Cottonwoods Deer Recovery


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Sometimes when a deer is shot, for one reason or another it might run off. Often these
deer are located by the hunter following the blood trail. When the blood trail is sparse
or hard to find, sometimes due to weather conditions, and the hunter has exhausted his abilities to track the deer, one of our dogs can be brought in. All of our dogs are worked 
on lead, and never run after or follow healthy deer.
Dogs can track wounded deer even when there is no visual blood by using their nose to find what the hunter can not see or smell.
Even if you object to hunting, there are benefits to Deer Recovery. Just a few are; 
  • The injured deer is not left to suffer.
  • The deer is not wasted.
  • The hunter has to 'tag' a deer we find, reducing the number shot.
  • Your dog can get out and do something enjoyable that also helps the community.
  • It is great exercise.
Our dogs are rewarded with a piece of the meat or the gut pile (which the hunter doesn't want anyway). There are also times when we may not get the call right away, and they 
only want the antlers,  in which case all of our dogs benefit from the 'find'.
The head is tagged and a Wildlife Resource Document (WRD) accompanies the carcass.
According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website
  • A  person is prohibited from using a dog to hunt or pursue deer in this state. 
  •  It is unlawful to use dogs to trail a wounded deer in certain counties.
  •  Not more than two dogs may be used to trail a wounded deer in legal counties.
R.J. retired from Deer Recovery after the 2006 hunting season. We hope to train
Cottonwoods "Bounty Hunter" as his replacement. 


R.J. has also tracked feral hogs

My husband and I are both license hunters in the State of Texas.
Ever played "where's Waldo" ?
This is the deer's view.
Zooming in closer.
Me and my youngest daughter.

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