Wait Just Wait
I'm reading a lot of "I made a good shot" and tracked the deer for 200 yards, 500 yards, whatever. Guys, got to stay sitting and WAIT a minimum of 30 minutes after the hit and if its questionable, WAIT an hr before getting out of the tree or going to the arrow or anything. WAIT, JUST WAIT. deer will take off then try to find out what just happened. If you are up moving around looking for your arrow, climbing down the tree, or looking for blood and the deer spots you, its gone. if you sit still and it looks back to find out what happened it won't see you and will pay attention to its wound and may lay down right there. If you are pretty sure its a bad shot, after WAITING that hour, go to your arrow and see what it looks like. mark the spot and back out and WAIT for a few hours. Then go back and start slow tracking. Don't WAIT 5 mins or guess you WAITED 20 mins, look at your watch after you lose sight of the deer and time it. Even if you see the deer laying there, WAIT 30 mins minimum. The point?? WAIT in your stand after the shot for a minimum of 30 mins and there may be less lost deer. Can not stress it enough.