Lawdog I thought the same thing about mine...I figured ok the shot may not have been great but at least since I was using the rage's I'd have a good blood trail and eventually he'd expire...NOPE!!! And now after reading what happened in your case it sorta makes sense. If it was a non-leathal shot he's probably going to carry-on as if nothing happened for the most part...but yeah thats just crazy that ya found him not far from where you first shot him...wish mine had done that! All this talk makes me want to go back out there and find my buck again!!! Grrrrrrrr!!!!
My Brother in-law shot a fat little 5pt a couple weeks ago with his TC Omega. He hit the buck square on top of the right shoulder and he went 30 yards before going down. When field dressing he grabbed ahold of a fixed blade broadhead floating loose in the chest cavity. Perplexed and not believing that a deer could survive with something like that loose among his lungs, he carefully took the buck apart during the butchering.
He found that the arrow had penetrated the shoulder blade but for some reason had gone no further and that there was extensive scarring and fibrous deposits under the shoulder blade where the buck had walled off the broadhead and was living with it. He was trailing two doe when he was shot. Now as Paul Harvey says, the rest of the story. How did the broadhead end up loose in the chest cavitry of an otherwise healthy buck?
Upon examination of the short stub of aluminim shaft attached to the broadhead, there was revealed a half circle roughly .50 cal size punched out of it. The entrance hole made by the slug was practically dead center of the fibrin deposits holding the broadhead at bay. This 5pt has to go near the top of the list as one of the unluckiest bucks in history. First he get shot with a broadhead and has to endure it until his body isolates it. Then, in the middle trying to get a little female attention he gets shot with a muzzleloader that not only take his lungs out but drives that broadhead right into his chest where it was intended to go in the first place.
Broadheads fascinate me in their ability to kill, and in the little things that can go wrong sometimes.