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#5827946 - 07/11/15 08:00 PM How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer?
spoon33 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/11
Posts: 93
Wish it never happened, but as we all know it will every year. If you shoot a deer, and hit it in the spine with your arrow how do you finish it off? Do you stick another arrow threw them, or use a knife and hope you don't get kicked or stuck with an antler. If you do use a knife or arrow, do you go from the front of the neck towards the butt, or from underneath up towards the spine?

Like I said, hopefully this never happens to myself or anyone else, but I would love to know how to handle a situation like this if it did happen. Thanks!

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#5827967 - 07/11/15 08:23 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
ChrisB Offline
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 927
Loc: Prosper , TX
Nock another arrow. The spine shot actually is the shortest tracking job you will do with a bow.

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#5828012 - 07/11/15 08:54 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
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If you don't have a pistol walk up behind him, step on his ear, push your knife in the crease in his throat and pull it through the bottom. Don't get kicked.

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#5828017 - 07/11/15 08:57 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
Jon P Offline
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Registered: 07/12/11
Posts: 807
Loc: North Richland Hills
I was told that during archery only season in October unless you had a CHL you could not carry a pistol. This has only happened once to me and I used my knife to finish the job. It just seemed the quickest way.

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#5828030 - 07/11/15 09:06 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
spoon33 Offline
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I'm actually going on a controlled hunt in McAlester OK where it is traditional bow only. No guns allowed. So if I spine shot one then, what would y'all do?

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#5828052 - 07/11/15 09:25 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
SheepHunter Offline
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Registered: 12/28/12
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If you're capable put the second arrow in the vitals.

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#5828188 - 07/11/15 11:02 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
Deersteaks Offline
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Registered: 10/22/10
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Second or even a third arrow if needed.Deer should not suffer and a sharp broad head thru the vitals makes for a quick death.

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#5828224 - 07/11/15 11:51 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
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Last deer I spined I got up behind it and stuck my knife in its neck.

If you haven't done it before be prepared as blood is gonna start pouring out.


That being said, there is alot of things that can happen, it's best to put another arrow in it ifs possible instead of knifing it
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#5828326 - 07/12/15 08:16 AM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: Deersteaks]
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Originally Posted By: Deersteaks
Second or even a third arrow if needed.Deer should not suffer and a sharp broad head thru the vitals makes for a quick death.


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#5828436 - 07/12/15 10:23 AM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
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Originally Posted By: spoon33
I'm actually going on a controlled hunt in McAlester OK where it is traditional bow only. No guns allowed. So if I spine shot one then, what would y'all do?
Just put another arrow in it. Had it happen to me about 3 times.

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#5828542 - 07/12/15 11:42 AM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
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We had a guy shoot a deer in the spine the land owner walked up and stuck his knife in his throat believe it or not the deer jumped up kicked the him in the side and broke two ribs. We will never do that again best just to put another arrow in him.

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#5828764 - 07/12/15 03:33 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: Auctioneer1]
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Originally Posted By: Auctioneer1
We had a guy shoot a deer in the spine the land owner walked up and stuck his knife in his throat believe it or not the deer jumped up kicked the him in the side and broke two ribs. We will never do that again best just to put another arrow in him.


i grabbed a doe that had been headshot and it kicked me so hard in the knee it was never right after that
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#5828965 - 07/12/15 06:16 PM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
knife ... it can hurt you too ... be cautious! My dad shot a nice buck (rifle) grabbed it by the antlers to cut its throat, buck jumped up and took off, dad in tow with thumb hooked on G1. They are pretty strong even as small as they may seem.
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#5829763 - 07/13/15 09:55 AM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8515
Loc: Texas
My buddy broke one's back with a 30-30 from like 250 yards - amazing shot but not the point.

We tried to pick it up and carry it back to the truck because we didn't have another shot or knife on us. I'm holding the rear legs and we make it about 30 yards when all of the sudden I can just sense a whole lot of power returning. Can't even drop it in time and that sucker mule kicked me with both legs right in the chest. Sent me cartwheeling and left probably the worst bruises I've ever had, but didn't break my ribs fortunately.

It still couldn't stand up, but we didn't chance it and just ran back to the truck, got a knife and finished it off. Lesson being, regardless of what you think, stay the hell away from those hind legs. You might have just damaged some nerves or bruised the spine but not totally paralyzed the hind quarters.

And you do not want to know what those things can do.

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#5829907 - 07/13/15 10:59 AM Re: How do you "finish" off a spine shot deer? [Re: spoon33]
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If the deer is still in range I'd knock another arrow and shoot again, provided the shot wasn't the result of an equipment problem.
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