just like a hunter posted previously about shooting/ thinking he missed on a buck
here's my story
hunting with my wife opening weekend when this buck showed up
156 yds across the pond - I sent a 165 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip from a 30-06
Buck looked up, walked off like nothing happened
We searched the area, didn't see a drop of blood so we didn't spend more time
Thought I missed, was quite pizzed off at myself
shot 2 more does with the same results; 165 gr Nosler BT:
First doe skipped like nothing happened, second doe ran.
None had blood where they were shot. I convinced myself
that I didn't miss and went searching. Found both of them
about 75-100 yds away.
small hole in , small hole out and no blood where they were shot.
Being thin skinned; bullet didn't expand.
Same bullet did wonder on thick skin hogs though.
Based on that I suspected the same thing happened to my first buck.
I took advantage of the recent winter de-foliage and scout deep into the
ravine/creek. Buck found was 75 yds from where he was shot.
This will never happen again, next time I am searching 100 yd circle
blood or no blood. Lesson learned.
Going back to Nosler Partition for deer next season.