My neighbor shot this doe on his land at approximately 5:45 pm Halloween evening. He said he heard the arrow hit but was unable to locate it or any blood at the shot site. A few hours later Winnie, myself, the hunter and two friends took to the field. We started tracking at 9:15 pm. It was difficult to locate the first blood as there was none at the hit site that we could see. We tracked for quite a distance. Some heavy blood fading to some light blood and back to heavy. After several hundred yards and it was apparent that the deer was still alive as we were finding fresh blood that was not dried like at the beginning of the trail. We never found a single bed. We pushed the deer to make her bleed and we ended up through the large block of timber where the deer crossed the road. We located a few drops on the road and Winnie was anxious to push on. Shortly after crossing the road Winnie came upon her first real deer. The deer was dead and Winnie realized what she has been training to do. She went right over and started licking the blood and eventually she latched right on and was biting the deer with all she had. She showed no possessiveness as last night I think Winnie realized that we are working as a team. All of the other people and the lights in the woods were a distraction at times as this was only her second time in the woods at night, once on an artificial line and then this actual call. I would reassure her with a calm tone that she needs “find the deer” and she was back to tracking. We recovered the deer at 11:28 pm. The deer was shot quartering away hitting the gut, liver and a single lung. There was an entrance and exit wound, however, the arrow was still in the deer. She had not been dead long as there were still bubbles coming out of the exit hole near the lungs. The track totaled just about a mile in distance. The Halloween deer that Winnie found will be one I will never forget. Winnie did get on Halloween a little treat of her own, a few slices of fresh deer heart.
On the track there were a few times where I needed to reset Winnie on the last blood found and then she was back on track. She persevered and did great. I was very proud of her as you know she is not even 4 months old yet! I am on cloud nine right now and I have the itch to get back out there and let the sniff hound go find another! Thanks for being a part of all of this.
Sincerely, your friend and now fellow tracker,