Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Check out all of these 2013 smiles

2014 Michigan Deer Hunting seasons

2014 Michigan Deer Hunting Seasons:
Early Antler-less Firearm: Sept. 20-21

Liberty Hunt: Sept. 20-21
Youth Hunt: Sept. 20-21

Independence Hunt: Oct. 16-19
"This firearm deer hunt will take place on private lands or public land requiring an access permitand open to the Independence Hunt by lottery from October 16-19, 2014. Veterans with 100-percent disability or rated as individually unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may participate in this hunt. In addition, hunters who possess a permit to hunt from a standing vehicle or to hunt using a laser-sighting devise, and hunters who are legally blind may also participate.

During this hunt, a firearm or combination license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. Antler Point Restrictions apply when taking an antlered deer. The bag limit for this season is one deer. All hunters participating in this season must wear hunter orange."

Archery: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1

Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30

Zone 1: Dec. 5-14
Zone 2: Dec. 5-14
Zone 3: Dec. 5-21

Late Antler-less Firearm: Dec. 22 - Jan. 1

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dogs are amazing.

Dogs are so important in our every day lives. 

-family pets (unconditional love)

-search & rescue




-my favorite "therapy dogs"

I think being a k9 officer would be an extremely rewarding occupation. 

Just like being a deer tracker. We get to investigate the "crime scene" and try to solve the puzzle using our knowledge and past experiences and navigate through unknown Territory. Being a tracker is not easy. .it can be extremely stressful.  Owning a specialty  dog requires year round training,exercise and proper diet. 

They are more then a family pet. 

You need a supportive family first and for most. You need to have a flexible job so you can help as many hunters as you can. You need a good running vehicle because many times you are spending most of the season driving. Last year I drove over 7,000 miles. You need to be able to function on a couple hours of sleep. Be a honest person because in this line of work your name is everything. It's extremely rewarding recovering a lost deer that the hunter would have never found. It's also extremely depressing when you fail to find the deer especially one you feel is dead or will die. In 99% cases when a deer isn't found it's because the deer will live or the handler did not read/trust his/her dog. I know of 3 tracks last year the deer were found after Sypris and I left. The fact is I felt we should have found the deer by now and or the evidence did not indicate a fatal shot. Sypris was correct on all 3 and I stopped her short from finding them. However at some point you have to call the track off!! These are life lesson and what makes trackers and their dogs a better team. Please understand in most cases we are coming in to a situation where the area is contaminated or the deer has been pressured and pushed. In some situations we can not work through it. We are your last option!!! Money is involved and emotions are heighten and for most of us we live paycheck to paycheck including myself. So please be understanding and give us space and time while searching for your deer. We give it our all blood,sweat and tears to recovery every deer we put our hounds on. We are all trusting a k9,dog,hound our 4 legged best friend to be a machine, magician, to pull off a miracle and when they do it's an electrifying moment and when they don't we all need to be extremely appreciative and praise the hell out of them for their valiant effort. The dog tracks because they love it!! They want to please their handler and also their client!!!   Good luck this fall and if we can not personally help you we will do our best to find and alternative tracker!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Michigan Deer Blood Tracking dogs

"Michigan Deer Trackn Hounds" Trackers pride themselves in continual progression to be the best of the best! Both in our dogs and our handlers. Many of our trackers are State certified. This means that both Dog and Handler have been independently evaluated by a wounded game tracking judge, and both dog and handler have demonstrated sound abilities in the field test. You can be assured that finding your quarry is of the utmost importance to us and we are well prepared to assist you in recovering your wounded game. Each year our tracking teams assist hunters in recovering their game, reducing the number of unrecovered animals in our great State.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sypris turns 5 years old. 7-21-09

Sypris is truly a one of kind pet. I'm truly blessed to have her and the unconditional love is endless. Her work ethic is beyond anyone's mindset. 
She is truly one of the best tracking dogs in the country. Turning 5 years old yesterday she is coming in to her prime so this fall should be a ton of fun. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Canton Michigan

The one that got away!! Well sorta. 

This buck Sypris tracked back in 2013. Shot with a Xbow at last light from a high elevated tree stand at a mere 10'. Shot placement was unknown a we couldn't find the bolt. Good blood for the first 75 yards. 

