But only if you know for sure it was only a muscle hit with no vitals involved. A deer loosing blood tries to get to water, and will rarely walk up hill. My son has killed a few deer and was perfect on the shot placement. Good Job Website creator and good luck all hunters. (For me anyways)warren, I hit a doe like that last week. I gave up quickly on looking for blood, but a more experienced family member stuck it out with me and we picked up the trail. I know I could play it safe and aim behind the front shoulder, but my question is would my arrow have enough force to break the front shoulder and kill the deer?
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.Tyler, best thing to do is mark where you shot the deer, wait at least 1 hour and then slowly follow the blood trail. Once you find the trail use trail markers (tissue, tape what ever you have to mark the trail so you can see the direction of travel.When you loose the trail circle ahead in the direction your markers are pointing while checking all the little trails in the area you will eventually find it again but it may be 20-40 yards or more between blood spots.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.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).Below is a tool to help practice with your shot placement and see where other hunters shoot a deer. Are Wolves Killing All The Deer Deer Running With Tail Down After Shot Optimal Tree Stand Height Deer Hunting - Shot Placement Deer Seeing Lights How to Track Deer After the Shot Deer Movement Patterns How does a full moon affect deer movement? Tips For Finding Shed Antlers Will a deer live if shot in the leg? After you have established the direction the wounded deer went, they usually head for water, or low swampy areas. I heard a big whack, he jumped straight up into the air and took off like a shot.They will try and hide, make sure you look under small clumps of evergreens, fallen logs, etc. I needed to know how large the lung area was for shots over 175 yards as some ammo manufacurers claim 200 yard accuracy on there products box. He crossed the field, over a road, through a small wood lot, across another field and another wood lot.One of the most difficult aspects of shot placement on a deer is locating the vitals and avoiding the shoulder especially when bowhunting.