Well, another successful year of hunting. We ended up having to track a deer, and I ended up doing most of the tracking. I found that I am pretty good at tracking blood trails, including trying to think like the deer and anticipate where it was going, and that a 1000 lumen flashlight and blue filter works great during the day.
I've never had to track a deer before and those in our party who have been hunting longer than I have quickly fell into letting me lead after I found the first two or three spots of blood. There wasn't much blood - a drop or two about the diameter of a pencil, and I'm tempted to say that it was about 50% luck. I'd lose the trail but then find it again. It was interesting, when I'd lose the trail and go back to the last sign I'd see what possible travel options there were and someone would find the next sign on one of the optional travel paths and we'd follow it from there.
We didn't find the deer that day, but someone did get it the next day so we didn't have a wounded deer out there too long.