Class Canine Wildlife Recovery/ Blood Tracking
NOTE NEW PHONE NUMBER AND LOCATION
Georges Mills, NH 03751
NOTICE: due to circumstances beyond our control Rob and Diane are able to track on a limited basis in 2016
(also called wounded
wildlife recovery, leashed tracking dog or blood tracking)
We are very sorry, but our dogs
are not trained to track lost pets.
Please contact Granite
State Dog Recovery for their expert
assistance in locating your missing friend.
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For the Fish &
Game and NH Blood Trackers
lists of other NH
trackers click here
For an illustration of a Whitetail deer
skeleton and arteries click here
For a photo of an alive high back hit buck
click here OR To watch our "High Back Hit Whitetails" educational clip click here
High back hit deer often
stagger or drop as if dead or hit solid, but are not in fact dead or
even dying assuming infection does not set in.
Photos Of Deer Blood Trails, to Aid Hunters in Describing what they are seeing
be sure to read the "PURPOSE" and "RECOVERY ODDS" sections below
Purpose of Leashed Tracking Dogs:
purpose of Leashed Trackings Dogs is twofold;
1- To recover dead and fatally wounded game animals that the
hunter has been unable to recover themselves
2- To ascertain that a game animal has been non fatally
wounded, is highly mobile and is very likely to recover
that the animal was missed entirely.
IF your animal is dead: the
odds of a tracking dog finding it are VERY VERY high
IF your animal is mortally
wounded/dying but still mobile: the odds of a tracking dog
finding it are high
IF your animal is non fatally hit
(see note below): the
odds of a tracking dog and handler being able to catch up to it are
poor to fair depending upon where hit
IF you push your
too soon after the shot, you
lower the odds of recovery regardless of
IF you have a hoard
grid search the area before you call us/we arrive, you dramatically reduce the
odds of finding your animal.
NOTE: Hunters keep in mind - We
(as will other trackers) will do
our best to recover your trophy.
However, low percentage shots ie: low brisket, leg, high back,
have a high survival rate (not fatal) resulting in an animal that can
RARELY be recovered.
SHOULDER SHOTS where the bullet or arrow hit shoulder blade or upper
arm bone but do not penetrate the body cavity are about a 50/50
recovery at best odds. These shots are best tracked in the daylight
ideally because such a hit deer will still be HIGHLY mobile even if
only using 3 legs, and will (unless the projectile clipped an artery or
windpipe) require a follow up shot. The trackers will push the deer out
of beds-often times they sneak out of the bed so in the dark you would
rarely see them. IF you have enough non posted land available they can
sometimes be pushed long enough (miles) that fatigue and shock holds
them in a bed long enough to catch and dispatch.
BOWHUNTER'S NOTE: We have seen and heard about a good amount of calls
from hunters with tree stands more than 15' high, some as high as 30+'.
Shots from this height and angle often will result in a non fatal
passthrough, a single lung (often survivable) hit or a bone deflection
hit. Deer hit in these ways are rarely recovered by hunters OR
trackers. IF your stand is higher than 15' you will need to use more
care to avoid a steep down angled shot to minimize loss risk.
NOTE: Due to work schedule we are limited in our range we can travel
and times available
Rob, Diane and Bella (Annie and Aeryn both passed away in 2015) are licensed by the State of NH Fish & Game
Tracking Dog services (Wildlife Recovery) and are available in areas
fairly local to our home (45 minutes normally) in Georges Mills, NH.
After dark deer and moose tracks are
taken at our discretion;
We DO NOT "normally" take bear tracks (and never after dark),
ask us though about your bear.
There is no fee for our
services, but donations are appreciated
(see the info below the Fish &
Game list link for further details)
To read our tracking log click here for
2008 - 2013 seasons
For a list of other NH licensed trackers in NH click
This list is updated somewhat infrequently, if you don't see one near
you call dispatch to see if they have any newer additions to the list
that are not yet on the website 603-271-3361
To View a map of Tracker locations click here
I'll update this as F&G updates their
PLEASE remember that NH Leashed Tracking Dog Handlers are NOT paid by
any entity for their time and work or reimbursed for vet bills or
gasoline. They CAN accept donations from hunters they track for but
otherwise this is a volunteer position that they pay (to buy a license)
trackers have jobs, families and obligations and while some can in fact
track anytime at the drop of a hat, most have to schedule tracks
around, at minimum, their jobs.
be understanding of these facts when you call them.
If they are unable to assist you they will provide you with another
name to call if there is another tracker in the area
remember that NH trackers cannot track in adjoining states (VT, ME)
unless they also hold a license there.
(See links for VT/ME tracker list below provided as a courtesy)
2016 Vermont Tracker list
2015 Maine Tracker list
be sure to read the above "PURPOSE" and "RECOVERY ODDS" sections.
hunters who may need assistance:
honest and detailed in describing your shot to the team, including what
the deer did after the
shot. (kicked, fell, limped, bounded away etc)
Try to call in a team as
soon as possible, While many dogs can track blood trails as old as 24+
hours obviously the sooner they are called the higher the chance of
Try to avoid disturbing the area
beyond the point you were able to track the deer to as much as
IF YOU ARE GOING TO CALL A TRACKER do NOT grid search, circle search,
clock search or anything like that. The more you mill around the more
microscopic blood you track around. Your search efforts can be the difference
between a dog that comes in and finds your deer and a dog that spends
hours trying to figure it's way out of your scent mess
MAKE SURE that you mark (with flagging
or similar) both the area where the deer was hit AND the entire track
periodically, especially the last blood found. DO NOT rely on memory.
DO NOT push the deer. If you start tracking and hear a deer or jump a deer, flag the spot and get out
If the blood gets sparse, flag it and take a break.
If you jump or hear the deer or lose blood sign, now is the time to
call a tracker. If a tracker cannot come out (there are very few of us
for the entire state) then the time you took to back out and call might cause the unpressured deer to die and be easily found when you go in and grid search
IF you make a bad shot for whatever reason and feel the shot may have
hit paunch, liver or abdomen do not even bother trying to track the
deer. Flag the hit site and get out. Call a tracker now, or plan to go
back in several hours but do NOT try tracking right away.
BE SURE to accurately describe the
conditions that we will be working in (fields, swamp, rocky etc) so
that we know what we need to bring for human and dog gear.
We prefer to NOT take night tracks
due to navigation and visibility issues and also not wanting to push an
animal we cannot see in the dark. However, we will take night tracks
for deer under the right conditions (never for bear). Call us to
discuss your situation!
Understand that the teams are not
miracle workers and cannot make a non fatally wounded deer materialize
and that sometimes even the dogs fail to find the end of the trail
(although the use of a dog increases the odds of finding it)
WHEN YOU CALL
Click below image for a
printable business card
You may need to
leave a voice mail, we will return your call asap so be sure to leave a
DO NOT SEND EMAIL if you need tracking help!
leave, we are REQUIRED to call NH Fish & Game and must provide them
The hunter's name, address and
The hunter's hunting license number
The species and general location of
DURING the track the only
people who may CARRY a weapon are the hunter who shot the animal and the licensed trackers. IF our track
continues after dark, the only person who can put down the wounded animal in the dark are the licensed
We also have the expectation that
hunter will follow our directions and will employ safe weapon handling.
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