Excerpt from a thing I'm working on. It's a post-apocalyptic setting, with a skilled and resourceful yet somewhat unexperienced protagonist feeding himself somewhere in the North American boreal forest. Our protagonist has made a small boo-boo here. Conventional wisdom says that, when a big-game animal has been shot and manages to flee from visual range, to wait for at least 30 minutes before attempting to track it by the blood-tail. The reason why is because a bleeding animal will usually lie down and succumb to its injuries when not being pursued, but one who knows a predator is following it will work up its adrenaline and try to run as far away as possible. This reduces the quality of the meat, leads to more suffering on its part, and leads to a longer search and recovery on your part. In cases of gut-shot animals, it's often advised to wait for several hours before attempting to track the animal. https://www.hunter-ed.com/national/studyGuide/Trailing-Wounded-Game/201099_92937/ https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2020/11/19/6-mistakes-hunters-make-when-tracking-wounded-game However, there are dissenting points of view. There are cases, such as an obvious centre-mass shot with significant blood-loss, where the animal is very unlikely to travel far and there's arguably little point in waiting. Then there's other considerations (worsening weather, gathering darkness, et al.) that may cause you to want to start tracking as soon as possible. It's a complex judgement call to make. https://www.nrahlf.org/articles/2019/11/17/when-to-follow-a-wounded-game-animal/ https://www.outdoorlife.com/rapid-recovery-bloodtrailing-deer-right-after-hit-instead-waiting-30-minutes/ Daniel doesn't know any of that. He hunts moose, he shoots moose, he sees moose bleed, he follows. Fine, but how do I make it clear to the audience that *I* know about it? I could just straight up say so, but I think it would interrupt the flow of the story, and it smacks of "telling" rather than "showing." I could maybe have it brought up later in the story, in conversation perhaps, but the only people he gets a chance to talk to in this part all have even less backwoods experience than he does. Maybe this is just some tidbit that they've heard somewhere? And do realize, I'm not interested in showing this just because I'm pretentious--though it is mostly because I'm pretentious. I like my writing to be informative whenever possible, and giving my potential readers some good and not bad information on humane hunted methods does seem pretty important. I just need to balance that with my character's shortcomings. And incidentally, if I made any *unintentional* boo-boos up there, let me know. I've never actually hunted moose before, I'm not overly familiar with the biome being described, and I've also never hunted with a muzzleloader.