We got a nice e-mail from Johnny Walker, who found John's book useful:
John: After reading you book several times and about four
different tracks using bottled blood and liver and a green hide over the past
three weeks I finally got a chance to track a buck on the farm tonight. The buck
ran about a hundred yards in real thick stuff( heath) with a very faint blood
trail. I am not sure that it could have been followed by eye. I gave it about
one and half hours to settle down and not sure about how hard the buck was
hit. A light ran came as we waited. I went back to the barn and got the hound
and loaded him in the ATV. I stopped about a tenth of a mile short of the spot
where a saw a drop of blood near the location where the buck was shot. I lead
the dog with the rope and collar we had been working with as described in your
text. He picked up the trail at the point of impact and we took off into heavy
cover. I could see no blood and slowed him down and got on my hands and knees as
we went and I cannot express the joy when I saw a tiny droplet of blood on a
leaf, with a boost of confidence we continued for a distance of about a hundred
yards in thick tall grass and brushy trees to find the six pointer laying dead.
At first the hound (Hercules) acted surprised to see an animal at the end of
the track but in short order was licked the wound and worrying the carcass a
little. I made over him as never before and fed him a tiny piece of liver. He
was as proud as it he had found a bull elephant and I must confess so was I.
Thanks for putting all the information in your book that I was able to work
with Hercules on to achieve this goal.
Thank you Johnny and congratulations!