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What happened? (doe unrecovered) #7671499 11/25/19 01:42 AM
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Doe comes in this morning a feeds in to 23 yards. She’s quartering to me for a couple of minutes before opening up to nearly broadside when I settle my 20 yard pin in holding just a little high and tight to shoulder. Release the arrow and I can see it imbedded in her as she takes off on what I thought was a death sprint. She makes it to the tree line 60 yards away then stands for about 30 seconds before slowly walking off. I fully expected her to tip over at the tree line and was stumped and became unsure of things after seeing that. Waited two hours as I was still covered up in deer and felt that time was needed based on how she walked off. Found the front 3/4’s of my arrow shaft five yards from where she was standing at the shot. Bits of meat and fat, brown hair on head, no smell of guts, and very little blood. Found the last quarter of my arrow (fletching and 6-7 inches of shaft) 25 yards away and it did have some decent blood almost to the fletching, so I know I got some pretty good penetration. No blood trail to be found. The only thing I can think is that maybe I back strapped her or hit her too far forward. Searched for two hours to no avail.

Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7671545 11/25/19 02:53 AM
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Sounds like a high hit through muscle. I'll bet she recovers if it doesn't get infected.


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Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7671843 11/25/19 03:36 PM
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My dad had a similar result with his first shot at a deer. He hit high either through the back strap somehow without disrupting the spine or just below the spine through the "void" or empty spot many talk about.

The deer ran about 20 yards and just stopped at the edge of the brush where he couldn't make another shot and looked at the stand. and walked off. Never found blood and saw the deer later that season with a mark from the arrow on her side. Far as I know we never shot her but she lived.


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Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7671940 11/25/19 05:45 PM
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Doe's are kind of skittish to begin with. Often times, they will jump the string. I aim at the lower half, not the upper half. If they jump the string and you are aiming on the higher side, your hit is even higher than that. When she was standing there after the initial shot, where was the entrance or exit wound of the arrow? Could you tell where you hit?



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Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7672267 11/25/19 10:47 PM
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She was facing away as she paused and partially obscured from my view as I strained to watch her through the foliage of the live oak my tripod was tucked into. It looked like the arrow was lodged in the shoulder immediately after the shot was made, but in the heat of the moment I may have mistaken that. I usually record video so I can look back at the shot, but setting up a camera tripod when hunting out of a tripod doesn’t really work too well with the lack of space.

Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7672690 11/26/19 07:19 AM
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Sounds like a high shot for sure! A broad head pass thru in the vitals would have resulted in a lot of blood. Another thing is, you said the broad head had fat on it! There is little to no fat on the sides of deer hear the vitals except on the back ! As stated above, that deer may live to fight another day !

Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7673361 11/27/19 12:32 AM
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Every set up is different but at 23 yards I'm aiming low for the heart. 23 is just far enough to start ducking. I'd bet you went just above the spine.

Re: What happened? (doe unrecovered) [Re: JMalin] #7673931 11/27/19 04:28 PM
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It was a low percentage shot. The angle will leave little blood trail. If you need to shot an angle shot,shoot rear to front.it will leave a much better trail .i have made the same mistake. I have killed about 137 white tais with a bow. Good hunting

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My buddy hit a doe with a 150 grain 30.06 round. It went tight through "the void" she ran. The next weekend she was seen again. You can see right through her and she is doing fine except the extra hole.


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