Tasha made some more friends tonight.
She has had a busy week. She tracked on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. We recovered three deer out of four. ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Tasha braved the high temperatures and humidity to recover a nice buck. The arrow deflected off the shoulder blade and exited the paunch. He backtracked and crossed his own trail twice. He swam across a barrow pit with at least one alligator in it....we went around! Although the buck was only a couple hundred yards from where he was shot, we covered 1.25 miles tracking one hour and twenty nine minutes. Lots of this time I was on my hands and knees crawling through the willows, kudzu and cockaburs! There were only two small spots of blood on the entire trail. Tasha continues to amaze me and she was awesome today! ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Tasha and I went to the deer lease this morning. We had planted food plots last weekend during one heck of a rainstorm and we went to check things out.
It was 94 degrees and almost 80 percent humidity. If was a scorcher and the heat index was out of sight.
I put Tasha on a long stay. She watched as I walked 150 yards to the other end. If you look closer, you can see Tasha at the end of the food plot patiently waiting for me. She has been a breeze to train. ~ Cliff Shrader, Louisiana
Cliff, you are doing a great job teaching Tasha impulse control!
And today is Taya's second birthday. She and her four sisters and one brother were born in Denmark at Kennel Tranevang. We are very grateful to their breeder Lise-Lotte Schulz. Many thanks, too, to Marie Gadolin who provided us with a number of photos and comments about each pupster. It was not easy, sitting here in Ohio, and trying to decide IF a puppy and WHICH puppy.
"Puppy" became "puppies" and half the litter is in the US. Taya is with me, Tasha is with Cliff Shrader and Cheryl in Louisiana, and Thor aka Seymour is with Derek Smith and Jennifer in Virginia. We are all VERY GLAD to have them!
Their sister Terra is at home with Lise-Lotte.
The photo is Taya, two weeks after coming to the States and a few minutes after a warm August tracking session. We walked to the pond for the first time and she, at 10 weeks of age, went right on in. It tells a lot about her nature.
Happy Birthday to the T litter!
Tasha has passed the advanced test at the annual United Blood Trackers Trackfest which was held this year in North Carolina!
The UBT-II test is a tracking test where 6 ounces of blood, or three ounces of blood and a deer hoof, are used to lay a track of at least 800 yards. The track will have three turns and two wound beds and will be aged at least eight hours or overnight.
Super performance; It is a wonderful accomplishment, Cliff!
Congratulations to you and Tasha!!
Owl and Tasha mated again this morning. Then Cliff laid a track for Tasha, an AKC-type track this time, meaning Tasha tracked where Cliff walked; it was not a blood track.
Graciously, Cliff invited me to run Viljo on the track first. And Viljo, who had not tracked in months, did a very nice job! After that, Tasha ran the track, too. It was becoming warm but she is one motivated tracking dog and her performance was impressive! Following are some photos I took of Tasha on this track, with captions.
While Tasha is in Ohio to be mated with Owl, Cliff Shrader and I visited Jennifer Fry and Gretel in Columbus. Before this weekend, Tasha and Taya had not seen each other since they were eight weeks old at home in Denmark. But they get along fabulously and have played hard. It is quite interesting to see that the sisters are so similar in habits, expressions, size, and even their voices.
Thank you, Jennifer, for the visit and photos!
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.
Idle hands are the devil's workshop. This is what happens when your tracking dog goes an entire weekend without tracking! Tasha tracks down and finds my deer hair identification cards! - Cliff Shrader, LA
Those took a bit of time and effort to put together. I'm glad that she did not do much damage to your 'cheat sheets!'
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!!
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!
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!