Friday, December 30, 2016

Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale, Barter, Or Trade 2017

I know a lot of people are wanting a tracking dog and are discouraged by the high price some people are asking for started and finished blood tracking dogs.

Jesse a son Of Bobalou and Angel

                   I understand, and my dogs sell for thousands of dollars on big ranches in south Texas,

                                       other big game exotic ranches and places world wide.

                     But I am here to work with you and help you get your own tracking dog,

             so we can spend more time hunting and less time looking for lost or wounded deer.


All that being said, I do trade my dogs for things I need such as trucks, boats, outboard motors, law mowers, tractors, ATV's, golf cart, guns, or furniture.

                                                                  Gus a son of Jesse

In fact, if you have a guide service, a condo, or hunting club, I could trade a guided or unguided fishing or hunting trip in exotic places like South or West Texas, Colorado or Alaska for a dog.

        The point I want to make here is that if you want a blood trail dog and you are short on cash,

                                                       Jesse Girl a daughter of Jesse

 I will work with you and you can get creative and propose anything you like, except maybe trading

                                                                      your wife,

or son or daughter!

I am Marcus de la Houssaye and I own and operate a blood trail dog training facility 

      in Lafayette, Louisiana, and I can be reached at 337 298 2630 

or email:

Me and Jesse on Lake Martin a couple of years ago

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Words Of Wisdom

Carry a knife. Always. The only time you should not have a knife is when you are naked, in a bed or when you’re swimming. (Real men swim, they don’t play in the water. And, there is only one kind of knife and that’s a sharp one. A dull knife is nothing but a flat piece of metal with a handle.)

Get a hat; a real hat, you gotta have a hat. Not a baseball cap. You don’t have to wear it all the time but when you are wearing it, take it off when you hear the National Anthem, when you are eating and when you go inside and sit down.

If you are going to carry a handgun, carry it concealed. There are only a few social settings where open carry is proper and they are cookouts and barbecues, campfires and hangings. (We don’t have many hangings these days.) Never open carry in nylon, plastic or Kydex; it’s like wearing tennis shoes to a funeral. And never, ever open carry a Glock unless you are a cop. Nobody wants to see that ugly thing.

Teach at least one kid to shoot and hunt – and to do it well, before you die.
Don’t show off your tattoos unless you are asked.
Stop using your smart phone to check the time. Get a watch for god’s sake.

Act like you have been there before no matter if it’s Paris or a hurricane. This always applies unless it’s your first time at Gunsite. If it is, keep your mouth shut; you’ll learn more that way.
If you have hair on your head or a beard or mustache, keep it trimmed.
Always buy the first round; nobody remembers who bought the second round or the last one.
If you are going to engage in a ballistics discussion, know something about ballistics.

Never sit or stand by a man when you can sit or stand by a woman. Do I really need to explain this one?

Learn how to start a fire and how to split wood but always let the youngest in the group do both.
If you are riding in the passenger seat, for heaven’s sake, get the gate!
Know who John Browning was and at least two firearms he invented.
Learn how to tell a hunting story that folks will listen to.

When your hunting partner kills an animal, they touch it first. No exceptions. Well, unless they are sick, seriously injured or if you had to deliver the final shot before it stomped them into a blood puddle.
Its OK to let someone field dress and skin your animal but only if you hired them and are paying them to do it.

You don’t have to know how to cook a lot of things but you must know how to cook breakfast and venison.
Repeat after me, “There is no such thing as a ladies gun.”

And finally, for the love of all that has anything to do with firearms, know how to sight your rifle in without using a box of ammo.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

You Should Have Bought A 'de la Houssaye'!

Friends of mine who bought puppies years ago are coming back to buy more with their hunting buddies because the hunting buddies want one out of my bloodline.

They were in the woods tracking a wounded deer, and the buddy was watching the de la Houssaye Catahoula constantly 'work with the nose on the ground' and commented that he wished his Catahoula 'acted' the way Ed's dog did, and Ed replied;"You should have bought a de la Houssaye!"  


It Is That Time Of Year Again!

And this is why I am accused of being so "rude" on da phone to people I have never met, (actually just being honest, protective, and caring for da babies born in my yard) and why da 1st phone call is a good screen to disqualify most callers who just want to 'make them into a pet' and as usual "I" am often accused of being a 'hard' breeder "to do business with!" Yah you got dat RIGHT! Why? Simply put: because I am breeding hunting, service and WORKING dogs, and I am NOT breeding pets.

But... the best working dogs are always a 'part' of the family and are usually the kids pet and personal protection, or simply your best friend, when it is not hunting season. Cur dogs, such Catahoula, Yellow Black Mouth, and Moutain Curs are so intelligent, sensitive and aware, even as little pups, that they are not only smarter than we think, 


(A red leopard son of Patch and Ruby @ 8 weeks old)

~ A Post Christmas Warning:
~ In about 4 to 12 weeks after Christmas we are going to be seeing folks put up the
                                         "We need to re-home our pet" posts and Craigs list ads. 

