10. Remember whenever tracking a wounded deer at night or in stormy weather where the sun is obscured, take a compass or GPS and get a reading before plunging into the woods. Even familiar woods can get confusing in the dark and injured animals seldom follow the types of landmarks a man would when accessing the forest. The woods where we were looking were little more than a tangle of pine slash and reeds. We got turned around numerous times while looking for the deer in the rain.
With no end to the weather in sight, we finally abandoned the search. Steve, who would be hunting the rest of the week, promised to look again and with no luck, keep an eye on the buzzards so at least the rack could possibly be retrieved. After his fruitless search Monday, I haven't heard anything, which really has me bummed. You can bet I've spent the past week shooting my bow more from a tall ladder than on level ground. I don't plan on making that mistake again.