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Two Old Men in the Woods

John Jeanneney

Today was the fist day of our bow season and my first day of tracking at age 79. I have total confidence in my tracking dog Tommy, but I confess that I was a bit concerned about my own agility in the woods. Jolanta was even more concerned and went along so that she could call in the EMS helicopter if necessary.

I was almost relieved when I met the hunter. He was slightly younger than I am, but in considerably worse physical shape. I knew that no one was going to laugh at me in this situation. It turned out that he had brought along his own daughter/caregiver, who got along just fine with Jolanta.

Fortunately Tommy Tracker was the one who really had his act together. The start was complicated because there were no markers, and the hunter could not find any blood to verify the line. We ended up going to the “point of loss”, which is not the ideal place to begin. Here there was a confusing pattern of muscle blood that had been walked over by the hunter. Tommy figured the mess out and took a line. Blood… Blood…. Then a long stretch with no blood, but I could see that Tommy was confident. “Trust your dog.”

The deer was a big doe, shot quartering away with a Rage expandable broadhead. We had hoped for a one-lunger at least, but had seen nothing but muscle blood. As you know, Rage broadheads have been know to deflect along a rib cage. The doe never laid down, but after a quarter mile in very dense cover, I could tell by Tommy’s body language that he had jumped her. The hunter also found a drop of blood, which laid any doubts to rest.We were on the line.

We pushed another 100 yards, and then all agreed that this big venison package was not “gettable”. The hunter’s family was in need of the meat, but we had to face reality. At least I could face the reality of some fine dog work. This was enough for me and Tommy and Jolanta. We will help this hunter another day.

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A gut-shot buck recovered by John and Tommy in Berne

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On November 21 John and Tommy recovered a gut-shot deer in Berne. It was around 0.5 mile track. At the beginning it was not obvious that the deer was gut-shot. There was a stretch of no-blood, and later every few yards or so there was a small speck. Tommy jumped a deer, and followed it well. John had to dispatch the buck at the end of the trail, which was around 6 hours old. This was 10th recovery for the team.

-John Jeanneney

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John Jeanneney and his dog Tommy help recover deer for hunter Justin Crosier

Late in the afternoon of our bow season’s opener, October 1, the buck was hit high in the lungs. He had been grazing near the edge of a large hayfield. After the hit, the hunter, Justin Crosier, saw the deer enter the woods on the far side of the field and found a few drops of blood there. He eye tracked perhaps 50 yards and then ran out of blood.

Justin Crosier with the deer, which was recovered by Tommy and his handler John Jeanneney

Justin Crosier with the deer, which was recovered by Tommy and his handler John Jeanneney

I started Tommy the next morning at the hit site, where there was no visible blood, and he tracked easily 200 yards across the field and into the woods at the correct spot. By this time he was familiar with all the different scents that the deer had left behind. In the woods he tracked about 150 yards with occasional drops of blood.

Then there was nothing, and he changed direction. I could see that Tommy was not sure. At my question, “Is that right?” he corrected himself, went back on his own to where he was sure of the line. Confidently he went down through the hemlock woods, although there was no blood to be seen. After another 150 yards there was a small, steep creek crossing and there on the rocks we saw blood! We tracked out of the creek gorge and into a small field. No blood there. Tommy worked slowly and carefully around the field and into a thick weedy patch where the buck had exited. No blood, but Tommy’s body language said “I’m sure”. We tracked to another deep, narrow creek bed and I looked up stream to see the deer’s hind quarters. “Here he is!” Tommy and Justin the hunter were both very pleased. I was pretty happy myself.

-John Jeanneney

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DSI Annual Picnic 2012

Our annual picnic will be held on Sunday, July 22nd 2012, rain date the 29th, at the Pleasant Valley Trout and Game Club at Noon. There will be a short club meeting scheduled and if anyone wishes to bring their dogs, that is fine, but Bill Siegrist said we won’t have any dog events scheduled. The day is to socialize, meet other members and their families and enjoy good food.

Please bring a dish to share and any special drinks, food or whatever you prefer. DSI will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and snacks.

Fishing is available (nice trout), and bring any games or sports equipment you want. Do not forget your lawn chairs.

