Tracking/Shot Placement


Tracking Supply’s

There has been discussion about what to use for keeping up with your four legged buddy while he is trying to recover the wounded deer. Me personally I have tried several techniques, bells, weed eater string and GPS systems. Well I am here to tell you the GPS system is by far the way to go. The GPS systems are pretty pricey but they are worth every penny when you need to locate your dog. The GPS system I use is the Garmin Astro 220 and 330 with dc30 collars. This is a very impressive system. I will tell you I still put the small cow bell on my dogs, you never know with electronics. I will say my Garmin has never let me down but if it does I will still have some sort of location device on my dogs. We all know that it is not practical for all hunters to run out and spend $700.00 on a GPS tracking system. Use the cow bell, they are great and make a lot of noise. I tracked for several years before I was able to spend the money on the GPS systems. Another tool I would recommend for hunters to keep with them at all times is a medical bag with things such as, vet wrap, peroxide, neosporin, baby aspirins, cut and heal (liquid), liquid Tylenol, gauze pads, bottle water, collapsible water bowl, extra leash and medical tape. This is just a few things I keep in my bag. I bought my bag from Harbor Freight for $3.00, and most of the other items you can get from the dollar store. You just never know when your dog may be injured. An aggressive wounded deer can cause a lot of bodily harm. I have had to use my medical bag several times.


"Shot Placement"

This is always a hot topic after someone shoots a deer and cannot find it. The first thing fellow hunters asks each other is, did you make a good shot? Shot placement is so critical. When the time comes when that deer walks out that we have been waiting on for hours and hours we sometimes begin to lose focus on shot placement. From my past experience hunters are so excited that they feel they put a good shot when actually they pulled the shot. I have seen when hunters tell me they shot for the neck and after the recovery they hit the deer in the back hind quarter. As hunters we all know that as long as we are hunting there will be bad shots. It happens and will continue to happen. Just remember to always check your guns and make sure they are sighted in for the distances you plan to shoot. Blood tracking dogs can only track what we put on the ground. Dogs can recover many deer that the hunter would have never recovered, but we still have to make a lethal shot. If you don’t have a clear shot wait until the animal presents a clear shot or let them walk. They will come back at a later date. Deer are very tuff animal and can survive a lot more than we as hunter realize. I have had hunters call me back a couple weeks after I tracked a deer for them and told me they got pictures of the deer they shot eating under a feeder or in a field. This just goes to show that all deer that are not recovered do not necessarily die. We as hunter owe the effort of recovery to the wildlife we shoot.