Longest successful recovery

Discussion in 'Deer Tracking Dogs' started by GonHuntin, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. GonHuntin

    GonHuntin Active Member

    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    What is the longest distance you have tracked and successfully recovered a deer?
     
  2. Doctorbrady

    Doctorbrady Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    263
    Location:
    SW Missouri
    Just over a mile personally, though I know of much longer recoveries.
     
  3. Fish

    Fish Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,073
    Likes Received:
    551
    Location:
    Southern Indiana
    Not sure of distance, but Dad tracked a giant Illinois buck nearly 48 hours before finally finding it. The buck was hit through the intestine just above the "tallywacker" as we used to say. It had died only hours before recovery.
    Make a note, deer hit in the intestines will last much longer than a paunch shot deer. The bigger they are, the more hours you can add to that equation.
     
    big L likes this.
  4. Kwood

    Kwood Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    292
    Location:
    Central, IL
    1/2 mile, but it crossed the same creek 3 times. My dad was the only reason we found it. He did a great job. Single lung hit.


    Sent from my iPhone using Deer Hunter Forum
     
  5. Brushpile

    Brushpile Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,954
    Likes Received:
    944
    Location:
    Fair Grove, MO
    Yup, the big bucks don't go down easy!
     
  6. Blizzard Ridge

    Blizzard Ridge Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    321
    Location:
    Illinois
    I have been lucky and blessed that I have not had to track a deer over a couple hundred yards. My longest track was a gun shot deer that was shot well but ended up going on a 300 yard death sprint, jumping a fence. I decided to back out since he was moving so well when I last saw him. I went back 3 hours later and the coyotes had already eaten him up to his shoulder. He was actually laying dead within 50 yards of eyesight of where I walked over to fence he jumped. Now I have had some clean misses though.
     
  7. j-bird

    j-bird Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,941
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Decatur county, IN Zone 6a
    Longest in both time and distance was a buck I took 2 years ago. Took me 7 days and I walked miles. The deer actually only went maybe 1/2 mile as the crow flies, but conditions and mistakes on my part created a snowball affect that resulted in me having to grid search and grid search and grid search some more. I finally found the buck, when I was dangling by a thread of my sanity. I searched to some extent every day of those 7 days - sometimes just a few hours (days I worked) , sometimes from 8 am until nearly midnight. He wasn't huge, but I knew he was dead and I knew I had made several mistakes in the process. The meat was lost, the recovery sucked, but it reaffirmed my commitment to finding deer I shoot and it reminds me of what not to do. Sometimes we need lessons like that. That lesson surfaced this season as I shot a buck that ran but I never heard crash and I never saw leave an area. Part of me wanted to go in after him, but instead I felt him over night and found him less than 100 yards from where I last saw him the following morning. I have yet to have a yote beat me to a deer (knock on wood).

    I tagged that deer that took me forever to find and his antlers hang on my barn and every time I see them I think of that recovery. That deer symbolizes a lot, some good, some not so good. I will tell you - most of it is bad, and it's bad on my part. Sometimes we need a reminder to prevent making the same mistakes again.
     
  8. Brushpile

    Brushpile Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,954
    Likes Received:
    944
    Location:
    Fair Grove, MO
    I tracked a buck about a mile last week, and two days later a neighbor shot the buck, which had a massive hole in his brisket. Many wounded deer are not recoverable and make a complete recovery.
     
  9. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,636
    Likes Received:
    5,800
    Location:
    Kentucky (Zone 6B)
    Years ago, we had a double lung shot deer (with a 243 rifle and nice exit hole) to go close to 400 yards before going down. I was blood tracking for someone else, and I swore to myself the whole way that he had made a bad shot - but that was not the case.

    PS: I was the dog............so I guess I could say that some people treat me like a dog.....
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  10. wbpdeer

    wbpdeer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,981
    Likes Received:
    902
    Location:
    Portland, TN
    .... you ain't nothin' but a hound dog ...

    Hell, Elvis sang a song 'bout u
     
    Native Hunter likes this.
  11. swat1018

    swat1018 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    923
    Likes Received:
    474
    Location:
    NE MO / Central IN
    Deer are tough, as the trackers will tell you. I shot a deer with a gun in Indiana about 15 years ago during gun season. While gutting it, I cut myself bad on a broadhead. It was tangled up in a big blob, that use to be a lung. He was still chasing does. The nurse that stitched me up asked where I hunted. Told her, and she said send me a pic, my nephew bowhunts a half mile from there and lost one in October. Sure enough, it was the same deer the nephew had shot with a bow on October 5.
     
  12. Doctorbrady

    Doctorbrady Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    263
    Location:
    SW Missouri
    Cool story Swat!
     
  13. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,636
    Likes Received:
    5,800
    Location:
    Kentucky (Zone 6B)
    Yes, awesome story Swat - and a unique one as well.....
     
  14. swat1018

    swat1018 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    923
    Likes Received:
    474
    Location:
    NE MO / Central IN
    I didn't add the part about me getting blood poisoning from the cut...
     
  15. Doctorbrady

    Doctorbrady Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    263
    Location:
    SW Missouri
    Haha! Been there myself as a kid fleshing out a skull.
     
  16. Brushpile

    Brushpile Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,954
    Likes Received:
    944
    Location:
    Fair Grove, MO
    I am learning that not all lung shots are fatal. When I see lung blood I think, "Dead deer", but that's not always the case. I've also noticed that big bucks are the hardest deer to bring down.
     
  17. Kwood

    Kwood Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    292
    Location:
    Central, IL
    Would assume double lung always fatal ?


    Sent from my iPhone using Deer Hunter Forum
     
  18. Oakseeds

    Oakseeds Active Member

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    88
    Spine shots (neck or back) and they go straight to the ground .... and don 't move. Course you lose some meat that way including the possibility of ruining some back strap. If it's a wall hanger, you might be willing to make that trade off.
     
  19. Chipdasqrrl

    Chipdasqrrl Active Member

    Messages:
    491
    Likes Received:
    233
    Location:
    Northern Michigan
    Hardiness Zone:
    5
    You’re right that they’ll go straight down, but I’m not so sure you want to aim for the spine on a wall hanger. A few years ago I shot a buck and I got very unlucky with where I hit it. I seemed to have got him right above the vitals, and right below the spine.
    He immediately dropped and I thought he was dead right there. Maybe 4 seconds later he began kicking his feet and eventually regained footing, and took off. Sounds like he was temporarily paralyzed from the impact of the bullet next to his spine. I found one drop of blood where I shot him, then nothing. I’m pretty sure he survived.
    I’m not against spine shots, but I personally wouldn’t risk it after that experience


    Sent from my iPhone using Deer Hunter Forum
     
  20. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    964
    Likes Received:
    636
    Location:
    SW AR
    Hardiness Zone:
    7
    My wife did the exact same thing this year with a muzzle loader. Was trying to get reloaded while watching the deer walk off after it had been motionless on ground for ten seconds. Got pictures of him three days later working a scrape and then everyday after, til gun season opened the following weekend- then never another pic.
     
    Chipdasqrrl likes this.

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 38 (members: 0, guests: 18, robots: 20)
(moderators are listed in blue)