Had a nice late day shot on a good sized 6pt lastnight.
I'm shooting a 70# Martin Bengal with carbonmax 2 arrows, muzzy 4 blades and luminoks.
When I let it fly, I heard that unmistakeable crack when it hit him and watched the luminok go dark and reappear on the other side. I hit him a little farther aft than I would have liked, but I thought it was still a decent shot right in front of the right hind quarter. He was facing slightly away from me, so I figured the angle of the arrow would have definitely hit vitals. I timed myself out 40 minutes before I even wiggled to get out of my stand. When I got to my arrow, I found it good and slimy, but not bloody. NO blood trail !!
I started sweeping for some blood and only made it about 15 yards before my flashlight started browning out on me. I packed out and came back in about an hour and a half with another set of eyes. We scoured our hunting property until 3am this morning with absolutely no sign of blood. After a while in the blackness of the forest with flashlights, (and fatigue), we were just walking ourselves in circles. Gave up and hit the rack at 4am, its now 10am and I'm on the internet looking for answers. I found this forum and read that this has happened before, but I sure don't like it. Juicy arrow, no blood, no deer, no idea! I am keenly aware of what missing looks like, been there too, but I did NOT miss this buck.
I'm heading back out to start a daylight search in a few minutes, but if anyone has enough anatomy knowledge out there to explain how this happens, I sure would appreciate it.