Shot sight was never confirmed until 2 days later. Started Sypris at first blood and she took us 1.24 miles. After 75 yards in to the track the blood trail abruptly stopped. We were only finding a single drop of blood every 100 yards. With out a dog there would be zero chance of tracking this buck. We ended up tracking him in front of my clients trail cam as you can see in the two of the four pictures. Look closely you can see the entrance hole and intestines hanging out between the bucks legs. At the time of tracking we didn't not think we were tracking a gut shot buck. We tracked him in to a thick pine patch that was about .68 mile away. We pumped him out of the pines and he crossed an extremely busy road and ended up swimming through a pond that was about 30 yards across. At this point we are not finding any blood at all. We tracked him in to a young sapling thicket where we found one spot of blood transfer to confirm Sypris work. Total distance tracked now was 1.23 miles. At this point Sypris was loosing focus on the track and due to lack of blood and distance tracked we called the track off. Next day is rained all day and the buck went in to a public city park. By day three we all realized the buck was gut shot. Arrangements were made to give Sypris a try (knowing 99.9% chance should would not be able to scent track however maybe air scent the body) and a search party was formed. After many hours of searching and not finding anything the search was called off. After the winter my client got word of a 14 year old boy finding a giant buck dead just north of the city park. The young man had cut the Antlers off. The buck traveled at least another 1 mile from where we stopped tracking. 

Sad day for any hunter!!! 

We all learned many lessons from this misfortune and for that we will be better hunters and trackers.   

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome Bo Juergensen to the team.

Bo and his Jagdterrier "Jazzy" have been helping hunters for over 6+ years. Bo lives in Berrien County and will travel to the surrounding counties to help hunters. He may travel farther if he has the time. 
Contact Bo @ (269)-876-1037

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Not the ending you want however it's closure

Started hunting at the age of 9. Now the young lady is 15  here is her testimonial. 

This is the big 8 point I put a bad shot on on opining night of the youth hunt of 2013, after I shot it my uncle josh and I realized the shot was to low In the stomach so we decided to let it lay over night an we were going to call a dog tracker in the morning. my uncle josh called rob the dog tracker in the morning , he told him the situation rob  said he would come out an track it for us .after we got there his dog got on the tracks ,the dog ended up on the blood trail ,witch there was very little blood to track on maybe 10 spots of blood total, we've been tracking it for over 2 hours then the dog ended up jumping the deer out of it's bed ,then we got an eye on the deer and realized the deer wasn't going to die that day . We decided to call the dogs off the track , then in 2014 after the snow melted my uncle josh I went looking for the buck in the area we felt it had died in ,while we were looking my uncle found him ! This is the picture of the 8 , we wan't to thank rob for bringing his dog out an tracking the buck for us. I think that this dog is the number one deer tracking dog in Michigan by far ! 
Note: MDTH tracker Rob Miller
They did everything correctly from the hunters standpoint. 
We as trackers did all we could do also. This is one of the cases when paunch shot deer take several days/weeks to expire. We found the buck however he was still extremely strong.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Successful recovery since 2007

