|The picture was taken this morning in our field. The deer have to dig deep for their food. |
May your 2013 be healthy, prosperous and happy!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
|The night shot taken while I was standing in our garage and our yard was illuminated by outdoor lighting.|
|The next morning was beautiful even without sun. During the first storm of this winter we received 14-16 inches of snow. We had to postpone our post-Christmas plans to meet with the family.|
|No sun, no color. Everything looked monochromatic.|
|I put snowshoes on to make trails in the snow for our dachshunds. Young dogs love to play in the snow but for older ones like Asko, cold and snow are a challenge.|
|This is Sky, who raced around with Tuesday, and he ended up like a snowman covered in the snow.|
|This is another picture of Sky. This particular shot was a hit on Facebook, and many people commented that it should make to the next year's calendar.|
|Yesterday we got more snow, probably 7 inches or so. We had to cancel our travel plans again. Instead we went for a nice walk in the woods. We saw a lot of animal tracks, mainly deer, but also fox and coyote footprints.|
|Jolanta: I really enjoyed the winter scenery.|
Friday, December 28, 2012
Here is the map from today's track. After interviewing Andy (the hunter's name was the same as mine) and his dad who was with him when he shot and did the blood tracking the first night I did not think there was a very good chance the deer was hit hard enough to die but especially with muzzle loaders I think it real important to follow up to be sure. With all the smoke the deer's behavior after the shot is rarely seen well if at all and often there is no exit and minimal blood on the ground on even a very fatal shot. Andy and his dad were game so I went and tracked the deer. At the hit sit the first thing I found were 20 or 30 hairs that appeared to be from the brisket and only 2 of them appeared cut off and the rest were still whole. Not absolute evidence but sure implies a less than solid hit to the body and likely a glancing blow. It had taken the hunter 2 hours to track 190 meters so you can imagine how sparse the initial blood trail was. The deer was hit over a heavily used bait station so with the track being 40 hours old and no blood at the hit site it took a little time for my dog to get it figured out but when she did she tracked pretty quickly down the line and through the hunter's point of loss. As you can see on the map the deer went right up to the edge of a residential area but then back tracked 30 yards before continuing on. After figuring out the back track Eibe tracked along quite easily to a blowdown where we eventually saw the first blood after the hunter's point of loss and there were 3 separate beds there as well. There were a very few small drops and small smears of blood in the beds but hardly anything. Definitely not enough to suggest that the deer was hit hard. With the beds being cold and easily from the day before at this point it was almost certain the deer was not hurt bad. If he was he should have been laying in these beds when we got there. To be sure I let the dog keep going just in case he got up and walked off a short distance further and finally died. After a short distance my dog and I caught sight of 4 does running across a small valley and that caused my dog some trouble. After confirming those deer were the wrong ones, I eventually got Eibe back on the correct line and we tracked 1250 meters through very open woods to another thick bedding area. As we were about to exit the bedding area Eibe stopped tracking and sat down and looked at me as she sometimes does when she knows we are not going to get the deer. I was considering quitting soon myself so we did. As is the case with 50% of the tracks we take, at the end of this day I could say with great certainty that this one will live to see another day.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Agata was the only female in a litter of four puppies. We sold her to Mike and Kathleen Vincent from Mc Kean, PA, when she was five months old. Mike joined Deer Search and used Agata for tracking in NY. Actually, Agata was sold on co-ownership, which stated that after Agata's first litter we would transfer her ownership completely to Mike and Kathy. For her first litter we'd choose a stud dog and get two puppies. We decided on Asko to sire Agata's first litter, and in return we got Elli. From this litter Mike and Kathy kept Kirsche. Elli was bred three times, Kirsche two times, both produced very well, and it is through their descendants Agata's legacy will live on.
I don't have too many pictures of Agata. The below picture shows her as a two-month-old puppy. She is the one on the right.
|Agata at 4 months|
|This picture was sent to us many years ago by Kathy and Mike and shows Agata (bottom) with her daughter Kirsche.|
|On April 21, 2005 Agata handled by Mike Vincent placed second in Deer Search's Blood Tracking Competition. She was awarded Prize I, 92 points.|
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Our Christmas Day was peaceful and quiet; it was just John, I and the dogs. We ate too much food and drank too much wine :) We enjoyed our gifts, dogs enjoyed deer bones and meat. Life is good.
