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Poll

What do you think is the best deer dog?

Walker
2 (10.5%)
Redbone
1 (5.3%)
Black and Tan
5 (26.3%)
Bluetick
2 (10.5%)
Plott
1 (5.3%)
Beagle
8 (42.1%)

Total Members Voted: 18

Author Topic: Deer Dogs  (Read 1450 times)

Offline Corley

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Deer Dogs
« on: August 10, 2008, 02:59:39 PM »
This is a poll just to see what hunters think. Please take the time to post your thoughts?
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008, 03:04:27 PM »
We had several coon dogs and deer dogs and our black and tans where our best dogs, and I liked our beagles too for deer hunting. Walkers run 'em out of the country, the beagles pushed 'em slow, which is good, but our black and tan had a great nose and believe it or not, would run only bucks. You heard him coming, get ready!
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008, 03:10:09 PM »
Only experience hunting with dogs was with Beagles.  I'll never forget the sound those beagles made when they were running a deer.

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008, 03:16:06 PM »
Agree on the coon hound breeds being slower except that walkers can start at 6 months old, had a few at 5 months.  I like a little treeing walker in them as that will  slow them like the black and tans.  The fast walkers will take all the does and young bucks out first and then the slow trackers will still be at work in the same area where the smart buck is hidden.  I have seen bucks put dogs on does and stand and watch the dogs go back.  I used to have beagle/walkers, they are in-between size.  Not to big to get out of the county but still big enough to keep up with the deer.  My breed died out and have been breeding my line of walkers every since, just do not have to much of the treeing walker left in them and getting to fast as BubbaBrown stated.   :)

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008, 03:35:35 PM »
I like beagles.  They don't push the deer as hard as the bigger breeds.
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2008, 05:57:55 PM »
I've used some of them and here is my reasoning...

Walkers - Run the deer too fast. if you cant shoot a deer in a wide open run, dont use walkers
Redbone - Only coon hunted. never deer
Black & Tans - good dogs but will run forever and a day
Plott - never used one.
Beagles - I liked them because of a good nose, slow moving allowed many still or walking deer shots.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2008, 06:15:37 PM by Hunt Master »
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2008, 06:03:27 PM »
I voted beagles cause that's really the only deer dog I have much experience hunting with. 
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2008, 01:24:16 AM »
i have never dog hunted but voted beagle cause i got one and love him - trying to train him for rabbits - already have him trailing a dead rabbit at 2 months old - yippee
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2008, 04:40:02 AM »
I went with Redbones because I love a big heavy bawl on track, But a all around deer dog is the beagle on account they won't push the  deer   so hard they  get out of pocket. I like a quick dog but that isn't always the best  route to take deer hunting.

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2008, 07:55:47 AM »
I went with blue tick
My friend has always had them and they are great dogs
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2008, 08:14:17 AM »
I agree with the majority...beagles.

Having had a few different breeds, and while I agree wholeheartedly with curs1 on the sound of a big redbone being the best sounding dog on a track, the beagles have a good nose and disposition while they still love to hunt they do not push the deer too fast which is the tendency of the longer legged breeds like the redbone, black & tan and even the walker or bluetick. I have owned and hunted all these breeds in past years. If I was coon hunting its the redbone but for deer I gotta go with the 13" Tennessee beagle.  ;)

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2008, 08:48:35 AM »
Never have had a deer dog but if I did it would probably be a beagle because I like that breed.

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2008, 01:28:28 PM »
Never have had a deer dog but if I did it would probably be a beagle because I like that breed.

OK guys, I am the one who put Walker because at deer trials beagles come in last.  Fact is no dog man would take one to a deer trials, he would get laughed at.   ;)

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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2008, 01:33:25 PM »
I don't know about deer trials, but I do know that a lot of people in SC use them for deer hunting.
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Re: Deer Dogs
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2008, 08:36:59 PM »
I wouldn't  put them against no pack of  running hounds for  speed but I would if it was all built on nose or tracking ability.  A lot of hounds are cheaters. Been a  judge  for too long to see hounds running the road and cutting the working dogs off their points but a good scratch pad sure kills that in a hurry

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