“First, I look for blood, hair, or hoof prints. I study every drop of blood to learn more about the shot. Is the blood flow increasing, decreasing, or staying the same? I keep marking spots as I move on, but some animals stop bleeding. If that happens, I’ll mark anything that moves me closer to the animal. I’ll tag rocks, leaves, or logs that are turned over, hoof prints, skid marks, stumbles, a dragged hoof, broken branches, matted-down grass—basically anything that gives me the proof that the animal moved in a particular direction. When I look back at my flagged areas, I’ll normally see a pattern. That pattern shows the direction the animal is traveling in and keeps me focused on following its path. Flags also keep me from getting confused and turned around in an unfamiliar area. This allows me to stay focused on what is important: tracking the animal.