I'm all for giving great effort to tracking game and I have more than once spent hours and even more than one day looking for an animal that I or members of my group have shot, but...
I don't know anyone who does much hunting who hasn't lost one at some point. Stuff happens. If you haven't lost one yet, you will eventually.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.