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Nautitroller

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  1. Deer numbers are way down all over this state, except very isolated areas being private back yards, parks, and of course all the places you can't hunt, and some of those "spots" are very thin. I talk to people from the niagara to st. lawrence down to the pensy line in the south. There are none to very few deer being seen let alone killed. I am sure we all have our theories, but in reality we will never know. I do know our season is too long and to generous in tags. Insurance companies are paying the state to to allow more deer to be harvested so they don't have to payout for deer/car collisions. If this dismal trend continues i can only imagine what the future will bring. The real sad part is we will never be able to change anything the state does because they see it a lot different then the sportsman.

    I agree in a general statement but there are way fewer hunters out. I hunted hard the last few days of muzzleloader on state land in deep snow. Logged over 7 miles one day. Never cut a human track. Saw plenty of deer. It's about thinking outside of the box. Sure it's not the 90's but there are way more mature bucks now then I can ever remember. The deer that are around can't be hunted from the same stand multiple times. Each area is different but now is the time to scout, go look for tracks, sheds, make plans for next years attack, gps points of interest also figure out how hunters push deer and learn escape routes. Figure out easy entry without bumping deer. One of the biggest things is leaving a property alone when you need to and going in for the kill when the bucks are moving.. To me not seeing deer is saying it's had too much pressure.

    Love this thread congrats to all that killed and to all that gave it hell!

    Happy New Year

     

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  2. Couldn't get down to Taughannock this morning but able to take the 4 mile drive to Deans this afternoon for a couple hours of trolling before sundown.   Worked the West side with dipseys and downriggers.  Found active fish in 100-150 fow, all lake trout in the 20-25 inch range.  Most were hanging near the bottom so I was starting to think about Auto riggers by the time the 3rd fish took a spoon down 100.  The highlight was the double that took both spoons off the rigger with a sliding cheater.    Just a great afternoon to be out and the moon rise was spectacular!
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    Nice! Killer ff setup!

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  3. It's been a crazy run 20 tracks so far this year. It's very different then most think. He doesn't necessarily stay right on top of blood, he "cones " and uses the air currents to find them. It may seem like he's way off but if the scent goes cold he will self correct and go back to the last blood. It's very difficult with other bucks or deer in the area but we can weed thru them pretty quickly. If you want to follow have your trucking boots on. Mostly he's going slow till he hits a fresh track that no one has been on then its go time! Reading him has been so much fun! That's the basics but really it's about reading and trusting your dog. We have really bonded this year.
    If y'all hit one bad and have access to a dog limit grid searching and I only like max 2 people to come along basically to keep blood tracking like weren't there. I'll pull you up the track if I confirm blood. We've gone well over a mile still confirming blood. The live ones that are still bleeding we go for a serious hike..
    Good luck out there !

    Can zed help me find my next deer, regardless on the shot, lol. Just want to watch him work. That had to be awesome to watch.

    Great stuff!

    Mike


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  4. For a tracking dog and all around pet i love my Blue lacy from Texas. I was off with for his first 6 months of training n overall discipline teaching. I had to socialize him mostly, basically I become alpha dog and he had a streak in him that was quoted by an unknown person as being "part barbed wire and wolverine." But truly I love this dog more than any other I've had. He fishes with us too. 20201025_210339.jpeg

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  5. That is a long ways for that shot!

     

    Any idea if it was bumped before you started tracking?

     

    I shot a doe last week and I almost reached out to you. High entry, no exit, only a few drops of blood. I left her overnight and luckily I found her within 100 yards the next day.

     

    I assume the lack of blood is irrelevant for a dog?

    Yes I believe it was bumped by coyotes the dog was bristled up and could smell them. It back tracked on itself too. Also when he found the deer he was air checking and growling.. they were close by.

    The lack of blood for the dog is relevant but he tracks on more than just blood. The one huge advantage of the dog is to extend the blood trail. I like to have one person stay on the blood and we move that person up each time we confirm blood but still have them actively looking. Thus we can always go back to last blood if the dog is distracted by a live deer. Also i use the on-x app to aid with this if i only have one person.

     

    Good job on your track BTW

     

     

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  6. John helped me find my son's first bow buck a bunch of years ago.  I still think of your dog and can still see her perk up when she winded the buck!
    That was a great day! That's the great part of tracking getting to meet great guys n gals that just want to accomplish the seemingly impossible. At the least we give some closure to the question wounded or dead.

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  7. Thx, we are a free service if I'm available I'll try to help. Just love working with the dog. Little background on him he's the Texas state dog and a mix of and English blue collie, grey hound and coyote. They use them to run hogs, coyote, and track deer. They also have great herding instincts. Check him out on FB
    Deer tracking dog :Zeddy Wild

    That’s awesome!


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