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Old 10-29-2021, 09:25 AM   #1
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A friend and I were both hunting yesterday afternoon. About 6:00pm, he texted me that he had shot a doe. He said the shot looked good, and that he would get down and look for her before it got dark. At about 7:00, he texted me again saying he had good blood for a little bit but then lost it. He said he was still confident the shot was good, but was gonna back out to let my tracking dog Zeke find it. My friend is colorblind, and as such, itís got to be good blood for him to see it.

Anyway, I ended up not seeing anything to shoot at, so at dark I got out and went back to meet my friend and go track his doe.

My dog is a Jack Russell Terror :laughing:. He is crazy full of energy and can be very hard headed. That being said, he is also the best dang dog I have ever had!!!




Anyway, I got Zeke ready and his tracking collar on, and he was ready to go. I carried him over to the arrow, and while looking at it thought I noticed some guts in the shaft. I asked my buddy if he was sure if the shot and showed him what I thought I was seeing on the shaft. He still said he thought the shot was money, and that she should be dead in short order.

Well, Zeke got on a scent trail real fast. I run him on a leash and he was pulling extra hard. We went a ways in a direction that seems off from what my friend had told me was her direction of travel. Maybe 75yds out, I was just about to pull him off and go back to start over again, when BAM, there was a spot of blood on the ground. So we kept going, and the blood spots became more frequent. In with the blood, I could also see guts. At this point, I knew the shot was not what he thought he had seen!

Zeke was really pulling me hard, and thru some thick stuff too. About another 100yds into it, we rounded a clump of brush and the deer jumps up and runs, still alive!!! Zeke drug me thru some patches of shin oak that were thick. I lost my hat and headlight. Luckily I caught them on the way to the ground and just kept going with them In my hand. I heard her jump up a second time a little farther on, and figured she must be pretty bad off to not want to go any farther than she did before lying back down. The third time we caught up to her, she was pretty much done for. The deer was recovered!!!!

Im not sure if we would or would not have found this deer without Zeke, but we positively did recover her with him. When I got him, the intention was to make a tracking dog out of him. Itís been a long couple years with some good recoveries, and some disappointments where we did not recover. Itís a long learning process, mostly for me, as he knows what he is doing.

Anyway, I just love to see him doing his thing and finding wounded/lost deer that we likely never would have found on our own! I didnít get any pics of Zeke with ďhisĒ doe (he thinks they are his after he finds them, and is very possessive of them) as I left my phone at the vehicle when we started tracking.

But hereís a few pics of Zeke doing his thing:













When I started, I didnít really have a clue what I was doing with training Zeke to track critters. I do however hunt quite a bit, so he gets lots of chances to get after critters. I am certainly still learning to read him and figure out whether heís actually on a critter or not. We are getting better and better as we ďhuntĒ more and more together. It is sooooooooooooooooo cool and rewarding to see him be successful at finding these critters.

Anyway, just thought Iíd brag on my pup a little!!

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Old 10-29-2021, 09:29 AM   #2
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What a good boy! Great write up and even better pics. Attaboy, Zeke!
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Old 10-29-2021, 09:37 AM   #3
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Great story! You have a great lookin partner in Zeke!
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Old 10-29-2021, 09:39 AM   #4
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Old 10-29-2021, 09:39 AM   #5
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That's awesome !!!
Good dogs are worth their weight in gold.

My Bella has a heck of a nose on her, but I haven't put her on a blood trail yet to see what she'll do. I gotta do that sometime soon.

She hates pigs though. When she smells them she don't even want to leave the house, and will not go out to potty unless I go with her. LOL

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Old 10-29-2021, 10:10 AM   #6
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I love hearing stories of good tracking dogs! Bisch, Zeke sure looks like a real blast to be around. Does he come to any of the 3d shoots?
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Old 10-29-2021, 10:52 AM   #7
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By the way, the shot ended up being a solid liver hit, with maybe the back of one lung hit also.

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Old 10-29-2021, 10:55 AM   #8
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Thatís awesome. You have good taste in dog names. Now I know who to call when we need a tracking dog.


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Old 10-29-2021, 10:59 AM   #9
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Good Boy Zeke!!!
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Old 10-29-2021, 11:28 AM   #10
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Good job and awesome pup!!
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Old 10-29-2021, 12:28 PM   #11
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He's a great dog. No doubt. He sure found my pig in a hurry!
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Old 10-29-2021, 01:15 PM   #12
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Nothing better than a rough coat JRT ! Although mine only has one eye, ainít nothing wrong with his smeller or his drive !
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Old 10-29-2021, 01:24 PM   #13
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BTW Bisch, Zeke is a pretty little feller ! Sarge is 12 years old and has tracked and found many deer and hogs for us, but I put him on a track even if I know where they fell. He loves it, as I’m sure Zeke does.
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Old 10-29-2021, 02:03 PM   #14
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Good to hear somebody else bragging on their tracking dog. I got a lacy for tracking 5 years ago. I have never had so much fun after the shot. Watching her figure out the track is awesome. Whenever I get the tracking collar out, she about loses her mind with excitement. We have lost a few, but she has saved my butt on a couple and really speeds up the recovery on most.
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Old 10-29-2021, 02:26 PM   #15
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Good boy, Zeke! Great write up, Bisch. I love watching good dogs work, and hearing about their adventures.
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Old 10-29-2021, 04:37 PM   #16
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Awesome job Zeke and Bisch


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Old 10-29-2021, 07:10 PM   #17
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Great job and write up! I miss my little Jack. She was probably the best dog Iíve ever owned. Iíve got a GSPxLab cross now. The only thing better about him is that he retrieves as well.





