Blood Tracking Dogs of Texas
Rosco's Third Find With a Twist
 

We put Trapper on this track first but he was a little over anxious to get at the deer. He was trying to cheat and find the deer without having to track. Since it wasn't Trapper's day I told Matt to get Rosco out and get him started on the trail. Now Rosco has been rock solid and... well I will let you read the hunter's story:

I was lucky enough to arrow a small buck Saturday morning. This has been a terrible year for bucks on our lease and this deer was one of the best I was able to see all season. Actually, there was MAJOR ground shrinkage and I should have left this one alone for about 3 more years, but that's my demon to live with. I shot the deer at 7:27 Sat. morning and waited a few minutes to go and retrieve my arrow. The arrow was covered with blood and everything looked great. I had aimed slightly far back because the deer was quartering away and was confident with the shot. I waited the usual half hour and began the search. I had watched which way the deer went and found the first blood about 15 yards away. After that, the trail was very sporadic with sign ranging from bright red blood in good quantities to sign on limbs and rocks. The problem was that he was not leaving this sign on a regular basis and the trail was very hard to follow. I was able to track the deer to one of our fence boundaries which was about 100-150 yards from the stand area. Here, the blood trail quit completely and I knew that help was needed. There was another hunter, Mark, on the lease last weekend and he helped look, but no more blood was sighted. I thought of Jeff and his dogs and went back to the camphouse to retrieve his number. Here is where luck finally started turning my way.
 Luckily, Jeff was at his place and returned my call within only a few minutes. We made arrangements to meet and he was at our lease within the hour. I had tried to contact the people on the neighboring lease for permission to cross the fence in case the deer did, but the gates were locked and I decided to just go ahead and cross that fence when and if the time came.
 I met Jeff and his wife along with their three sons Matt, Trapper and Roscoe at our gate and quick introductions were made. The first thing I noticed was the strange looking cap Jeff was wearing. It had some type of red, white and blue arrowhead on it and something about a place called texasbowhunter.com!
 We went to the stand location and Jeff first wanted to see the arrow. He thought it over and decided to use Trapper first because Trapper had not been on a trail in several weeks. The dog was, to put it midly, anxious to go and was put into a halter to keep from choking himself to death. There was a quick sniff of the arrow and the trail was on. I had marked the trail with pieces of a blue paper shop towel and at times Trapper was right on the trail and at other times he was catching scent in the air and leaving the marked trail. After a while, Jeff said that Trapper was "acting stupid" and asked Matt to get Roscoe. Roscoe was placed on the trail at the beginning and immediately picked up the scent and began his track. However, about this time we heard a "here he is" just in front us and Mark had found the deer about 50 yards from where I had lost the blood trail. The deer had turned back and was still on our side of the fence. The deer was recovered without the dogs, but I'm sure they would have done the job because Roscoe followed the trail straight to the buck. However, all that matters is the deer was recovered.
 Again, I send a sincere thank you to Jeff and his wife, Matt, Trapper and Roscoe. They came without delay to help a fellow bowhunter in need and are super people on top of that. The dogs are great, too! If you hunt in the Brown
County area and need help finding a deer, please give Jeff a call.

 

Even if the buck was found first I had to give Rosco credit for a job well done.

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