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3-23-20: Blood-Trailing Wounded Deer with Tracking Dogs | Midwest Whitetail
Season 1, Episode 30 • 19m
S4.E5. This week, we discuss the efficiency of blood-trailing wounded deer with tracking dogs. Can it work? Pro staff member Mike Alberda introduces his brother, Brian. He uses a blood-trailing dog to find wounded deer in the state of Michigan. He covers how a dog tracks a deer, why someone would call him to use a dog in the first place, how someone can find a local tracker if it's legal in their state, and everything in-between. Don't miss this episode.
1:15: Bill Winke introduces Mike and Brian Alberda. They talk deer blood-trailing 101. Brian also discusses how he got into the trade.
2:35: Brian explains how dogs don't need blood to find wounded deer. He also explains how, once on the trail, you should always follow what the dog wants to do, even if it goes against common sense.
4:10: Then, he covers how to go about finding a tracker in your state: https://www.unitedbloodtrackers.org/
6:05: Next, he explains what exactly the dog is following since there is no blood. Interestingly, canines can follow blood, hair and an odor that originates from the interdigital gland of a wounded deer. That gland is located between the hooves.
7:10: Rain isn't an issue for dogs. In fact, it can actually enhance the scent. Moist ground and adequate humidity improves the dog's nose.
8:02: The dos and don'ts of blood-trailing when the track job might eventually require a dog.
9:45: Brian uses several tracking jobs from last season to illustrate some of his previous talking points.
17:25: Finally, Winke sums up the topic and explains how it isn't legal in every state. Do your research before calling in a blood-trailing dog.
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