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Well, it has been a long time coming for sure. I have shot a lot of hogs and does but only a couple very small basket bucks. I got off work this morning at 0630 and headed for the woods. I got all my stuff on and was in the tree by 0700. I was enjoying the morning when I heard a rustling. I turned around and saw a tree move. I then hear walking sound. I grabbed my bow and turned around. I then saw a deer. I though it was a doe at first. I didn't care I was gonna shoot my first mature doe and get it done. All of a sudden the deer raised it head and I noticed it had horns. I was elated. I had to really lean out around the tree behind me when he stepped on out. he was about to get away and paused for just a second. I was scared my limbs were gonna bump the tree. I anchored and settled my pin right in front of the back left leg at 25 yards. I let her rip. The tracer nock lit up very well and I saw the impact as the rage 2 blade tore up into its chest. I was a little worried as there was a lotta arrow sticking out of him as he bolted off. I listened intently to hear a crash a short distance. I had to sit down as buck fever settled in. My body trembled with excitement. I called my wife and kids and told them to bring my Little girl "Maybelle" to the scene. This was gonna be her first tracking job. I have been training her all summer on blood trails. She has been doing great. She doesn't bark but sure trails blood for them cookie treats well. I waited about 30 minutes and climbed outta my treestand. I went over to the sight and go very nervous. There wasn't any blood. I headed back for my truck and dug up one of my yote traps while waiting for the girls to get there. They arrived after 45 minutes from the shot. We made our way to the shot site and Maybelle was trembling with excitement. She knew what was coming. I put her on the site but she just went in circles. I coaxed her up into the brush with me and then her hair raised on her back and she started zig zagging. I haven't seen this behavior from her before with the raised hair. I followed behind her and a short distance I could see my tracer nock standing erect lit up and Maybelle making a bee line for the deer. Maybelle stretched out and began sniffing it intently. I coaxed her to it and encouraged her to lick up the blood. Gave her some jerky treats my wife brought and we celebrated together. She never let out a bark as usual until we started to drag the buck out of the woods. I commanded her to bark and as soon as we started moving the deer the howling and barking commenced. It was commical to say the least. I kept encouraging her to bark at the deer. I hope to train her to bark when she finds a deer. Right now I have a big cow bell on her so I can keep up with her in the woods. I know for a beagle it is unusal for them to not bark but when trailing she is quiet as a mouse. Hope you enjoyed my story and the picture. I am happy, our hard work paid off. I hope to put her on many more deer as I have let it be known if you are close to the PB area give me a shout and I will come if you need help.

 

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Man it don't get no better'n that! Congrats on some hard work that finally paid off....you deserve every bit of it! Thanks for sharing the story and the cool pic!!:up::up::up:
 

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I think it's really great that your whole family "including" your dog gets involved in your hunting success. That just makes it even more worth while to you. I've been working with my wife's little house dog on blood trails and can't wait to put her to the test. I'm thinking about trying to train one of my Mt. Curs to blood trail. I used to have a treeing walker that ever time anyone in this part of the county would need some tracking, they would call me on the C.B. radio. I lost count of how many deer We recovered for other folks. That's another sport in itself. Great story and deer:up:
 

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Thanks everyone. I just enjoy the outdoors. My lab is very old and I enjoyed training her. She is 15 now and going down hill. I don't duck hunt as much as I used to and have known quite a few people that have lost deer. I hate that and so decided last season to try and develop a blood trailing dog. This is my first attempt. any of you guys around need help finding a deer give me a shout.
 

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Congrats on the kill and I really enjoyed the tracking story. I too have a dog I'm training to track. I will warn you though. It sounds like you are working her off lead. The regs require that dogs be on a leash when used to track deer. I don't know about the requirements for tracking in an area where dog running is allowed though.
 

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Sweet picture! Great job!
 
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