Deer hunters using tracking dogs is becoming more popular since recovery is one of the most important parts of being a hunter. We want to do everything we can to seal the deal and be good stewards.
A hunter’s hound made one of the most important recoveries of its life down in Louisiana earlier this year. We’re thinking this bloodhound, named Honey, probably got a few extra dog treats and ear scratches for his efforts.
Eli Alcock, age 3, wandered away from a friend’s home. After a fruitless search, Honey was put on the track to see what it could do. Here’s part of the story from Louisiana Sportsman recounting the effort:
Ultimately, what the dog found on the mile-long track in the wind and rain weighed only 35 pounds and stood only about 3 feet high, but it was a prize way more valuable than any state record buck ever will be.
Incredibly, Honey the deer-tracking bloodhound found 3-year-old Eli Alcock, who had wandered off through a hole in a fence at a friend’s house more than two hours earlier, while presumably following a hog dog named Mabley.
“I’m telling you, man, there’s not a greater feeling,” said Florien’s Downs, who works as a driver for the Natchitoches Fire Department and serves as pastor at Gum Springs Baptist Church in Hornbeck. “I have found several deer, and helped many a man put deer on the wall they’ll tell stories about for the rest of their lives.
“But there is no greater joy that I can even begin to describe than when I handed him to his mom and she knew that he was OK.”
What an awesome outcome! Kudos to Downs and Honey for a great recovery!
From Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, the 2016 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2016 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.