UKDTR NEWS

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New Members:

We now have four new full members coving even more parts of the UK, (please see our Callout Team page in the menu above) all of the members have passed our 20 hour old tracking test with their dogs and have completed our handler training and test.

We have another new member to our tracking team too, Paul Ventress - Paul is a very experienced tracking person and he is the second team member to be part of the KBGS (German tracking breed organisation).  Paul is passionate about tracking and tracking dogs and we are very lucky to have him on board; he will become a probationary member and can cover most of the northeast of the country taking in Yorkshire and Lancashire.  Please see our call out page for Paul's telephone number.


Track Training Days:

These days are for people who have a dog.  We will pre-lay trails to practice on.  There will be help and advice on practical tracking, gear, laying tracks, handlers tips etc.

The spaces for these events will be limited on a ‘first come first served’ basis, and booking to be through our secretary  -  Richard Evans 07989 538 350 or email him on: richard.evans300@ntlworld.com

The dates are:

  • dates tba - keep your eyes on this page for updates, thanks.

The cost will be £20 per team.


For further information generally, you can always contact us – see the Contact page for details.


DENMARK....

Three UKDTR members and their dogs went to Denmark this May to follow and track with some of Denmark's call-out teams for the opening of the Roe Buck Season. This is a fantastic opportunity for our members and dogs to gain live tracking experience from some of the best in Europe.

We are hoping to send more handlers for tracks on red deer and wild boar later in the year

 


SCOTLAND....

As part of the UKDTR approach to sharing knowledge, and information on the use of tracking dogs for deer, when UKDTR were approached to provide a small talk and demonstration to a group of Gamekeeping students from the North Highland College in Scotland, we were pleased to be able to help.

Working with Stewart Blair from the college teaching staff, a short PowerPoint presentation was put together, and we also agreed that a demonstration track would be laid for after the talk and Q&A session, to show the students the basics of getting a dog to work a track line.

So in early April while the students were on a residential course hosted by the Coignafearn Estate, I met up with Stewart and the Head Keeper of the estate, Kenny, to do the presentation. The use of tracking dogs within deer management is becoming a fundamental area of deer control, and it was interesting to be able to speak with students who are at the beginning of this knowledge area.

During the PowerPoint session there was a lot of engagement from the students present, and the more slides we covered, the more questions were asked. While this was a basic talk on the subject, it was insightful to hear the general experience most students already had with dogs for other areas of keepering work; and how those students already working with deer had experiences to relate to, and could both interpret and understand the benefit of having a trained dog specifically for deer, rather than a multi purpose dog that was available as a last resort.

Following the talk we went out to where I had laid a short 400 metre rectangular shaped track upon arriving at the estate. It was a cleave only track, 3 hours old, no blood, with signs of hair from the cleave leg as a shot site. After introducing the students to my GWP, I talked them through the equipment we used, both in training to lay tracks, and then to actually work the dog when tracking. After harnessing the dog, we went through the routine of looking for the strike site, while the dog was calm but watchful, then bringing the dog to the strike site, and then on to the track line. After one false start, due to me having laid the track close to a fresh couch, my GWP tracked the fresh line vigorously, and it was good to be able to highlight the turns, and when the dog was strongly on the scent with nose down, or had come off when raising his head...  I had also hidden a set of antlers in long grass at the end of the track, and one student volunteered to hold them while the dog bayed at the end of the track before being given the leg as a reward.

Following the visual element of the track, there was another round of questions, and hopefully, the session allowed a brief insight into how organisations like UKDTR, and others in the UK, are on hand to be able to assist deer managers / stalkers in the event that a deer is required to be found for whatever reason.

Thanks are due in principal to both Stewart - North Highland College, and Kenny - Coignafearn Estate, for approaching and allowing UKDTR to take part in the demonstration with the students while they were at the estate. Here are some photos from the day.....

 

Check back on this page from time to time for further updates of events and news.

 

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