Howell Michigan

Walker West age 16
    On a crisp fall morning, perched in our double stand, my brother (Nash 14) and I (Walker 16)  with my dad down below, watched the world come alive. We were waiting patiently to see a hunters dream or at the least a glimmer of food for the winter emerge in the morning light. Of course unaware of what this day would have in store for us our adventure began. In the blink of an eye there were bucks everywhere it didn't seem real, most of which would be dandies in a season or two for certain. It seemed the lucky stand we call "The Nash" after my brother was looking lucky again. Suddenly out of the brush to our right we saw a huge buck. He was one that when you looked at his body and he turned his head you could just see his white horns rotating. This was the day that was decided Nash would have first shot. I whispered to my brother  to be steady and site in on the buck and shoot, I will back you up...our dad was leaning up against the tree underneath us and we could hear him say "shoot, shoot!" Nash pulled the trigger of his muzzleloader and a puff of white smoke appeared in front of me. We weren't sure if it was a misfire so I raised my muzzleloader with the thought of this buck not getting away and pulled the trigger for a follow-up shot. Just like that the buck spun around and took off and he was gone. It looked like my brother and I both hit the buck hard !!! We waited about an hour before we got down out of our stand. It was time. We then got ourselves lightweight by taking off our jackets ,overalls and packs . We went to where each shot was made and nothing was found. We went about 10 yards this side of the river and saw a few drops of blood, now we just had to figure out how we were going to get across the river. We finally found an old aluminum pole 8 inches in diameter and about 25 feet long stuffed in the brush along the side of the river. After a half hour worth of work we finally got the pole across the river and shimmied ourselves across. We went to where the buck had landed and it was as if someone was pouring blood out of a gallon jug for 75 yards. We knew we had our buck but then to our surprise the blood stopped instantly! We had never seen anything like that before. We searched around for about an hour more in the thick grasses and muck and lost the track of the buck. We backed out and went back to our truck. My dad called his friend Robert Miller, who is a licensed deer tracker, with a hound called Cyprus for some help. It was amazing to watch this little hound who was no bigger than a corn nubbin get to work! We began our coon hunt, entering into private property where the neighbor fortunately is a hunter and a gentleman, and allowed us to tromp around their property for hours trying to find the buck. It seemed as if we were pushing this monster and couldn't understand how he could still be alive? It was getting late we needed to back out and my dad wanted to get us home to bed .It's an awful feeling trying to go to bed when you know that you've shot this majestic beast and still haven't found it !!! My dad reassured us he would go back out to meet with the tracker and they would find the buck. It seemed like I just closed my eyes and my mom was waking me up telling me to go downstairs and help dad. I ran out into the garage looking at the driveway there my dad stood with the big buck, I couldn't believe my eyes !!! "You found it," I said, "I can't believe you found it!  Where was he?" He said they found him just 10 yards past where we had left off. This was one determined deer. I looked to see where the buck had been shot, one of our shots was a little back a little low and quartering away. The other shot was 4 inches in front of that a little low a little forward and quartering away also. It probably wasn't our best shot but it got the job done thank heavens! My dad hung pictures of us and the buck in his business, I'm not sure who's more proud my dad or us??? An epic story to add to the West household for sure!
      Walker T West

Dad: Jeff West

Tracker Rob Miller & Sypris

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bella and Tracker Jeff Murphy. St. John's Michigan

Bela and I were called for this track on 11-3-13 near St. Johns MI. The hunter knew that this was a gut shot so he called from the woods to make arraignments for us to help.  We arrived to help about 5 hours after the shot. As we started to track we noticed some light blood for the first 100 yards, after that we did not see any blood until the 300 yard mark where we came across a wound bed with a little blood in it. From the wound bed, Bela tracked another 75 yards to the deer that had expired.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chris Davis. Oakland Township.

Number #31 recovery for Sypris for the 2013 season. 

The hunter hit high and back angling down in to the liver/gut and maybe 1 lung. A great blood trail for 75-100 yards. Once the arrow feel out the blood STOPPED!! We went another 100 yards before finding a pin drop. Chris Davis actually walked the same exact route however with the snow on the ground and the amazing blood trail he figured the buck didn't go this way!! His searched continued heading west from the last blood (more probable route) still he couldn't find any blood. So at this point he decided to try a tracking dog. He is friends with Chris & Brandy LaFountain and Brandy suggested that he call Sypris & I. Sypris made quick work of the track. The buck went .26 of a mile and we found him in 18 minutes. We found where the buck bedded and probably bumped from Chris searching. Chris waited 1.5 hours before searching he thought his shot was on the money!!!! The buck must have lunged forward as soon as he released the arrow. Chris told me he wouldn't have found his best buck to date with out the help of Sypris. Now his buck is in the freezer and the trophy is taxidermist bound!!! Great buck Chris and thanks for using Michigan Deer Track'n Hounds.    

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Prefect shot - not so perfect ending!! Stay tuned!! may recall a track I did back in late October and I shared the video of a young boy that made what looked to be a perfect shot on a big 9 point on Facebook. (I'll share the link to the video again) well today the big 9 was spotted by one of the Adults that was with me while tracking the buck. When I called the track off we were all in disbelief. Several men combed the area for two days searching for him. So keep your fingers crossed we get a dramatic finish to this story and it just might make it on TV. This picture of blood was where the buck stood in the video. It just proves why we don't recover 50% of the deer we track.
Check out this video on YouTube: to be a text book shot!!!

Proof 1 lung was for sure cut!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rob Miller is on Mike Avery's Outdoor magizine Radio show

Listen to tracker Rob Miller on Mike Avery's outdoor radio show.
Brad whiting 
Tracker Rob miller & Sypris

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mike & Cash Ann Arbor Michigan

On Friday November 22 2013 I shot my biggest bow buck and as all us Michigan deer hunters know its the second week of gun season and our deer are a little on edge so to see this buck come in to 22 yards was surprising . Long story short after 2 hours of waiting and 5 hour track on frozen blood and a sleepless night only to start day 2 with snow "shit" so after a lot of thinking walking and cursing! I called michigan deer track'n hounds best call ever mike(tracker) cash (a blood hound) were on the trail within the hour after this dog is amazing 2 hrs. 2 miles he found my buck I can't say this enough this dog is amazing.

