Went out Wednesday evening, shot a roe doe in bramble at about 120 yrd. She bolted downhill with her neck outstretched, usually a good sign. I walked over to where she was stood and found a great gout of pins but no blood at all. I cast about but found nothing. light was fading fast so I went back to my truck and fetched my Burrell bred lurcher 'Zorro'. He's not a dedicated tracking dog by any means but has done a few easy tracks and has a better nose than me!
He hit a scent at the hit site and went off on a totally different line to the one I thought she'd taken, but having been made to look daft by dogs in the past I went with him. He stopped twice to examine bits of ground in detail, but I could see nowt. About 20 yards on, he marked a spot of blood about 1/4" across on a bramble leaf, the first bit of sign I'd seen. he hunted on for about another 20 yards, fast on a good scent and started circling a thick pathc of ash tops piled up about 5' tall. I shone the torch in and there she was, dead as a nit, shot throught the lungs but she must have been quartering towards me, putting the exit too far back, and plugged with a bit of diaphragm, hence the lack of blood.
I doubt I'd have found her without Zorro, and certainly not until daylight. The big oaf earnt his tea that night!
Probably a simple job for you BMH chaps, but for a general purpose sort of a dog I was dead chuffed !