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Old 10-21-2011, 09:30 PM   #1
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So I shot the biggest buck I have ever seen in person, but a freak thing happened. I hit him exactly where I aimed. He was quartering away slighty so I put it on his crease in his shoulder at the top of his heart. I hit him and he dropped (I didn't spine him). I tried to get another arrow in him but right before I could shoot again he got up and trotted off. All I ca figure is that it drove into his shoulder at an angle and shattered his shoulder blade. I left him and will go look in the morning. There was a puddle of blood where he dropped and there is drops of blood about twenty yards where he went. I didn't go any further. I shhot a Maxxis 31, 30"DL, 70lbs, axis arrows. I shoot hogs through both shoulders and get complete pass throughs. The arrow broke off about on inch behind the broadhead. Do ya'll think he will die? If the arrow would have went through it would have taken out both lungs. I know this because I saw exactly where I hit him. I am in Evant if anybody is around tomorrow.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Sounds dead to me.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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You will find him in the morning!! Congrats!!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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I'd give him a couple hours then get a light. Coyotes are hunting too.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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Sounds dead to me as well, you did the right thing by backing out
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #6
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Sounds dead to me.
With 3" of penetration??? Or, am I confused by what he's saying. Prolly!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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Forgot to ask, How Big??
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:36 PM   #8
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Sounds like a solid hit too me as well. Did it sound like he keep running, or did you just just lose sight of him. Did you shoot it in Evant or is that where you are located because I don't see Hamilton county in your list of place to hunt.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #9
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Man that bites. What did the blood look like at the puddle. Was it frothy and light colored? Or dark colored and cloded? Sounds like a good hit. I think you made the right decision by backing off. If the shot is like you just described he shouldnt go far. I believe you will find him or whats left of him in the morning.

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Old 10-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #10
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Sounds dead to me as well, you did the right thing by backing out
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #11
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Good Luck !!! Hope you find him soon.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:38 PM   #12
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With 3" of penetration??? Or, am I confused by what he's saying. Prolly!!
The way I read it it sounds like it hit the off shoulder and then broke behind the broad head meaning it's still in him?
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #13
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he isnt bleeding out on the ground on the trail because he is probally bleeding internaly,if you got him good,it wont take long
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #14
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He is an eight point about 21" wide. My lease crosses through Hamilton and Coryell. Yess the arrow broke off about an inch behind the broudhead. I'm just worried because of that video of the deer that got hit in the elbow. The guy shot right were the heart was but it hit his elbow joint and just wounded the deer.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #15
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The arrow was sticking out of him a good ways. I am sick at my stomach.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:42 PM   #16
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Good luck,gona be a long night.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #17
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #18
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By the way I promise I will give closure to this story good or bad.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #19
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good luck to you, hope you find him
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #20
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You'll find him. Send Pics!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #21
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Drink a beer grab some lights go find him!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #22
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How bad are the yotes? If they are bad you may want to get some good lights and at least see if you can get a trail on him
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:47 PM   #23
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S The arrow broke off about on inch behind the broadhead. Do ya'll think he will die? If the arrow would have went through it would have taken out both lungs. I know this because I saw exactly where I hit him.
Are you saying you had 1 inch of penetration? Or, something else?

Did he run away with a limp or dragging a leg? In certain cases, you might have a better odds of recovery if you keep him up and moving, if he's leaving a blood trail. Once he beds down and it clots up, you'll need a dog to find it.

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Old 10-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #24
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Youll find him! Congrats cant wait to see pics!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #25
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I'm with Jeff. Did you get the off shoulder or the close one? If you got the close shoulder and only 3" of penetration then he probably will make it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #26
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if you went 20 feet hes prob dead at 30! good luck
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #27
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So your saying you only got a couple inches of penetration?
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #28
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With 3" of penetration??? Or, am I confused by what he's saying. Prolly!!
Maybe I didn't word it right. I am very upset right now. About three inches where the arrow broke off. He was quarting away a little bit. Instead of aiming back I wanted to hit him through both lungs and come out the other side in front of his shoulder. They do not go far when hit like that. I am worried that it went into his shoulder blade on the crease.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #29
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good luck man, hope you get him!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #30
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Drink a beer grab some lights go find him!
This, (go get him), hurry before I go to bed
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #31
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I am understanding it the same way FishNDude is - it sounds like the deer was quartering away and he shot and hit the back of the shoulder blade and only got 3" of penetration, which would be a perfectly live deer that will make it. BUT maybe I am understanding you wrong on what happened
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:56 PM   #32
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Ok, so 3" of penetration is correct?? I say he makes it but JMO! But you should definitely go look for him at some point. Probably in the a.m.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:58 PM   #33
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sounds like a kill to me!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:58 PM   #34
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How did he react after he was hit?
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:01 PM   #35
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70lbs @ 30inchs wouldn't blow through a shoulder?
Good luck and hope you find him man!!!!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:02 PM   #36
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hey sodapop

