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#3388545 - 10/05/13 08:08 AM What is the going rate?
rockytopmojo
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I am considering listing my dog's services to track deer. She is a beagle/jack russell mix and has a great nose. She has found all but one deer I have had her track (that was because we couldn't find a blood trail or arrow). What is the going rate? I really don't want to overcharge people. I enjoy the process, but also don't want to do it for free either.
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#3388579 - 10/05/13 08:42 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: rockytopmojo]
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Mud Dauber
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I don't know if there is a an actual going rate, but I'd think $75 minimum to get your dog out and drive within a 25-30 mile radius. Definitely a $100 if you are driving 50 miles or more. I'd expect folks would tip for this service, especially if you found the deer. To charge less than $75 and be "on call" would not be worth it. You could maybe offer a discount if the party were willing to pick you are your dog up and drive you to and from the location.
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#3388585 - 10/05/13 08:46 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Poser]
knightrider
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according to if they blind fold you or not while taking you to the stand site!! lol I wouldn't leave the house for under 50 bucks!
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#3388776 - 10/05/13 12:10 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: knightrider]
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#3388984 - 10/05/13 03:58 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: in the dog house!]
TENN.BOY
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I think there is a web site for deer trackin dogs,there are a few guys in southern ohio close to our lease that use Dachshunds to track deer, but I dont know what their rate is,and they wont travel very far to do it so they must not charge much for their services.I think I would make it worth my time and trouble.
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#3389217 - 10/05/13 06:36 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: TENN.BOY]
diamond hunter
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Id do it by the size of the deer tracked with a doe being the minimum.A big buck would be a premium and the price would depend on that.Id pay a decent price for a lost really good deer.
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#3389222 - 10/05/13 06:40 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: diamond hunter]
diamond hunter
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When they call and ask the price,Id say it depends on how big the deer is.That would also determine whether I traveled a long ways or not as well.I wouldn't charge if no deer was found but I would have a separate,flat rate for that.Actually,I think itwould be a neat business to have.You would need to do something else to make a living.
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#3389366 - 10/05/13 08:39 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: diamond hunter]
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Mud Dauber
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I fail to understand the business since of charging more for big bucks. What if it is a heavy deer with a small rack or a tiny buck with a huge rack? Which one is "big"?
If anything, finding the "big" would be a great source of marketing the business, why would you charge more for that?
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#3389614 - 10/06/13 06:32 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Poser]
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Wouldn't any deer deserved to be found?
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#3389713 - 10/06/13 08:23 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: pcrc]
in the dog house!
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 Originally Posted By: pcrc
Wouldn't any deer deserved to be found?



This^^^^ I would nave a flat rate. Time I would have to travel would be the only factor in the price. Charging extra for a " big " buck would be like price gouging.
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#3389776 - 10/06/13 09:21 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: in the dog house!]
diamond hunter
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The bigger costs more because that way the guy trying to feed his family would pay much less.The trophy hunter would pay more for his big antlers.And yeah,any deer deserves to be found,callind a dog man would be last resort.
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#3389799 - 10/06/13 09:38 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: diamond hunter]
CATCHDAWG
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Whatever you charge, I think it would be best to do a hourly rate instead of a fixed fee. This would make up for drive time, long walks to where the deer was shot and difficulty of terrain.
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#3389801 - 10/06/13 09:39 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: diamond hunter]
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ask yourself based on your dog's experience what would you be willing to pay.travel plays a part as well .until she has alot of training under her collar cover your gas and a little for your time and as she gets better then set a price based on distance you have to travel.keep in mind you have to keep it real because after all your dealing with real hunters like yourself and not some tv celeb that has deep pockets or some one backing them.just my thoughts on it good luck with the training .i have a min dashhound i want to see what she can do but never had the time yet to do it
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#3389981 - 10/06/13 12:56 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: 7wsm]
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I would happily pay a reasonable rate for travel. I would go with the standard $.51 per mile. And an hourly fee for tracking. Start the clock when you start the dog, and end when/if you find the deer. Tell them up front that its their responsibility to contact TWRA before tracking, and that you wont cross property lines without permission from owner -- and time spent seeking permission is time charged.
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#3390200 - 10/06/13 03:56 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
I would happily pay a reasonable rate for travel. I would go with the standard $.51 per mile. And an hourly fee for tracking. Start the clock when you start the dog, and end when/if you find the deer. Tell them up front that its their responsibility to contact TWRA before tracking, and that you wont cross property lines without permission from owner -- and time spent seeking permission is time charged.


Sound good, but I'd still charge a minimum. The above rate vs. $75, whichever is greater.
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#3390202 - 10/06/13 03:56 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: diamond hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: diamond hunter
The bigger costs more because that way the guy trying to feed his family would pay much less.The trophy hunter would pay more for his big antlers.And yeah,any deer deserves to be found,callind a dog man would be last resort.


What if a meat hunter shoot a trophy buck?
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#3390230 - 10/06/13 04:16 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Poser]
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Probably be some good money in that. I don't ever charge for it though. That's my Great Danes favorite thing to do anyway. Although I've never had anybody ask me that wasn't local so it's hard to say.
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#3390241 - 10/06/13 04:18 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Poser]
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Here's a list for reference. Right or wrong, there seems to be a highter premium for a tracking dog in the "golden triangle" area of south Texas.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=399611&highlight=dog+tracking+list
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#3390361 - 10/06/13 05:39 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: Poser]
diamond hunter
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: diamond hunter
The bigger costs more because that way the guy trying to feed his family would pay much less.The trophy hunter would pay more for his big antlers.And yeah,any deer deserves to be found,callind a dog man would be last resort.


What if a meat hunter shoot a trophy buck?
Well then he should shoot better.
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#3390588 - 10/06/13 07:51 PM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: in the dog house!]
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In illonois the main guy there charges 500 flat rate and doesn't matter if he finds the deer. If its dead they find it IMO he found one for one of the Drury brothers daughters deer over 2 miles from the stand she shot it from
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#3391216 - 10/07/13 07:53 AM Re: What is the going rate? [Re: bass56]
diamond hunter
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I heard that,500 seems steep but would depend if you really wanted that trophy.Seperates the men from the boys.My system would generate more money.
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