Once you have tried everything you know how to do, if you are not able to recover your deer or bear, contact us at:
Our dispatch number is active all year round.
Leave a message on our answering service. Speak slowly and clearly and leave the following information:
Your name and phone number.
Your location (Town) and the day and time of the hit.
A good description of where you think you hit the deer or bear.
*For more information on how Deer Search Inc. handles call requests, please click on the "Call Handling" button on the right side of your screen.
Deer Search is a non-profit organization, funded only by donations.
All Deer Search members are non-paid volunteers who track in their spare time.
We have a Leashed Tracking Dog License to track wounded deer or bear with a dog in New York State.
Our license allows us to carry a firearm to dispatch a wounded deer or bear during all seasons and at night.
Deer Search volunteers pay their own expenses such as dogs, license, equipment etc.
All donations go to the club to help pay for expenses (insurance, etc.), not directly to Deer Search members.
Give us the best chance of finding your deer or bear!
Follow these steps after the hit:
If you do not witness the animal expire within view, then leave the area and wait the appropriate time before starting to track.
»Clearly mark the hit site.
»Look for and mark any hair found at the hit site.
»If hunting with a bow, locate and save your arrow if possible.
»DO NOT walk in the blood trail.
(Unless you want our dogs to track you !)
»Mark the blood trail as you go.
»If you jump the deer or bear out of its first bed,
back out to let it bed again.
» **After jumping the deer the 1st time, you may want to call
Deer Search for advice and help.
»Try to avoid having a pack of “helpers” tracking the animals' blood and scent all around the woods.
»Make sure you have permission from landowners where the deer or bear may have gone.
Deer Search cannot go on posted land without permission!
See information tab at top of page
Deer Search – Finger Lakes Chapter
**PLEASE READ RECOVERY TIPS PAGE**
-FIRST ! –
Shots you should NEVER take with a Bow;
*Deer coming straight at you or severely quartering towards you.
*Deer going straight away from you.
*Deer directly under you or within 10ft of your tree stand.
"The mission of Deer Search FLC Inc. is to educate and aid hunters in the recovery of wounded big game, through the use of leashed tracking dogs."
Deer Search FLC Inc.