Sorry to hear you didnt find your buck.... I sure hope you recover him. Sounds like I would give him 4 hours and go after him if you are able . Coyotes sure will get him if around your area. In trying to understand your shot. If the animal was quartering away from you the shot might should have been right to the left of the back hind quarter so the angle goes into the basket. If you shot front shoulder area that could have been the problem with the poor penetration. What broadhead were you using. It seems if you have shot hogs then whitetails should not be a problem. Hope you find him. If you were close to Brenham Id go help you. take care
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:08 PM   #37
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I am understanding it the same way FishNDude is - it sounds like the deer was quartering away and he shot and hit the back of the shoulder blade and only got 3" of penetration, which would be a perfectly live deer that will make it. BUT maybe I am understanding you wrong on what happened
I am worried that this is what happened. Just wondering why he would drop for about 7 or 8 seconds. If I shattered his shoulder blade he shouldn't go far and bed up. The broadhead is still in him.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #38
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I hope you find him. Are you going tonight or wait for the morning? It would be hard to wait for me.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:24 PM   #39
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Not trying to be the bad guy but... I did a very similar thing a few years ago. I thought I drilled him. He reared up on back legs and did the snow plow thing with his chin. When I found my arrow I had blood about 2" past the broad head. I thought I'd center punched him. The deer was never recovered but I believe it was an elbow wound.

However... I didn't find ANY blood on the ground. You might've gotten into more than you think. As far as him getting knocked down. Let me hit you in the elbow or shoulder with a baseball bat, I bet you fall down.

I sure hope I'm wrong and he's laying 30yds from where you left him. I sure wish I was closer so I could help you look.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:26 PM   #40
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Wow just re read my post and it sounds like I'm being very negative. I didn't mean it that way dude I'm just offering up what happened to me.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #41
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Definitely hope I'm wrong. Good luck sir.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #42
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You have waited long enough! I say go look, you know you wont be able to sleep tonight if you dont. I would be willing to bet he didn't go much further and bedded up! And that's where he lays now!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #43
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Congrats and good luck on the recovery.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:30 PM   #44
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I had the same exact thing happen to me last year on the biggest buck I have ever shot. Good blood trail and bumped him 8 hours later and 400 yards away. He was still alive 6 weeks after I hit him with a scar between the point of his shoulder and elbow. I'm guessing I hit his humerus dead on and thats what snapped my broadhead.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:37 PM   #45
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if the head stuck in him and the arrow broke I think you got a shoulder/leg bone - I hope you find him, but if you don't I would not hesitate to think that he is still alive
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #46
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if the head stuck in him and the arrow broke I think you got a shoulder/leg bone - I hope you find him, but if you don't I would not hesitate to think that he is still alive
I hope you are right if I don't find him. No sleep for me tonight.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #47
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I would give him some time, how bad are the coyotes there? Not being negative but Ive been sure of my shot before and pushed a deer that wasnt gonna die. He must have spun right when I shot cause I ripped him across the shoulder. I thought he was dead for sure but a buddy shot him about a month later. I might take a peek 15 or 20 yrds in to see what the blood looks like and decide from there. Good luck I hope you find him!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:51 PM   #48
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Several of us have been in your shoes

You will replay the shot 1,000's of times and you won't sleep tonight

This experience and shot will make you a wiser and better hunter

Best of luck finding him in the am, call in a dog if possible
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #49
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If he's gonna die he's already dead. Go look.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #50
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Did you check the ARROW for sign of how deep it penetrated? The best case here and quite possibly the fact might be that the arrow stuck in the far shoulder. Maybe he was stepping forward with the off side leg? if thats the case he is a dead deer. If you dont see any sign of penetration over 3 inches on the arrow...take a catch dog with you tomorrow.
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