Congratulations! His father was super-hunter. Foxes, racoon dogs, badger, deers... Also super blood tracking dog. Never had better working dachshund as he was! Have good time with your new dachshund! ~ Pauliina Sjoholm, Finland, breeder/owner of Marz' father
So this six year old dog was bred by someone in Finland (Ilse Kokkonen - kennel Maxi-Tax)
lived six years with someone in Denmark (Lise-Lotte Schulz - kennel Tranevang)
was purchased and transported to Copenhagen airport on October 7 by someone from California (John Willmore and Diane Webb)
was picked up at O'Hare by someone from Ohio (me)
transferred in Illinois to someone from Louisiana (Cliff Shrader who was on a hunting trip)
stayed three days in the hunting camp with Cliff and his buddies
then eight days in Louisiana with Cliff and Cheryl
and went on Sunday to live with the alligator hunter guy in the picture (Jimbo White).
This is Mars - Cajun Jim says it's Marz! - on his way to a deer track this evening. I don't know whether it is a training track or a real one but I look forward to hearing how it goes!
Marz is Multi-CH Maxi-Tax Maroon Marstax, father of my Taya, Cliff's Tasha, and Derek Smith's Thor (Seymour).
All the Best to Cajun Marz!
I have added an article reflecting my thoughts on dachshund coat types, primarily longhaired coats, with regard to suitability for field work.
Svante is father of Viljo.
Another recovered deer for Svante! It was quick job in freezing weather, -17 degrees. But luckily it was a good shot and deer was close so we did not freeze. It was hunter's first deer so he was so happy Svante found it. - Tia Eskelinen, Finland
Congratulations to all of you!
[-17 Celsius = 1 degree Fahrenheit]
Manu claiming his deer and rightfully so!
This is 15 months old longhaired dachshund Zingarese Aznavour today in Finland. The only dog accompanying the hunters, Manu located the deer in the forest and drove it to the shot.
Manu's owner is Antti Niskanen who also took the photo. The proud breeder is Sirpaleena Stubbe.
Manu is grandson of Maxi-Tax Heracles. Heracles is brother of Hestia, Taya's grandmother. I posted some photos of Hestia two days ago. I didn't say then that Hestia and Heracles are grandkids of Nick v Dorndorf L.
Thank you, Sirpaleena, for the photo!
After I posted the photo of Siiri yesterday, her owner Ilse Kokkonen sent this picture that I have not seen before. It was taken this past August during a duck hunt, which Siiri loves to do.
Sirri is paternal grandmother of the youngsters Taya, Tasha, and Thor, who also love to swim and are steady to gun. You can see photos of Taya's First Swim at age 10 weeks.
Tasha track 32 ends in recovery of a young hunter's first buck. There are not many things more rewarding than watching a hunter see his buck for the first time after he thought it was lost. Tasha knows what she is doing and stayed focused on her track with deer in the same field. She stayed on her track with a rabbit jumping and going the other way. I was worried but she held her line. I am proud of her. - Cliff Shrader, LA
Cliff is, of course, referring to his young tracking partner Tasha. Nearly 3 miles of tracking - and success!! What a wonderful ending to a marvelous effort.
Tasha is pictured below with the hunter holding his buck, also her canine colleague Alleah, owned by Andre Guerin.
This is the new longest track for Tasha. At one point we went 800 yards with no sign at all. This buck was shot yesterday breaking the right rear leg at lower hindquarter. We caught up to it this morning, he was still alive. What an amazing little girl I have! - Cliff Shrader, LA
Tasha, the tracking machine. This was a tough one, brother in law, on the dogs and us. But when it all was over, it was worth every moment!! Good job, Cliff and Tasha!! - Andre Guerin, LA
I just downloaded the track information from my Garmin. Total track was 2.85 miles. The deer was 1.3 miles from where we started tracking in a straight line. No wonder we are tired! Not a bad way to start the morning. Happy hunter = Happy hounds - Cliff Shrader
Another successful deer-finding effort this morning by Cliff and Tasha.
Awesome job! And an excellent photo to remember it by!!
Dennis Menendez gets another nice 6-pointer, but it took Odie's nose to track the deceased animal. - Angelo San Fratello, Falling Creek Outfitters
Odie is Axel Odin von Dorndorf, owned by Stan & Alecia Wenner.
18 months old Tranevang's MA Tashatax, born in Denmark and living in Louisiana, is already a very talented deer tracker. I very much look forward to meeting her when our paths cross, Cliff!
Tasha goes out on track number 25 tonight. To make it just a little bit better it was for a good friend of mine. This was the first deer that he shot off his new property. I was very happy to be part of it. - Cliff Shrader
Tasha got to track two deer last night. The hunters both shot straight and we were able to recover both of the deer. These were two very nice bucks. - Cliff Shrader, LA
Double Congratulations to Cliff and Tasha!
It's 17 hours since the buck was shot. It's 10:45 AM. Odie hits the cold trail. He sniffs here and he sniffs there, just like he always does. Alecia says 'Odie, let's go this way.' After 30 minutes of cold tracking Odie begins pulling his leash harder and harder. Odie then begins barking. Something is getting ready to happen. The buck jumps. He crosses a field, then a highway, then a cotton field, then another highway and into a thicket. Stan, Alecia and Odie catch up with the deer. Angelo is back yonder somewhere. Odie jumps the buck again. The deer is worn out and eventually Stan puts the buck down. Look at Stan and Angelo. This is why it is important to make a good shot the first time. Odie is a tracking wonder dog. There is not a dog any better anywhere in the world. - Angelo San Fratello, Falling Creek Outfitters, NC
Congratulations to Stan (t-shirt) & Alecia Wenner and their 9 year old longhaired dachshund Axel Odin von Dorndorf.
