After not seeing anything in the woods with allot of hours in the stand, I finally nailed one during the 4th week of bow season. I decided to go out at the last minute. At about 4:15 this skipper came in eating apples off the tree. I had a clear shot, but knew that a doe was always with it along with another skipper. Then from behind a pine tree the doe stepped out and started over. I was in a pop up blind against some pines but she knew it didn’t belong and something was up. She was only about 40 yards away, but looking at me straight on. She would not come in and just bobbed her head.. The kiss of death. The skipper started getting nervous so I took the shot. Then it was my 1st NY deer all over again.. the rain started coming. The deer ran down hill but doubled back to head to the doe. It was not in view so I would not have known this. I was initially looking for it in the wrong area, but we found the arrow where it broke off and then tracks. Anyway.. the blood light I had did not show anything, but the rain diluted all the blood. So I gathered all my gear and dropped it off at the truck giving it time to get darker.
I was getting worried that I could not find any blood. I had some BlueStar that I bought in the truck. I then mixed the BlueStar and still could not get blood under the tree where I hit him. I tracked the deer by the tracks that were dug in thru to the dirt, but then we lost the tracks. I then found indents in the grass areas and knew the direction it went. I figured it went thru the stone wall in one of two areas. I picked the correct one 1st. I sprayed the BlueStar and the branches and stones had blood drops glowing. Nothing major just spatterings. We were amazed how well this stuff worked after/during the rain.
I kept spraying and had glowing. The amount increased over time. Then huge areas would glow. We would try and see the blood with a light and NOTHING. Some of the spots were so large that glowed with no visible blood when a light was used that I thought something else was triggering the glow. Although I did remember my cousin saying that he had the same thing when he used it to find the deer his dad arrowed. Anyway with such large glowing areas I thought something was off so I told thought that I would have to come back in the morning. I had brought one of the 1M candlepower lights with me so before I left I gave a quick look around and about 10 yards away lay the dead button buck. It was a lung shot and with the rain and aspirated blood no sign could be seen with a regular light or blood light, but huge areas lit up with the BlueStar blood finding agent.
I am not sure if I would have found this deer without the BlueStar, not before coyotes got it anyway. This product is as claims and is excellent. I would recommend it be carried in all hunters daypacks.
January 4, 2009 - By Steve, from Cabela's web site