Although many hunters fail to locate deer hair at the location where they shot the deer, it is almost always present. An arrow tipped with a sharp broadhead will not pass through a deer and fail to cut hair. The amount of hair left at the scene depends on the angle of the shot and whether the arrow penetrates completely.
Hair is most evident at the precise shot location, and it also could indicate where you hit the deer. If you locate a pass-through arrow, look for hair within a few feet of where you find the arrow. Look closest for hair where you see scuff marks on the ground (usually obvious) where the deer departed.
Several inches of hair in a straight line usually provides evidence that an arrow grazed the deer, or deflected upon impact. However, when searching for only a few hairs, I suggest you do so while on hands and knees. In the upright position, it can be difficult to spot hair.
Long, white, curly hair could indicate your arrow passed through the bottom of the deer’s belly. Similar hair is found between the deer’s hind legs. Dark hair (usually coarse and black-tipped) could indicate a wound anywhere from the brisket to the spine. However, the longest hair typically comes from the brisket, and near the top of the back. Side hair, such as that from the heart and lung area is about ¾-inch shorter than those along the spine and brisket, while leg hair is even shorter in length.
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From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, the 2015 Whitetails Wall Calendar features the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2015 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing, so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.
The calendar features amazing whitetail deer photography, capturing deer in all the seasons and providing deer activity charts so you can plan your hunt. It’s not only the most useful calendar you’ll own, but quite possibly the ultimate gift for any deer hunter!
With the 2015 DDH Whitetails Wall Calendar you’ll learn:
- When the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur for North & South
- Predicted dates of Major & Minor deer activity in 2015
- Daily 2015 Moon-phase data
- Peak rut activity for the 2015 season
- When to plan your vacation around the 2015 whitetail rut
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