Magnum tracked up his first hog.

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Magnum tracked up his first hog.

Postby hicntry » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:10 pm

Well it took a week and a half but Magnum tracked his first hog up today. He was silent so I shot it at about 20 yards. Probably 165 to 175 lb sow. It may just take this one hog or it may take a couple so he knows exactly what the game plan is. He tracks them up, I kill them. For doing depredation work like this, this is the way to train a dog. If he gets you close to a group of 10, I may get one at each stop but wherever they run to, he will track them up and I can kill all ten. No dogs get hurt everything is good and the whole group is eradicated. Probably not sporting enough for some but extremely effective way to use a dog.

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Re: Magnum tracked up his first hog.

Postby DesertPP » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:23 am

No dogs get hurt everything is good and the whole group is eradicated. Probably not sporting enough for some but extremely effective way to use a dog.


Depredation hunts aren't about being sporting. They are about getting the job done as efficiently as possible. Just because a dog is tough enough to bite into a hog, doesn't mean it must. Dogs get injured or killed and hogs get away. Which isn't very efficient and definitely isn't getting the job done.
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Re: Magnum tracked up his first hog.

Postby hicntry » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:37 am

I agree 100%. I don't like my dogs catching as I have said before....but they are my dogs. Catching is obviouisly the wrong term as they dont catch in the classic sense. The fight head to head in the brush. I may not like it but, every situation is different. Using them one at a time as tracking dogs is the best and most effective method I have found. Maybe one at a time is the key, but I still train in pairs.
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Re: Magnum tracked up his first hog.

Postby Kyle » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:44 pm

DesertPP wrote:Depredation hunts aren't about being sporting. They are about getting the job done as efficiently as possible. Just because a dog is tough enough to bite into a hog, doesn't mean it must. Dogs get injured or killed and hogs get away. Which isn't very efficient and definitely isn't getting the job done.


This method will work great in habitat like hicntry has but without a bay up you would never kill a hog in the yaupon brush of Texas because you have to get close before you can see to shoot. This would be a great way to utilize a DD on hogs except it would end with a bay up instead of a point.
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