Got your deer yet? Normally, the answer is “yes” or “no.” When the answer is “maybe,” Lindsay Ware gets the call.
Ware is a blood tracker. More accurately, Aldo is a blood tracker. Aldo is Ware’s wire-haired dachshund — a diminutive species that was intentionally bred to track wounded animals. Based in Ellsworth, Ware and Aldo are one of the teams currently licensed in Maine to search for and recover game animals.
Responsible hunters take pride in making well-placed shots, harvesting game as humanely as possible. But not every shot hits its mark. A mortally wounded deer can travel a long way before it succumbs, through woods that are thick and wet. Recovering the animal can be the most difficult part of hunting. Failure means the game is wasted.
The number of blood-tracking teams in Maine continues to increase, as more hunters have recognized how helpful they can be. Ware and Aldo are apt to get calls at all hours. They get little sleep this time of year.