Stan Wenner harvested this great 8-pointer however, Odie found it as there was no blood trail for Stan to follow. The 8-pointer came in at 191 lbs.
Tasha and I went on our first track of the year last night. The track was about 12 hours old and there was no blood after the first couple of hundred yards. After we were convinced that she was leading us on a wild goose chase, she brought us to the deer. This was her tenth recovery out of thirteen attempts. I'm so proud of her.
Congratulations to Cliff and Tasha!
Tero Ratinen, some hunting buddies, and Tero's dachshund have today taken three badgers from one sett. Some of the underground tunnel systems created by badgers are lengthy and elaborate and have been used for decades by many animals.
As a side note, it is so interesting that, like skunks, the heads of badgers have this black/white "warning coloration."
Tero's young bitch Riesa did a good job hunting badgers today. Here she is pulling on a badger that was killed with a gun after hunters dug down to dog and badger to the point where they could make the shot.
It is the dachshund's responsibility to investigate a den, determine whether a badger is home, pursue the animal to a stopping point, oppose it hard enough to keep it in one location, and announce its positive findings and whereabouts by barking.
It is the job of the hunters to dig to the dog and badger, after which they quickly call the dog out and shoot the badger. An obedient dog is a must in this situation. Contrary to common (mis)conception, dachshunds must cooperate with hunters in their work. It cannot be any other way.
You can see that Riesa is wearing a locator collar. The collar has a radio-frequency device that sends signals to a small hand-held box used by the hunters to help determine just where the dog is and how deep. They obviously want to pinpoint location as much as possible before they begin to dig!
This photo is from a hunt on January 7. The hole these guys have dug is 11 feet deep and they are still digging! Afterward, too, they will be filling it all back in again. They do not make large holes in the countryside and leave them like this. They also shore up the 'ceiling' of the tunnels they break into to get to the dachshund and badger, and earth dwelling animals will continue to use them.
You can imagine the amount of effort required here. Also effort by the dog who - think of this - is more than 11 feet underground in a tight place, facing and holding the badger all this time. Sometimes for hours.
Or, I should say, that in all the digging through frozen earth, tree roots, and rock ledges, expectations are high that the badger IS staying in the same location. But sometimes it does manage to move until the dog can get it cornered again elsewhere at which time digging begins again.
"Extreme hunting" may not be too lofty a term for what badger hunters and badger dogs do on a regular basis.
Thursday evening I was relaxing around the house when my phone rang. It was one of my best friends Donnie and he asked if I wanted to make a track. I was excited like a little boy waiting on Christmas. I grabbed my tracking bag and while I was opening up the gate, Tasha jumped in the truck. Donnie said that he thinks that he made a good shot...right about 100 yards with his 444 rifle...an accurate but primitive weapon. He was surprised when he saw the deer after the shot and she was still standing there. She left the shot site trailed by at least one other deer. Donnie found pretty good blood that appeared to be lung blood leaving the shot site that went about 15 yards to some shallow water. Donnie has a Blue Lacy dog named Lucy that he uses for tracking. She has been up to her chest in water and it doesn't bother her a bit. Donnie knew that I had been wanting to let Tasha track in some water because we have so much of it in South Louisiana, so he backed out and called me. It only took us about an hour to be at Donnie's lease.
[Svante is Multiple Champion Red Top's Klatjofs, Finland's standard longhaired dachshund of the year in 2011, also father of my Viljo. Svante is owned by Jarkko and Tia Eskelinen, Finland.]
We have been tracking a deer, it had been hit by a car yesterday morning. We were tracking for two hours yesterday evening and went back this morning. It has been snowing the whole night and during this morning too, there was about 10cm fresh snow in the woods and it was quite hard for a dachshund. But Svante did it, he found deer still alive after two hours of tracking! Deer was young and its back leg was broken. Well done Svante!
Well done, indeed, in four more inches of snow on top of what was already there!
Congratulations on a super and successful effort!
[Odie is Axel Odin von Dorndorf, a talented deer tracker for Stan and Alecia Wenner in North Carolina.]
Today, Alecia sent me this photo of "Odie's last buck for 2012" which is a nice nine-pointer. Alecia and Odie are pictured with Angelo San Fratello, owner of Falling Creek Outfitters in Mount Olive, NC.
Big congratulations on a great year of tracking!
[Odie is Axel Odin von Dorndorf, 8 years, owned by Stan and Alecia Wenner, North Carolina.]
Here are some highlights from 2012!
Angelo San Fratello, owner of Falling Creek Outfitters in Mount Olive, North Carolina:
I took this 8-pointer on a clear cut. Odie the magnificent trail dog tracked the buck for 1.5 hours Saturday night. The buck kept getting up and running. On Sunday morning, Alecia and Bruce assisted Odie and they found the buck. The coyotes had eaten the hindquarters.
Alecia took this 160 lb. 8-pointer on a morning hunt.
Dennis A. shot this 8-pointer on an evening hunt. Quite often a deer will not leave a blood trail. So Odie went to work on a cold trail. Odie started sniffing around 7:30 PM. Odie spotted the deer still alive around 9:30 PM. The deer was shot two more times before it expired. Out of the woods we all came around 10:15 PM, cold, wet, and tired.
Stan took this nice 8-pointer on the Joyner Farm during an evening hunt. His four-legged son Odie had to help track the buck.
Brady M. takes his first buck, a beautiful 6-pointer with a 12-inch spread, 135 lbs. on a Saturday evening hunt. Odie "the magnificent trail dog" helped Brady retrieve his buck.
Many thanks to Alecia and Angelo for the photos. I really appreciate having them. I am very proud and pleased with the mighty great tracking work that Odin is doing!
Big Congratulations to all of you!