Reverse Range

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Before you get up to follow the animal after the shot, make sure you have the range from where you shot, to the animal. And mark the spot where you 'shot' from. In open terrain it may indeed be necessary to reverse-range to your shooting position to find the animal or a blood trail.


hunter25's picture

This is extremely good advice

This is extremely good advice especialy out west here. I'm now convinced many years later that a buck I shot at when I was young and at the time believed I had missed, that I probably killed and never found because of never finding where it was in the first place. I went back and forth many times but after a bit could not even find where I shot from let alone where the animal had been.

Mark your locations well and the use of range finders now is a very good tip in itself to help in finding where the animal was.

numbnutz's picture

Thats some good advice,

Thats some good advice, thanks

ManOfTheFall's picture

Great tip.

Great tip.

groundhog's picture


Some times I leave my pack there if I have to come back that way.

Awsome, that would have came

Awsome, that would have came in handy a couple hunts ago

Critter's picture

I've had to go back to where

I've had to go back to where I have shot an animal from quite a few times.  Once you could see the downed deer from where I shot but I just couldn't find it.  It took two or three times up and down that hill before I found him

jaybe's picture

Great Tip

That's a really great tip, and one that I will have to remember when hunting in Wyoming.

Here in Michigan, you can usually mark a tree, log or bush close to where the animal was standing when you shot, then just walk to it.

Often during our gun season, there is snow on the ground, so that makes it really easy.

But out west where the trees are few and far between, and other landmarks may blend into one another (most sage bushes look like other sage bushes) I can see where this is a very good idea.

Even when the range is short, it is often helpful to look back at where you were sitting when trying to locate the spot of the hit.

Two years ago I shot at a buck only about 20 yards away (and missed). It was only when I looked back at the natural blind where I was sitting that I saw the side of a pine tree that I had blasted.

Thanks for the good tip!