Waddington tracking dog handler offering service to hunters for free
WADDINGTON -- With bear hunting season open and bow season for deer opening in St. Lawrence County, hunters who need help tracking a wounded animal can seek the help from a tracking dog.Tom Rausch of Waddington, who has a leashed dog tracking license, is offering to help hunters track wounded deer and bear.
He claims that he and his dogs can do a better job finding the animals than people fanning out in the woods.
"When tracking a wounded deer, if you lose blood, it's best to back out and call me. Never do a grid search with friends,” Rausch said. “By doing this you are spreading the blood track in all directions, making it difficult if not impossible for the dog to follow the right track."
He says to mark the hit site and last blood located.
He suggests hunters obtain permission from neighbors to enter their property, if it appears it may be needed.
Other than accepting donations for gas, Rausch says he doesn't charge for tracking.