If you've wounded a deer and lost its trail, then it might be a good time to call in a tracking dog and see if it can find that deer for you.
This hunter shot a deer in the paunch the previous evening. After following the deer for about 30 yards and seeing that she didn't make a great hit, she decided to back out and call in the big guns. The next morning she came back to the area with Buster, a 14-year-old dachshund, and his handler.
Now, Buster may be pint-sized, but he's a master at his job. You need to see how easy he made that tracking job.
Way to go, Buster! Even though he was over 14 years old, that nose clearly works really well.
If you were keeping track, Buster found that deer less than five minutes after setting out on the trail. Fortunately, the deer was severely wounded and only ran a couple hundred yards before expiring. Those hunters likely could have found it without help from Buster, but it probably would have taken them several hours of tracking and a lot of hard work.
So, if it's legal where you live, you should definitely consider calling in a dog for help if you have trouble finding a wounded deer.