I use my V for pointing deer in NZ (when I have time). There is a photo of her in the galley sitting beside the first deer we shot with her (a fallow). Normally I am hunting for red deer in very thick bush. So I have spent a lot of time training her to stay within about 3m of me at all times (otherwise you can't see her). For almost every spoken command I also have a hand signal. You can't talk to the dog much when you are bush stalking. Its a real buzz when the dog is locked up, hackles raised and you can't see or smell what she is seeing but you know it is there. Also I have zero tolerance for chasing. I never encourage it unless it is after a toy or ball. Chasing any animal is out. You don't want your precious V getting gored by a stag or chasing off your animal before you get to see it. Commands I use alot are CLOSE (3m), HEEL, WAIT, SIT, DOWN, FIND IT, WHERE IS IT. Play lots of hide and seek games with the dog to get it interested in finding things. You want to develop a high prey drive in the dog.
If you have time then start clapping your hands and make the dog DOWN. Then move on to a cap gun. Pratice this everyday until it is routine. When you move up to centerfire rifles the idea is that after you fire the dog DOWN's. That way if it is a hilar shot and the deer bolts 30m before dropping the dog is safely watching, not chasing after it.
Keeping the dog within a 3m radius is the biggest challenge. You have to work on this all the time until it is just 2nd nature. When she was about 18 months old I introduced an E-collar to reinforce this but now I hardly use it or if I do it is just set on vibrate. I also have a command called FRONT where she can range out front freely. Normally she will only go about 30m and then either stop and look back or return.
Tails are also good for training the dog for deer scent as there is a gland in the tail. If you can't get one from a mate then you may be able to buy these from a deer processing facility if there is one nearby.
If you have a well trained deer dog, everyone will love it as you will have developed a real quiet sort of communication with your dog. It will appear very well trained.
Hope I've given you some good pointers. I have some good magazine info on this training if you want it