Email or call me, if possible, to get a head count if you are attending or not so we can finalize plans.

The place…
Pleasant Valley Trout and Game Club
1208 Salt Point Turnpike
Pleasant Valley New York 12569

Directions…
Club grounds are at 1208 Salt Point Turnpike:
Take Route 44 to the traffic light in Pleasant Valley (CVS Pharmacy on northeast corner).
Turn north on West Road and go about 1.2 miles (T-intersection with Salt Point Turnpike).
Turn right onto Salt Point Turnpike and go about 1.5 miles to the Club’s entrance on the right.
I’ll see you there and we’ll look forward to some nice weather and good friends and neighbors.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR…SAVE THE DATE!!!

Check your email on Sunday AM the 22nd if there is bad weather and we have to use the rain date of the 29th. Penny and I will decide sometime on Sat, the 21st, and get the word out ASAP. Any questions call me – Bruce.

DSI Picnic Coordinators
Karen & Bruce Zeman

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DSI Picnic – 2011

Thank you for everyone that attended the Deer Search Picnic 2011! We would like to thank Bruce and Karen Zeman for organizing the picnic! The weather was very warm but everyone had a great time socializing, playing horse shoes, eating good food and catching up with friends.
Deer Search Picnic 2011

Deer Search Picnic 2011
Deer Search Picnic 2011

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DSI Seminar – Leashed Tracking Dog Exam

The seminar will be held August 4th at 5pm at the Town hall in Pleasant Valley. The seminar will be given by Dave Wohlbach and Bill Siegrist will help. The information below might be of interest to our members and the seminar might inspire some else. The seminar is for DSI members only.

August 19 – Leashed Tracking Dog Exam; Sign-up by August 12.
Sign-up by August 12 to take the leashed tracking dog license exam on August 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at designated DEC regional offices (http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html) near you. The license allows for the use of a trained dog to track and find dead, injured, or wounded deer and bear during the Big Game Hunting Season. If interested, you must fill out and send in an application by August 12 to: DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany , NY 12233-4752 . To get an application and find out more details of the license, visit the Leashed Tracking Dog License (http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25020.html) page, or contact the DEC Special Licenses Unit by phone: 518-402-8985 or by e-mail: fwslu@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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DSI Annual Picnic 2011

It’s almost here!!!

Our annual picnic will be held Sunday, July 17th at the Pleasant Valley Trout and Game Club at 11 AM. There will not be any club meeting scheduled and if anyone wishes to bring their dogs, that is fine, but due to time constraints, we won’t have any dog events. The day is to socialize, meet other members and their families and enjoy good food.

Please bring a dish to share and any special drinks, food or whatever you prefer. DSI will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and snacks.

Fishing is available (nice trout), and bring any games or sports equipment you want.

The place…
Pleasant Valley Trout and Game Club
1208 Salt Point Turnpike
Pleasant Valley New York 12569

Directions…
Club grounds are at 1208 Salt Point Turnpike:
Take Route 44 to the traffic light in Pleasant Valley (CVS Pharmacy on northeast corner).

Turn north on West Road and go about 1.2 miles (T-intersection with Salt Point Turnpike).

Turn right onto Salt Point Turnpike and go about 1.5 miles to the Club’s entrance on the right.

We will see you there and we’ll look forward to some nice weather and good friends and neighbors.

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Dear Search Inc. Tracking Statistics – Fall 2010

Dear Search Inc. has gathered tracking stats from 21 trackers. Of those 21 trackers 12 reported mileage and 11 reported donations. Here are the results.