Jeff Murphy & Bella

Fenton Michigan. Jack Whaley

First buck at the age of 13

I am so proud of my Son! Thank you to Rob and Sypris for finding this Buck for Jack and I. It was quite a tracking experience! I cannot believe he found it. What a memory.....My sons first buck which is a 9 point that we are going to get mounted! 

Ryan Whaley

Gaines Michigan Randy

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tracker Jeff & Bella. East Lansing Michigan

Jeff daughter Aubrey made a great shot on this Michigan 8 point. Quickly after pulling the trigger the sky open up to 1" of rain fall and 30-50 mph winds. Jeff waited till the following morning before place Bella on the buck track. Even tho the blood was no longer visible there was enough scent for Bella to find Aurbrey buck. 

Mike & Cash Cohoctah Michigan

Mike & Cash tracked down Mike uncles Buck. The buck was hit low and back. The 6 point traveled nearly 500 yards. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Clear Lake Mi. Brad whiting.

Robert Miller Mike Avery's Outdoor Magazine published this tracking/hunting story. Mike received 

Good morning Mike,
I am about to embarrass myself with this story, but it needs to be told, and I would appreciate it if you posted this letter, as is, on your Facebook page, along with the pictures.

Last Sunday morning I was still hunting in the swamps of St. Helen, MI in light rain, about 9:30am when I saw what appeared to be a 130-140 class B & C buck about 75yds in front of me. The buck was stepping through a small opening in the heavy cover in what would be my ONLY shot opportunity. I quickly shouldered the rifle, lined up on his front shoulder and fired. However, the buck spotted my movement and lunged simultaneously to the shot and I hit him mid-body. A gut-shot for sure. The buck lurched sideways, mule-kicked, and was gone. I was instantly sickened to my stomach as I knew I had just gut-shot what I thought would be one of the best bucks of my life. Making matters worse was that the rain was now gaining intensity. 

Finding no blood, hair, or anything where I assumed the buck stood at the shot, I did a few crossing patterns to try and cut blood. I did find a single spot with two drops about 80 yds from the shot. That was it. I decided drastic measures were in order and backed out, went to my cabin and retrieved the number for Rob Miller of Michigan Deer Tracking Hounds. I actually called three of the guys on the team and left messages. Rob returned my call within minutes. I explained the situation and he offered me a guy out of Petoskey that would be a little cheaper due to the travel time. Once I confirmed with Rob that the tracking hound Sypris was Rob’s dog, I decided to go with Rob as the little Dachshund Sypris is legendary. (She would later prove it.) From the time of the shot, until Rob’s arrival to the spot of the hunt, approximately 3 ½ hours had passed. The rain had been steady for the entire time, with several spells of heavy, driving rain to boot. As I waited for the tracking team to arrive, I was having serious doubts about the ability of any dog to track a deer in the kind of rain I was witnessing, and had witnessed since the shot. Thinking I had a real trophy on the ground somewhere, I decided to keep the scenario intact and rolling.

I got Rob and Sypris to the spot of the shot, but had never been sure exactly where the buck stood, it was just too heavy of cover to know for sure without any sign of a hit. The only real evidence I had was two drops of blood about 80 yds away, marked with toilet paper, surely washed away by now. Rob called the DNR to get me permission to carry my rifle loaded, with no round chambered during the track job. He is registered with the state of MI, and as such, this would be allowed. Rob spotted a bit of fat in a shrub and we had a starting point. Rob inserted Sypris into the cover and within seconds, she took a direction and went with it. I became skeptical instantly as she was going away from my marked spot several yards away. Within 50 yds, Rob called me over to show me a huge clot of blood on the ground. Probing it with his fingers, he pulled out what we both agreed was a small bit of liver. I was elated. Going a bit further, I hollered up to Rob that Sypris would have to make a left turn very soon in order to somehow pass by my marked spot. Almost at the completion of my sentence, she did just that. Within seconds, we passed by my marked spot and Sypris was working steady and sure. We followed her, working a very vigorous and steady pace. I stayed off to the side, constantly looking ahead for the buck. We came to a small thicket that looked impenetrable. Rob suggested I get around toward the front in case the buck was lying in the thicket. Within a second or two Rob hollered out he had more Blood, the first time in over a half mile there was any physical evidence Sypris was on track. I was again elated! Just then, I looked ahead and saw the buck bedded. I announced that I had spotted it and was going to shoot. I chambered a round, and as the buck began to rise, I fired, finishing it off in its bed at about 60 yds.

