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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:50 pm 
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I have been working Blue for a few months on bloods trails using either store bought liver or old deer steaks and he's done great.

Well after killing the doe a couple of weeks ago I saved strips of her hide to make drags with and he is not tracking that nearly as well. I mean what would have been a very easy line done with the meat he will just cross back and forth on and never key in.

Has he just not made the connection due to different smells or does the hide need to be warm when I drag or what?


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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:15 pm 
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Did you save blood from the deer? I take blood, put it in a mustard bottle and drop a little blood along the way. If you want to use the hide, put some blood on it, leave it at the end of the trail. When he finds the hide, shake it, make him think that he has really found something. You could still have a piece of liver or steak at the end. If the hide has some blood on it, he should make the connection between the hide and the blood.

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 Post Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:30 am 
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Honestly, the best way is to just keep putting him on every deer you shoot no matter how difficult or easy the trail is. If you can do that, the dog will start picking it up naturally. Just walk near the initial kill spot, say, "hunt 'em up," and just let him do his job. Don't try to point him to the trail. My dad has done that with all of his dogs and I'm doing that with mine as well. I mean if you shoot enough deer, it's the best way. If you don't have that access, what Betty is talking about is another great idea.

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 Post Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:27 pm 
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The connection has been made!

I have run 2 trails laid with blood from fresh killed deer and 1 real track since this post and I honestly believe that Blue being around killed deer being cleaned where he is free to pull on the hide and get trimmings etc has made the most difference.

In the course of 5 deer I have watched him go from tentative to very possessive of the kill and his intensity on track has progressed the same.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:33 am 
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Honestly, the best way is to just keep putting him on every deer you shoot no matter how difficult or easy the trail is. If you can do that, the dog will start picking it up naturally.


Bingo...a thousand mock trails will never compare to the real deal.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:00 pm 
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CORRECT!

We crossed this hurdle a month ago..........after being on several real deer he is an aggressive deer gettin machine now!


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:01 pm 
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I am so proud of both of you! I know he will be a great deer tracker!!

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