Thank you so much guys. I am truly moved by the kind words and support.
I wanted to update you with a success story! I was hunting the same farm last night. Lots of does/fawns in the field but there was also a pack of coyotes harassing them. I had to wait until very last light but took what I thought was a good quartering away shot on an adult doe. I hit her low! She ran for a way, stopped, then just slowly walked out of the field, just as it became totally dark. The one bad thing about a quartering away shot is that shooting low means belly.
I hated to leave her with coyotes hunting the herd, but I knew tracking her in the dark would guarantee I'd never see her again. I just crept out of there. My wife wanted to take the dog for a walk anyway, so she agreed to help me in the morning. If you think you may have a tough tracking job, bring a woman. I have read they see red better than men, and I know my wife has more patience and a better eye for detail than I do.
I had estimated the range to be 35 yards, which is my extreme. It turned out to be 43! Don't say it, I've already started saving for a lazer range finder. Just white belly hair and a clean arrow. I had just clipped her. We tracked anyway. The dog actually found first blood, then my wife took off from there. Good blood, in spite of the poor wound placement, out of the field and into the timber. Then we lost sign. Even my wife.
We were two hours in and down to grid search. Giving up was in the back of my mind, but I knew she had to be there somewhere. I decided to hook uphill to the west and look at one corner of the timber we had not searched. There she was!!!
I was not surprised to find the coyotes had gotten to her. They had ripped out one hind quarter and half of the other, but she was in good shape otherwise. It was been below freezing overnight. She was a huge doe and field dressed at 114 lbs. in spite of the lost meat. I'm guessing she would have dressed at well over 120 if it was not for the 'yotes.
Anyway, we hung in and got our deer. Happy ending!