Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blood Trail Dogs For Sale During The Hunting Season

If you were to ask me when is the best time to buy a blood tracking dog and at what age, I would say buy a puppy during hunting season because that puppy's first taste of solid food is raw deer meat, and there is lots of opportunity to put the pup on fresh blood, and make a strong impression for the future tracking abilities of that dog in hunting seasons to come.
 Here is Cutty Dark the stud of the puppies below

Here are a couple of Little Ann and Cutty Dark puppies learning early on that a blood trail leads to a belly full of venison

The black and tan above is a male and the blue leopard below is a female. I am asking $300 each for these 2 born 10/15/2012 

The puppies below are out of Ruby and Patch, born 10/17/2012 and I am asking $500 each

Here you can see one of my "methods" of laying out a blood trail during deer season. 
This is a milk jug hooked into my trailer hitch on the back of the pick up truck. And as much as I am a firm believer that the true blood trail dog training happens in the woods during deer season, the more you can use fresh(not frozen) deer blood during the hunting season to lay out scent trails in your yard or at the lease, or farm, I say do it!

I have friends and neighbors who regularly drop off ice chests full of heads, hides, legs, and a body cavity with heart and liver, for my blood trail dog training activities.
At least once or twice a week during hunting season, we lay out scent trails in different places and give everyone a chance to run down a scent line and gorge themselves at the gut pile.
If you are starting a new dog always give them treats at the kill site and especially allow them to hang around the skinning shed and enjoy the goodies that comes with hunting season.

If you are interested in a puppy or started dog, you can call me at 337 298 2630. I also do professional blood tracking services in south central Louisiana. My name is Marcus de la Houssaye, and I will be glad to talk to you if you questions, or need services.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Several Started Blood Dogs For Sale

In the photo below, you can see several of the started dogs that were born in the hunting season last year, and are now starting to get a taste of the up coming deer season which is now in progress if you are an archery hunter.
Below is a bottle of blood I collected from last year, and just defrosted, I use this periodicall all during the off season to keep my started dogs focused on learning to line scent in training exercises.  

 As a treat at the end of the trail, I usually have a raw heart and liver to reward my started dogs for a job well done. 
I am asking $750-$1,000 for these started pups who are all from my blood line and raised eating raw meat all their life.

If you are need of professional tracking services or perhaps youy are researching the market for a blood dog, you can call me at 337 298 2630.


Where To Start The Dog?

This is an exellent question that usually is presented to me by hunters attempting to "train" a blood trail dog, but in this case it relates to actual tracking and it is an issue that I need to write about because last year on a professional track where I was hired to help find someone's deer, the hunters brought me to the last point of blood instead of the point of impact., where the shot occurred. Now this has never happened to me before because it seems that this is common sense: bring the dog to the point of first blood, walk them down the blood trail to the point of loss, and turn them loose, and let them work from that point on and show you where the blood trail is. It is always inspiring to watch a dog follow the invisible scent trail and lead you to the next spot of blood that you could not find visually without the dogs help.

So back to the track where I and the dogs were started at the hunters point of losing sight of the blood. Guess what the dogs did when I turned them loose? They went the wrong way! And I don't blame them, because that is where the strongest scent of blood was at and hey, like us, dogs often respond to what is most obvious. Now part of what created this scenario was the hunters telling me that they have had blood trail dogs in the past. I assumed they knew that you always start the dog at the point of impact and lead the dog down the blood trail to the point of losing sight of blood, and then work the dog from there. For young dogs especially, this is essential, because the dog is learning to formulate the process of finding lost deer, and develping a "sense of line scent".

So to try to salvage this situation, I followed the dogs to the point of impact and then we did a 180' turn and walked back in the right direction to the hunters point of loss. We never found any blood or any strong indications of a mortally wounded or dead deer, but we did jump a deer in an extremely dense thicket, and we assumed it was the wounded deer, that was NOT mortally wounded.

When we got back to the camp after tracking the hunter confessed that he had shot the deer with a "new" rifle that had not been properly sighted in! Now I am not one to  usually complain, but here I go: I could complain that he only paid me enough to cover the gasoline expenses for my trip that night, but my complaint is on behalf of the suffering wounded deer, who was shot by a hunter who decided to hunt with a weapon that was not properly sighted in. Why hunt with a gun that is not properly sighted in?

Now, not to brag, but I was awarded the tracker of  the year reward for the 2011-2012 season by  the Southern Blood Trackers Association. What was interesting was the criteria that judged me to be tracker of the year: I did not complain about one track, AND I responded to every call that come in.

The paragragh below came from this link:

That paragragh reminded me of the track last year, and inspired this article.

 Avoid starting your dog right at the hunters point of loss. This is likely to be the hardest part of the whole scent trail. Obviously the hunter lost the blood trail for a reason. Maybe the deer stopped bleeding, perhaps the deer backtracked or changed direction. For certain the point of loss will be well trampled and saturated with human scent as the hunter searched back and forth to find another spot of blood.

I have not had a chance to read other articles on this site but this one was very well written and short and to the point on a number of important issues.