I shot a nice size doe tonight out bowhunting I keep playing the shot over and over in my head and cant figure out what went wrong where I am almost positive the deer was sideways to me when I shot but somehow wound up hitting it in the arse it didnt go far before laying down then 1 of the others that came in with it came over and they started back up over the hill from which they came I found quite a bit of blood then it started to just be drops here and there my buddy and I tracked it for about a 1/2 mile before it getting to dark to see. Already got the ok to take the first half day off from work to go look some more just hopefully the yotes dont get her tonight. Do you people think that hitting it there I have any chance of her laying down and dying? I feel really bad right now and wished I wouldnt have hit her there dammit
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All depends where in hindquarter you hit her. If ya hit her in the guts or the liver you have a chance. If not then she will either heal up or become coyote or wolf food. Did you see at all where you hit her?
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Perry is right Tim if you hit an artery in the hind quarter she will bleed out but the blood trail slowing down makes me think it might not be too serious a wound. And it is also true that a deer will bite the arrow and actually pull it out, if she does it may make it start bleeding again and you have a chance of picking up the blood trail. She will no doubt bed down and get stiff so good luck keep us posted.
Well the dog and I went out this morning we walked / he pulled me through the thickest stuff there was and I even pointed out the blood to him and he sniffed/licked it but to no luck we didnt find the deer after 2 hours of searching and me getting whiplashed from every tree he would run me through we came home then after work 1 of my co workers and 1 of my bosses went with me back out there for a couple more hours of searching once again nothing so my boss thinks being there wasnt any ravens in the area that the deer probably survived and either broke off or pulled the arrow out so I feel a little better now at least I put in some time looking for it but I know that doesnt count as far as the bad hit on the deer I took
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I'm thinking Tim you experienced the duck and spin move so many doe are famous for. She very well could have been pretty much broadside when you shot, but the infamous "jumped the string" most likely came into effect. Without knowing the exact placement of the shot it's hard to tell how much damage was done, but it's a tricky thing with the way you described it. Another question I have is what kind of rig are you shooting? The reason I ask is because with shooting hours ending around 5 PM here now, I can hunt behind our house and still make it to work by 5:30. At 4:15 on Nov 2nd, I had a doe coming up the oak knob behind the house most likely heading for our apple tree. She offered me a nice 23 yard quartering away left shot. I shoot an 09 Admiral, and it is very quiet yet this old loner still tried to spin out when the bow went off. I ended up hitting her dead center in left rear quarter on a hard angle as she tried to bolt. The arrow made a hell of crack when it hit, and she hunched up hard and took off albeit she was really struggling to get moving. I shoot a 28.5 in DL with 29in. Easton Axis 340 arrows tipped with Slick Trick 100 Mags, and all the arrow buried except my wrap and fletching. I knew because of the hit I for sure had guts, but I figured with 22-23 inches of arrow rammed up her I probably got into the boiler room. I got down went in and got ready for work (part time shift at UPS for insurance ) so I would leave her lay for 4-5 hours anyway. As it turned out; I got home and took up the tracking job, and she only went 100 yards from arrow impact. Though the blood trail was pretty slight at times, it only took me about 45 min. to find her, and some of that was through pine straw. My guess was also correct in that the arrow stopped just above hear heart, and she was already dead before I got out of the tree. The left hind quarter is absolutely a total loss being it was flopping around like mad on the drag out, and once I cleaned her up with the hose; it literally looked like she had been hit with a rifle. I've fortunately only ever experienced a loss once with a bow, and more so never with the rifle, but that one STILL bothers me to this day. If the yotes got her up though; you were most likely bound to loose her anyway because that's a near impossible track. If you don't already use them; I would highly suggest using wraps on your arrows to help you see your shot placement better in the future. Wraps serve really 3 purposes...1.) Help see your arrow in flight and impact. 2.) Allows you to see blood, type of blood, and or lack there of, or worse gut material. 3.) they just look COOL! If you see her again, and you just might....KILL HER or she'll haunt you! lol
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"I'm thinking Tim you experienced the duck and spin move so many doe are famous for. She very well could have been pretty much broadside when you shot, but the infamous "jumped the string" most likely came into effect. Without knowing the exact placement of the shot it's hard to tell how much damage was done, but it's a tricky thing with the way you described it."
I agree with rattlesnake, they do that in a split second.
You did what you could Tim, keep your chin up, and get back in the saddle.
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