed her since bringing her home in ’09. I shot this doe behind the ribs and in the upper 1/3 of the deer. Our area is riddled with coyotes, so if you want the meat, leaving a deer over night is no longer an option. I returned 3 ½ hours after the shot. Gerti had a little trouble getting started, but the landowner found some blood about 60 yards from the hit in the corn so I just took her and started her there. She took the track, with very little blood, about 300 yards through a partially picked corn field to the edge of the woods where the deer was laying. It was very limp indicating that it had not been dead long. Also pictured for the first time is Oscar, Gerti’s side-kick.
The second pic shows a friend who’d shot this deer behind the ribs at 6:00 on Sunday night. The track was only about 200 yards. At one point as we were crossing a creek, Gerti turned and raised her head and wanted to go up the creek. The hunter was sure that the deer had gone up the hill so I “corrected” Gerti and she tracked up over the hill, made a big circle back down to……you guessed it, THE CREEK, where the deer was laying. Unfortunately, the coyotes had done their work overnight.
I was very pleased with both tracks. We’ve had 7 tracks so far. I’m expecting to get really busy in the next 3 weeks.
Chris, Gerti…..and Oscar.
|Chris Barr is holding Gerti (Gwen von Moosbach-Zuzelek, a Billy/Gilda daughter)|