Tracking a blood trail

by Jan 30, 2014Whitetail Deer

Tracking a blood trail

While we were on our walk and looking for sheds, we can onto a deer trail that had some blood!  The hunter in all three of us kicked into high gear and we started walking slowly, hunched over like a detective with a magnifying glass looking for clues.

The first blood spot we noticed.
A close up of the first spot we noticed.  

Maybe a cut above the hoof?

If we had had enough time, we would have back tracked to see if there was more blood in the opposite direction than the one we traveled.  We could not find many more drops between steps and once we got to the stream, we decided to just keep going and head back.

Just another example of something unexpected and interesting you find in the woods.

3 Comments

  1. Usually deer bleed when they drop their antlers. I've seen that often here. I am amazed at the strength of these animals. It must be painful to grow antlers and then painful to shed them.

  2. Would we have/should we have found sheds near the blood trail then?

  3. You just don't know but it does make me wonder where it came from.

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