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Laser Blood Trail Pointer

Laser Blood Trail Pointer

By Mark Kay

When it comes to trailing deer, the task can become confusing and difficult in the dark.

Getting the blood trail right from the start is incredibly important and easy to mess up, especially if you have other hunters chipping in to help.

Experienced hunters know how easy it is to destroy evidence of a hit when several pairs of boots are stomping around the search area. That’s why I came up with my own technique to recover wounded game.

Things in the woods look different on the ground, so from the elevated vantage of my treestand, I use a laser pointer to direct one or more of my buddies to the exact location where the deer was standing when it was shot.

I can use the laser pointer to point out the path the deer took as it ran away, steering my friends to where I think they will find good sign without walking directly on the potential trail. It certainly makes giving them directions much easier.

The laser pointer works at a great distance, in daylight and it takes up very little room in a pack.


Rock Climber's Tips for Hunters - Part II
Last week, I shared a tree-climbing tip I learned from my days of training as a rock climber. This tip dealt with the standard rock climber’s rule of always keeping handholds above your head at ALL times during a climb.
 

Rock Climber's Tips for Hunters - Part I
Back in my younger days, during the off-season from chasing whitetails, I spent some time scaling rock walls, mountain climbing and rappelling off mountainsides for fun.
 

Summer Grillmasters!
Now that summer has officially arrived, many of our Buckmasters members are firing up the grills and using up what remains of last season’s venison tenderloins.
 

Poor Man's Rangefinder
As a father of four, finding time to hunt, let alone the money, can be quite difficult at times. Although the kids will eventually be old enough to stay at home on their own, the expense of hunting will never get easier.
 

Zipper Fixer Upper
Have you ever had a cold weather jumpsuit, an article of hunting clothing or a piece of equipment that had to be thrown out because of the poor quality of the zipper?
 

Sometimes it's the bow.
When I first started working for Buckmasters in 1997, it didn't take long to realize I was going to learn a lot from the people around me. One of the first really great tips I picked up was from former Buckmasters editor Russell Thornberry.
 

Cheap Camo Face Paint
I'm a frugal guy and will find ways to cut corners any way I can when it comes to hunting supplies. One great tip I'd like to share is that makeup is makeup, whether it's marketed as camouflage face paint for hunters or as standard women's facial mak...
 

Dealing with Anti-Hunters
The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle.
 

Angry Birds Can Help You Get Deer
Many common North American birds are quick to scold humans when we cross into their territory. In the wild, they just as apt to sound off at animals that venture too close, including white-tailed deer, alerting you to their presence.
 

Give Rain the Boot
Last spring Missouri's turkey season was an unusually wet one. Two days in particular, it poured heavily all day. I am a bit of a diehard turkey hunter, so I stayed out in the downpour.
 
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