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A DIRECT HIT to the vitals, left, will result in an ample blood trail. The arrow, below, provides a wealth of information about the shot and where the deer was hit.

hunter should be mindful of the fact that the next drop of blood may well be found under a leaf, not on it. In any case, after the shot the spent arrow itself represents the best forensic tool at the bowhunter’s disposal. As noted, the archer should concentrate from the moment of release to visually track arrow flight

Gut-shot deer are likely to lie down at the earliest opportunity and often seek water. Once lying down, they’ll generally stay put unless pressed. For such a deer shot in the afternoon, a search in the morning might produce the best results. A search for a deer hit in the morning might be postponed until late in the afternoon, or even the next day. Weather can also play a critical role in trailing decisions. My own policy is not to hunt when it’s raining for reasons of comfort on stand, and also because it complicates any trailing chores — particularly extended ones. When it’s raining or with rain in the immediate forecast, there should be no delay in picking up the blood trail before it’s washed away. Snow on the ground generally facilitates tracking, but falling snow can obscure a blood trail as quickly as a driving rain can wash it away. If snow starts to fall, get on the trail ASAP. Less problematic are falling leaves in late autumn on a windy day. While not as efficient as driving rain or snow in compromising a blood trail, significant numbers of falling leaves can make the job a bit trickier than normal. A falling leaf situation is not cause for the archer to abandon the prerequisite 30 minute to 2-hour wait, but when he or she does take up the trail, especially if the blood trail is sparse or spotty, the
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and point of impact. Back in 1991, I was still using camouflage or earth-tone fletching on my arrows, but after that “optical illusion” episode I switched to brightly colored vanes and feathers (fluorescent orange and white), which not only makes it easier to track the arrow’s flight, but also simplifies the task of finding it. Once the arrow is located it can be examined for signs of a hit or miss. If the shaft shows no sign of blood or hair it signals a clean miss, and any tracking chores can be put off until next time. I remember a shot I took on the final evening of the season more than 30 years ago. The buck came out of a thicket walking at a fast pace and grunting all the while (this was in an era when grunt calls were not around). I badly estimated the range, selected the wrong pin and shot. The buck, apparently unscathed, bounded away for a few yards, and then continued his grunting quest for an estrus doe. I knew I had shot low and, by the buck’s reaction, I concluded I had missed. When I returned the next morning to retrieve my arrow, I found it just about where I expected. There was no sign of blood, but all around the spot was
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Public Input and Deer Management
Doodles Along the Delaware
Driving
Room 204
2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Need a Life Jacket?
The Legacy From A to Z
Hunter Access Liability Protection
Thanksgiving Bear
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Public Input and Deer Management
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Doodles Along the Delaware
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Driving
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Room 204
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Need a Life Jacket?
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Legacy From A to Z
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Hunter Access Liability Protection
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Thanksgiving Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 53
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Crossings
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