He should have lined up a tracking dog before the rain came. Once the rain hits, your screwed if you've got minimal blood to follow. Always watch the weather when tracking and make your decisions as more information is obtained. Knowing that rain is coming is a tell tale sign and should have popped the idea in his head "if I don't take drastic measures now, I may not find this animal". Know your local tracking dog trainers and make friends with them. Bring them venison and pay them dully for their services if need be. Most are just happy to get their dog some work, so wherever you plan to hunt, plan to set up a dog service if need be even if you give the guy a call and introduce yourself on the way out to your hunt and may not even need him or his dogs. I have recovered plenty of deer in this fashion that were funky trails that had experienced trackers or me puzzled to say the least. More often then not the dog was able to disprove our crazy ideas or theories about which way the deer went in less than a minute or two and recover the animal in less than a half hour. Depends on the dog though too!!! Walker hounds are my first bet.
Many Shades of Red
The blood color of a heart-shot deer (when lungs are spared) is similar to those with muscle wounds. The blood appears crimson, but not as bright as the blood of a muscle wound.
Excuse me, but actual heart shot deer do not require tracking.
I'm not writing to cause controversy...just want to be clear about that. I'm no doctor...and I know all wild animals are tough, but there is NO WAY a heart shot ANYTHING is going to live for 36 minutes after its shot in the heart.
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