You’ve acquired a prize buck in your sights. You aim. You hit it. It limps off into the brush, you pursue it and then the unthinkable happens – you lose track of it. Nearly every hunter has had this experience and it is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. The important thing to remember about successfully blood trailing your prey is that practice makes perfect. By following a few simple rules, the tracking process can end successfully 99% of the time.
- Know where you hit the deer: This may sound unimportant but knowing which part of the deer your arrow or bullet connected with will give you a good indication of how far it may have traveled after it was struck.
- Watch where the deer goes after it has been shot: Watch the direction the deer travels in after you struck it. Note any markers such as trails, trees, rocks or other objects that can let you know where you should begin tracking your wounded prey.
- Don’t move forward until you’ve found more blood: Do go aimlessly wandering in the brush. This is a great way to lose track of the blood trail. Only go forward when you have found the next blood sighting.
- Backtrack: If you find a blood trail, follow it and then it disappears, try going back to where the trail of blood began. From there try to discover clues by noting the color of the blood the deer left behind.
- Analyze the color of the blood trail: The color of the blood your prey left behind is very important. Pinkish, frothy blood with small bubbles usually indicates a lung hit. In this case, the deer will usually not be able to travel far. Rich, bright-red blood often indicates a heart shot. Such shots are often quickly fatal especially if there is a great amount of blood in the area. Dark, almost burgundy-colored blood indicates a liver or kidney shot. These shots can take a while to kill the deer but are always fatal.
Yes, the disappointment and aggravation involved in losing a deer can be overwhelming. However, by following the above tips you can make your Argentina big game hunting more successful. It just takes practice to become proficient at tracking your game after you have hit your mark. Our compound offers you plenty of opportunities to hone your tracking skills as we have red stag and other big game here. You can also spend some of your time duck hunting in Argentina.