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Location: Kentucky
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I was hunting yesterday i a doe comes 20 yards and i make a perfect shot. my arrow sticks to the flecking. the deer bolts off then i watched it walked out to a power line. I wait 1 hour then start to track. We had good blood all the way to the power line then no blood in the power line we looked and look. this must be magic. There is creek at the bottom of the power line so we looked there no deer what could i have done differene.

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Joined: 10/23/2005
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Sometimes tracking with dogs work I shot one in about the same senario last year and we couldint find much blood but i new i had made a good shot on her so we turned loose the dogs and within about 5 to 10 minutes we had our deer.

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Location: Florida,USA
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You can't beat a good trail dog but if you dont have access to one or they are not legal to use then here is what I do.
I carry about 5 ft of orange surveyers tape in my pouch and I use it to mark 3 things after I make my shot, 1- where the deer was standing when I shot, 2- last place I actually saw the deer and 3- last place i find good blood sign.
sometimes all this in-line gives a good indication of where the deer was heading and where to look. Gives you something to do while waiting to go and start trailing.
If the last blood sign and last deer sighting doesn't match then I'll start looking at the last sign, either sighting or blood, and start making circles starting out about 10 ft dia and get larger as i go, crawling on my hands and knees if necessary. The type of terrain determines the next size circle, thick means smaller cirlces and more open means larger circles. If its really thick look about 4 or 5 ft off the ground also, sometimes there will be blood high from the deer either bounding over the bush or when it starts to die it'll panic and start flailing around and sling blood everywhere.
Deer can be small when laying in a clump of brush and its easy to walk right past one.
Lots of times a deer will spew blood everywhere and then nothing for several dozen yards and then all the sudden it looks like someone threw a 5 gallon bucket of it everywhere, even in the trees.
Good luck!!!

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Location: Middle Tennessee
Joined: 08/25/2005
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Judging by what I read, Id say you hit it high in the back in between the spine and lungs. Believe it or not there is a small area there where there is nothing. Just a black hole. I had a friend and uncle do the same thing. We recovered one later when we checked a common place the deer always ran to. It was still alive and we had to cut its throat. NEXT TIME AIM A LITTLE LOWER.

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Location: Idaho
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I feel your pain. I shot a nice muley buck at about 8 yards - it bolted just as I shot and I hit that black hole high anterior back - but below the artery stuff. Arrow went in to fletching and stuck out other side. But no blood. I thought he was as good as already in the freezer. We waited several hours just to make sure. But I think he was so mad he'd been ambushed that he broke the normal rules and went as far as he could into the most snarly stuff before finally laying down. We looked hard - but apparently not hard enough. In retro I think he went a very long distance before laying down - and we weren't looking even close to where he was.

A whitetail I got with a bow, same general area, a doe, was a difficult track but I eventually found her. It was a stomach shot. After a while she got insatiably thirsty and plowed right thru an amazing wall of trees/brush to get to water she smelled on the other side. I eventually found her atop a small cliff below where she found water. It was about a five hour crawl - much of it on hands and knees - to find her. I'd rather have found the buck of the prev year (prev paragraph).

Hey - I'd like to be a better shot - but those were our longbow / recurve days - open and desert terrain. We made it almost impossible for ourselves to get deer - but it was fun.

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Location: Idaho
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Actually - there's more to the story on the whitetail doe. When I shot her the arrow went thru, ... we watched her mill around, bleed, act sick, lay down, drop her head, and flop over. Sure she was dead we broke the rule and went to get her. I found the pass-thru arrow - and then went up to where she died ... BUT NO DEER.

Baffled, indeed, we went looking. I knocked the arrow that went thru her - saying to myself - why knock a good arrow?. Anyway, my buddy jumped the deer - it ran by me, and I shot it again with the same arrow. It disappeared into a gigantic brushy draw - we waited a couple hours - then the `five hours hands and knees thing' ... She went thru tremendously tight brush with arrow sticking out of her from both sides.

I had orange surveying tape with me. I marked the last sighting of blood, or gew, or fur, with tape. Sometimes the flagging pieces were 8 inches apart, sometimes ten or fifteen feet. Went thru almost a whole roll. On a crawl that long it can start to turn into a mind game. You begin wondering if the whole thing was imagined. That's when it's good to go back to your flagging and see real blood. The blood might be on the ground, or on grass, or on a twig or brush off the ground that the deer went by. More or less the deer (and flagging) was heading in a predominant direction, with minor variations, until she smelled water. Then the trail `stopped' - except I eventually found some hair and blood on the brush some height above the ground where she jumped through. It was so thick I had to leave my bow behind and throw myself into the brush, dangling above the ground, and eventually falling thru to where she found water.

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Location: williamstown vt
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srry to hear about your deer. hopefully turn out better next time. keep trying.

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Location: Idaho
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Yeah, to come full circle ... arrowed animals not found don't make magazine articles, or cover photos, but it happens more than we would like to admit. `Stick' with it. Don't give up. The only way to 100 percent guarantee you won't lose an animal is to not hunt.

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