Monday, October 16, 2017

Blood Trail Dog Puppies

Now that deer season is open, if you are shopping for a working dog with a strong prey drive, that is easy to handle, train, is great with children and makes a great family pet all year long, you might be wondering...

What is a good breed of dog for blood tracking wounded deer?

You are looking at it right here...

The Louisiana Catahoula Cur

And if you are shopping for color, this girl has it all!

Blue leopard, blaze face, ring neck, white tip tail and double glass eyes.

The four photos above is a Alida

We have 3 females in this litter of Louisiana Catahoula puppies for sale

The next 4 photos below is Beau

This girl has one glass eye and is very attentive of me as you can see...

She is very dark with large black and grey patches and blue leopard markings

At 7 weeks old they are ready to go and I have started them on blood trail dog training...

In the 3 photos below is Carlie and she is a blue leopard and she is my pick, due to the fact that she has picked me first...

I am Marcus de la Houssaye and I am a breeder and trainer of Catahoulas for 30 years and live in Lafayette, La.

 I can be reached by cell phone at 337 298 2630 or 337 704 6330

or email:

 I would like to advise you that I do not sell dogs by email or text, so if you are serious please call me.

And if you must email or text, lets keep it short until we can get on the phone. Thank you for understanding that if you have a lot of questions, I talk a lot faster than I type, and I do not always have internet in the wilderness, so if you want a quick response, call me. This time of year I may go for a week or two before checking my email due to hunting season.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale 2017

It is so good to hear all the positive reports coming in of the dogs I sold last year

and the puppies and started dogs I sold this year already doing so well.

For instance my friends from Slidell, La. have reported that the 6 month old started dog they bought from me about 2 weeks ago just ran a 200 yard track and smoked it in about 2 and 1/2  minutes!

That is what happens when you buy a dog that is born and raised in a blood trail dog training facility!

I get scraps year round from hunters, exotic game ranches and sometimes road kill.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and I breed and train Louisiana Catahoulas and I can be reached

by cell phone at 337 298 2630 if you are interested in a Catahoula puppy, started or finished dog.

I own and operate a blood trail dog training facility in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oklahoma Blood Tracking Dogs 2017-2018 Deer Hunting Season

As the trend goes nationwide, I have just been informed that Oklahoma will allow the use of dogs to track wounded and dead deer for the first time in the 2017-2018 deer hunting season.

Above was her first buck with a bow and 5 experienced tracker/deer hunters couldn't locate it and needed to call me in with the tracking dogs to put that smile on her face!

You might imagine I being a breeder of Louisiana Catahoulas, that I would be prejudiced to my particular breed, and I am to a certain degree,

but I recommend you give your family pet a chance to be a 'deer hunter' and take them on a few tracks to see if they are motivated,

 even if they were never intended to be anything but a family pet,

because many of our popular modern 'pets' come from great hunting bloodlines, such as the Dachshund.

Photos of Sypris the Dachshund and Robert above and below are courtesy of
Robert Miller of Michigan Blood Tracking Dogs

If you are new to tracking dogs and seeking a puppy or started dog, I might recommend the Louisiana Catahoula Cur as a breed for your first deer tracking dog.

And on that note I am a breeder and trainer of Louisiana Catahoulas and will be glad to drive to Oklahoma to personally deliver your started dog or puppy for the 2017-2018 deer hunting season.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye and I own and operate a blood trail dog training facility in Lafayette, Louisiana.

I can be reached by cell phone @ 337 298 2630 or 337 704 6330 if you are interested in owning a tracking dog. And you can email me:

I start 'em young, and haul 'em everywhere as early as possible...

If you are concerned about performance or the fact you have never trained a hunting dog to track wounded deer,

 I understand your concern and recomend that you get a de la Houssaye's Catahoula puppy now at the beginning of hunting season and let a great family dog, that also happens to be a dog that is 'bred' to hunt and track, train you!

I have always had tracking dogs as long as I have hunted deer, but about 7-8 years ago, I began to market my dogs locally and nationally as an excellent choice for a first time deer tracking breed because my Catahoulas are natural hunters and do not need to be trained to track.

 But, we as deer hunters 'do' need to be trained, and Catahoulas will put you to school! And many of my customers have told me that their Catahoula tracking dogs have not only taught them to track wounded deer, they made them better deer hunters in the long run.

Below is Jesse Girl on her first ever blood tracking 'before' we found the wounded buck in 2013

 And in the photo below you can see the scars on her face after that day from fighting with the buck.

Catahoulas when worked 'off leash' will sometimes be running catch dogs should you jump a deer that is wounded and yet highly mobilized, and needs to be stopped so you can finish 'em off.

Catahoulas also make great family pets and and are very child friendly, as you can see with my daughter Christina and her Bobalou below.

If you are new to blood tracking dogs, and want to talk to an expert give me a call @ 337 298 2630 and we can talk and see if what I sell is a fit for you.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye and I would like to talk to you...

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.