Tuesday, January 10, 2017
No Deer Left Behind by Kyle Walley 1/10/2017
I have been really enjoying watching all the people who are new to tracking getting a big education in how much fun, how hard and how dangerous tracking really is.
Not only that, but having your own tracking dog will make you a better deer hunter in time. Why? Because you will save time, meat, and trophies, and learn a lot about why you lost so many deer before getting your dog! And ultimately you will understand how to better hunt them due to understanding where deer go when wounded, killed or just shot at.
Below is Kyle Walley's track that I copied, pasted and edited for your enjoyment and educational benefit:
Toninght I received a direct call around 6:45 pm from one of my friends at #RealSouthWay hunting stating that one of their friends had shot a deer and it wasn't far from my house, asking if I was available to track tonight.
I informed them I could be at the shot site by 7:30pm.
Myself and Stuart Walley arrived at the shot site to find long white hair, but no blood. We spread out and continued to work Ledge around the shot site in order to obtain a direction of travel.
W spread out more and finally after several loops he lined out on the Garmin Alfa, so I followed his track on the GPS and 150 yds from the shot site we found first blood.
Ledge and Teeth quickly stretched out to 375 and bayed up.
We made it within 60 yards of them and the deer broke bay stretching out to 600 before baying a second time. The deer did not hold bay long, and then broke for parts unknown.
We regrouped at last blood, caught up the dogs and restarted Ledge on the deer.
It didn't take long and Ole Ledge caught back up to the deer around 300 yds. From there, the deer crossed a cutover through a bottom, then straight up hill and into another cut over crossing it as well ultimately losing the dogs in the second grown up field.
After about 30 minutes of trying to work out of the cut over Ledge lined out on him again going to a road, then some chicken houses and then doubling back just off his original track.
Ledge tracked the buck to a big pond losing the trail within 50 yards of the water. The dogs worked all around the water coming up empty handed on any more blood. It was approaching 11:45 by that time and the hunter decided to call off the search for the night.
we were gathering up the search party when Stuart asked; "Where is Ledge?" I looked down at the Garmin and he was about 65 yards off the pond in the cut over and stationary.
Ledge had recovered a mans largest buck to date and what a great way to end this awesome day!!!
Now that's a big 5 point....
This track took 9 miles of dog work as was compiled on the Garmin(keep in mind that's what the dogs traveled while tracking not straight line distance)
Straight line distance using the Garmin Measure Distance Tool was 2.3 miles
This is an unbelievable track and I could not be more proud of my dogs tonight!!!
Thank you so much Kyle Walley, Stuart Walley & your fine tracking dogs for finding Jerry's 5 point! After all those hours of walking & Tim Dyess's briar patches & cut over, my hats off to you & your dogs! Thank you Tim for letting us track it on your land where it decided to drop.
I want to talk more about a few things like trusting the dog, never giving up, and having the neighbors permission, but I just laid a track out and need to work some young dogs and shoot a video...
more later. Marcus de la Houssaye