Don't push too soon: When darkness or bad weather complicates the recovery effort, many bowhunters make the mistake of hurrying after a wounded deer. Except when the weather is so warm that meat spoilage is a problem, it is always better to wait too long before trailing than not long enough. Give the animal at least several minutes to bed down and expire on its own. Even if you lose the blood trail, the deer should be fairly easy to recover from its first bed. If you try to rush and jump the deer, you extend the trailing process. That can present a big problem if it rains or snows.