Friday, August 21, 2015

MDTH tracker phone numbers.

MDTH trackers contact list. 
All trackers can receive text messages. Please Text or call as soon as you realize you need help!!! Sooner the dog gets there will increase your chance for recovery. 

All trackers will travel. 
Please share with your friends and other hunting groups/pages. 

Genesee Co.
Oakland Co. 
Clinton Co. 
Berrien Co. 
Chuck 989-255-3825 
Oscoda Co. 
Travers city
Travers city 

Call for training purposes 
St.Clair Co. 
Kenneth 810-459-9814
Sanilac/Lapeer/St.Clair Co. 
Oakland Co. 
GrandRapids area.
Mike Avery's Outdoor Magazine. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dogs in training 2015

All 3 will be recovering deer this fall. 2015

Summer time training.

Sypris just completed a hoof only track that was aged 20 hours. Weather was hot and humid and the mosquitoes were ferocious.  She did exceptionally well since we haven't done any tracking since the 2014 season ended. 
.40 of a mile. It took her 20+ min. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bass Pro Shops

Dog days Family Event starts tonight at Bass Pro Shops in Auburn Hills Mi. 6-9pm

    Next Friday March 13th 6pm-9pm
Michigan Deer Track'n Hounds will be there so make sure you stop over and say Hi!! 
Sypris and Cash will be there..

Saturday, February 21, 2015


9 recoveries in 2011
31 recoveries in 2012
32 recoveries in 2013
41 recoveries in 2014

2015 should be another great year as we continue to train and as she matures. 
Thanks for calling upon us to help 

Training a Blood Deer tracking dog.

MDTH may or may not be the best deer trackers however we try to be.....!
This info is true and powerful 

Facts About Blood Trailing

Trainers that will have you believe that you need to maintain a supply of blood or special boots in order to train your dog are very misguided. How can I say that? Well, let's first take a look at scent and its function.

Scent is created from dried skin particles known as scarf. Scarf will waft from the body, and that of any animal, at a rate of 10,000 particles per second. Each animal has a distinct aroma of scent associated with its species and individuality. Simply put, everyone and every animal have a distinct odor which can be identified via smell. The acute abilities of the dog's nose aid it in identifying those differences. Blood is on the inside of the body, and it's wet. No dried skin particles can develop inside the body, only on the outside.

So how does the dog know what to search for? When the blood from a wounded animal drips from the skin of that animal, its scent is absorbed within the blood. When your dog is brought to the spot where blood appears, he is directed to locate that particular animal. If trained properly, he will only track the animal whose scent he smells. Does this really work? Consider this, when tracking a wounded animal, generally the blood droppings will cease, but the dog continues to track the correct animal. Why? He is following the scent (dried skin cells) trail left behind by the animal, and not just its blood droppings. If you can identify the location where the deer was standing when it was shot, the dog will track that particular animal, even if there is not visible blood.

When training a dog, if blood collected from one animal is being sprayed, and a piece of hide from a different animal is being used as the drag, it can and usually does, confuse the dog, making training a monumental task. The reason is that the blood is not collecting the scent of the hide. If the blood was allowed to drip off the hide, that would make a huge difference. Why confuse the dog? Simply use portions of the cape of a particular animal as the drag and teach the dog to track that particular scent. Each time you change the hide, you have a different scent, and the dog knows it.

Believe what you want!! 
Michigan deer track'n hounds train our hounds to learn individual scent. NOT BLOOD!!!!!! 

Just as important as skin scent is 

--------->Interdigital Gland

Deer Interdigital Gland
This wary whitetail is about to stomp her front left foot at the menacing photographer!  By doing so, her interdigital gland will release an alarming scent on to the ground, warning other whitetails who cross her path of danger.
The interdigital gland is the second most important gland to the whitetail deer. Unfortunately, many hunters are unaware of its purpose let alone its existence because of where the gland is located. The interdigital gland is located between the deer’s two center toes, or hooves, and is the scent deer use to “track” one another. Think of the classic rut scene you may have experienced this past fall; a mature doe jogs by your treestand, immediately followed by a buck on the exact same trail as the doe, his nose just inches off the ground. Most hunters know that the buck is trailing her scent, but how? It is wrongly believed that he is simply following her scent, possibly her estrous level. It is true that he could be trailing the doe based on her estrous level and scent, but it’s more likely he’s following the scent left by the waxy substance that seeps out of the interdigital gland. This scent is left wherever the deer walks. Deer instinctively recognize the importance of this gland, as they can often be found cleaning the bottom of their feet after walking through mud or clay, enabling more scent to ooze from the gland, thus leaving a better scent trail. This helps deer find one another more quickly and efficiently because they are able to pick up the exact trail of the deer they are looking for. If whitetails had to locate one another simply by emitted body odor, they would waste a lot more energy and burn a lot more calories in the process. The interdigital gland also doubles as a warning scent for some deer. When deer are alarmed and frightened yet can’t identify the source of danger, they stomp their foot repeatedly in attempt to get the source of danger to present itself. In doing so, the deer is depositing more scent on the ground to warn other deer of danger in the future. If there was danger in the area, it is wise of the whitetail to educate other members of the herd to possibility of existing danger in the area. While deer pay close attention to this warning scent, I have witnessed several deer sniff the ground where a deer had stomped just hours before, only to resume feeding casually. If deer ran every time they smelled this alarming scent, there would be deer running through the woods constantly.

While the interdigital gland is responsible for bucks tracking does during the rut, fawns may actually benefit the most from this gland. After a fawn is born, it will spend the next 10-14 days alone in hiding, as the mother avoids leaving scent around her new born which may attract predators. When the mother goes back to find her fawn, she returns to the general area, but the doe is unaware of the exact location of her fawn since the fawn is likely to have gotten up and changed hiding spots. By following the unique scent trail left exclusively by her fawn and its interdigital gland, the doe is able to track and find her fawn.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ypsilanti Michigan Blood tracking dogs

Rear leg gut shot. My client didn't find any blood for the first 30 yards. He knew his shot was back so he used tracking insurance and Sypris made quick work for a steadfast recovery. 
Congrats Steve Miller. 

Burton Michigan. Deer tracking dogs

Gut shot. We tracked him 22 hours after the shot. Jumped and pushed him over 2 miles. We found him in a swamp and decided to back out to give him more time. With in 5 min the next day my client found his trophy.