And it was getting dark. Or it was raining and the blood was washing off the leaves.
Michigan law requires that you have permission to track a wounded deer onto property that does not belong to you.
My moral code requires that the hunter make every ethical effort to 'bring to bag' any animal they have reason to believe they hit.
Trying to contact property owners when under time pressure takes much of the joy out of hunting.
I have six neighbors who have property that abuts mine. I gave each one of them a copy of a letter very similar to this one.
9870 Somewhere HwyEaton Rapids, Mi 48827October 9, 2013
Hello:This letter gives permission to those people hunting on your property, either you or your invited guests, to track wounded deer onto my property during the 2013 hunting season.It is my expectation that the person who is tracking the deer saw physical evidence that they hit the deer (blood or hair) before they come onto my property. It is also my expectation that weapon discipline will be used. That is, weapons will not be pointed toward the house and the chamber empty unless you see the deer and need to finish the job.A courtesy call to my cell phone 517-XXX-XXX will be much appreciated as I may be hunting and will want to coordinate when you enter the property. Heck, I will probably help track the deer and drag it out.Eaton Rapids Joe