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Old 11-17-2019, 09:43 PM   #1
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Had a nice buck actually come by on the trail that caused us to put a stand there. Shot distance may have been 10 yards. Would have sworn he was perfectly broadside and it was a double lung shot - shot angle was pretty steep, though. He mule kicked then ran maybe 40-50 yards. Then slowly walked to a fairly steep ridge about 100 yards from shot. He took a few steps up the ridge and bedded. He laid there for 20-30 minutes. Raised his head every now & then & put it back down. Every time he put his head down, I assumed would be his last. Finally he gets up, takes a few more steps uphill, gets behind some trees and I loose sight of him. As it gets dark, I hear movement where I saw him last. Branches crack and leaves rustle. He can't be more than 15 yards from where I saw him last - but it is now dark and he is in the thick stuff.

Of course I want to turn on the flashlight & go check things out. But I realized that pushing him is probably the worst thing I could do. Got out of there as quietly as possible. Didn't look for arrow. Heard no more sounds as I backed out.

It seems like close is good, but I have no experience with shooting a deer with a bow at that sharp of an angle. Put an arrow through a doe that was right under my stand several years ago, but never found her. But then she only hung around maybe a minute before leaving for parts unknown.

Anyway, shot him about an hour & twenty minutes before dark. I feel pretty confident that he was still about 100 yards from where I shot him, when I left.

I've killed a lot of deer and hit them every where from neck to hip. Gut shot deer tend to leave the immediate area. Double lung shot deer (at least ones that weren't a steep angle) haven't gone far. Same for heart shot.

So I about have to assume I hit liver & maybe a lung? Or even just liver. I can think of a few I hit in the liver and all of them went farther than this, but I guess not a lot farther - and I didn't push them.

Anyway, anybody else ever had this happen? Did you find them & where had you hit them?

Fortunately, I can be out looking for him at first light in the morning. It'll have been more than 14 hours since the shot. Since he hadn't gone very far in an hour & twenty minutes - and he sure didn't seem to be able to climb that ridge - I guess I'm 'cautiously optimistic'.

But then, anything can happen & he could be miles away too!
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:44 PM   #2
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Wait it out. He will be there in the morning!


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Old 11-17-2019, 09:46 PM   #3
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Sounds like maybe gut shot. Look for him in the morning. Where's the arrow?
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:49 PM   #4
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Leave that deer till morning and he will be dead right there. Push him now and risk losing him.sounds gut and or liver shot. Time is your friend.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:50 PM   #5
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Looking forward to pics.

Gut shot, maybe liver. He wants to move according to your description, but doesn't have the strength. Shouldn't be to much farther in the AM.

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Old 11-17-2019, 09:52 PM   #6
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Anything could have happen but I bet he isnít far and probably already dead based on your description


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Old 11-17-2019, 09:53 PM   #7
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I would wait until morning and look. If you don't find him then get a tracking dog
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:55 PM   #8
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Sounds gut shot. If so, he’ll be dead right there by morning. I’ve seen very similar things from several gut shot deer. If not pushed they rarely go more than couple hundred yards.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:56 PM   #9
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Had a similar situation. Shot a doe at like 5 yards from the treestand, way too steep of an angle. Arrow hit and stuck half way in. She jumped for a second and then just slowly walked away into the thick stuff like nothing happened.

Finished my hunt 2-3 hours later, got down from the stand and could see my lighted nock 5 yards in the thick and she was dead right there.

They do weird things sometimes. I bet hes down in the morning
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:01 PM   #10
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Iíve had them bed down close after a gut shot. If you leave him lay he shouldnít be far.


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Old 11-17-2019, 10:02 PM   #11
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Sounds like a gut shot. It can take them awhile to die and they will try to find water if possible. I found a gut shot muley I shot the next day not far from where he was shot the night b4. He was still alive and bedded in some brush. I was able to sneak up on him and put another arrow in him. He jumped and ran when the arrow hit him but piled up pretty fast. Good Luck with recovery. Time is your friend!
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:06 PM   #12
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Sounds like you may have hit only one lung and or liver.He should be close to that same spot in the mourning.But if he is still alive and you jump him up in the mourning its been my experience to go after him,pushing him to make him start bleeding again like actually run him down.He will be all stoved up and really sick from laying there all night.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:10 PM   #13
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Iím with the crowd of ďhe shouldnít be much furtherĒ. I know this wonít be a popular opinion or if an option at your place, but I would consider going back in the morning with a rifle Incase he is still alive. Nothing worse than seeing an animal suffer.


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Old 11-17-2019, 10:14 PM   #14
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If he bedded twice in that short of a distance I’d feel confident you will find him not far from that spot in the morning. Give him some time. Will look forward to LDPs
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:15 PM   #15
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If he was walking hunched probably liver. Good luck on your recovery. Did the right thing by not pushing him.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:16 PM   #16
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He isn't lung shot. Possibly one lung but not likely are he would have died right there while you watched. Gonna be pure guts with a hope of liver. He will die but could be late night before he does .
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:18 PM   #17
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Agree on bringing a rifle.

But I bet he’s already dead. He’s not moving because he’s dizzy or sick or it just hurts too much to move. He’ll die.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:46 PM   #18
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Years ago shot a deer steep angle. Thought I made a great shot, followed good blood trail as it slowly came to a stop, maybe 150yrds. Long story short, found him next morning still alive, caught the left lung only. How he was still breathing baffles me. When I saw him thought he was dead, started walking up to him and could see his chest moving. He jumped up and ran another 30yrds and fell again, from there I didnít take any chances and put a bullet in him. Just be ready in the morning in case he has some life left in him.
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Old 11-17-2019, 11:13 PM   #19
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Let him lay and find him in the morning


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Old 11-17-2019, 11:56 PM   #20
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Wait till morning. He'll be there or close by.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:04 AM   #21
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:25 AM   #22
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:05 AM   #23
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Sounds like maybe gut shot. Look for him in the morning. Where's the arrow?
....or just got one lung.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:06 AM   #24
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I think he is liver shot and will be dead in the morning. I've shot a few in the liver and they all have bedded down within 50 yards. Gut shots seem to run IMO.
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:59 AM   #25
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Well that was a very crappy night's sleep - The waiting truly is the hardest part!

And why is the dang sun taking so long to be up?

Thanks for all the comments.

Hope to provide a positive update in a few hours.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:18 AM   #26
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He will be right there...
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:19 AM   #27
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:30 AM   #28
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:37 AM   #29
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:49 AM   #30
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It's daylight now, where's da pics?
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:49 AM   #31
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In for the pictures. Sounds like a gut shot and good job on not pushing him.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:51 AM   #32
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:53 AM   #33
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:54 AM   #34
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Ought to have his hands on him by now. Hopefully some LDP's coming shortly.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:57 AM   #35
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:03 AM   #37
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:04 AM   #38
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:05 AM   #39
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:09 AM   #40
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:09 AM   #41
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Well? hope he finds him
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:09 AM   #42
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:11 AM   #43
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:12 AM   #44
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Itís the holiday season. Iíll share.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:33 AM   #46
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:35 AM   #47
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:41 AM   #49
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Good luck! Sounds like you did it right and he won’t be far.
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