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#6530325 - 11/07/16 07:49 AM Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit..
Davezerg Offline
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Registered: 01/17/13
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Loc: Starr County
So I shot a buck at about 75 yards with a 30-06 using iron sights. I saw him do a little jump and run off in the direction he was traveling. I waited a while and went to check it out, but I couldn't find a single drop of blood or hairs. I missed? Gun is pretty accurate and so am I, especially at that range. Did have a bit of buck fever though. That ever happen to anyone?
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#6530354 - 11/07/16 08:02 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
DPirates80 Offline
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I have never used iron sites on a rifle to hunt deer with. I guess the buck fever could've possibly messed with your shot. I get to shaking sometimes too and I have to calm my self before I fire, but my scope and 25-06 has done the job everytime.

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#6530391 - 11/07/16 08:20 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Even a cheap scope is better than iron sites. It take it as a learning experience and go invest in some glass for that 30-06.
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#6530414 - 11/07/16 08:27 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
redchevy Offline
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Nothing wrong with iron sights. I use them on a muzzle loader, lever gun, slug gun, pistol and a bow has a form of them if you will.

Practice makes perfect, and I have found after years of hunting that a lot of times animals will not react to a shot and they don't all start spurting blood right away. Give it a few, get some marks when he is running away and go look for blood at impact if noting give it 20-30 minutes and then look a little further.
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#6530422 - 11/07/16 08:33 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
BMag Offline
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I messed up a couple years ago and bought ammo for tough skinned animals for my 30-06. They don't leave a blood trail on whitetail deer. I have used them on 4 different deer now. 3 of the 4 ran with no blood trail, the other was a neck shot. All 3 that ran were perfect heart shots and the deer only ran 20 to 30 yards. Start making circles in the direction he ran.

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#6530447 - 11/07/16 08:39 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
cameron00 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Davezerg
So I shot a buck at about 75 yards with a 30-06 using iron sights. I saw him do a little jump and run off in the direction he was traveling. I waited a while and went to check it out, but I couldn't find a single drop of blood or hairs. I missed? Gun is pretty accurate and so am I, especially at that range. Did have a bit of buck fever though. That ever happen to anyone?


If he jumped at all, you either hit him or the bullet whizzed close enough to him that he felt it. They don't jump from the noise. At least in my experience.

Now, you may have just grazed him and it felt like a horsefly bite. Not saying he's dead or there's even anything to follow, but any time they actually jump, something made them.

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#6530452 - 11/07/16 08:42 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
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I think the title should more read, "Shot at a Buck not sure if hit or not". Do concentric circles in the direction you shot and believe he ran to. Try to locate the actual location the first shot was taken at and move from there using hat/s or tape to mark trees where blood found, etc. Go out 50-100 yards and you'll likely have your answer if you hit or not..

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#6530507 - 11/07/16 09:03 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
stxranchman Offline
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How well did you check the area and for how long did you look for sign or the deer? I have killed deer that did not leave a blood trail at all. Found them by just continually walking trails.
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#6530553 - 11/07/16 09:18 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
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Registered: 11/18/08
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Using iron sights to shoot a deer at 75 yards is not a good choice.

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#6530567 - 11/07/16 09:27 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
Texas Dan Offline
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Hunters have different definitions when it comes to looking for a deer. While some might look for five minutes or less, others will say you haven't looked at all if you haven't spent at least an hour.

I shot a doe this weekend that broke every rule in the book for how they react when hit with a bullet. She kicked her hind legs like a gut shot, then turned and ran back from the way she came, jumping once as if she hadn't been hit at all. I found her on my circle back about 20 yards from where she stood at the time of the shot. It was a clean, heart and lung shot.

I would challenge anyone who says their hit deer always crumble without taking a step. All deer are different just like all shots are different. Some might crumble immediately, while others might run some distance with just the blood left in their veins.
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#6530575 - 11/07/16 09:32 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
Savage243 Offline
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Registered: 07/05/10
Posts: 186
Loc: ODESSA, TX
Texas Dan nailed it.

I have had very few deer just drop dead on the spot. Most will make it 20-50 yards from where they were shot before expiring. I shot a buck opening morning, it was a heart shot that broke his front leg and he made it 40 yards and left no blood trail whatsoever. He casually trotted off after being hit.

Then again I have had double lung hits and a blood trail that looks like they were shot with a broad head.

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#6530630 - 11/07/16 09:58 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: BMag]
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Originally Posted By: BMag
I messed up a couple years ago and bought ammo for tough skinned animals for my 30-06. They don't leave a blood trail on whitetail deer. I have used them on 4 different deer now. 3 of the 4 ran with no blood trail, the other was a neck shot. All 3 that ran were perfect heart shots and the deer only ran 20 to 30 yards. Start making circles in the direction he ran.


Please explain.. confused2
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#6530638 - 11/07/16 10:03 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: pegasaurus]
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Originally Posted By: pegasaurus
Originally Posted By: BMag
I messed up a couple years ago and bought ammo for tough skinned animals for my 30-06. They don't leave a blood trail on whitetail deer. I have used them on 4 different deer now. 3 of the 4 ran with no blood trail, the other was a neck shot. All 3 that ran were perfect heart shots and the deer only ran 20 to 30 yards. Start making circles in the direction he ran.


Please explain.. confused2


He read the silver Winchester box that said tough skinned animals lol
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#6530639 - 11/07/16 10:04 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Davezerg]
pegasaurus Offline
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No two deer I have ever shot has reacted the same.
I have seen a doe shot head on in the chest with a 30.06 at 75 yards run for 300 yards.
I have see a big bodied mature buck shot in the shoulder with a .243 at 90 yards drop like a rock and never move.

You just never know what they are going to do.
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#6530644 - 11/07/16 10:05 AM Re: Shot a buck.. Deer reaction when hit.. [Re: Navasot]
pegasaurus Offline
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: pegasaurus
Originally Posted By: BMag
I messed up a couple years ago and bought ammo for tough skinned animals for my 30-06. They don't leave a blood trail on whitetail deer. I have used them on 4 different deer now. 3 of the 4 ran with no blood trail, the other was a neck shot. All 3 that ran were perfect heart shots and the deer only ran 20 to 30 yards. Start making circles in the direction he ran.


Please explain.. confused2


He read the silver Winchester box that said tough skinned animals lol


Must have been bought at Sears... rofl
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