Don't Forget the Sharp Right Turn
Don't forget, when tracking or trailing a Whitetail buck, about the `Sharp Right Hand Turn.' By that I mean - time and time again - I have noticed that a Whitetail buck (healthy or wounded), exiting the scene, will bound straight over a hill, and disappear over the horizon as though meaning to go on, and on. I have, however, found that once over the crest, the animal will go a short distance (maybe fifty yards, but not much more), make a sharp turn, and then hide.
I was reminded of this the other day helping a friend find a wounded buck. My buddy hit him the day before coming out of the timber - he ran across an expanse of open ground, and then over the crest into a draw. He broke off trailing him as daylight vanished and the blood was only spotty. As we took up the trail the next day - and we almost missed it - he did the sharp right turn thing into some brush, then expired, and there we found him.