In the picture John and Joeri.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
- FC Asko von der Drachenburg (13.5 years old)
- FC Gilda v Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Billy von Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Keena v Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Darin von Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Joeri vom Nonnenschlag
- FC Tom vom Linteler-Forst
- FC Paika v Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Sky von Moosbach-Zuzelek
- FC Mielikki Raptor
- Tuesday von Moosbach-Zuzelek (8 months)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Joeri is making progress but he is improving quite slowly. Once a week he goes to Shaker Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Gabriela Varcoe performs acupuncture and cold laser treatment on him. The pictures come from one of his latest sessions. He likes his trips and visits there, maybe because he gets a lot of attention and some extra tasty cookies. We are working on reducing his prednisone dose and frequency, and this has to be done very gradually. He also gets Adequan shots and this coming week we'll be starting him on gabapentin. His appetite is very good and altogether he acts happy and wags his tail often. We are doing everything possible to give him a a chance for recovery!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This call offered a lot of excitement for the three hunters present. Certainly it was good exercise and a challenge for the old man handling Tommy, his young tracking dog. The ten pointer had been shot in the hip with a muzzle-loader, and we were able to shorten his suffering from days down to a few hours.
For Tommy it was a relatively fresh and easy track, although the buck left almost no blood as he traveled 700 yards from the hunter’s point of loss. It was where he traveled that amazed the hunters and even me. Tommy led us down a steep ravine, through a creek and up the other side, not once but three times. We were grabbing trees and roots to keep from tumbling down to the rocks and water below. The terrain was best for four legged critters like Tommy. The buck, with only three legs was truly amazing. It was not a place for poor two-legged humans.
I really enjoyed hearing the hunters marvel over Tommy every time he found another drop of blood in an improbable place. Then I saw the glowing eyes and yelled “There he is!” The buck could go no farther.
How the hunters got the buck up out of that deep gorge can only be explained by adrenaline and an easing of the force of gravity. We arrived appropriately enough in a cemetery where a farmer friend gathered us all up in his pick-up. He drove us back, with the buck, to our own vehicles. I was very glad we didn’t have to walk.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Let's start with a monster buck recovered by Kevin Lutz and his tracking dachshund Archie von Tierspur. Kevin is a United Blood Trackers member from Pennsylvania. Archie was bred by Genti and Beth Shero, and he was sired by our Billy.
|Archie with the buck he recovered. Also in the picture Joe Wilson and a Hadley Creek Outfitters guide.|
You can read the whole story at Lancaster Online.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Lisa did a better job than I did as a handler today but I stuck with her and this was the result of our work as a team. The track was about 23 hrs. old and the hunter and his friend (both well experienced) just could not make his find. Very thick underbrush, muddy, watery, thorns etc. Deer was about 550yds from hit site. No wound bed, very little blood. Good job Lisa!
This deer confused me and Lisa as we must have passed it 3 times within 40 yds. Finally as we were crawling on our hands and knees (hunter right behind me) in thick nasty stuff (yeah what's new about this scenario) she started to open and pull hard. Twenty yards ahead lay the deer. Coyotes had first bite. Not much damage. Must have been just one. Tracking conditions were unfavorable...the classic warm, dry, and breezy. Hunter was so happy. Nice deer.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Friday evening I received a text from one of my buddies asking if I want to make a track. One of his daughters had shot her first deer and there wasn't any trail. In fact, they had conflicting opinions on which way the deer ran after the shot. There were three deer feeding when Samantha shot and they split up after the shot. Her dad Red checked out the site and found some belly hair and a small amount of gut at the hit site. After we talked, Red and his son Matt backed out of the area where they had been searching for blood and waited for Tasha to arrive. It took about and hour and a half for us to get there.
