With the posts in the past from hunters looking for tracking advice, it would be nice for the forum members to post up tracking techniques, and suggestions to help hunters recover their deer. When I shoot a deer, I always try to mark the spot the deer was standing when I shot it. Getting a good start on blood is the most important part of tracking. If the deer does manage to run out of sight, I mark the last spot I saw the deer. After the shot...you will get several different answers on this one. I wait 30 minutes unless I see the deer crash. After a 30 minute wait, I will climb down, and get ready for tracking. If possible, I try to find my arrow, and check it for blood. Recovering the arrow will tell you a lot about the hit. I keep toilet paper handy to mark blood. Tearing off a piece and dropping it by every spot you find blood makes it easy to check back and get a good visual on the direction of travel the deer was taking. When in doubt, back out. If you hit a deer, and you feel the hit is marginal, stay in the stand for 30 minutes, and then climb down and leave. If I sit around in the woods, I am always tempted to start looking for the deer.