When hunting you may come across a blood trail from a wounded deer, and may not know how to
find where the deer is located. There are many different features of a blood trail and if
you know the correct way to read these trails you will learn how to use any blood trail to
find a wounded deer. Tracking a wounded deer can be a very difficult situation if you do not
know how to read a blood trail correctly. If you read a blood trails like you would read a
map the process of finding the wounded deer can be less intimidating and you will be more
successful. Tracking a deer that has been shot can sometimes be a tedious task to
accomplish, but there are many techniques that you can use to help you find the deer
You may have just shot a deer and you are not positive that you hit it and whether or not it
is wounded. It all depends on the circumstances of the shot. If you used a bow to make the
shot, you may want to give it at least a hour before you search for the deer. This will give
the deer the chance to completly bleed out if the shot was fatal. If the shot was not fatal,
you may need to give the deer at least 4 to 5 hours to bleed out before you can begin
tracking. If it is close to being dark outside, you should what until the next morning.
Normally a deer that has been shot can only make it about 100 to 200 yards and sometimes
even less then that. You should give the animal a chance to lay down so it does not have the
fear of being chased. This will cause the deer to become stiff. When you use the blood trail
to find the deer, you will have a better chance of finding it if you let the deer have time
to become stiff. The same thing will apply with a deer that has been shot with a rifle or
Once you have finished the steps above you can begin using the blood trails to track the
deer. You should use ribbon tape that is a florescent color and carry it will you along the
way. The first thing to do is tie a piece of the ribbon tape on a branch or around a tree,
making sure that it is eye level. You should be sure that the ribbon tape is as close to the
same spot where you stood to shot the deer. Once you finish this you should go back to the
spot where you shot the deer from and look for any evidence of a hit. Look for any blood, or
hair between the trees. Look for any deer tracks.
Sometimes you will need to look really hard if a deer that may have been shot in the heart
because these shot will not leave much evidence if the deer as been hit correctly. A heart
shot will normally cause the heart to explode, which will not leave much of a blood trail
because there will be not heart to pump and blood. If you do find any evidence of a hit
deer, you should place a ribbon at eye level once again to mark the spot. Other things to
look for are lung tissue. The color of the blood will tell you what kind of shot was done.
Bright read blood will indicate the shot was a brisket hit, while dark blood will indicate a
lung or heart shot.
Once you have done these few things you can begin to understand how to properly track a
wounded deer by following the blood trail. As you can see there are steps you should take to
find the deer. It is important to follow these steps to ensure success when looking for any wounded deer.