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.
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 ,)
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.
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.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....