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Old 10-29-2021, 07:30 PM   #18
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Great pic of you and Zeke Bisch. The little guy gets quite possessive of "his" kills though.
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Old 10-29-2021, 08:20 PM   #19
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Good job Zeke.

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Old 10-29-2021, 09:46 PM   #20
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It's good to have a good deer dog ain't it?
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Old 10-29-2021, 10:05 PM   #21
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Old 10-29-2021, 10:19 PM   #22
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Outstanding! Good job Zeke!


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Old 10-29-2021, 11:44 PM   #23
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Congratulations Bisch, Zeke tells me you are the best student he has ever taught!

Zeke is one awesome little guy, and your stories about him are cool. Those hunting pics are classic JRT. Good luck to you both, and we want more Zeke and Bisch hunting stories.
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Old 10-30-2021, 04:11 AM   #24
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I really enjoyed the write up Jerry.
I know how proud you must be of him, do not worry my friend he still has a lot to teach you just got a love a good JRT!!!


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Old 10-30-2021, 08:30 AM   #25
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He’s smarter than we are! Going to be a jam up dog keep working him
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Old 10-31-2021, 10:29 AM   #26
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Great pic of you and Zeke Bisch. The little guy gets quite possessive of "his" kills though.
Fact! Little dude didn't want me even looking at "his" deer. But he nosed 75 yards thru a thicket to find my hog.
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Old 10-31-2021, 02:09 PM   #27
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Very nice. Love the write up.
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Old 10-31-2021, 04:39 PM   #28
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Way to go Zeke.... When I was a kid a good friend had a Bluetick "Puppy" tracking dog. Puppy helped me find an arrowed buck. He told me always trust the dogs nose over what the hunter says.

When I got my first tracking dog "Dixie" I remembered what my friend told me a many times. The dog is always right in my experience

It is truly amazing how much we can learn from a good dog.
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Old 11-07-2021, 01:32 PM   #29
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Attaboy, Zeke! Nice write-up, Bisch!
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Old 11-07-2021, 03:48 PM   #30
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Waydago Zeke
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Old 11-08-2021, 04:37 AM   #31
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Old 11-09-2021, 03:55 PM   #32
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Old 11-09-2021, 03:58 PM   #33
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Zeke got on 3 more tracks last week at the ranch I work at!







We didnít need him on the nilgai. The hunter centerpunched the heart on that big dude, and he didnít go 100yds. Stevie Wonder could have followed the blood trail. But I put Zeke on it anyway because he had never found a nilgai before.

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Old 11-09-2021, 04:04 PM   #34
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That's awesome! So fun to watch a dog hunt or track or do what their instincts tell them. Those suckers are worth their weight thats for sure.
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Old 11-09-2021, 04:09 PM   #35
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Awesome work and good looking pup. That first deer looks like it got hit pretty high. Was that from an elevated stand?
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:24 PM   #36
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Zeke is a good little fella. Not sure why he doesn't like Tim though . . .

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Old 11-09-2021, 11:20 PM   #37
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Awesome work and good looking pup. That first deer looks like it got hit pretty high. Was that from an elevated stand?

It was from a short tripod. When I rolled the deer over and saw that hole, I knew the hunter had gotten pretty lucky on that one!

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Old 11-09-2021, 11:21 PM   #38
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Zeke found one for me this evening!



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Old 11-10-2021, 06:58 AM   #39
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Way to go to both you and Zeke. You have a great little buddy there.

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Old 11-10-2021, 11:38 AM   #40
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You can't beat a good JR for tracking. Looks like you got a great one Bisch!
This is Scout and she is a tracking machine!

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and she is as sweet as pie too
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Old 11-13-2021, 09:56 PM   #41
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Never get tired of hearing about and seeing Zeke in action, a very cool little guy. Hunt Ďem up Zeke!
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Old 11-13-2021, 10:00 PM   #42
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You can't beat a good JR for tracking. Looks like you got a great one Bisch!
This is Scout and she is a tracking machine!

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and she is as sweet as pie too
Whoís a good girl? Scout is, thatís who! Just look at her pretty smile showing all those sharp little teeth.
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Old 11-21-2021, 02:21 PM   #43
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Zeke got another one this weekend!



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Old 11-21-2021, 03:30 PM   #44
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It looks like one of those three bucks who hang together by the water troth.
Did you tag that one Bisch?
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Old 11-21-2021, 08:14 PM   #45
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It looks like one of those three bucks who hang together by the water troth.
Did you tag that one Bisch?

Nope! This was a first buck ever for this hunter at London Oaks Ranch.

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Old 11-23-2021, 01:22 PM   #46
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Waytago, Zeke! And congrats to that hunter!

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Old 11-29-2021, 09:01 AM   #47
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:06 AM   #48
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Great job Zeke!

He deserves some deer heart treats.
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Old 12-12-2021, 12:57 PM   #49
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Zeke found a whitetail buck Friday morning:



And then an axis doe this morning:



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Old 12-12-2021, 01:48 PM   #50
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You have been keeping the little guy busy.
Nice shots on the last two deers.
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