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#6084524 - 12/14/15 11:34 PM No Sleep Tonight
PoppaG22 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/14
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Loc: Prosper, Tx
Shot at my first buck tonight. I drew at 30 yards and hit him just a tad forward. Saw the arrow sticking out of him as he ran off. Letting him sit overnight. Any suggestions or tips from any seasoned hunters? Hopefully I'll have pics tmrw and can give the full story
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#6084536 - 12/14/15 11:51 PM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Remember where he was when you shot, where he went, and where you last saw him. If needed, get back up in the stand to confirm where these exact spots were for searching. Look for tiny spots of blood and go slow. Have a friend to help if possible. Not much else to do til morning! Good luck!
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#6084585 - 12/15/15 03:29 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
MudEngineer Offline
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Registered: 11/12/10
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Loc: Jacksboro
I agree with everything said above, I would also take some toilet paper and mark your blood trail. If you lose it you'll know where the last blood was and it will also give you a direction of travel if the blood completely stops. I've had them take a 90 deg turn and I've also had them double back for some time. You did the right thing by waiting until morning, wish I was there to help you find him, good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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#6084612 - 12/15/15 05:57 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Did you check for any sign last night? That would have told me what to do last night or even this morning? How thick was the cover he entered from and left into? Did he leave the same direction he came in from?
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#6084657 - 12/15/15 06:55 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: stxranchman]
MoTex Offline
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Loc: Allen Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Did you check for any sign last night? That would have told me what to do last night or even this morning? How thick was the cover he entered from and left into? Did he leave the same direction he came in from?


Always check the direction they came from. If they can they will usually circle or get back to that trail/path or direction unless they expire before getting there.

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#6084681 - 12/15/15 07:15 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
KennyLee Offline
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 2415
Loc: Cowtown
Look in and near water.

I once found a buck 50 feet from shore on the shallow end of a tank 3 days after I shot him. One antler was sticking out and that was it.

Would also suggest tying off rope to you truck before going in such water. If I hadn't done so getting out might not have happened. Lots of muck!

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#6084708 - 12/15/15 07:34 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
Kenny Powers Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: De-Kalb Sulphur River
Probably too late now but always take something to mark trail. Toilet paper is a good choice. That way you can look back and get a general direction where the deer is going in order to find next blood. Good luck.
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#6084746 - 12/15/15 07:51 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Does nobody track deer at night?

Give him some time get a light and go look, no reason to wait till morning!
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#6084836 - 12/15/15 08:30 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
jmh004 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/14
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There is plenty of reason to wait until morning if your talking about a bow shot that was forward.

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#6084847 - 12/15/15 08:32 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: jmh004]
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Originally Posted By: jmh004
There is plenty of reason to wait until morning if your talking about a bow shot that was forward.


Maybe. In my opinion there is also plenty of reason to go back to camp get a cup of coffee some warm food in your belly get a flash light and come back in an hour. No reason to let it sit 12 hours when 1 would do the trick.
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#6084862 - 12/15/15 08:41 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Registered: 02/02/12
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Loc: Watauga, TX / Hunt - Eastland
Any luck finding him this morning confused2
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#6084863 - 12/15/15 08:42 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: jmh004
There is plenty of reason to wait until morning if your talking about a bow shot that was forward.


Maybe. In my opinion there is also plenty of reason to go back to camp get a cup of coffee some warm food in your belly get a flash light and come back in an hour. No reason to let it sit 12 hours when 1 would do the trick.


There are certain shots that I always wait until morning. I actually prefer to track at night, can locate blood better.

If the shot was forward, it is iffy on the recovery depending on the elevation. If he could see the arrow sticking out, it more than likely buried in one of the shoulders.

Front shot or high shot take longer for the blood to start dripping and actually reaching the ground. It can make tracking difficult. I have seen some make it 40-50 yards before finding any sign.

I shot a doe this weekend in the shoulder and she made it about 30 yards before flipping head over heels and piling up. My father shot a spike in the shoulder and we tracked it 400 yards and ended up bumping him the next morning. If he had giving him until the morning, might have stowed up enough and stayed put.

As a hunter, you have to make the decision that you think is best for the animal and possible recovery. I dread bumping an animal after it has laid up. Typically the blood trail is virtually non-existing after being bumped and if you let them lay long enough, many times they are to weak to make it back up and if they do, they cant make it as far.

Good luck up
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#6084922 - 12/15/15 09:09 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1030
Loc: Forney
Depending on where you are at, the coyotes will find him before you will if you let him sit overnight. For this reason alone, I never let a deer go all night anymore. A couple of hours will do if you hit vitals and if you didn't, waiting till the morning probably won't matter much. Not much science to tracking though, just find where you shot him an follow the blood trail.
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#6084953 - 12/15/15 09:22 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
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Registered: 10/09/13
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Loc: SMTX
Any luck?

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#6084960 - 12/15/15 09:26 AM Re: No Sleep Tonight [Re: PoppaG22]
jmh004 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 437
What if the deer needs more than an hour? And there is no way of knowing if the deer needs more time or not, so the only thing to do is wait until morning.

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