In my just published book, Dead On!, I agree that waiting is a strong option when you have confirmed that the deer has been gut shot. However, the risks are great of loss to coyotes over night...in my area about 30%. The best solution is to use a trained, leashed tracking dog to find the deer. If the gut-shot deer has the power to move out of its bed, the dog can easily follow. Usually it is not difficult to walk it down.
Gut-shot deer do dehydrate and go to water where they die. This scenario does not apply to deer wounded in other ways.
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