Monday, August 14, 2017

Push 'em, or Let 'em Lie Down and Die?" BY Robert Miller

Below is short article by Robert Miller of Michigan Deer Trackers 

Robert wrote this about when to push a deer and cause 'em to bleed out or wait for them to bed down and die. Of course you don't always know about shot placement and many other factors, but when you do know, making an informed decision can make it easier one way or the other.


After a marginal shot you have been told to give the deer some time to stiffen up!!
 "It's going to be really cold so the deer will stiffen up and be dead in it's bed!"
Have you ever been told this and do you believe this to be true? 

Picture below is owned by Peterson Bow hunting magizine of a bedded stomach shot buck.

I've seen these eyes plenty of times and it's important to know how to handle these situations!
What you do next will be an important part of recovering your deer.
Deer only stiffen up after they die!!! The“stiffen up” theory is false.

 They lie down because they are very sick or dizzy from sudden decrease in blood pressure and they have reached an area that they feel safe lay down. In most cases you don't want to bump a wounded deer out of its bed but there are times when it’s your only option to end suffering. Large muscle and broken bone hits produce bleeding which will lead to death if enough blood is lost. Pushing the deer can keep the heart pumping at an elevated level which can stimulate blood loss and work against blood coagulation and healing.

 A single lung shot is another time that requires you to immediately start tracking and be ready to make a follow up shot. By keeping the deer moving you increase the blood flow and exhausting the deer to the point you can get a second opportunity. If you can push the deer hard enough and get the diaphragm to collapse this will suffocate the deer and killing him.
The trick is understanding the type of wound you're dealing with. Keep the deer bleeding if the hit is not inherently fatal — this won’t happen if the deer beds, quiets down, and the blood coagulates. On occasion, pushing a wounded deer is your best option.
Getting on him right away can sometimes allow you to get another shot into him, the rapid blood loss with cause dizziness or be disoriented and will allow you to quietly approach for a follow-up shot. You typically have a small window of 15-45 minutes to make this follow up shot. A none lethal wound will start to coagulate in a matter of minutes and the spleen stores blood cells so it realeases white blood cells to prevent infection and platlets start to coagulate the blood. Bone marrow starts making new blood.

A deer with a broken leg is easily tracked by a dog because of the bone marrow that's expelling from the broken bone along with all the scents the dog has been trained to follow. 

This is why it's important to understand your shot placement and understand when it's best to track immediately or know how long to wait. 

This is another reason I've always said it's best to know someone with a deer tracking dog before you ever need the assistance of dog. 

Find a tracker in your area and save their number because if you hunt long enough you will find yourself in the need of the hunters best friend a deer tracking dog.
I am Marcus de la Houssaye, a breeder and trainer of Louisiana Catahoulas and I recommend finding a tracker in your neck of the woods or gettting your puppy or finished blood tracking dog now, before the season starts so you are ready if you need one later once the season opens.

I can be reached by email at: or by cell phone ~ 337 704 6330

I am in Lafayette, Louisiana and I do deliver puppies, started and finished dogs personally to you.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale 2017

Several old timers and myself have plenty of fine puppies, started dogs, and finished dogs for sale at this time.

Some are registered and some are not. Prices vary and all colors are available.

 I suggest you get a dog with white so you can see them easily at night.

My pups are born and raised on a blood tracking dog facility

I also have some started dogs that are mixed with wolf as you can see below.

Their father is a blood tracking fool and a great pet when it is not hunting season, as you can see Samuel below...

Please bear in mind if you are transporting the dog to anywhere away from south Louisiana where they are born and raised there will be a transition to a new environment and new people, and that takes time.
Contrary to most deer hunter presumptions, your best bet is getting a well bred puppy and raising it yourself.

I can be reached by cell phone at 337 298 2630, but I am getting a new phone soon and a possibly a new number too, so my email is, and I am Marcus de la Houssaye on facebook.
One of the crucial element of training and maintaining a blood tracking dog is diet and at my trianing facility my dogs main diet is meat year round, and especially deer heads, feet, and skins during deer season.

If you are getting a tracking dog for this up coming season, you might consider keeping the old meat from your freezer or asking your friends to pass it on to you when they clean out their freezer and share it with the dogs.

At any rate should you buy a dog from me or a puppy. I will always be here for consultation to help you get it going. Time to think about getting a tracking dog considering we are just a couple of month away from the archery season opening up.

I suggest you get them now while they are cheap because the prices go up when the hunting season kicks in and the demand goes through the roof!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

East Texas Hog Baying Championships 5/2017


The 2017 East Texas Hog Baying Championships Hoyt Ferguson Memorial Friday May 26, 2017

ONE DOG OPEN CHAMPION: CLYDE... And his Owner and; Handler Ms. June Cantrel

                        Photo compilation compliments of Missi Ferguson

 If you don't think these dogs are athletes and are bred & born to work, then think again.
 I love the top picture Ms. June.. ole Clyde is saying "I told you to get back in that corner"!! 
I LOVE watching this dog work! CONGRATULATIONS!! ~ Missi Ferguson

And the winners in the 1 dog are:
1st Place ~ Clyde ~ June Cantrel
2nd Place ~ Gator ~ Steve Lester 
3rd Place ~   ~ sorrry IDK be edited in later

Below are the winners in the 2 Dog Open

Will Seger with Black and June Cantrell with Clyde 

The former Village Mills bay pen in Kountse, Texas, 

now known as the East Texas Hog Baying Championships,

where dreams live and legends and memories are made.

Sorry, I don't now who the dog or little girl is but we can thank Missi Ferguson for the photo


Below is my daughter Christina and her 'Bobalou' 1996 at the boat landing in Henderson, La.

She is not posing, she is working her dog and securing Bobalou while daddy launched the boat to make sure her Bobalou doesn't get run over by the boat trailer or the truck tires.


We came up with a new shirt the other night. "We got crabs at the east Texas hog bay"

Editors note: I will give the last photo and word to Missi Ferguson below: