How Far is Too Far When Using Tools for Tracking Wounded Game?

Every hunter wants to recover their game following the shot. Hunt long enough, however, and bad shots are sure to come your way. It’s a sick feeling to find a sketchy bloodtrail, but it happens. The key is to make every effort to recover your animal, no matter how good, or bad, the blood trail may be. But how far is  too far when it comes to tactics, gadgets, and gizmos for recovering game? Some states frown upon simply using bloodtrailing dogs to recover game. And what about electronics? Thermal devices?

Good stuff, or going too far?

We recently came across a new tool that takes game recovery to a whole new level. It’s the Game Vector 300 game tracking device. The guys behind Game Vector say that the Game Vector 300 transmitter solves the problem of lost game for both the vertical bow and crossbow hunter.

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Here’s a quick look at what the Game Vector looks like.

Game Vector’s scientific approach is said to greatly improve a hunter’s ability to locate and recover arrowed game in all environments.

The new HideRider 300 transmitter, which is compatible with both arrows and crossbow bolts, is lighter, more aerodynamic and provides superior animal attachment.

The research behind the development of the Game Vector science and componentry spans a period of more than five years. The idea for the tracking system came when a bowhunt went awry for Kansas native, Dennis Steinman, the product’s inventor.

Steinman arrowed a world-class whitetail buck in his home state, but it took him two days to locate the dead animal in the overgrown cover. The bittersweet ending frustrated the longtime bowhunter and motivated him to use his 30 years of experience in the electronics industry to come up with a solution for tracking wounded game that moves out of sight and leaves little or no trail to visually follow.

Steinman and a team of mechanical and electrical engineers have since invested thousands of hours in developing the right combination of materials and technology to deliver the easy-to-use and proven highly reliable Game Vector system. The new version called the GameVector 300 now gives the crossbow hunter the same confidence that game will be recovered after the shot.

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The Game Vector at work in the field.

The new Game Vector 300 system consists of two parts, the HideRider transmitter and Game Vector receiver.

The 300 model transmitting device is called the HideRider 300 and features two stainless steel barbed “needles” that attach to an animal’s hide as it separates from the shaft upon impact, allowing the arrow or bolt to continue to pass through. This molded capsule houses the transmitter and attaches to the shaft right behind the broadhead.

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The Game Vector attachment system.

The HideRider features an aerodynamic design for true flight and weighs about 55 grains. Laboratory and field-testing reveal that the capsule causes no noticeable impact on accuracy at shots of 40 yards and less, the preferred shooting range of most bowhunters.

The battery powers the transmitter and a tiny LED that flashes when the unit is turned on. The transmitter is automatically activated upon impact and it continues to blink and transmit afterwards. The HideRider’s battery life is 30 hours.

The Game Vector receiver is a handgun-style design with a flat, rectangular antenna that mounts across the top of the frame on a horizontal plane. Assembly is fast and easy with no tools required. The antenna is easily removed and folds in half for easy storage. The receiver works with all previous versions of the HideRider transmitter.

The Game Vector 300 kit consists of the directional receiver, one HideRider 300 transmitter, a 150 grain field tip and two practice capsules. The new kit retails for around $399.99.

We want to hear from you. Is this Game Vector device a slick tool for recovering game, or is it going too far in the world of electronics for hunting? Are these kind of tools good for the sport of hunting or do they water down the skills hunters have had for generations?

Comment below and let us know what you think.


  1. Advances in technology help the sport out.

    Imagine if someone 50 years ago had the same attitude about new technologies as the writer poses in his question? No plastics, carbon, hi strength alloys? Off course this is a good idea, it increases the chances of game recovery.

    The only possible downside with his application is that some (there are always a few) hunters may take shots that they would otherwise not make.

    The market will determine whether this is practical and worth the money.

    Now lets all go back to wooden and aluminum arrows…all of you!

  2. Harrison Green says:

    why don’t you put the gps or what ever tracks the arrow in the shaft so it don’t decrease the accuracy the make a broad head that wont make a pass through but is really good and wont pull out of the deer either

  3. 399.99!?! You guys know what’s cheaper then that and works great every time! A good shot, taking time time and waiting for the perfect opportunity for the perfect shot. That’s what bow hunting is about. I’m scared that with this device people will be more likely to just take a shot and rely on the tracker. Resulting in more wounded whitetail. So I don’t agree with this device I agree with waiting for that perfect shot no matter if it takes to the last day of season, that’s why we bow hunt friends! Bowhunt or die!!

  4. In my opinion I think it takes a way a bit too much of the experience. I personally don’t like using technology to much because feel it takes a way from the experience of the hunt. I enjoy tracking them down the good old fashion way. However for a beginner it might actually be a good tool to start learning.

  5. I just finished up my first year bow hunting.
    Shot 6 deer in Oklahoma. One of them gave me a problem. Had a decent shot but it was very cold and hardly any blood from the deer. I had to get down on hands and knees in a small field looking at grass to see which way the deer went. Took 30 minutes to find one drop of blood to the next. It took several times of doing this in around trees and small openings. 5 hours later I found the deer. I did let it sit for an hour before tracking and actually shot another one in the meantime.
    Being alone and down on your hands and knees with a bad back is very difficult but I didn’t complain. What bothered me is how vulnerable I felt crawling around on the ground looking at the ground and not in a position to protect myself if needed. Especially after seeing predator tracks in the mud.
    I liked tracking the deer. Just as exciting as seeing it and shooting. However, if this is legal in my state I will buy one and use it when necessary.
    I would think it falls under being a responsible hunter being able to recover your game.
    You have already given fair chase and shot the animal.

  6. Randy Bailey says:

    I think it is a great idea. Losing deer while bow hunting is frustrating.

  7. Tommy Nelson says:

    I don’t feel like it waters down any skills. The skill of bow hunting is all in finding the game and getting close enough to make a lethal shot.

  8. The problem is the ones that need something like this won’t spend the money for it. I like the idea of using GPS, but with the same attachment that this uses to leave it on the deer in case of a pass through.

  9. Oif gps in arrow. What happens with pass threw .also arrows fall out or they reach around and pull out if not a pass threw .so i think they made good choice with it sepreate.

  10. The prey deserves to have it’s cross painlessly to Heaven. Making animals suffer for sport is why anti-hunting is such a problem. This is a real world issue, and not a mystical thing, too. Opposing these technologies only gives help to those whom want to ban hunting, too. I vote ‘yes’.

    • Tim Walters says:

      Here here brother. This was well put.

  11. Doc Lopez says:

    what kind of feedback have you had on utilizing any of the numerous infrared optic devices to retrieve shot animals

  12. Cade heffernan says:

    This takes all the fun out of hunting, if you lose a deer, you learn from your mistakes. Do you think they had this in the Bible times?

  13. Paul Bonnett says:

    I have a congenital condition called Prontanopia which is a form of color blindness in the red-green range. Unless I see the animal go down, I have to just area search in the direction the deer went after the hit. Unless there is very heavy blood , thats all I can do. Rain and wet leaves also hinder me. Sometimes at dark on dry leaves I can see the shine of the blood with a powerful white light. Very frustrating and disheartening. The price will seem very small to relieve me of this agony of not finding my deer.


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