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Old 12-19-2016, 02:43 PM
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Default Great Info Rob

Everything Rob said is dead one. I would like to add a Few additional key things you must account for...
1. Ground conditions:
-Is it fall with blowing leaves?
-Is the ground covered with snow?
•Is the snow hard iced snow or fluffy fresh snow?
-Is the ground wet?
2. Weather: This is simply so key in tracking. Ok you shot a deer. Like Rob said... WAIT TO TRACK IT. DO NOT push it. However, you really have to think about weather and ground conditions.
Windy with leaves? Well what do you think it's going to do with bloody leaves?

Fluffy snow with wind? Your blood trail may get covered up.

Rain? Bye bye blood.

Hard snow no wind... heaven for tracking.

By all means don't rush a track job. All I'm saying is that with each track comes a different challenge. Knowing what your getting into before you start could make or break finding your deer.

Best of luck,

"No such thing as a bad day hunting"
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:47 PM
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This is a worthy read. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:30 AM
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Thanks that will help me if I get something this year. First time bow hunter so thats great info. Thank you
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:35 PM
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Awesome post.

I've many years of tracking deer, black bear, Elk, Moose shot with bow or rifle...

Many times with a bow you'll never see a drop of Blood at the scene... Look for cut hair if bowhunting or if rifle hunting there's a high likelihood.

I lost a doe by not waiting one day after putting the Muzzy through a 1/3 inch softwood and hitting her good. We waited 45 Min - should've waited 2 hours MIN!

Lung hit; bubbles, etc... single lung I'm sure. Took 2 days from work with my pup and we never did find her! She bedded within 50 yards when we bumped her that day.

Terrible story I know but it happened and I was wrong. Wish I'd seen this post prior!

SORRY for those disappointed!

I also believe there IS an area between spine and lungs when shot from the ground! This is from experience on a couple of tracking jobs.

If you have access to a dog, take it!


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Old 04-24-2018, 09:43 PM
Fork Horn
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BTW: Tracking that deer on hands and knees with ribbon that day I came face to face with the black bear doing the same! He wasn't big, but it was a rush/whatever coming face to face with him. I held the Bow over my head and walked toward him and he "beat feet" away "bitching/huffing all the way!" At the time, I did label my arrows with name and phone. circa 2000.


PS: No joke! I've taken more than a handful of blackies with a bow but he was not in season in this area.

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Old 12-31-2021, 04:43 PM
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Awesome...thanks for taking the time Rob!!!
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