We have a piebald on the farm and would love to see my son or fiance bag this buck, GOOD LUCK MANDI AND BLAIN!!! I'm not saying I'm a stone cold killer but I have a few bow kills under my belt and have had really no trouble in the past shooting through a front shoulder at a deer that was quartering to me. Thx Lost a good doe this morning, and it bothers me to no end.
However, I do have some friends that use expandable broadheads and have trouble shooting through a shoulder. After sunset I went back to the place of impact 3hrs. Two days later I took a shot on a 6pt at 42yrds out...sounded like a miss and sounded like I hit a tree... Anyway, the shot was at 10.5 yards, quartering away, went through the rib cage about the ninth and tenth rib and then out the chest.
Tyler, best thing to do is mark where you shot the deer, wait at least 1 hour and then slowly follow the blood trail. Once you find the trail use trail markers (tissue, tape what ever you have to mark the trail so you can see the direction of travel.
When you loose the trail circle ahead in the direction your markers are pointing while checking all the little trails in the area you will eventually find it again but it may be 20-40 yards or more between blood spots.
At 20 yards or less, he/she will likely not "jump" the string to make you miss high. Corina, your's is a relatively predictable situation and one that more hunters experience than would like to admit. Consider: If you hit one lung, there are at least four layers of membrain, skin, muscle, etc. If it was a clean pass, some of these layers will overlap each other and poetntially close off the entry hole and stop the bleeding if he lays down (which you want him to do).
Remember to bend at the waist so as to not lengthen your draw and make you miss high. The key is give him a couple hours before you begin to 'track', or in some cases, 'push' your deer.
Targeting these vitals on the deer provides for the greatest margin of errof.
Here is a anatomy diagram showing the internal organs and structure of a whitetail deer.
If I know I have ABSOLUTELY double lunged him, I still wait about two hours before starting the retrieve -even if I see him go down.
Hey, if he's down, he won't go anywhere, but if he's down and re-grouping, pushing him may really make it difficult. You will lose every other deer taking a risky shot like this. A better decision is to wait until the deer turns broadside.
Personally I use a fixed blade broadhead ( thunderhead 100). Sometimes a blood trail can be lost especially if the deer is booking it like crazy through the woods because only droplets can be seen at times depending on your arrow placement. I have found over the years that once a deer is hit and it heads in a direction is will almost always stick to that general direction even if it doubles back it will turn and continue in the direction it started.
Shot a 8pt 205lb deer this morning at 18 yards in the lungs and it only went 100 yards. Particularly in the lungs if there is no pass through think i may have had a lung or airway shot. It will normally stick to deer trails where it can move easily.
Below is a tool to help practice with your shot placement and see where other hunters shoot a deer. Deer Running With Tail Down After Shot Tips For Finding Shed Antlers How does a full moon affect deer movement? After you have established the direction the wounded deer went, they usually head for water, or low swampy areas. I heard a big whack, he jumped straight up into the air and took off like a shot.