Train Your Dog To Blood-Trail This Summer

A slow but steady movement has spread across whitetail country, and your best friend is involved.

Tracking dogs and their importance are being recognized as viable resources in the recovery of wounded deer.

More than a dozen states allow the use of dogs to legally find wounded game. Most require dogs to be leashed, some require handler certification, and some don’t allow you to carry a gun or bow. Nevertheless, having the aid of an unmatched nose is worth the hurdles when it comes to tracking a wounded deer.

Most biologists agree that a dog’s ability to smell is 10,000-100,000 times greater than yours. And despite the current reluctance for all state and fish agencies to legalize the use of tracking dogs, blood tracking dogs have been used for centuries in Europe.

The practice of blood tracking stems from Germany, and one of the more popular breeds is the German wire-haired dachshund. Other breeds commonly used to track wounded deer include the Deutsch drahthaar, dachsbracke, basset hound, curs, bloodhounds and popular breeds such as Labradors, and golden retrievers.

Check out your state laws and consider bringing along a friend—man’s best friend—to help track.