How to Track a Wounded Deer

wounded deer tracking

Now you finally got a good deer hunting site using all your tools to be able to bag that big buck, there it goes…the big buck, so you squeeze your rifle trigger or release your arrow from your bow, and you think good shot! But wait you’ve got a problem you can’t find the wounded deer. Success in recovery largely depends on what you do after you wounded the deer.

Here are some deer hunting tips to ensure you can track the wounded deer. Always bear this in your mind before you start hunting that if you shoot a deer you must find it, not just leave it because it is not in sight.

Tracking A Wounded Deer

Do not track the wounded deer right away, especially if you are hunting on a private area. A tendency of pushing him away to another hunter or another property owner won’t allow you to continue searching in his land.

After you shoot, pause a little while and watch the reaction of the animal. If you hit the brain or the spinal column the deer will drop straight away. When the deer shot is on the lung or heart they will run off for about 200 yards. Hitting the legs makes the deer stumble a bit and run. If the deer tail is down as it runs away it is a gut shot.

Keep in mind the location where the deer was hit. If you lose sight just listen carefully to its movement. Just watch him until you’ll be sure the deer lay flat on the ground. Wait a couple of hours before you start tracking the wounded deer. If it was a gut shot, wait for about 4-6 hours before pursuing your search.

Put a sign on a place you hit the deer. So that when you come back you can easily keep track of it.

Finding a Wounded Deer While Deer Hunting

The Hair

Even a few of hair can tell which parts of the body the deer was injured. Finding the spot of injury is important because it determines how long you should wait before you pursue your search. A white hair means a low shot and brown hair means a high shot.

The Leg

If the leg was hit bone fragments usually can be found. The deer for that matter can still go a long way and if you will pursue him right away you will push the deer to run further for cover on the thick green woods or through the water in the creek or river. This will make it difficult for you to trace him. The best thing you should do is to wait a little longer until such time that they fall tired. They will lie down or definitely die. That’s the time you look for the traces of blood and most likely not too far from where you originally shot it if you wait.

Tracking deer blood color

Blood Trailing
Blood Trailing

Here are some more deer hunting tips about blood. Blood usually is bright red but the longer it lies on the ground it will be hard to distinguish from the surroundings. You can spot the wounded deer by tracking the blood on the brush or in vegetation nearby.

  • If you see fine blood, you possibly shot the heart so therefore that was a fatal hit and the deer must be nearby.
  • If you shot its lungs it will allow the deer to run away a little further before it drops to the ground.
  • If it is a body, muscle, back, or legs hit, the dropping of blood is usually regular. These types of shots are not a fatal hit so the deer can travel a long way more. Wait a couple of hours before you start searching because he will travel further if he senses there is a human running after him.
  • If your hit is a gut shut the blood has a strong smell which is brownish or green in color. They tend to run off far away further of can even settle to the bedding area. There they will lie down and die because of the loss of blood.

Be sure to put a mark on the area where you track its blood because if the blood dries it will be hard for you to keep track of the wounded deer. If you put a mark, you can return back all the way to that place to search. There is a product that you can use to track this deer. We will talk about that on the later part of this episode. Let me mention some deer hunting tips for you to consider.

How long to wait before tracking a deer

There are Several Points to Remember that Hunting is a Vow to Yourself and the Deer.

  • If you found plenty of very red blood on the ground that could be an ideal double lung shot. You can find the animals in about a hundred-yard radius. See to it that you hit both lungs because there is a tendency for the deer to survive if only one lung is hit. You should wait for 3-4 hours before tracking them.
  • Team hunting is also good especially in this kind of situation. It is hard to track a wounded deer especially when it is a gut shot. They will cover the heavy woods or in the water.
  • If there is a lot of blood found in the ground the arteries or liver was probably hit. They will usually fall down on the ground for about 100yards. Basing on the amount of bleeding you can wait 4 hours before pursuing because that is the time where you will often find them dead.

How to track a deer at night and in the rain

Here is one of my best deer hunting tips. I recommend you should use Starlight Bloodhound. This will be used to see blood in the dark. So if you lose track of the animal and night time comes, this is the time where you can use this product. Just spray this on the ground, and once its contact with the blood it will glow in light blue. It can highlight blood that cannot be seen by the naked eye. This product is much more dependable when it rains because even the rain wipes away the blood by just spraying onto it a color that is bright and glowing will appear. That will enable you to see the spot of blood in that area that you search. Try to inquire about this tool on our Amazon.

You can use this product as one of your tools in hunting. This can be dependable when the human capacity of seeing blood is impossible. But bear in mind these are only tools for you to use to ensure success in deer hunting, it largely depends on your strategies and techniques in tracking a wounded deer.

Patience again is a virtue. You have to be patient in tracking the wounded deer. If you can wait a successful recovery will follow through.

It takes courage and enough skills along with learning several deer hunting tips to become successful in deer hunting. Bear in mind that to become successful is not just a matter of luck. It requires skillful planning, patience, and determination. If you have a lot of it then success will be yours.

Now let’s go back to the woods filled with excitement and thrill, big bucks may be waiting for you to hunt. Don’t forget to review these deer hunting tips all over again whether in your mind or you can print this and put this in your bag or pocket.

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