Basset hounds, short-legged hunting dogs developed in England, are amazing scenting hounds, able to follow a scent trail accurately and through difficult terrain. They are also quite the characters, with their easy-going style, droopy ears, sad eyes and mournful vocals. Training your Basset hound to track deer to aid you in locating quarry or following a wounded animal can be very useful. Basset hounds are adept trackers, but getting them to focus as directed can be a challenge. Basic training and practice will hone a great hunting hound.
Basset hounds used for hunting deer should have good obedience and recall off-leash, and be used to other dogs, game, being transported to hunting sites, and the sights and sounds of the hunt, including firearms. Be sure you understand hunting rules and regulations in your area as hunting with dogs is not permitted in all areas at all times Most areas have dog or even specific Basset hound hunting clubs that can help you by providing experienced hunters and hounds that can provide support and advice. For training to track deer, deer scent available commercially or deer blood, hide, and scent, available from a previously killed deer or even a roadkill can be used to introduce scent. Most Bassets will work for the sheer joy of it, but treats to reinforce correct behavior are always welcome by food-motivated Basset hounds.