My experiences are this
Deer killed with bow; 8
Deer killed with rifle; 31
Deer lost with bow; 0
Deer lost with Rifle; 5
Deer shot at more than once with Bow; 6
Deer hit with Bow that allowed a 2nd shot; 2
Of the Deer shot at with a bow and hit but allowed 2nd shot, none was necessary.The 1st shot was fatal, They simpley just didn't run far or circled back around. One doe I shot at and missed (ducked the arrow) ran a 30 yard circle and came back to the exact same spot that I shot at her from the 1st time, 2nd shot was on target. I believe that most Deer loss with a bow are lost during tracking, or lack of tracking I should say. Of the 8 I killed there was 1 that I had to go home and get a trail dog to find him and then he was laying less than 10 yards from where I lost his trail and stopped looking. I saw the arrow impact on every Deer I killed with a bow and conversely I saw the arrow miss, without a doubt, when I missed. I cant say that about a Rifle. I can only assume that I hit him from the blood, sound of impact, or his body language. The lack of all 3 of these indicators and I assume that I missed but I still searched for him as if I may of hit him. However most of my shots average 60 yards with a Rifle so I rarely miss. Of the 5 I lost with a Rifle all 5 were 100+ yard shots and they drew good blood trails but I lost them in the swamps.
One note..I have not lost a Deer shot with a rifle since I started using Ballistic Silvertips in my .308 and 30.06.
[ This Message was edited by: JTapia on 2003-09-16 15:09 ]
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