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Most bowhunters will have to agree that they feel aprehensive as it gets late as they wait patiently for that animal to arrive at the blind,hoping that they will have enough time to recover the animal before it gets pitch dark.Gemsbuck, Rooihaartebeestand and big male Warthogs are very fond of drinking at last light. I have for some years now been using a Blue Tick hound for tracking and to date she has not lost an animal and can do it in the pitch dark.What a great feeling it is to sit there now knowing that a predator is not going to take your valuable trophy during the night.I now wonder why so few people use a dog for tracking especially for bowhunting.
Chris Brand http/www.njirilodge.com
 

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It just might be illegal

We have 50 different states within the United States and each has its own set of regulations. In some places dogs are used for hunting deer and in other places it is illegal.

I think that most archers practice in optimal conditions. I used to wait till dusk and shoot till dark one or two evenings a week. As darkness falls, shooting distance become distorted and you over shoot. The other problem is legal shoot time. In most states you have until 1 - 1/2 hour after sunset.

I would not want anyone to hear me shoot my bow after dark and send in the deer police! :grin:
 

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No offence but, I'd take a hound over your black trackers any day. When I was there in '01 I was doing as good as they were on a blood trail and I'm not a good tracker at all. I had looked forward to seeing the trackers in action, disappointing to say the least. I guess they lived in the civilized world a bit too long.

I have a breed of dogs called Catahoula Leopards. They are what we call curs here. They were bred for hot trails & boar hunting vs. your blue tick which has a very good nose for cold trails. They also run silent giving voice only when they locate game. Curs don't hunt/track far from their master either. They like to "check-in" vs. hounds that range far. I've done a little '**** hunting behind blue ticks and black & tans. I think for every hour we hunted we spent another hour looking for the hounds.

Here in the states in our over-zelous quest to maintain fair chase in many states it has become illegal to track deer with dogs. The legal concern is that people would use dogs to hunt with vs. blood trail.

Of course it is perfectly legal to walk your dog on a 20' tracking harness.

One of the true joys in life is watching a well trained dog do what it bred for.

If you like hounds & hunting you might enjoy this web site http://www.baydog.com/
 

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Shots at last light

:D I am sorry to hear of your bad experience with one of our trackers in S.A.Well like all of us me included I have had my share of bad trackers.There are however some very good ones and it is an absolute pleasure watching these guys work.I am sure that it is self taught and also instinctive in some of these guys,It is becoming increasingly hard to come by these old hands and so I stick with my dog.If you plan on coming to Africa some time let me know if I can be of any help.
 

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Actually, I had a wonderfull time in RSA. I felt very welcome & enjoyed trip. I hope to return in 2004. Maybe even realize my dream of taking a Dagga boy with my bow.

I don't think poorly of all the trackers, these two just weren't having a good day.

Dogs are one of God's greatest gift to man. In a dog's eyes his master does no wrong. No matter how bad the world treats you you dog gives you unconditional love.
 

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Here in NewZealand the bowhunters society don,t allow dogs for anything.
I myself keep a dachsund and a shorthaired pointer,They will both follow a scent to **** an back.I have not lost an animal for years since I started useing my dogs when something goes wrong.When it comes to losing a wounded animal the sport can go on the back burner,you MUST find the animal an do it right.If this takes a dog and losing out on a claim of some type so be it the animal comes first.Just my opinoin but I feel it,s right.
Cheers... Jack
 
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