B&C 100 Class
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Broome County, NY
You mentioned that this was your first hunt. I'm not trying to critisize her, but offer some advise.
You said that you found several pools of blood. That's a sign that the deer was stopping & bleeding while he was either standing or laying down. It sounds like you were pushing him. Next time, back off & wait at least an hour (a few hours is better) before you try to track the deer. If he is hit with more than just a flesh wound, he will lay down & die or at least stiffen up enough that he won't be able to get up & run off easily when you do approach him. Try to get a buddy to help track him. Go slow & one of you watch the track while the other keeps looking forward to catch him still laying down if he isn't dead yet.