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:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Started and Finished Blood Trail Dogs 2017

I am so happy to see so many people contacting me right now to buy a started or finished blood tracking dog for the 2017-18 deer hunting season.

Just like with the hog dogs, most people want to buy a dog at the last minute and then want them to hit the ground running the next day.

But tracking deer with dogs is like hunting hogs with dogs, it is teamwork, and a dog needs to know that you got his back and often plenty of time to get to know you before they will hunt for you.

And it has been my experience that tracking deer works better with more than one dog, and that is why I ALWAYS train 'em 2 or more at a time!.

Now are there exceptions? Yes there is, but when it comes to Catahoulas they are often a one man, one dog situation, and they will only hunt for their master, and no one else.

Now, given time, and with the right man, the dogs that I breed, train and sell as finished dogs will hunt for you. But if you buy a dog from me, I want you to go into it, knowing that you will need to call me regularly and follow up on the years that I put into the dog before you bought it.

So don't come and pick up a finished dog on Thursday or Friday, and want to blame me or the dog if it won't hunt for you on Saturday or Sunday. I have been doing this for 30 years and I spend a lot of time with my dogs year round.

Above a summer time road kill recovery used on the facility to train nre pups, and below working a hard track after a hard rain ...

Especially in the off season, I am constantly hustling road kill to create natural training scenarios year round and given the right circumstances, my dogs will hunt for you come the autumn season. But you need to with me AND the dog before hand to get elite high performance recovery when we got the blood of an old wise buck on the ground.

And my experience is, the more expensive, experienced and better the dog, that is bought during the hunting season, the more likely that the buyer is going to have way too high and very unrealistic expectations of performance way too soon.

And the best way to avoid that happening is to get the started or finished dog at least 3 to 6 months in advance of when you are gonna need 'em! Like right now, in the heat of summer, and let him get to know you, get acclaimated to your lease and be 'your best friend and family pet' until hunting season. Remember folks, tracking wounded and lost deer is teamwork.

And why wouldn't the deer hunter want to buy it now? Often this is because the deer hunter doesn't want to feed and maintain the dog year round. They only 'want' the dog when they need it. So on that note, I lease my dogs out to hunting clubs and 'private' hunters for short term 'fill in' work during the deer hunting season, and the rest of the year the dogs are with me and their family on the training facility...

So if you are buying a dog that has been with me for a year or two, don't you think you need to give that dog a few weeks or better, a few months to warm up to you and accept you as it's best friend and master before he or she will hunt for you?

I always have plenty of dogs for sale, as I own and operate a Louisiana Catahoula breeding kennel and a blood trail dog/hog dog training facility near Lafayette, Louisiana, and I would like to talk to you.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye @ 337 298 2630 or email ...

But please do not send me texts or facebook messages and expect me to answer a bunch of questions.

Please call me or go waste someone elses time playing with electronic messages.

And for the record, I do not have a smart phone yet!

A Blair's Diamond Cutter/Cayenne cross grand daughter

I am old school, and don't have a camera in my old school retro 'flip' cell phone, so don't ask me to 'send' you photos or videos by text either. "If''  you call me and I don't have what you need, I can most likely refer you to someone who does. Some of these old timers got NALC registered dogs that are ready to go on hogs, deer or cattle.

But they are all getting very ornery, old and cranky' like me, and being old school, they don't ship dogs to people that they never met before, nor do they breed and sell to the public or waste time answering questions by text or email.

Let me quote Donald Trump: "Email is for pussies!" ~ Donald Trump summer of 2005...

It is bad enough that I own dogs that are smarter than me, and on that note,

why would I want a phone that is smarter than me?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Is It Really Worth It?

As we wind down the 2016/2017 hunting season, there are a lot of lessons learned simply because we have tracking dogs to teach us what we cannot learn, or find or do without them. And if we have blood tracking dogs we will be called upon by others who don't have a tracking dog, to go places and do things that broaden our lifes experiences.

Such as opening weekend in October, a young hunter kills their first deer, and with snakes everywhere, and the gators are still hungry,

we take off in the rain, in a boat full of dogs to make that hunt a sweet ending.

Is what we go through to make someone's special hunt really special worth it?

Winding, shallow, stump and log riddled bayous that most boats cannot go through or swamp men cannot even find because they don't know these places exist...

Well if you notice the little things along the way, I believe it is worth it.

I have not posted many of my tracks this year simply because people are reading about my joy, pleasure, and success and then attacking me or my clients for some reason.

Just to experience the smiles that accompanied the photos below for instance, makes it worth it.

                                        13 year old Boot's first deer

I like to track from the comfort of a saddled ride, because I can see the dogs better from up here...

And I like to track from a boat, because there is a lot of water to the east and the south of where I live, and I grew up hunting and fishing on the water with my father.

And I like to track from the back of a pick up truck too...

I have also had people ask me to not post their name or hunting locations because when I did in the past, they were immediately over run with 'competitive' hunters trying to 'get in' on their honey hole.

And I guess it is just like when you brag about all the fish you caught at Cow Island Lake last weekend...

Now for those of you that are not fisherman this is called Black Crappie, and for those of you that are not Cajun, we call 'em 'sac a lait'. And notice the fish in relation to the mat on the left and the ice chest. These are huge! 

Now some may scream in contempt of me posting(on Facebook) what was caught at the camp on Cow Island last weekend because the last time I did that the lake was OVER RUN the next weekend with fisherman. And there were guns pulled over fishing spots. I am not making this up people!

I am a fisherman

And the point I want to make in regard to the title of this post is 'Is it really worth all the jealousy, disrespect and personal attacks we have to suffer for posting or bragging about our victories?'