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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

What type of cover have you located wounded Whitetails in?
Have mature bucks sought the same type of cover as does and young bucks?

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Location: NE Kansas
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

I found a buck one time that had traveled downstream in a small creek and crawled inside of a log jam.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

We tracked a wounded doe in a wooded 40. 5 Of us combed the entire 40 finding no sign. The next day we drove the same piece and found the doe in a depression under a fallen tree trunk. One of us must have walked within feet of her.

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Location: Summit, IL
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

LoL I can pretty much bet my last dollar that If I hit one and it doesnt go right down, I will be looking in the thickest, ruggedest, ugliest, most inhospitable part of the property and Ill find it right in the middle of THAT!!! Sigh... Never easy Brick Wall,)

Location: Butte, MT
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

Wounded deer I've tracked pretty much seem to have collapsed along a trail without a much rhyme or reason. Gut-shot deer will often tend to go to water. I came across a dead big wide-racked buck in the edge of the Beaverhead River a couple of weeks ago. It had been gut shot and the hunter obviously had lost the trail.

I briefly considered hauling it out of the water just for the rack. It was starting to get fairly ripe, though, so I decided against it.

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Location: Southern Virginia
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Locating Wounded Whitetails.

Knock on wood, I haven't had to track many deer, as they have dropped where they stood or gone only a short ways. Bowhunting, however, is a different story.The deer that I have tracked from bow shots, as mentioned above, have all gone to the thickest, nastiest swamps that you could find. Other experiences are for them to go to water. I work at a water plant, and last year, we had a six-pointer that had been wounded days(or a week) earlier by a rifle shot to the neck. I think that deer was in the healing process, but a deer dog jumped it in the thicket behind one of the lagoons. It went into the lagoon to get away from the dog. A local guy killed it because it had hooked the menacing dog's collar, and was thrashing the dog in the water, almost drowning it. Anyway, that was a sight.

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