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Tracking Wounded Deer: How to Find and Tag Deer Shot With Bow or Gun Paperback – December 1, 1996
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"At a price of $15.95, one wounded deer saved through the study of its contents will repay the purchaser (in terms of both meat secured and inner satisfaction) several times over. It is, quite simply, a must for the deer hunter." Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine
"Anecdotes, the color photos of blood sign, the close-ups of deer hair, and Smith's expert advice make Tracking Wounded Deer the most comprehensive work on the subject today." The Outdoor Journal
From the Author
No hunter likes to wound a deer. We all strive not to. But it sometimes happens due to the many uncontrollable variables in deer hunting. When it does happen, you should make every effort to find and finish the deer as soon as possible, and this book will help you do that.
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The Photos in this book are incredible and there is even an actual deer carcas with a cut away view of internal organs. This along with the actual blood trails and recovered deer will amaze you.
From a personal stand point, this book has made the difference of a sad story of a lost deer and putting meat in the freezer after a tough tracking job. Not just for me but for many of my friends that I have helped. This book WILL make you better at recovering your deer. It will also get you invited on many tracking jobs because of your skill in tracking.
I have pictures of a 10 point that I shot in 1996 and I put the book in the picture because I found this animal because I learned what to look for from TRACKING WOUNDED DEER.It was 8:15 A.M. and I made a broadside shot with my 30-06 at about 100 yards from about 45-50 feet in a tree. At the time I didn't know, but I had just clipped the paunch side of the liver and the exit was through the paunch. There was no blood, but there were loads of hair and it may sound funny, but several stunned ticks on the ground where the hair was. After collecting the hair and sneaking off back to my camp, I was able to determine where the hit was from the photo of the hair in my book. My concern with no blood and tons of hair was that I had made a flesh wound and knocked off some hair. From the photo in the book I realize that hair was from the lower side of the deer. This gave me hope that I had actually hit the deer in body, but was it a gut shot because of no blood. After this determination my friend and I decided to wait a while, have lunch and then sneak back into the trail where I saw the deer run. After about 35 yards into the bottom we found a drop of dark blood. It wasn't much, but it told us that we had a liver hit. The blood sign was very sparse, but reading the blood splash patterns and other little clues lead us through many back tracks and past one of my buddy's lock on stands. After 3 hours and nearly 300 yards though fairly thick brush, my buddy spotted him. He pointed the deer out to me and I could only see the body to the shoulder, the view of the head was obstructed by some trees. The deer was laying upright just as if he were bedding and I though to shoot, but my friend could see the head and it was on the ground and the deer was dead. After the high fives and hugs were over, sure enough I had barely clipped the liver and exited about 2 inches above the white hair belly line on the opposite side. We got the deer out of the woods and my buddy still had time to make a quick evenig hunt and I had to do the cleaning and picture taking by myself.
Bottom Line: Tracking deer after the shot is a critical part of the hunting process. In that respect, this is the best, most educational book about deer hunting I have ever read. Sometimes I think I should just buy a case of these books and give them to all my hunting buddies. JUST BUY A NEW COPY OF THIS BOOK, BECAUSE THERE AREN'T GONNA BE ANY USED ONES FOR SALE.
Thanks to Mr. Smith for the Education!!!!!
All this in a package that is easy to read without being long, clearly laid out.
My only criticism is that I would like a table at the back of the book that I could copy and take with me in the field that lays out sign by type (hair type or blood colour) and probable injury with suggested wait time.
I have picked this book up over 10 times last season to re-read sections and expect to do the same again this season.