MemberDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
I took a shot on a buck today and was initially worried about the placement. I thought it might have been too far forward and hit the shoulder. However, the blood trail was strong and when I found the arrow it had what I think was lung on it (definitely soft tissue) and had penetrated at least a foot. I followed the trail for a half mile before it petered out and dried up – no deer. Do y’all think it was fatal?
[sorry for the poor quality](https://preview.redd.it/eg6gpfqs36041.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=75ebf97a41580c7c0a9c0945b2d63805b9b7d48a)
profileforthedayGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Update: searched for several more hours but came up empty. I followed the blood trail on google earth and it had gone at least .67 miles. There was blood the whole way so I’m pretty sure the deer is dead, but he must have kept going for a while. I appreciate all the advice!
fulldraw32GuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
700 yards before it died in someone’s front yard. Shitty Swhacker never opened (my fault a bit too) and thankfully dogs found him. If your state allows dog tracking you should do it
brycebgoodGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
To answer your question – 1000+ yards. They can go a long ways if you bump them too soon. Helped a guy track a deer almost 600 yards this fall. It was a decent hit – the deer turned right as he shot so it sort of entered at the front of the shoulder. Hit 1 lung. The deer went 600+ yards then swam 100 yards out into a lake and died in a reed bed. Friendly game warden helped retrieve it with a canoe and dry suit the next morning.
Another deer I helped track a few years back was liver hit. It went more than a mile, swam across a small side channel in the Mississippi river, crossed an island then swam across the main channel where it died.
So, a long way.
Your arrow looks good, it should be dead. When I lose blood I look for 3 things:
1. close by cover
2. down hill heavily used deer paths
They will usually use good trails when they’re hit hard. They also usually tend to go downhill. I’ve found more than a few deer near water. Not sure if it’s part of the downhill thing or if they get some sort of thirst reaction from blood loss – but water is a good place to look if the blood trail has stopped.
How long did you wait before you tracked?
Admiral_BlueGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Had an unfortunate gut shot on a nice 12pt in early October. I watched him run a big loop around me about 300yds. He then stopped and was looking around then laid down. I crept out of the tree and backed out for an hour or two then snuck into where I’d last seen him, no sign anywhere although I felt like I could smell him. Tried to restart where my arrow had passed through him. There had been about 50/50 blood and yellowish stomach matter on the arrow and some more stomach matter on the ground. Couple of drops of blood then none. Searched for hours that day and found a mediumish pool of blood around where I’d last seen him. I looked up and called a guy with a blood tracking dog.
We started working with the dog the first thing the next morning. The dog was all over the place and we worked with the dog for about 3 hours without finding anything, not even more blood. Me and the guy began a grid search in some thick crap we suspected he might be in…found my buck within 5 minutes. He was down in this little narrow creek(~1-3ft across) that runs into the main creek(~7-12ft across) on the property line. The buck had pushed himself up under some kind of tangled log jam and died there about 100yds from where I’d last seen him. Thank goodness that little bit of creek water must’ve cooled him down quickly because the meat was still good.
I would think your deer is somewhere dead nearby assuming he didnt get bumped. Check any nearby water. Good luck, dont give up!
I used a rage hypodermic no collar
Ibn_KhaldunGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Difficult to tell from the photo, but blood appears bright red with some tissue (not skin) seems to be on broadhead.
Good chance that the deer is dead and very close to where the blood trail ended.
I’d keep searching well beyond where you ended and good chance you will pick up the trail again. Continue in the same general direction for 300m or more and look for more blood. Otherwise try a grid search on either side of the general direction of travel.
Wounded deer will often bed down. If you bumped the deer, it may have ran for a bit before bedding down again.
I shot a deer this year, when tracking the blood trail eventually ended – I backed off and waited for an hour, searched again and found a dead deer 30m from where the trail ended. It was a difficult hour because I really second guessed the shot placement.
GaderianGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Make circles starting where the blood ended. Start small and gradually get bigger. I hit a doe that looked like a perfect shot. The arrow had guts on it though. The blood trail looked good for a while then petered out. I started circling and found her about 15 yards from where the blood stopped. She had made a hard left and crashed in a thicket. If I hadn’t circled I would have never seen her.
TKOtokyoGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
My state has groups of deer tracker dog/handler teams that wait on call to track deer. There’s a Facebook group with listed numbers. You can just call the ones in your county and say you need a deer tracked and they come do it. You can pay them, give them meat, etc but they usually will do it for free. It’s a hobby to them.
bones9226GuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Yes fatal but you prolly kept bumping it? Did you wait about 20 min or so to let it run off hunker down and die? Or were you excited and got on the blood trail within 5 minutes? First buck this year I tracked over 1/2 mile but waited over 30 minutes to let it run far enough away to feel safe to lay down and die. Yes I had a bad shot but still lethal. Don’t give up tracking its you or the coyotes that will find it. clover leaf if you Gabe to but don’t quit. Took me 5 hrs and 300 m of no blood to track but I harvested the meat.
bighairyyakGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Without seeing the placement it’s hard to say, but it definitely looks like you’ve got some organ tissue on the shaft. Nice bright pink.
How long did you wait before trailing? If it was too soon, there’s a chance you bumped him even without knowing you did.
Not every fatal shot is created equal, your shot could be fatal, just slower than a double lung/heart. Perhaps you clipped the front side of the lungs only if it was forward a bit, could be that you only tagged a single lung, which would eventually be fatal, but slow, as you’re basically waiting for him to drown in blood or exsanguinate. Hard to say.
Hope you find your deer either way!!
o-aterGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Farthest I have tracked a deer was about 1/2 mile. One of the club members made a bad shot on a small buck that was all heart. Very faint blood trail that my buddy and I were able to help each other with using a grid search when we lost it and then continue on. We found the deer, still alive and put another round in it to finish him. The deer had run through a tiny creek that was overgrown on all sides (I didn’t even know it was there) and then out through the woods, down a logging road and back into the woods.
I still think that the old adage runs true: injured deer will head for the water when they can.
EllieTheChubbGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
When they pump all thier blood out they can still run a little way he’s probably piled up nearby last blood. Cant tell much from the out of focus pic…
InfidelUSAGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Just got an 8-point the other weekend. I tracked it about the same distance, got some liver and gut as the shot was a little bit aft. I shot it near dark and picked back up on it the next morning. Found where it had bedded down and there was blood EVERYWHERE. We followed it about 20 yards from there and then nothing, come to find out later it threw a piece of fat and intestine in the wound and stopped up the blood trail. We had to pack it up about 1pm and I decided to grab my kids and give it one more go. Ended up finding the damn thing about 50yds from where it laid down in a ditch next to the road. I drove past the damn thing no less than 5 times over the course of 18hrs…