Fans of hunting and breeders of scent hounds travelled to the municipality of Zámutov in the Slánske vrchy mountain range in eastern Slovakia as Vranov nad Topľou hosted a national competition organised by the District Hunters’ Chamber in cooperation with the Slovak Hunting Association and the state forestry company, Lesy SR.
“The competition of dogs and their handlers consists of several disciplines, for example finding the place of a shot, tracking an artificially laid scent and others,” Ľubomír Tuľák, the head of the competition, told the TASR newswire. He added that in the first instance the scent hounds search for blood or a piece of skin of the hunted animal and then they advance to the next level when the dog is let loose with the “task to find the deer based on the scent trace laid over a distance of 1,200 to 1,500 metres”.
The third discipline took place on the edge of a forest. “The handler left the hound in a certain place, left for a distance of about 50 metres or so, released a shingle shot and returned after 5 minutes,” Tuľák said, explaining that the dog’s task was to wait and not leave its position or run to greet its handler. The competing dogs were evaluated based on the speed in which they found the mark and the number of hidden signs they discovered on the way. Tuľák said that scent hounds three years or older and those which had already participated in previous competitions were invited to Zámutov and that the two specific breeds that competed were the Bavarian Mountain Hound and the Hannover Scenthound.
23. Nov 2010 at 0:13 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská