When I hunt, I like to have a compass near my gun or bow at all times. I do this so that when I take a shot I can quickly compare the direction of the game to the compass bearings. This allows me to climb down from my deer stand and follow the bearing on the compass towards the last position I saw the game fleeing towards. This makes it much easier to find the initial blood trail especially in heavy brush, thick foliage, or surroundings that seem to all blend together making it harder to establish memorable or distinguishable landmarks. This also helps me to find my direction back towards the stand or campsite once the game has been recovered.