There are folks who have hunted longer than some of us have been alive. There are new hunters here, and a lot of folks with experience levels in between. The one thing in common is that we all love the thrill of the hunt and share a willingness to help each other.
I have never yet made it to Idaho - everyplace has its special features and every hunter has skills and stories that are unique to them too - so while there is a LOT of information on this site, I look forward to your contributions and learning from you while you are here. I have a feeling that you are going to like it here.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...