Rutland Deer & Wildlife Management

UKSHA – Dogs for Deer & Wild Boar

United Kingdom Scent Hound Association


The United Kingdom Scent Hound Association (UKHSA) was formed in 2012 to promote the use of scent hounds in the United Kingdom in accordance with international standards. UKSHA is now part of the ISHV, the recognized society within Europe (recognized by 15 countries).

The UKSHA have both the Hannoversche Schweisshund (HS) and the Bayrischegebirgsschweisshund (BGS). There are two clubs that ensure the purity of breeding and traditional use of these hounds, these clubs are, the Verein Hirschmann e.V for the HS and the Klub Fuer Bayrischegebirgsschweisshund e.V for the BGS. All of our members are members of (or aspiring to be members of) one or more of the above and we have their full co-operation and support in the UK. The UKSHA are currently talking with the Deer Initiative, BASC, Forestry Commission and other organisations to change “Best Practice” for the welfare of deer & boar.



The Handlers code of the UKHSA is as follows:

Ethical Practice (i.e.never to poach or attempt to poach stalking)
No charge
Never to criticize others
Strict confidentiality
The handler is in overall control
Trust with respect
Only to end suffering


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Telephone: 24/7 UK Freephone 0800 689 0857 




The UKSHA team is available to provide advice and to track with a trained scent hound when needed. We do not take payment for this service. We are dedicated to ending the suffering of deer and wild boar. Following the guidelines in the Shot Site Aide Memoire below allows for the best opportunity to recover an animal as quickly as possible. Determining the “Strike & Shot” placement is vital in this process.

We provide a UK wide 24/7 confidential service.

Shot Site Aid Memoire

In the event of shooting a deer or boar which then runs off into cover we would like to highlight certain things to do to aid recovery of the animal and to minimize the suffering caused.

*Once the animal is hit note the reaction to the shot and wait 30 minutes before approaching the shot site. *Mark the shooter’s position. *Find the strike site. *Mark the strike area in case a dog and handler need to be called out. *If bone and skin fragments are found recover pieces before last light for the handler or alternatively cover the area if possible. *Call the UKSHA tracking team for advice whilst still at the strike area to determine the best course of action and to allow maximum time for the team to come out if needed. Tracking injured boar can be very dangerous and should only be done with an experienced dog and team.

We have used this service and we know the gratification that comes from finding a lost animal, Michael – Jagensport & Rutland Deer Management.