State Certified Tracker Mike Riepen

State Certified Tracker Mike Riepen
(248)200-9805 Tracker Mike lives in WhiteLake Oakland Co. and covers the entire Lower peninsula

Tracker Jeff Murphy

Tracker Jeff Murphy
517-449-2638 Tracker Jeff will track in Clinton,Ingham,Eaton Counties. Will travel when available.

State Certified Tracker Mark Krull

State Certified Tracker Mark Krull
(231 )218-3944 Immediate Counties: Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim. Can travel to: Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee,Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Crawford, Otsego, Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ohio Deer tracking Dogs.

Mother & daughter kill two giants on opening evening of the Ohio deer season. 
This buck is 81/2 years old and scores 150.5". The buck was shot from a ground blind with a 10 point Xbow. 
Shot was low and further back in the vitals. The Broadhead actually cut the bottom edge of the lungs however the lungs we're still working. The liver was also cut and this is what actually killed the buck. You can see that the buck didn't bleed out his nose/mouth. This buck was tracked about 100 yards and they jumped him. The hunters waited about 2 hours before tracking. Sypris recovered him .61 of a mile away. 
It was an awesome opening night in Ohio as her daughter also killed a 173" giant 4.5 year old buck. She was also using a 10 point Xbow. Her buck was shot low and forward resulting in cutting the bottom edge of the lung and slicing the heart. This buck wasn't pushed and Sypris recovered him 1.3 miles away. It was 14 hours after the shot when we found him. He was still very warm and it appeared that he just died. Basically he slowly bleed out because of the heart having a thin slice in the muscle part. 
It was an awesome trip to Ohio and once again to the Sexton ladies awesome job and congrats. 
I owe a big THANK YOU to Rack nation outdoors for getting me in contact with the hunters. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tracking Advice

Everyone please understand we are using a dog to try and locate your downed deer. They are not machines or miracle dogs. They can not find a deer that is not dead!!! If your deer is dead and you follow these couple of tips you are setting yourself up for success. They do amazing work and can clearly track better then us humans. The worst thing you can do is track to soon (give the wounded deer time to die!!! Wait 2 hours if you can before you start tracking). 
Stay quite in the woods and mark the blood trail with flagging strips or TP. If you jump your deer back out ASAP and give them several more hours. If you are struggling to eye track (looking for blood) at that point you may want to consider bringing in a trained tracking dog. Once a deer is pushed there is no telling how far they will go before dying!!!  
   We ALWAYS start the dog at the shot site. This is where the dog can pick up the most scent and from there learn which deer is wounded and while we retrace the blood trail the dog is learning who the individual deer is so when the blood trail stops the dog can continue on tracking by following the deer hoof scent/body scent. Blood is not necessary to successful track your deer. 
This is a hobby for all of us. We all work full time jobs so calling us sooner gives us more time to set up a game plan or locate another tracker. Calling us 24 hours after you shot your deer makes it extremely difficult. We can track 24-40 hours after the deer has been shot!!! But the odds of recovering your deer dramatically decreases. Try to call within 12 hours for optimum success.

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