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Thread: Following Blood Spots in the Dark.

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    Following Blood Spots in the Dark.

    Last week I was shooting Fallow with a good friend who is not an experienced rifle shot. My friend shot a pricket that was hit very low in the ribs and too far back. Unfortunately I was not close enough to shoot it again and it got up and ran into a wood.

    It was nearly dark and the wood is very neglected, with fallen trees, brambles, broken and cracked ground etc. Too hazardous to risk my young dog in the dark.

    The blood track in the dark, did not seem a promising prospect but after thinking through my options, I decided to wait an hour then try by torchlight.

    It was not at all easy (small spots and several yards between them ) but after two hours and 150 yards, we found and dispatched the pricket. Recovery was arduous but we managed to accomplish it ok.

    I always have several lights with me if stalking in the evening. I found that my brightest light (the excellent Clubriter) was far too bright and white for finding the sparse blood spots. My old Maglight with its yellow tinted light was far better as was my mini-maglight.

    However it was a tedious and tiring search and I have since reflected upon seeing various items advertised that allegedly make following blood spots easier.
    One item is a type of torch whilst the other is a form of spray. I wonder if any of our members have experience of using one or more of these products and what your considered opinion of it/them is ?

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    i havent used or heard of anyone using them , seen them advertised but think i would trust the dog on a line first , be interesting to hear any info on them !

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    You could try a black light torch. Blood glows under black light

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    have not seen anything apart from on csi ,why not use the dog on a tracking harness or collar and long line you have control then to see the dog and follow up, atb wayne

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    The dog should've got a run out Uncle Norm.....
    Cover and terrain is all part of the dog learning.
    ​At night-mostly better to leave if you can till day after-not always possible.Dog would've saved time and more experience for dog.

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    but i must say well done for following it up and your man for saying it was wounded , well done !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    The dog should've got a run out Uncle Norm.....
    Cover and terrain is all part of the dog learning.
    ​At night-mostly better to leave if you can till day after-not always possible.Dog would've saved time and more experience for dog.
    I couldn't agree more. That sort of opportunity does not come up very often.
    It was not an easy decision and I won't go into all the detail of circumstances here as it is not fair nor appropriate, however my back-up plan was to go back with Ruby at first light. There is no doubt in my mind that she would have found it easily. I would have been confident of Ruby's safety in the daylight too.

    That wood is seriously hazardous and I would not risk my dog in there in the dark. It was bad enough for my friend and I. We have both got a few bruises, scratches etc. as our 'badges of honour' and we had torches.

    It was one of those events that will not be easily forgotten. Grim, but with the best possible outcome for the deer and my good friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronbott View Post
    You could try a black light torch. Blood glows under black light
    Thank you for the comment, however I am not familiar with the term 'black light', so could you go into more detail to explain please ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Norm View Post
    I couldn't agree more. That sort of opportunity does not come up very often.
    It was not an easy decision and I won't go into all the detail of circumstances here as it is not fair nor appropriate, however my back-up plan was to go back with Ruby at first light. There is no doubt in my mind that she would have found it easily. I would have been confident of Ruby's safety in the daylight too.

    That wood is seriously hazardous and I would not risk my dog in there in the dark. It was bad enough for my friend and I. We have both got a few bruises, scratches etc. as our 'badges of honour' and we had torches.

    It was one of those events that will not be easily forgotten. Grim, but with the best possible outcome for the deer and my good friend.
    Is there ghosties in the wood
    Well done on getting the beast,that is the main thing.

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    black light is UV light
    blood, urine etc glow under uv light

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