Sorry, after rereading my post, it may have added to the confusion of the distance traveled without any blood. There was no blood for the first 50-yards (no hair at the point where I shot) and then I tracked it another 300-yards afterwards with fair to good blood and then nothing. I found a couple of spots with darker blood and a few spots with watery blood...I went back and searched the afternoon and again today. Nothing. There are two large fields to both the east and the west of the location and to the north (the direction the deer ran) there is a huge area that was select cut and pretty much wide open. I've listened for bluejays, crows, coyotes and everything else during my search. There are a number of hunters in the select cut area and nobody has come across a dead deer. I have no idea what happened. The gun was double checked the day before and was dead on. I had a good solid base and the shot felt good. The distace was only 62 yards on a slight downward angle. I'm pretty much sick over this.
First I'll say don't believe that a gut shot deer won't run uphill....
I tracked a deer saturday who was hit a little high above the chest, who couldn't walk but managed to CRAWL up a hill and make it about 350 yards before dying....
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