Back out! Hey All - Just wanted to post this quick reminder after the weekend experience I had at camp with my 14 year old son. Saturday eve, he shot a 6pt around 6:15pm. From my perspective and the sound of thud, shot looked good. Just before dark, we got down and found the bolt covered in good blood. No blood on trail until about 30 yards later. It was not the amount of blood I was hoping to see, so we made the call to go back in the morning. That decision usually doesn't allow for a good night of sleep, but especially for a Dad hoping for nothing but good news for his kid who puts in the time and effort to receive only good results. Woke up yesterday and got on the trail where I last saw blood. Again, not ideal blood, but it was consistently sporadic. There were a couple of times that we lost blood for 5 to 10 minutes, but were able to pick it back up. This tough animal covered some ground for sure. The thought of having to call off the track was starting to creep in as the deer was heading towards neighboring property that we do not have permission to enter. About 2 hours after beginning the track and with about 80 yards left until the property line, I look up and see his buck laying in front of me. We share a big hug and a sigh of relief and he runs to put his hands on him. He was still somewhat warm and steaming when he was cut open. No way we recover that deer had we not backed out. We read a lot of experiences on this site, and the best hunters will all agree to back out if there is any doubt. This approach along with persistence and respect for the animal to stay on the blood while taking it slow was a great learning experience for a 14 year old. For those wondering, the shot was a little low, but still pretty decent. Two years in a row he has put a 6pt in the freezer! Very proud Dad.