Great post Johnny. I was never taught how to track. I kinda learned on my own. There is only two deer I had to track so far in my life. One was a spike buck I shot that ran into the neighbor's land during rifle season back in 07'. The shot made him fall, he got up and quickly gimped into the neighbor's. He kept going and going until I couldnt see him anymore and I was growing very concerned that I would never find him because he still had strength enough to keep moving. Upon the first minute of tracking there was only one drop of blood, that was it. But I could follow the trail of ruffled leaves on the forest floor he left behind. I backed off and fetched my younger brother to help track. He has always had an uncanny instinct to see the smallest details in everything, sometimes I wonder if he is slightly autistic. I marked the beginning of the trail with a blaze orange glove, ever since I now use blaze orange tape, We got permission from the neighbor and we followed the trail of ruffled leaves and still no blood. We didnt find any blood until about 300 yards on top of a ridgeline, my brother was actually the first to notice. There, the buck looks like he stopped and layed down and bled out a little. No more blood followed as we looked all over on the ridge. I noticed a logging trail down the bottom of the hill. We went down there, because we figured if he was still moving, he had to make it across the logging road. Our assumptions were true. We found some deep dug in tracks on the road going straight down it. This buck was circling us. We found a little more blood here and there. Before we knew it, there the buck lay about 100 yards from where originally I shot it. We both learned alot that day. We learned that having marking tape is very important, and we learned that the deer will most likely make a circle when wounded, and to never doubt your instinct and think like a deer.
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