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That is a fairly steep angle though...arrow could\'ve deflected down after hitting the ribs instead of exiting through the chest and missing the vitals. ARVelocity, it sounds like you hit your deer a little far back and is probably a gut shot. I have since then gone back to hunt and had a chance to study the situation more and think that I got some of that no mans land myself. Found my arrow with out a trace on it, but i have a blood trail. By using this method we have found numerous deer we had lost the trail of but picked it up again after some distance.That or you may have hit the deer too high and hit that no mans land above the vitals but below the spine. Need to cut a little bit more yardage on the next one. :(Russell, tough luck, I feel like something like that is bound to happen at some point if you bow hunt unfortunately. Even a well hit deer may not leave any blood for 50-60 yards of more especially if it is not a pass through.
The most ethical placements have a large room for error and target the vitals, the lungs and heart.Personally I use a fixed blade broadhead ( thunderhead 100). Sometimes a blood trail can be lost especially if the deer is booking it like crazy through the woods because only droplets can be seen at times depending on your arrow placement. I have found over the years that once a deer is hit and it heads in a direction is will almost always stick to that general direction even if it doubles back it will turn and continue in the direction it started.Shot a 8pt 205lb deer this morning at 18 yards in the lungs and it only went 100 yards. Particularly in the lungs if there is no pass through think i may have had a lung or airway shot. It will normally stick to deer trails where it can move easily.Taking that into consideration, and expandable broadhead wont have as much penetration as a fixed broadhead. I stuck a big 9pt sunday 160lbs entered into the lungs and ribcage and caught the faraway front shoulder as it was exititng. Deer still piled up within 50yds but it was a pain tracking from just one hole..my .02 Do you think if i bump my draw weight up i can make a change? after the shot and found no blood using a headlamp. I took a shot on a spike buck at 25 yrds out...never found the arrow but heard it hit the deer then the brush. I found the arrow with little blood on it at the vanes and but it was covered in flesh/meat and hair. I was shooting from an elivated position at 20ft so I cut yardage and I couldn't have placed the arrow more perfectly.After some rain in the afternoon I shot a doe tonight quartering away at 33 yds. 2 blade powered by a Bowtech Guardian set at 70lbs. What are my chances of finding this deer in the morning? It was a bit higher than I wanted but it was a complete passthrough. I tracked the bloodtrail for about .5 mile then it ended. Had a great blood trail for about 40 yards then it just stopped... The arrow had so much momentom that when it came out it stuck in the dirt. For those of you losing blood trails you might not of actually lost the trail.Shot placement is essential, shooting a deer in the shoulder no matter what broadhead or what poundage your shooting is a bad idea. It was shagging a doe, didnt have a lot of time and only had small window. She did a couple first bounds then I heard almost coughing or wheezing choking as she was trying to breathe. In heavy wet cover watch for fresh prints in open areas look for kicked up leaves or grass.
Russell, that\'s tough luck, sounds like you made a good shot! I am positive that my arrow followed a straight path, considering it exited the direction it went in. Decided to let it sit and am going back in the morning to look more. It may take some off or little used trails but will come back the same general direction with in 10-20 degrees unless something forces it to change course (people, buildings or preditors).
On every opportunity, a deer hunter must make a choice; is this placement and range ethical? White Hair on Ground Buffalo County Earn-a-Buck If I shot a deer yesterday, is it okay to hunt in the same place today? this saturday is my daughters first deer hunt these photos and graph are exactly what she needs to see.
It is ethical if it is within a hunter's ability, properly placed and with a sufficiently powerful weapon. Its far better than me showing her a picture of a deer and trying to explain the way it is inside. I am hunting for two years now with my bow and i learned in order to be more ethical i have taken away all other pins except for my twenty yard pin this enables me to know 20 yards is where my pin is so i bring it up or down depending on deer distance i wont ever go over 30 yards Also some tips on tracking.
The deer ran off with the arrow penetrated about halfway into the shoulder. Blood started after about 15 yards, was dark, little at first then a steady stream, and got less and less, and then nothing. Many times deer will double back on the same path they took and branch off from there hit the trail again looking for points where it possibly branched off I have seen this happen plenty of times. Pretty sure I heard crashing during the waiting time a few times..coming by from the area I last heard the buck, were spooked and kept looking back that way...arrow was covered what appears to be from a gut shot, due to the pieces of corn on the arrow and stinky film all down the shaft.
I even got on my hands and knees looking for blood. Sounds like a lot of these expandables may not have opened which could have been part of the problem. Arrow smelled clean with good blood, but I immediately backed off and will wait till morning. Too many experiences with questionable shots have taught me well. Also if a blood trail is lost look for other signs such as deep bedded tracks, hair, fresh broken limbs or branches that may suggest the deer headed in a certain direction, and kicked up leaves. Left area for a few hours to make sure and will go back to check around lunch to make sure it had plenty of low pressure and time to expire. Must have jerked a tad when I let the arrow a doe at 20yrds the other night hit her right square in the shoulder, found 6 spots of blood 50yrds from where I shot her and no arrow or deer searched all 85acres and nothing, any advice, email me at [email protected] those of you that have had trouble tracking deer I have a couple of suggestions.
I helped friends recover 2 deer in the last two weeks they had given up on and they were found only a 80-100yds from where they lost the trail.