Waiting a couple hours only gets you more excited, but rarely hinders your recovery. If he was being pushed, and the hole was stopping up, you may drive him a mile or more. In fact quartering away shots give you the most margin for error.I think the only time you push a deer is with a pure muscle hit because you want him to keep pumping blood, and keeping him on the move does that. I'd go to the nearest water hole (pond creek, etc.) and begin to scout around the edges. My 13 year old daughter is going hunting for the first time this year. I did tell her to be patient and wait for it to turn broad side, but she understood what was going on with the different shots! justin ive been reading and have added to your site for over a year and i enjoy the stories which have been posted i think you have a great site keep up the good work may your blood trails be short and your venison be never over cooked bill These pic's are a excellecnt teaching practices for shot placement for youngster's and older beginers, it was a great tool to have my son and my fiance. Never turn advice down always listen, I talked to a guy at TSC for 30 minutes and learned alot of good tips! it wasn't easy, but I learned that you have to stick it out. Do you think my broadhead could penetrate the front shoulder and hit the vitals on a 20-yard shot?Taking that into consideration, and expandable broadhead wont have as much penetration as a fixed broadhead. I stuck a big 9pt sunday 160lbs entered into the lungs and ribcage and caught the faraway front shoulder as it was exititng. Deer still piled up within 50yds but it was a pain tracking from just one hole..my .02 Do you think if i bump my draw weight up i can make a change? after the shot and found no blood using a headlamp. I took a shot on a spike buck at 25 yrds out...never found the arrow but heard it hit the deer then the brush. I found the arrow with little blood on it at the vanes and but it was covered in flesh/meat and hair. I was shooting from an elivated position at 20ft so I cut yardage and I couldn't have placed the arrow more perfectly.After some rain in the afternoon I shot a doe tonight quartering away at 33 yds. 2 blade powered by a Bowtech Guardian set at 70lbs. What are my chances of finding this deer in the morning? It was a bit higher than I wanted but it was a complete passthrough. I tracked the bloodtrail for about .5 mile then it ended. Had a great blood trail for about 40 yards then it just stopped... The arrow had so much momentom that when it came out it stuck in the dirt. For those of you losing blood trails you might not of actually lost the trail.That is a fairly steep angle though...arrow could\'ve deflected down after hitting the ribs instead of exiting through the chest and missing the vitals. ARVelocity, it sounds like you hit your deer a little far back and is probably a gut shot. I have since then gone back to hunt and had a chance to study the situation more and think that I got some of that no mans land myself. Found my arrow with out a trace on it, but i have a blood trail. By using this method we have found numerous deer we had lost the trail of but picked it up again after some distance.That or you may have hit the deer too high and hit that no mans land above the vitals but below the spine. Need to cut a little bit more yardage on the next one. :(Russell, tough luck, I feel like something like that is bound to happen at some point if you bow hunt unfortunately. Even a well hit deer may not leave any blood for 50-60 yards of more especially if it is not a pass through.Having said that, the red dots on some of the trail cam pics are gonna result in a log tracking job. We tracked it to another cross road (large amount of blood) into a field where we can't locate the blood because of course it rained last night. Also remember that from a stand, you need to aim where you want the arrow to COME OUT on the opposite side.At normal stand heights of 18 feet (avg)this will normally put your aiming spot a bit higher.
When you loose the trail circle ahead in the direction your markers are pointing while checking all the little trails in the area you will eventually find it again but it may be 20-40 yards or more between blood spots.
Shot placement is essential, shooting a deer in the shoulder no matter what broadhead or what poundage your shooting is a bad idea. It was shagging a doe, didnt have a lot of time and only had small window. She did a couple first bounds then I heard almost coughing or wheezing choking as she was trying to breathe. In heavy wet cover watch for fresh prints in open areas look for kicked up leaves or grass.
Russell, that\'s tough luck, sounds like you made a good shot! I am positive that my arrow followed a straight path, considering it exited the direction it went in. Decided to let it sit and am going back in the morning to look more. It may take some off or little used trails but will come back the same general direction with in 10-20 degrees unless something forces it to change course (people, buildings or preditors).
Personally I use a fixed blade broadhead ( thunderhead 100). Sometimes a blood trail can be lost especially if the deer is booking it like crazy through the woods because only droplets can be seen at times depending on your arrow placement. I have found over the years that once a deer is hit and it heads in a direction is will almost always stick to that general direction even if it doubles back it will turn and continue in the direction it started.
Shot a 8pt 205lb deer this morning at 18 yards in the lungs and it only went 100 yards. Particularly in the lungs if there is no pass through think i may have had a lung or airway shot. It will normally stick to deer trails where it can move easily.