I POSTED THIS IN A THREAD OF DIFFERENT TOPIC BUT THOUGHT WOULD PUT IT IN IT'S OWN THREAD.
people either forget or don't know that it is legal to use a single leashed dog to track wounded animals in Alaska.
page 19 of 2010-2011 regs-
Big game animals MAY NOT be taken by following methods:
"...Hunting big game with the aid or use of a dog, EXCEPT
dogs may be used to hunt black bears under a nontransferable
permit, issued to an individual who qualifies under the permit
conditions established in 5 AAC 92.068; and a single, leashed
dog may be used in conjunction with tracking and dispatching
a wounded big game animal..." (under lining added).
there is an organization that does this: Alaska Game Search
i am not associated with this organization.
you have to have F & G , Fish and Wildlife protection or Troopers contact them for you.
Even 24 hrs later , or more dogs can locate downed animals. but sooner the better. People tend to stomp all over area first and that can make it tough for the dog to sort things out.
i know i would like the experience for myself and my dog. as i doubt they get many calls. as with many things, more experience a dog and handler get the better they become.
I have trained my dog alittle and wound be willing to try and help. as i hate to think an animal is not recovered.
When i retire and have the time to train it properly. i plan to get a specific dog for that. 394-1996
good reading- http://www.born-to-track.com/legalities-today.htm
John has written an excellent book on the topic of tracking. i was lucky enough to have trained with him a few years ago and was with him when his dog recovered the deer on the cover of the second addition of his book.
organization for locating tracking dogs and info- I am a member of this organization. http://www.unitedbloodtrackers.org/
I may have even taken the picture on the banner of this web site (3rd pix from left)
hope this info is helpful to some folks