6.5 hour old night trail in High Falls, NY
This was a really interesting trail! It was a 6.5 hour old trail laid at 4:30pm and ran at 11:00pm at night. The subject sat out at the end for 1.5 hours and made a scent pool that was about 3-4 acres in size. There was a little north wind about 1 mile per hour that you could hardly feel at all. You can look at the weather report above. I have placed circles on the chart when it was laid and when it was ran so you can see the weather during the time it aged. Really amazing. This shows that trusting your dog is ever so important once she has a solid foundation. I don’t know a handler that wouldn’t of turned their dog around if this was a known trail. The more trails I do the more I just believe that it can be 200 plus yards in any direction no matter what the weather conditions. This trail makes sense when you look at the terrain and weather but it is still looked at as alien by non-believers. She dragged me through this trail in 20 minutes. What had happened was that once we started to head south we were in heavy mountain laurel on a logging road. Maya stayed very committed to the logging road with constant headchecks to the west at least a dozen times. Where you see on the map that she cut west for the first time is where she got off the logging road (that was gradually starting to veer southeast) and we went through terribly heavy brush in the middle of the night. She hit a nice little scent pool that took us a good 4 minutes or so to figure out. Really amazing stuff. At our most distant point from the actual track we were 180 yards…. seen far more incredible just this one looks odd because she really had no crossover the track at all given the variables. The subject left and re-entered directly from the west from a far distance.