The woods are thick piney woods with dense undergrowth. When I say dense I mean an abundance of briars and thorns that had never seen mankind before. There was a light mist in the air and the temperature was in the low 70s. Less than fifty yards from the hit site, we found blood drops. Red also found some additional gut as he trailed behind us. Tasha was tracking pretty good but she was having to work going through these woods. I was having to work even harder...a fat guy with a headlamp and backpack doesn't glide through briars and thorns easily. Along the way we would hit some blood and then it would stop. We may go 50 to 100 yards before we located blood again. The blood suggested that we had a muscle hit as it was always drops falling straight down. There never was a bed site although we found a couple of spots where the deer stood but never laid down. We never heard the deer jump during the track. Our track went for 1.37 miles and then we hit a particularly thick spot. I had to go to hands and knees at least a dozen times but here I had to go to elbows and knees. As I was clearing the briars I looked ahead and saw Tasha nose to nose with the doe, still very much alive. I yelled at Tasha and pulled back on her lead. After I got her away from the deer, the deer bounded up and away. I saw some gut hanging from a low hit as the deer ran. I was pretty exhausted and so was Tasha. We had tracked for about 2 hours and 33 minutes in rough country. We decided to back out and attempt to pick up the track in the morning. As far as I was concerned, this was a successful track even though we didn't have venison.
Tasha and I arrived Saturday morning. Samantha and Red had biscuits and sausage cooked up so we ate a nice breakfast before we ventured into the woods. We went to the last blood that I had marked on the GPS and started tracking. The track was 17 hours old at this point. Tasha picked up the trail right away even though we saw no blood. After about 60 yards we found a single drop of blood at least letting me know that she was on the same deer. Tasha took us directly to the steep bank of a swift moving bayou. I knew that the deer had jumped into the bayou here but I didn't see a thing. When I got into a spot where I could look down the 15 foot embankment, I spotted the deer dead in the water and hung up on something. This was an outstanding track for Tasha and I learned several things from it.
The recovery was particularly precarious. Red had to go back to his house and bring back the tractor where we could pull the deer from the bayou. With the dense undergrowth and downed trees, the tractor got stuck as Red was crossing some logs. This meant another trip back to his house to get the chainsaw. After he sawed himself out of this jam, he quickly found himself in another jam that required chain sawing a big pine tree out of the way. He finally arrived at the bayou and the recovery was made. The deer had only traveled a little over a hundred yards from where we jumped her. Tasha never voiced until Red was driving out with the deer on the tractor. She started raising cane! The cool bayou water had chilled the deer down just like a cooler and the meat was perfect.
This was one of my favorite tracks so far. Tasha is only 6 1/2 months old and she makes this tracking stuff look easy. What a great feeling to be part of someone's first deer! Congrats to Samantha, Red and Tasha. Thanks for letting me be part of it.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
The below pictures show Recovery #9 on November 22 in Avon, NY was pretty easy. Hunter didn't know where he hit it so he backed out last night after only tracking 20 yds with little blood. It ended up being a liver hit that bled for 100 yards and then there was no blood for another 100 yards. Thor found it in less than 10 minutes.
Joeri is steadily improving and today he is feeling better. Now he can walk without support, on a short leash, and even though he is a little wobbly, he loves his short potty walks. So far he has had two acupuncture sessions and one cold laser treatment. This week we will try to reduce his prednisone and try to wean him off tramadol (pain killer). He still spends most of his time in a big crate in my den. When I work on the computer, he is loose in my den, stretched on the blanket. Glad to see him doing better, that's for sure!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Great two pictures from Raymond Holohan from Ashkum, IL. He wrote: "Here is a picture of Razen and Claudia with another recovery. The hunter was Mike Wise; we tracked for him last Monday, again this was on camera. The buck was shot with a 12 ga. slug in the front shoulder. They followed until the blood ran out, then gave us a call. Claudia put Razen on last blood and she trailed for at least 500 yards. finding only 1 drop of blood right before the buck got up and they made the killing shot. Claudia said that Mike said on camera that he intends to show other hunters just how useful a tracking dog really is. He was very happy and said they wouldn't have found that buck if it weren't for Razen and Claudia. Razen also recovered a nice 9 pointer last evening. Claudia has been doing most of the tracking lately since I hurt my back last week pulling a deer out with my son. I will send you another picture of the hunter holding these 2 record book bucks. It'ss pretty impressive.
Thanks Ray, Rosco, Claudia and Razen Kane"
This picture came from Brian Hibbs, a United Blood Trackers member from Iowa. Brian is holding Scout, who actually is a dam of Rzen kane from the top photo.