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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).
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.
Break the area up into small sections and walk those sections leaving no spot unlooked. Thanks again and good luck this year all of you thing i like about hunting. Hello, I am a 41 year old female who stated bow hunting 3 years ago. Tracked large amounts of blood, he was bleeding out both sides, bright red with some bubbles in the blood. The lungs and vitals cone their way from a deer's body mid way point to the front of deer's chest cavity with the large opening of the "cone" being in the middle front of the deer's body. By moving your 'red dot' on a perfect broad side shot four inches to the right (deer facing to the left), even a four inch miss to either side will be lethal.
Is other hunters we always go out of our way to help another hunter. Thanks for the pics makes me feel more confendent in the woods now. thanks for the diagrams i didnot get a deer last year being my first yea hunting and not knowin where to place an arrow on a deer for the most painless death with out a lot of suffering good luck everyone im going out friday with my crossbow The anatomy diagrams is a great tool to look at from time to time. How far is it possible for a deer to run if it was one lunged? Your 'red dots' are generally ok, but I prefer about four inches to the right if the deer is facing the left. This give you a little wiggle room for error, the deer moving at release, or windage.
Having said that, the red dots on some of the trail cam pics are gonna result in a log tracking job. We tracked it to another cross road (large amount of blood) into a field where we can't locate the blood because of course it rained last night. Also remember that from a stand, you need to aim where you want the arrow to COME OUT on the opposite side.
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.
Waiting a couple hours only gets you more excited, but rarely hinders your recovery. If he was being pushed, and the hole was stopping up, you may drive him a mile or more. In fact quartering away shots give you the most margin for error.
I think the only time you push a deer is with a pure muscle hit because you want him to keep pumping blood, and keeping him on the move does that. I'd go to the nearest water hole (pond creek, etc.) and begin to scout around the edges. My 13 year old daughter is going hunting for the first time this year. I did tell her to be patient and wait for it to turn broad side, but she understood what was going on with the different shots! justin ive been reading and have added to your site for over a year and i enjoy the stories which have been posted i think you have a great site keep up the good work may your blood trails be short and your venison be never over cooked bill These pic's are a excellecnt teaching practices for shot placement for youngster's and older beginers, it was a great tool to have my son and my fiance. Never turn advice down always listen, I talked to a guy at TSC for 30 minutes and learned alot of good tips! it wasn't easy, but I learned that you have to stick it out. Do you think my broadhead could penetrate the front shoulder and hit the vitals on a 20-yard shot?
At 20 yards or less, he/she will likely not "jump" the string to make you miss high. Corina, your's is a relatively predictable situation and one that more hunters experience than would like to admit. Consider: If you hit one lung, there are at least four layers of membrain, skin, muscle, etc. If it was a clean pass, some of these layers will overlap each other and poetntially close off the entry hole and stop the bleeding if he lays down (which you want him to do).
Remember to bend at the waist so as to not lengthen your draw and make you miss high. The key is give him a couple hours before you begin to 'track', or in some cases, 'push' your deer.
If I know I have ABSOLUTELY double lunged him, I still wait about two hours before starting the retrieve -even if I see him go down.