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#6964640 - 11/18/17 08:11 AM Need a little tracking advice please!
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So my son shot a nice 8 pointer this morning. When the bullet hit the deer made the typical jump that you would see when vitals are hit. It ran into the tree line about 50 yards from the initial hit. We gave it 30 minutes and went in. We found blood but after about 50 more yards we lost the trail and decided to back out. Pretty sure we jumped the deer because we found this nice puddle about 20 yards in. Does this blood look like a fatal shot? How long would you wait to get back out and track? Also does anyone know someone with a tracking dog around the azle springtown area?


Edited by JH117 (11/18/17 08:16 AM)

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#6964653 - 11/18/17 08:19 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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What color was the blood. Dark, with food particles would be a gut shot. Dark red with no food would likely be a non-fatal body shot. Bright red with foam would likely be a lung shot.

Use the tp method. Put a small chunk of toilet paper at each blood spot. That helps a lot keeping you on the right tracking path. Itís good to see the back trail, so you wonít wander off track.

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#6964668 - 11/18/17 08:37 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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Looks like a good hit to me, good amount of blood. Sweep circles looking for more blood and tracks on the trail he took. Look for deeper, irregular tracks and drag lines too where he may have hit the ground.

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#6964671 - 11/18/17 08:39 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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Mike Chittum 817-401-1161. Heís in azle i believe. Great guy. Great dogs.
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#6964675 - 11/18/17 08:46 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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No green stuff so that's good. Food particles could be from his esophagus. I would wait two hrs

Good luck, I hope your kiddo recovers him.


Edited by S.A. hunter (11/18/17 08:49 AM)

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#6964709 - 11/18/17 09:10 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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I'd give it a couple of hours
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#6964710 - 11/18/17 09:10 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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Looks like shot was forward
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#6964774 - 11/18/17 10:21 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: Navasot]
JH117 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Looks like shot was forward


Only thing I can think of as well. We went back in with the same results. No more blood at all. Thinking he got him in the brisket. I feel bad for the little guy. Did a lot of practicing this off-season and he got really good at shooting.

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#6964779 - 11/18/17 10:23 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: RedSnake]
JH117 Offline
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Originally Posted By: RedSnake
Mike Chittum 817-401-1161. Heís in azle i believe. Great guy. Great dogs.


Called this guy but he moved to Washington. I did get in touch with another tracker but he couldn't make it out til later this evening and we have a wedding. I'm hoping that the buck is still alive. Last thing I want is some waisted meat sittin out there for the yotes.

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#6964786 - 11/18/17 10:29 AM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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That much blood looks fatal to me. Have killed deer with less blood.
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#6964957 - 11/18/17 02:01 PM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: Stompy]
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Originally Posted By: Stompy
That much blood looks fatal to me. Have killed deer with less blood.
My thought too Stompy

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#6965043 - 11/18/17 03:43 PM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: DQ Kid]
JH117 Offline
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Originally Posted By: Stompy
That much blood looks fatal to me. Have killed deer with less blood.
My thought too Stompy


Wish this was the case. Went back at it for a third time and still same results. Blood just stops. Weird thing was right where the blood stopped was a big ol pile of fresh poo. Had a buddy come over to help and we circled where it stopped out to a couple hundred yards and still found no sign. All's I can hope is he shows back up on camera.

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#6965157 - 11/18/17 05:29 PM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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It sounds to me like the deer was gut shot (unfortunately speaking from experience). Those most often will seal off and quit bleeding. Going on memory, the blood goes from dark red to less and less blood, and the blood gets sort of watery looking. Youíd think though that there would be some sign of corn or green grass, but maybe not if the bullet was in the guts but didnít hit the stomach.

On hits high in the legs, some of which iíve allegedly also had some experience with, the blood was dark red, but there wasnít a whole lot of it. And those will clot up and quit bleeding.

Anyway, iím sorry the deer is lost.

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#6965287 - 11/18/17 07:44 PM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Looks like a good hit to me, good amount of blood. Sweep circles looking for more blood and tracks on the trail he took. Look for deeper, irregular tracks and drag lines too where he may have hit the ground.
That's a dead deer. Get out early and walk concentric circles around blood trail, leaving survey tape. If you're in Azle- Springtown area there's probably large stands of greenbriar. Those boogers go right into the thickest shiite they can find. Thats where he's at.


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#6965335 - 11/18/17 08:47 PM Re: Need a little tracking advice please! [Re: JH117]
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Shot one this morning around 0700. Took out both lungs, but a little far back to not ruin the forequarters. Tracked him for nearly an hour, spot of blood here a piece of lung there just not much sign but I new it was a good shot. What I did was placed a piece of toilet paper at every sign I found. After a 130 or so yards the sign quit.I back tracked and with the paper on the ground I was able to see the direction he was goin. He traveled almost 250 yards before he expired but I got him...





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