                                   (The photo above was taken by a very responsible dog 'owner' 
                                       who took their new pup on a hike in the Colorado Rockies, 
                                                 and had stopped for a break along the trail.)

~ These are the folks who purchased puppies as Christmas gifts who are suddenly allergic, moving, having a baby, don't have time, their kids won't take care of it, didn't think they'd get so big, etc...

~ To these people I say:

*You didn't know you had an allergy? oops. Don't let the pet suffer. Get allergy medicine.

*You're moving? what city are you moving to that doesn't allow dogs? Bullcrapville? find a house/ apartment / condo that will ALLOW your furry family member. PERIOD.

* had no idea you were due to have a baby in 2 months? interesting. 
Get a dog trainer and suck it up, buttercup, you're a pet mom and a human mom now, millions deal with this daily and manage just fine and so will you, if you decide to, so just decide to do it.

                                    (Ruby and Simon on board a de la Houssaye's Swamp Tour)

*Don't have time for one 15 minute walk or to have a dog just sit next to you while you're home? really? 

~ So they're better off in a shelter than waiting in your house for you to get home? okaaay!!!....

~ get another dog to keep them company or find a solution that lets them stay in your home, it really isn't that difficult.

* mean your 5 year old didn't step up to the plate to feed, walk, and scoop poop? 

~ And this surprised you? 

~ I guess it's time for you to step up and be the model of responsibility for your own child.

*Wrong Size? not cute as an adult? 

not quite the personality you expected?

 ~ look in a mirror... 

~ How'd you turn out?

 Should we send you back or make you homeless? 

~ Grow the hell up, you chose to bring this puppy home, not the other way around....

but you can bet your ass "that dog" would lay down his life for you.. can you do the same for him or her?

~ I didn't make this post to offend anyone, but rather to open eyes... 

and take responsibility for those without a voice that had no choice in being a gift for Christmas.

~ Feel free to copy and share.

                              Merry Christmas y'all, and here is another post card from Louisiana.

Should you be interested in being a part of the de la Houssaye's Catahoula family, and going through the qualification process, I can be reached by cell phone at 337 298 2630 or email:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Successful Track Begins Before The Shot Ever Happens

I copied and pasted this from:
Help us help you with these simple tracking tips.
1.  A successful track begins BEFORE the shot ever happens.  Make every effort to take high percentage shots.  A tracking dog is not a cure all for poor shooting or poor decision making in shot selection.  
2. Secure land owner permission to track wounded game from adjoining neighbors if possible.  This is best done before the shot ever happens, as the land owner may not be available the day your shot occurs.  We WILL NOT knowingly track on land that you don't have express permission to recover game on.  We trust you to keep us from trespassing on properties we are unfamiliar with. 
3. Prepare your pack with something to mark your trail when sight tracking.  Flagging tape or toilet paper both work well.  Mark the shot sight, first visible blood, as well as periodic blood found along the way.  Also, mark the last visual sign clearly.  You wouldn't believe how difficult it can be to find blood that was easily visible several hours earlier.  We spend countless hours each season searching for sign that hunters already worked through, wasting valuable time.
4. Take a "mental image" of your shot as soon as it occurs.  Adrenaline can make replaying the shot difficult after a short period of time.  BE HONEST in your assessment of your shot, both with yourself and with me.  Most of my calls start with the phrase "I am sure that I double lunged him!" or "The shot was PERFECT, we just ran out of blood."  Rarely do we get called on deer when the shot really was perfect, because those deer usually die in short order, and are easy for the hunter to find.   There are rare exceptions, but they are...rare.  
5. Watch where your animal runs, and note landmarks where you last saw it before it disappeared from sight.  It is common to have hunters swear that the animal ran a different direction than the dogs are tracking, only to have the dogs pick up blood or find the animal along their route.  It has even happened to me. In the heat of the moment It is easy to lose perspective, but hard, physical landmarks will decrease the chance of this happening.  
6. Wait at least 30-45 minutes to take up any track where you don't watch the animal expire.  Avoid the urge to "just look for your arrow"or see if there is any blood. A deer that may have bedded and died within ear shot of you will likely run a much longer distance if it hears or sees you moving through the woods.  If you are not 100% sure that your shot was in the heart or through both lungs, wait at least 2 hours before taking up the trail.  If you suspect gut or liver shot, wait at least 4-8 hours if conditions allow.  The only exception to this rule is an animal that was shot through a leg, particularly with a firearm.  The sooner we get on those track, the better.  You are not likely to recover them without a good dog, though we recover leg shot deer fairly frequently.
7. When you are tracking your animal, do your best to stay off the blood trail itself, as you are likely to scatter blood scent in various directions as you search.  Also, the fewer people that are scattering scent through the woods, the more likely we will be able to work out the trail.  Numerous people disturbing the blood trail and unknowingly spreading small specks of blood through the woods as they search is going to confuse any dog, and make a track more difficult.  Avoid using an UNTRAINED dog at all cost as this will certainly defile a track.  The only exception to this rule is if we can not get a tracker to your sight in a reasonable time frame.  At that point, any Hail Mary is better than nothing.
8. If you know your shot was poor or the trail becomes difficult, CALL US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  Even though we have recovered deer over 40 hours after the shot, the fresher the trail, the more likely we are to recover your animal.  Because I also have a "real job," I may not be able to come to track right away, so time is of the essence.  If I am not able to come track your animal in a reasonable time, I will do my best to connect you with another tracker.
Good Hunting!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Great Grandson Of Maurice, Alida, Diamond Cutter, and Campawhile's Abbey.

