My habit is to exit the stand after shooting a deer and return to my vehicle in order to gather the supplies I will need for the tracking and recovery. This gives the deer time to bed and bleed out if needed and it gives me time to collect myself both mentally and physically. To this end I have thrown together a homemade "recovery kit" that holds all the things I do not carry to the stand but will need for this vital phase of the hunt.
Allow me to share what I have in the kit (and why):
- An orange sports backpack (brightly colored, light and cheap)
- Bright paper streamer material (marking the blood trail)
- A small water bottle (hydration and cleanup)
- Rubber gloves (field dressing)
- A knife and bone saw (field dressing)
- Cloth towel (cleanup)
- Digital camera and tripod (preserving the moment)
- A "Pelican Super Saber" flashlight (IMO, the best flashlight for blood tracking)
- Homemade deer drag strap (see http://forum.deeranddeerhunting.com/tm. ... ey=�
So, what did I leave out? Any ideas?