Trailing Wounded Deer

Trailing Notes: The most common mistake bowhunters make is following a deer too quickly after the shot and spooking it when the leave their stand. On average, 90% of all fatally hit deer bed down at least once within 150 yards from the shot. In general, when following a blood trail that extends 250 yards before the deer beds down you are most likely in for a long track. Use your best judgement and re-evaluate the shot. You may want to wait before continuing.

A common practice for many novice hunters is to bring a lot of people when tracking a deer. By bringing those who are most qualified you will disturb less sign that may be minimal to begin with.

Everyone knows an arrow covered in bright red blood with bubbles is a lung shot. But how many people can tell anything else?

Keep this in mind: Dark red blood means a liver hit.
A shot in the leg produces blood that appears watered down.
Fibrous residue or a fowl odor on the arrow means a paunch shot deer.
Bright red with pinkish tint means an artery was hit.
And last but not least a small stat. It is estimated that 75% of all deer that are wounded but never recovered will survive.

About James L. Bruner

James grew up in an outdoor family and recalls some of his first memories outdoors with his father. “I remember being very young and my dad carrying me on his shoulders out to the duck blind where a cold day of watching decoys dipping on the waves was complimented by the time spent together.” In the years that followed, moments like those were played time and again in a number of outdoor activities that included rabbit hunting, fishing, deer hunting, grouse hunting, and of course more waterfowling. View Entire Bio