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Squirrel/Blood Dog

Arkie

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I hope this is the correct area to post this in.
I’m starting to look around for a dog. I’m specifically looking for something to squirrel hunt with and use as a blood dog when needed. I have experience with Mnt. Curs and they seem to be a good all around dog. I had a Plott hound in college that would run hogs and blood trail, but never tried him on squirrels. It’s been 5+ years since I’ve had a hound so looking for some opinions.


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krub6b

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Loopwing

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Following also. Thinking about getting a first dog for my daughters (5,7).
 

Nutterbuster

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I've only been squirrel hunting with dogs one time but ill never forget it. Gentleman was running a dog named Boo Radley. Ugliest, crosseyedest, snaggletoothedest, turd-eatin'est excuse of a flea-infested fiest I've ever seen.

That dog hated squirrels with a passion. He'd try to climb trees and was smart enough to keep track of them as they went from tree to tree most of the time.
 

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I just adopted a mountain cur pup this spring and that dog doesn’t have any training aside from the little I give her but she naturally trees squirrels daily in my backyard and barks and tries to climb up after them. She’s good in the woods too, I had apprehensions at first thinking she would just take off but she stays within 100 yards or less of me. Haven’t got her on a blood trail yet but plan to this season.
 

Matki15

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Mountain cur is the way to go if you’re looking for a dog that hunts squirrel and tracks blood. I’ve got one that hates squirrels with a passion and has done well on a couple of hog blood trails I’ve put her on. Pretty easy to train and they’re great house dogs as well
 

FLYIN_HAYN

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Mountain cur is the way to go if you’re looking for a dog that hunts squirrel and tracks blood. I’ve got one that hates squirrels with a passion and has done well on a couple of hog blood trails I’ve put her on. Pretty easy to train and they’re great house dogs as well
I been working on my own cur line for deer the past couple years.... my mix is (catahoula x heeler/kelpie/collie) x (pharaoh/Lindsey x gsp).

fast, gritty, mean nose, unreal sight, stiff ears, able to stalk and indicate, work ethic like a cattledog.... buggah is action
 

Allegheny Tom

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Read John Jeanenny's (sp?) book on blood trailing dogs. It's excellent. And if you read between the lines you can pick up some points on wind behavior/odor stuff, too.
John doesn't discuss squirrel dogs in the book.

Btw. John passed away recently. He'd personally been on over 1,000 deer recoveries and was responsible for founding the United Blood Trackers organization.
John was directly, or indirectly responsible for the recovery of many thousand whitetails. He was a credit to hunting.
John will be missed. RIP.
 

Arkie

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Read John Jeanenny's (sp?) book on blood trailing dogs. It's excellent. And if you read between the lines you can pick up some points on wind behavior/odor stuff, too.
John doesn't discuss squirrel dogs in the book.

Btw. John passed away recently. He'd personally been on over 1,000 deer recoveries and was responsible for founding the United Blood Trackers organization.
John was directly, or indirectly responsible for the recovery of many thousand whitetails. He was a credit to hunting.
John will be missed. RIP.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will check this out. Is it the book “Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer”?


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Allegheny Tom

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Thanks for the recommendation, I will check this out. Is it the book “Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer”?


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Yep, that's the book. Fairly large, hard cover.
John also wrote a smaller paper back entitled "Dead On". That book is not about dogs, its about shot placement, blood trailing, recovery, etc. It should be required reading before a hunter steps foot in the woods.
 

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Read John Jeanenny's (sp?) book on blood trailing dogs. It's excellent. And if you read between the lines you can pick up some points on wind behavior/odor stuff, too.
John doesn't discuss squirrel dogs in the book.

Btw. John passed away recently. He'd personally been on over 1,000 deer recoveries and was responsible for founding the United Blood Trackers organization.
John was directly, or indirectly responsible for the recovery of many thousand whitetails. He was a credit to hunting.
John will be missed. RIP.
RIP. I really enjoyed both his books.

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krub6b

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Looks like the saddlehunter.com effect has struck


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Mike Curtis

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I had a yellow lab recover 60+ deer. A 100% on dead animals. It took a couple years for him to get me trained. He was on it from the get go. I bragged about him to much and someone stole him. All dogs have enough nose to track. Disposition is the key. Cat's don't work as they could care less about what you want.
 
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