I ran to the deer, adrenalin stoked, I was on cloud nine! But when I got to the buck, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The picture tells the tale. I will never understand how I made a 10-Inch, small hooped 3-point into a 140 Booner. Regardless of my wet glasses, heavy brush that I apparently attached to his head, it appears the real culprit may just be I have a child’s imagination (LOL). Either way, it was done, and I was embarrassed beyond words. Rob was gracious, offering encouraging words. Most important of which being my peace of mind. He explained had I not called him, I would have been tormented by the thought I’d left a buck of a lifetime to go wasted. He was right. 

As I pondered the entire chain of events that day, I realized how awesome it really was. I could not be more impressed with the Master Deer Tracking Team of Rob Miller and his Dachshund Sypris. In my eyes, they had pulled off a literal miracle. Six-tenths of a mile, in 24 minutes, during a steady rain, and after almost four hours of steady and heavy rain, the buck was located and dispatched. I would never have recovered this deer otherwise. 

Rob took a call on a Sunday morning, left his family to drive from Linden to St. Helen, and found my deer. I will hope and pray this never happens again, but if it does, I know with 1000% confidence, my deer will be found. Everyone out there should know about these guys, and trust that the team from Michigan Deer Tracking Hounds are for real and really know their stuff. I am still in awe as I write this. Had you been there with me, you would be too.

Bellville Michigan

This track did not goes as planned. My client shot a 8 point buck around 11 am. He followed the spare blood trail nearly 400 yards. He spent the rest of the day grid searching the woods with no luck. He decided to bring in a tracking dog. Sypris made quick work of the 400 yards previously tracked by our client. One circle a last know where abouts and Sypris was indicating pin drops of blood to me. She was tracking with ease and I kept seeing blood and more blood and more blood. I kept shinning my 300 lumen cyclop light up ahead expecting to a 8 point laying their any second. Well 1.25 miles later she found the gut shot coyote that crawled up under a dead fall. 
We were extremely surprised to find this coyote and also confused as hell!!!
So we did a complete restart to only have  Sypris retrace the known blood trail to only have her go back to the coyote. I tried everything to get her to find the bucks blood trail to only leave wondering what the heck happened in those woods today's. Hopefully the buck lived so my client can kill him another day. This case is still open for investigation. 

Albion Mi.

Randy was hunting from a ground blind when crab claw a 140" 9 point made his way in to the food plot. The shot was 30+ yards and by the bucks reaction he was hit far back. Randy immediately called Rob to discuss his options!! Rob suggested to let the buck lay over night and to give the buck a minimum 12 hours before trying to eye track him. Russel started tracking around noon the following day. They followed the blood trail about 500 yards and found two beds with blood in them. They hit a dead in in the track and decided Sypris help was needed. It was extremely windy that night and thankfully we were tracking in to the wind. Sypris tracked with a 20 yard wide zig zag formation (odd style for her) however she kept indicating blood and wound beds. Randy son inlaw was with me while tracking and he says we didn't follow blood that way!! The blood trail is over here!!  Well I always follow my dog and Supris kept finding blood and wound beds after wound beds. .40 of a mile we found Randy buck still warm and rig was setting in. The track was 25 hours old. I think the other blood trail was crab clay and he was out rutting all night.  Always trust your dog!!!!

Howell Mi. Nash,Walker,& Jeff West

The thrill of the hunt!! Difficult to explain without writing  a novel . But can I say that my two boys and I ,Walker 16 , Nash 14 and my self Jeff experienced something very special. Just when you thought the hunt was over it really just began!! There are many facets to hunting  , but Robert and sypris added a new Dimension . My boys are writing a short story about this hunt so I won't say much more , but what I can say is always call Robert & syris whenever you are questioning your tracking .I have been an outdoorsman for over forty years and as my father taught me the integrity of truly respecting nature the service Robert provides wasn't available when I was a young man , but you can bet your bottom dollar that the first thing to go into our backpacks is Robert Millers phone number. Might I add that Robert is a master of his trade, professional and a gentleman  .

Thank you again 

Jeff ,Walker and Nash West
Walker West
Nash West
   Jeff West
Rob Miller & Sypris