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Old 11-19-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
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Unfortunately got this text from my dad a bit ago. I'm about to head that way to look.

He seems to think that his crossbow bolt wasn't seated and that it just stopped and fell to the ground where the deer was standing. I'm having a hard time understanding how a bolt going 350 fps has enough energy to deploy the Rage head and then just falls to the ground without penetration.

He says the arrow is clean as a whistle but blades are deployed right where deer stood. I'm about to go have a look.

I'm trying not to get frustrated but this is a great deer that I've been watching and this is the 2nd time this scenario has played out with my dad this season.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:30 AM   #2
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Go easy on your ol man, it's just a deer that sounds like isn't even wounded. Encourage him to get back after it, life's to short.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:31 AM   #3
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i'm sure your dad feels worse. It happens to everybody. Hope it turns out good.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:34 AM   #4
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A few weeks ago a guy on our place shot a 180 inch deer. Except for a little dirt, the arrow was clean as could be. We started looking and found some blood. Put a pup on it and he went to the deer 125 yards away. The blood trail got better the further we went and he made a great shot.
That being said, I've also seen arrows look pretty clean after passing through the intestines.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:35 AM   #5
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Wow
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:37 AM   #6
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Interesting... interested in what u find
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:41 AM   #7
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I hit a doe right in the elbow joint with a Rage and the arrow did the exact same thing. Just fell to the ground. Luckily I was able to get a second shot when she circled back on the trail.
Wish I still had my pics on this phone.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:42 AM   #8
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Take it ease on the ole man... he brought you into this world and he can take you out! Ha


Good luck brotha, hope y’all find him.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:43 AM   #9
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If hit I hope y’all find him. Or see him again.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:50 AM   #10
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Whew. You’re brave!

It’s just a deer, don’t let it create an argument.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:56 AM   #11
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Maybe try a fixed broadhead like a Slick Trick.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:02 AM   #12
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The last buck I shot had a pass through that was strangely clean especially for a lung shot. Died 40 yards from where I shot him.

Hope it works out in your dads favor!
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:04 AM   #13
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Stuff happens. Don’t ride him too hard.
Hope he gets another crack.

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Old 11-19-2017, 10:04 AM   #14
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Might try a fixed blade
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:25 AM   #15
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Arrow is clean like he said. He was reluctant to go look but I wanted to see it. Found a patch of white hair where he shot. Finding small drops of blood where he last saw him. I don't know what to think about the white hair. Not sure if this has a chance at being mortal or not but I'm going to try to find a dog anyways so we can say we tried.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:30 AM   #16
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Anybody know where to find the tracking dog list?
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:31 AM   #17
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Sticky at the top of the page
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:31 AM   #18
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Good luck with recovery, Sorry this happened.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:39 AM   #19
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Be nice to him. People take hunting way too seriously. You’ll regret it if you’re a jerk


Mabe give him a gun for next time
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:48 AM   #20
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Default Dad shot at a big one

Might have to change your tapatalk to web view to see the list. It's at the top of the around the campfire page.

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Old 11-19-2017, 10:53 AM   #21
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Not having any luck on calls made from the list so far. If anyone knows of someone close to Somerville please let me know.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:57 AM   #22
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:04 AM   #23
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I don't know if he's on "the list" but try Bobby Merchant 979-574-4033


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Old 11-19-2017, 11:05 AM   #24
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I'm sorry if some of you ladies think I was being harsh. I assure you, my dad has thick skin and is completely unphased by anything I said.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:07 AM   #25
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I don't know if he's on "the list" but try Bobby Merchant 979-574-4033


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He is and I believe I got a voicemail. I will try again now, thank you.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:23 AM   #26
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hope yall find him.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:24 PM   #27
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White hair probably barely missed and shot tight under it and gave it a good shave across the chest. I did the same once. Shot the same deer a few weeks later and could see where I shaved his chest earlier.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:25 PM   #28
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I'm sorry if some of you ladies think I was being harsh. I assure you, my dad has thick skin and is completely unphased by anything I said.
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Good luck on the search...hope y'all either find the buck or see it on camera soon
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:41 PM   #29
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White hair probably barely missed and shot tight under it and gave it a good shave across the chest. I did the same once. Shot the same deer a few weeks later and could see where I shaved his chest earlier.
I believe that this is what happened. The patch I found at the shot was long white hair. We followed the trail per Bobby' recommendation for another 30 yds on microscopic blood before it ran out. We are all in agreement that this deer will show back up.

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Old 11-19-2017, 12:56 PM   #30
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If arrow is clean probably just nicked him, I would still get a dog, have heard of guys just clipping and artery in the leg near the knuckle and finded the deer dead bled to death.

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Old 11-19-2017, 01:33 PM   #31
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I'm sorry if some of you ladies think I was being harsh. I assure you, my dad has thick skin and is completely unphased by anything I said.
You were being harsh. Keep coaching him up and stay positive with him. Just getting to hunt with him is way more important than any deer, wounded or not.
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:11 PM   #32
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You may want to take a couple of practice shots to be sure something is not going on with the x-bow.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:50 AM   #33
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Rage heads seem to work great when they work, but they also seem to malfunction pretty often. I've seen video of a rage exploding on impact when it hit a buck's elbow (great shot just barely in front of the crease of the shoulder). Blades actually ricochet off and fly out of the screen. Crazy stuff... I won't use them!
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:06 PM   #34
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why rages with an xbow????? i just do not understand this
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:23 PM   #35
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You were being harsh. Keep coaching him up and stay positive with him. Just getting to hunt with him is way more important than any deer, wounded or not.
Agree with James here. Just be thankful you have him still to hunt with.
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:24 PM   #36
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why rages with an xbow????? i just do not understand this
why not?
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:25 PM   #37
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why rages with an xbow????? i just do not understand this
Why not? This is all we use with our sons crossbow. They have never let us down yet.
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:27 PM   #38
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why rages with an xbow????? i just do not understand this
Why not use a rage with a xbow?
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:33 PM   #39
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Sounds like he hit very low. deer will be fine. Rage on a crossbow works perfect everytime for me.
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:34 PM   #40
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Why not? This is all we use with our sons crossbow. They have never let us down yet.
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Why not use a rage with a xbow?
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:44 PM   #41
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Hate to hear that
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:11 PM   #42
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The broadhead had nothing to do with this. It was a very low shot. We have since seen the buck on camera with a small cut at the lowest point of his brisket.

Dad shot the crossbow after the hunt and was drilling bulls. Only thing we can assume happened was the bolt not being completely seated.

He'll be back in the saddle again this evening and in the morning to try to finish the deal.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:33 PM   #43
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:35 PM   #44
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The broadhead had nothing to do with this. It was a very low shot. We have since seen the buck on camera with a small cut at the lowest point of his brisket.

Dad shot the crossbow after the hunt and was drilling bulls. Only thing we can assume happened was the bolt not being completely seated.

He'll be back in the saddle again this evening and in the morning to try to finish the deal.
you tell him to put the **** deer on the ground this time or we're all gonna kick his ***!!!

just kidding... good luck to pops!
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:48 PM   #45
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you tell him to put the **** deer on the ground this time or we're all gonna kick his ***!!!

just kidding... good luck to pops!
Lol! He told me that he's playing "mind games" with the buck and that he has him right where he wants him now.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:44 PM   #46
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Lol. Good one
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:17 PM   #47
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Good luck to him, wish I could take my dad hunting 1 more time.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:17 PM   #48
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Any luck tonight?
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:33 AM   #49
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Good luck to your dad.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:34 AM   #50
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Similar situation made my mind up on only using slick tricks from now on. Good luck to your dad
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