Originally Posted by champion
Where I hunt and the animal runs off 50 yds. without a blood trail you want be able to find it, I hunt pipelines running though thickets that you literally have to crawl though if you are not on the pipeline itself. I realize that hard to imagine but, it is true. So people for my purposes I need a blood trail not every deer you shot falls in it tracks; this is a longrange hunting site if you can't find where the animal was standing @ 500 yds. + or - how are you going to find the animal!
I agree with champion, without a blood trail things can be a little tough in recovery. Here in Texas where I am a guide and outfitter and whitetail ranch manager I am involved in the harvest of anywhere from 125 to 300 whitetail deer each year for the past 25 years. Blood trails are a welcome sight.
With the big 30's and bergers, a blood trail is a given on whitetails. Shooting down senderos at extended ranges it is hard to find withen 50 yds of where a deer was standing when you shot. If the ground is soft enough you can generally find skid marks where the deer left the sendero. If the ground is hard, or covered with grass then you have to lazer back to where you shot from to find where where the deer was standing.
Now this is where it gets interesting, 5 feet off the sendero the brush is often so thick you cannot walk on a direct route where you think the deer went. Visibility is often measured in feet, not yards. Most double lung shot deer will go about 70 yds max. So a blood trail is a welcome sight. Without blood you call in a search party.
A bullet that fails to exit the animal makes it twice as hard to recover. A mature whitetail buck that is hard into the rut is not overly impressed with 3000 + ftlbs of energy asorbed from a bullet that did not exit. Yes he is dead usually withen that 70 yd magic circle. But in our country 70 yds or 10 miles there is not a lot of difference. So asorbing all energy that a bullet has is not a valid argument.
Bergers are high on my list, I shoot them a lot, not because they kill better than any other bullet, (they don't) but because they shoot so well that you have more control in bullet placement.
One thing that I am sure of, if you put an expanding bullet thru both lungs, you will generally find him in less than 70 yds. Another thing is you need a little blood to point the way.