Annual Tracking Summary 2010/2011 Total In New York State Only
Bow Shot Deer/Bear-Total Valid Sorties 275 180
Total Invalid Sorties 2
 
Bow Shot Deer/Bear Recovered 95 63
Bow Shot Recovery Rate 35% 35%
 
Gun Shot Deer/Bear Total Valid Sorties 74 49
Total Invalid Sorties 1
 
Gun Shot Deer/Bear Recovered 33 23
Total Gun Shot Recovery Rate 45% 46%
 
Miles Traveled 15,100
 
Donations Received and Submitted $6,798
 
Total Valid Sorties 349 229
 
Total Deer/Bear Recovered 128 86
 
Total Recovery Rate 36% 37%

The first column reports all information reported to me by Deer Search Inc. Trackers including those who tracked out of state in VT, WI, NJ and Md. Those trackers are Tim Nichols, Larry Gohlke, Darren Doran, Rich Stollery and Andy Bensing. The second column reports big game animals tracked and recovered in New York State only. Those trackers who tracked out of state reported going on 120 sorties and recovering 42 big game animals.

-Two trackers, Tim Nichols (in Vt) and Mario Montana (in NY) each reported recovering one Black Bear.

-Tim Nichols went on the most sorties 66 with 25 recoveries.
-Andy Bensing went on 47 sorties with 16 recoveries.
-John Jeanneney went on 45 sorties with 14 recoveries.
-Marc Niad went on 26 sorties with 10 recoveries.
-Peter Martin went on 19 sorties with 8 recoveries (he found seven 8 pointers and one 6 pointer with a 20+” spread)

-Every tracker who submitted a tracking summary was involved in the recovery of a big game animal in the Fall of 2010/Winter 2011.

-The Fall 2010/Winter 2011 tracking season was a great success thanks to all the trackers, those who man the dispatch phone and the other members of DSI who contribute all year long. Great team effort.

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2011 Deer Search Blood Tracking Competition Results

To all members of DSI FLC, DSI WNY, and DSI Inc,

This year’s competition hosted by Deer Search Finger Lakes Chapter Inc. in Campbell, NY was a huge success!. Weather conditions were brutal probably the worst tracking condition that you could have. The large amount of rain and wind, yet we still managed to get 7 dogs certified and two new blood judges.

I would like to congratulate:

  1. Chester Swierk and Moby first place 92
  2. Dale Clifford and Tabitha 82 2nd
  3. Andy Bensing and Eibe 64 3rd
  4. Dale C lifford and Cassey 50 4th

Congratulations to the certified dogs and handlers: Gary Huber and Beya 74, Darren Doran and Karl 57, Matt Griffin and Gunner 57, Daryl Kempston and Penney 50, and Laura Harrington and Braylee 67.

Congratulations to the two new judges, Daryl Kempston and Chester Swierk.

Thanks to the competition judges Gary Neal, Kevin Fisher, and John Jeanneney. Thanks to Dale Clifford, Gary Huber and Chester Swierk for judging on Sunday to help certify dogs.

As everyone there knows the conditions were unfavorable for Sunday. A rain all day Saturday, the blood was applied for Sunday. Even though there was no visible sign of blood the scent was still there 24 hours later, this was amazing.

The dogs still had enough scent to complete the lines on Sunday. A huge thanks to Dave and Veronica Seeley for the use of the land.

Thanks to all that helped mark lines, lay blood out Friday and Saturday, to Holly the photographer, to Dave Seeley our transportation coordinator(the taxi drivers), great job getting every one out and back, and to everyone that helped in any way to make it a success.

It was a fantastic education for both new and experienced handlers. Everyone’s dedication and enthusiasm was fantastic despite the weather conditions and it showed in the certification of dogs on Sunday.

Thanks again to all who work so hard to make it so successful!

Ron Hausfelder
Blood Tracking Chairman, DSI FLC

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John and Jolanta Jeanneney’s Tommy – Is on a Roll!

John and Jolanta Jeanneney report:
October 23

Tommy finds a ten-pointer that has been damaged by coyotes.

Read more for the full story: http://borntotracknews.blogspot.com/2010/11/tommys-ten-pointer-was-already-damaged.htm

Paul Graves, the hunter, and Jolanta Jeanneney with Tommy

Paul Graves, the hunter, and Jolanta Jeanneney with Tommy


John with Tommy

John with Tommy

October 21

Tommy tracks and finds a liver shot buck in Fox Creek. To read in detail about Tommy’s find go to: http://borntotracknews.blogspot.com/2010/10/tommy-tracks-and-finds-liver-shot-buck.html

Check out the video below to see the deer being shot and Tommy tracking the deer: