Blood Trailing

Knowing how to find a deer after it has been shot is a very important skill and part of hunting. Sometimes this requires a long tedious search. However, if you take your time and know what to look for, it can be a successful one.

There are a few things to keep in mind before even shooting a deer. First, you should not take a shot that you don’t feel confident will hit your intended target. Most hunters understand that when they shoot, they are shooting to kill the animal as humanely as possible and avoid taking shots outside their skill level. Second, it is always a good idea to know where the animal was when you shot it. Finding some point of reference to remember after the animal has run off is important in getting you started on its trail. Always watch the animal leave and remember the direction the animal travels until it is out of sight. This will get you trailing in the proper direction.

Wait a while before making you way down to where the animal was shot. Around 10 to 20 minutes should be sufficient depending on where the animal was been hit. Make your way down and follow the direction the animal ran. Be sure to mark off the trail you are following and the spots where you found blood. Also don’t ignore other signs that will help you find your animal like hair and tracks. Also notice the type of blood you see. This is a good indication of where the animal has been hit. Dark blood often indicates a liver shot, while blood from a lung shot will look almost reddish pink. Gut shots tend not to bleed much and the animal usually does not die as quickly meaning you could be in for a longer search. Once the animal has been found always make sure it is dead before approaching.