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Tracking a Hit Deer

Fatally wounded deer sometimes only bleed internally, leaving little or no blood trail to follow. If you're tracking a hit deer, walk in the direction it was traveling when you last saw it and search closely in thickets, pockets of heavy cover, and among blowdowns that offer hiding places. Use your nose as well as your eyes. Deer have a strong odor that is distinctly noticeable at short distances. If you smell a musky odor, search into the wind.