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Tracking explained by Warren Womack

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Tracking explained by Warren Womack

Post by Cbigbear on Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:23 pm

When your talking tracking a wounded deer Mr. Warren has it down to a science. Here is his tracking method explained in his hunting style write up on the newoutdoorcore.com.

"I use a couple of methods for finding the deer, that I manage to hit. After a shot that results in a hit. I watch and listen while pointing my finger at the deer as it runs off. As soon as it's out of sight I take two compass bearings. One for the last place I saw him and the other at the last direction I heard it. As soon as I climb down, I go and mark the last sighting location with a long streamer of toilet paper, usually at least 6 foot long. That paper is very visible in the woods and helps me return from a search, to that spot.

If the blood is obvious, I just follow it to the deer. If there in no blood or just a faint trail, I'll run a couple of compass bearing out just trying to spot the deer. If that doesn't work my next step is to go back and work a little harder on the blood trail.

When all else fails I'll grid the area off, like I was cutting a field with a bush hog. I start at the long toilet paper streamer and run a compass bearing out the direction I figure it left on considering where I last saw it and last heard it. I search for 200 yards hanging toilet paper, however often as needed, depending on how thick the woods are. When I have stepped off 200 yards I walk on a 90 degree angle towards the direction that the deer had came in on and then run the reciprocal of the original bearing back to the area of the shot. While I'm returning, I'm looking at every inch of ground between me and the original trail of visible toilet paper. I continue to do this until I have an area of 200 yards by 100 yards grid off. Next step is to go on the opposite side of the first bearing I had flagged and do the same on the other side until my grid area is 200 yards by 200 yards.

I continue making my grid larger until the deer is found. In this manner you are not continuing to look at the same ground, time after time. Each and every step you take, will give you a look at a part of the area that you haven't seen. I have found bow kills out to 600 yards using this method. It takes time and effort but when you find your deer it's worth it. If I don't find a deer after a doing a grid, I usually accept the fact that it was a flesh wound and not a kill.
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It's a good idea not to get tunnel vision while blood trailing. What I mean is, so caught up in the trail that you miss seeing where the deer had back tracked, then headed in a different direction. It's happed to me on several occasions. What one deer had done was to stop, turn and backtrack through it's blood trail for about 30 yards then stepped off the trail headed in another direction. It had been a good blood trail and I just couldn't accept the fact that It just turned off. I turned around and while back tracking, noticed the new direction and soon found my deer."

Here's a link to the entire article http://www.newoutdoorcore.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9190&start=0

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Post by apexmapping on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:32 pm

Mr. Warren is THE MAN. One of the most knowledgeable, nicest people you'll ever meet. From what I hear his old bowhunting videos are pretty good too.
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Post by Waiting4Fall on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:53 pm

He's a member here, too. We're lucky to have him!

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Re: Tracking explained by Warren Womack

Post by heydeerman on Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:39 am

When Warren Womack speaks about anything bow hunting, we should listen.
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Re: Tracking explained by Warren Womack

Post by PineywoodsBow on Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:13 am

I purchased his video "The Ultimate Challenge". It was pretty good, had a good demo on how to field quarter a deer on the ground. I especially like his idea of feed tree hunting...

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Re: Tracking explained by Warren Womack

Post by clandb on Sun May 13, 2018 11:05 am

this is a very interesting topic
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