Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

Q: A friend of mine says that a deer that's been fatally shot always leaves a blood trail from the spot where it was hit. Is this true?

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A: Invariably they do but not right away. I've seen mortally wounded animals leave only the faintest of blood trails or none at all for the first 25 to 50 yards. Mark the spot where it was hit, get down on your hands and knees, and start looking.