Don't Forget the Sharp Right Turn

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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.


ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip. Any tip

Thanks for the tip. Any tip on tracking a wounded deer is helpful. The more one knows, the greater your odds increase of finding the deer. Thanks for sharing.

groovy mike's picture

sometimes true

Sometimes this is true.  Thanks for the tips pelase keep them coming.  Mule deer are known for stopping for one final look.  That will oftenm offer the chance for a second shot.  White tail sometimes do the same.  Its certainly worth keeping the hook or sudden turn in mind when you are tracking wounded white tail deer.    

Just be glad its not a cape buffalo hooking around to charge you from behind!

Tndeerhunter's picture

Good info!

That's some excellent information you've passed there. One other point when trailing a deer with a faint blood trail is to try and think of any water source that might be in the area or close to where you might have lost the trail. A wounded deer will want water to lie in and drink. 

jim boyd's picture

I have certainly seen them

I have certainly seen them make a hard turn after being shot - but have also noticed that they tend to circle toward the side they were shot on...

By that, I mean that if the deer was broadside to you and you shot it on it's left side, when it runs away, it tends to circle to the left - and vice versa if shot on the other side.

Using rifles or sh otguns however, particularly for shots where you can be precise (shots that are fairly short) it may be much easier and more effective to shoot the deer high on the shoulder and drop it in it's tracks or at least render it fairly unable to run.

When the distances are stretched out, of course you may not be afforded that luxury and may have to take a center of body shot to insure that you make a good killing shot - in that case, tracking will likely be necessary and I will certainly watch for the "hard right turn"!

Keeping this in mind may well reduce excessive looking and may even keep an animal from being lost!

Thanks for the tip and please keep giving good advice!