He is pretty spunky for 12 weeks old! But of course, it is a family tradition... 

The picture @ 12 weeks old was right before I sold him. He is now 5 months old as of today, and already tracking blood and recovering deer on an exotic big game ranch south of San Antonio.

here he is @ 3 1/2 weeks old during the Great Flood of 2016

below is Cutter's Arrow, his full blood brother who is a year old now as of 12/2016

here is where my dogs are born and raised which is a blood trail dog training facility near Carencro, La.

Above is the cut over on one side, and below is the cow pasture on the other side of my dog yard...

here is Arrow and Little Bob a grandson of Jesse on a training track

here is Jesse a son of Bobalou and Angel, sporting his neoprene floatation, insulated tracking vest specialized for the swamp tracks

Here is his 1/2 brother Simon,on his first find with Valyrie who are both a 1/2 brother and 1/2 sister of the puppy at the top

Below is the kind of deer my dogs track on ranches in Texas

this is the kennel in the back of my truck and often how we roll in the hunting season

below on the bow, is Maurice and Val on the way to a track in the Dixie pipeline, Henderson, La.

below is three great grandchildren of Blair's Diamond Cutter and this is what we do to keep 'em happy and busy at my house when it is not deer hunting season.  

You want to get a puppy fired up? Let a mean, fresh out of da marsh 50# wild hog eat dere food!

I use Samuel, a pure bred wolf to train pups to track and right behind him in this photo below on a training track in my facility is also a veteran natural hunter with an elite, high performance, natural, prey drive, NALC reg. C Arrow Patch. Patch is the ancestor of almost every pure bred de la Houssaye's Catahoula in my yard at the moment.

Below is Jesse James at about a year old, a son of Patch and Bobbi Girl, and from the last litter Patch gave me before departing for hog dog heaven...

In the photo above is Jesse(on the right) and he is leading a training track and teaching the newbie's how it is done.

The point I want to make here folks is: if you get a puppy, started dog, or finished dog from me, I am not playing around! I breed, raise, train, sell and lease elite, high performance, well bred, properly trained, blood tracking dogs, 24/7/365!

If you are interested in a blood tracking dog for next year, I suggest you get a puppy now.

These pups above will be ready after Christmas and most likely are all going out soon after the first of the year. They are out of Ruby's and Patch's Coco(dame), and are great grandsons of Blair's Diamond Cutter and Camp A While's Abbey, from Cutty Dark, a son of CAW's Cuttin Buck(da stud).
 $500 each ~ all 5 are males

get 'em while you can and I do not hold 'em for you unless they are paid in full, in advance

Now, I don't know if you caught it earlier, but I mentioned leasing blood tracking dogs.

And what I mean by that is, my dogs go to big ranches in Texas and are being leased to hunting clubs, big game exotic preserves, cow ranches, and guide services. I lease them to track blood, for penning cows, and wild hog regulation on a short term basis because so many people don't want a dog full time due to the heat and rattlesnakes from April through September or the year round responsibility of caring for a dog. They only want to feed and use it for the hunting season(when rattlers are hibernating), or in the spring to pen cattle.

 Cutty Dark's Valyrie

If you are interested in one these de la Houssaye's Catahoulas for lease because you just lost your tracking dog and the hunting season is only half way through, and you are in a major bind short term,

 give me a call, I am Marcus de la Houssaye, I am ready to deliver them to you and I can be reached by cell phone @ 337 298 2630 or


In the last few years my dogs bloodline(which is a sister of Val) have been mixed with a son and daughter of Roy Hindes's Jethro(in the photos below)
 on a friend of mine's ranch, south of San Antonio.

My goal for 20117 is to bring the Hindes bloodline into south Louisiana.

Please do not bother Roy, as he does not breed and sell to the public!

Photos below and the story are compliments of Roy Hindes

The photo below and the story, compliments of Roy Hindes and the South Texas Hunting Assoc....
12 24, 2015

Roy Hindes - Everyone on the Empire Ranch thought Tim Garcia missed his deer when no one could find any blood. It rained all night till mid afternoon the next day. Then we arrived and trailed up a buck for another hunter on the same ranch and they asked if we would look for this one. The dogs went down a side road about 75 yards, winded the trail, and found Tim's deer shot right behind the shoulder and dead about 30 steps into the thick brush.


Roy Hindes, I cannot thank you enough for setting the standard that all blood tracking dogs world wide will be measured by. Merry Christmas  ~ Marcus de la Houssaye