August 08, 2011
Shed Dogs: Training Your Hound to Hunt For Horn
By Chad Love
As noted in an earlier blog, I recently attended a writer's event at the Purina Events Center in Missouri. As part of that experience my writers' group was treated to several informative seminars from noted trainer Tom Dokken, who has been instrumental in the exploding popularity of using your gun dog to find shed antlers.
Dokken has a wealth of information on his website devoted to hunting sheds with dogs. There's even a new world shed dog hunting championship. Shed hunting with your dog is something a lot of guys seem interested in, so it's definitely something I'll be writing about in the future. Today, however, I'd like to talk a little about a training product Dokken makes and sells called Rack Wax.
Basically, Rack Wax is deer antler-scented wax that you can smear on an old shed to give it a little scent. We all got a tube of Rack Wax at the event, and I decided to play around with it a bit this weekend. It comes in a Chapstick-sized tube, looks pretty much like Chapstick, and even smells sort of like Chapstick. In fact, if you were to absentmindedly pick up a tube of Rack Wax and smear it over your lips, I'd be willing to bet you wouldn’t even notice it until it was too late. And if you were a really unobservant dumba**, you might even apply it twice before realizing your mistake.
Now, I'm not admitting to anything here. I'm speaking strictly in hypotheticals, but all I'm saying is, it's possible. So if you pick up a tube of Tom Dokken's Rack Wax, don’t say you weren't warned...