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Discussion: Urine, blood, or??

in: Orienteering; General

Feb 1, 2020 12:49 PM # 
Found next to the trail. Thought it was blood, but not very reddish. Could it be urine? I was able to follow the orange marks into the woods a bit, so I presume it was from an animal.

Feb 1, 2020 1:07 PM # 
Well, it seems most likely that it's from a deer that has been eating a lot of acorns, which makes sense given that the snow cover isn't very thick right now.
Feb 1, 2020 2:15 PM # 
Google tells me that horse urine can change color after it sits awhile in cold conditions. Do horses use the trail?
Feb 1, 2020 3:53 PM # 
Yes, some animal urine (including horses and deer) can look red like this in the snow.
Feb 1, 2020 7:00 PM # 
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Feb 1, 2020 11:29 PM # 
Taste it.
Feb 2, 2020 3:59 AM # 
Two or three years ago while setting courses in a park bordering on a residential neighborhood, I found a trail of fresh blood drips and sled tracks leading through the woods, not far behind the houses. Initial concern that a neighborhood kid might have seriously injured him/herself was quickly dispelled, after some brief tracking. It soon became apparent that one of the homeowners had shot (bow and arrow) a deer at a bait station in his backyard. Mortally wounded, the deer had fled 100 yards or so through dense brush into the park before succumbing. The successful hunter had pulled in a sled to haul out his kill, leaving behind the trail of blood drippings.
Feb 2, 2020 12:32 PM # 
Is that legal?
Feb 2, 2020 1:25 PM # 
Deer baiting in Ohio? In some circumstances.
Feb 11, 2020 10:56 PM # 

No horses on this particular trail, so I'm inclined to believe it was from a deer.

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