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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blood trailing bears with dachshunds

Blood trailing bears??? Well that’s what they call it, but bears often  leave very little or no blood on the forest floor. Their dense, heavy coat soaks up the blood, and all the hunter or handler sees is occasional “wipes” of blood on trees and saplings. These wipes are found at long intervals. What the dog works on is the bear’s footprint scent which is very strong and holds up for more than a day if there is not a heavy rain.

It is great to see good dogs going to gifted and dedicated handlers who work in bear country. What Ray Maurier, Mike Lafleur and Steve Herriges have been doing  with their dachshunds is going to impress a lot of hunters and add a new chapter to the lore of bear hunting.

Steve Herriges from Wisconsin recovered his own bear next morning with help from Remi (Lasko von Moosbach-Zuzelek).

On the left: Mike Lafleur of and his wirehaired dachshund Ted (Billy's son) have already recovered another bear (we don't have a picture). The bear in the picture goes to Ray and Pam Maurier and their 13-month-old Tucker.

This is bear number #3 for Tucker. It is hard to believe that it is only September 17. Ray and Pam Maurier are a hard working team from Manchester, New Hampshire. For more info go to



Michigan Deer Trackn Hounds said...

This is some amazing work. Great Job everyone.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Tracking bear what a great work and good because there is a lot bears injuired I think

Stan said...

Very Nice!

pam said...

thank you everyone