How often has this happened to you?
You’ve just shot a deer with your bow or crossbow, and in your excitement, you’ve climbed down from your treestand to start blood trailing before taking note of exactly where the animal stood.
When you reach the spot where you thought the deer was standing, you have great difficulty finding it.
You’re off to a bad start in the trailing process because everything looks different from the ground than it does from 20 feet or more in an elevated treestand. This is especially true in places where ground cover is thick.
For these reasons, I carry an extra trail-starter arrow in my quiver.
Immediately after shooting a deer, I nock my trail-starter arrow and shoot it into the ground where the deer was standing when I shot it. This gives me a solid starting point of reference to begin my search — a deer marker.
I like to use an old arrow or bolt that I don’t use much anymore, but isn’t beat up too much to fly straight — perhaps an arrow you have already taken a deer with.
Also, be sure to use a field tip on this arrow, and put it in the hardest-to-get-to place in your quiver so you won’t mistake it for a hunting arrow tipped with a broadhead.
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