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#6029563 - 11/14/15 05:19 PM Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please.
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Registered: 08/10/09
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Loc: Abilene TX
Nephew just shot his first deer. When he shot the deer jumped straight up and jumped the fence into a wheat field and ran about 50 yards. Deer started walking and limping very noticeably along the fence line. I told them to get another one in him but he jumped the fence again and disappeared into the trees. I am positive he is hit but I don't know how good. He shot it at 125 yards with a .243. What would yall do?
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#6029568 - 11/14/15 05:22 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Sit and wait. 30 mins. to an hour. Then go in with as many lights as you can muster.
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#6029570 - 11/14/15 05:24 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Find blood to try to determine where he hit it then decide when to start tracking
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#6029577 - 11/14/15 05:29 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Is the fence a property like?
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#6029588 - 11/14/15 05:37 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: TexFlip]
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No
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#6029605 - 11/14/15 05:49 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Only hair where he shot him. We did find a puddle of dark red blood where he jumped the fence where we last saw him. He shot he deer just after 5.
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#6029612 - 11/14/15 05:54 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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could you tell if limp was from front leg or back leg?
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#6029615 - 11/14/15 05:56 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Just found some blood but also scared a deer and don't know if it was him or not.
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#6029621 - 11/14/15 06:01 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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How much blood? Drops? Puddles? Tissue? Color of blood?

Mark the blood sites with tape, clothing scraps, etc. Mark the last place you remember seeing the deer. Back out of there for a couple hours. Clear your heads and fill your bellies. Could get back out there with lights tonight but run risk of pushing him. Get online and find a tracker with dogs and arrange to have em come out first thing in am.

If you go the route of dogs, then avoid disturbing the area and contaminating the blood trail -- this can make the dogs job a whole lot harder.

Good luck!


Edited by RedSnake (11/14/15 06:04 PM)
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#6029634 - 11/14/15 06:16 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Originally Posted By: 2Gs
Just found some blood but also scared a deer and don't know if it was him or not.


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#6029648 - 11/14/15 06:28 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Red gave some great advice. I would pull out and let it wait until morning whether you call in a dog or not. Then, if you jump him, you at least might get a look or possibly another shot off. At night, it is going to be tough. If he isn't hit in the vitals and you push him tonight, your chances drop in recovery. If you let him be, liable to get stowed up and not move much.

Good luck up
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#6029653 - 11/14/15 06:31 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: txshntr]
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Red gave some great advice. I would pull out and let it wait until morning whether you call in a dog or not. Then, if you jump him, you at least might get a look or possibly another shot off. At night, it is going to be tough. If he isn't hit in the vitals and you push him tonight, your chances drop in recovery. If you let him be, liable to get stowed up and not move much.

Good luck up


And hope it doesn't rain there.
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#6029658 - 11/14/15 06:35 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: Creekrunner]
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We backed out after we scared the deer. There was one puddle of blood and then a few drizzles. The deer has traveled a pretty good ways from where he was shot and we are only on 100 acres. I think we need to get some more lights and go back and look though because we are supposed to have rain tonight and tomorrow. It has already started to drizzle a little. I really don't like our chances of finding him.
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#6029671 - 11/14/15 06:40 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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Registered: 01/04/11
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Loc: Spring, TX
That sounds like a leg hit to me. More than likely the deer is still very mobile and I don't think you will track him down without dogs.
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#6029712 - 11/14/15 07:07 PM Re: Don't know what to do.... Needs some thoughts fast please. [Re: 2Gs]
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What color and length of hair? Sounds like he grazed the underside of his brisket. Lot of hair on these shots and some blood that gets very dim after a bit and quits. They limp a bit from this if you just nick a leg also. My guess is you will see this deer again.
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