Tracking Big GameYou have the responsibility to do your best to recover every animal you hit. If a vitally wounded animal does not drop:
Mentally mark the exact locations of where the animal was when you shot and where you last saw it.
Wait for 30 minutes before following it. For bowhunters, wait an hour if possible. Hits outside the heart/lung area require a longer wait of about four to six hours.
While waiting, go over the shot in your mind.
Even if you're sure you didn't hit an animal always check for
Unusual running behavior after a shot may indicate that an animal has been hit.
Go SLOWLY and look carefully for signs of a hit. Always assume you made your shot until you recover the animal or are absolutely certain of a clean miss.