Had a nice buck hauling ass across my corn field this morning. I made a noise and he stopped and looked at me. He took a few steps and I knew he was about to start back towards the woods again. I aimed right below his shoulders at his chest and squeezed off a round. He kinda looked at me for 2-3 seconds and then ducked into the woods. I was thinking theres no way I missed him. Killed two deer this year and neither of them made it further than 20 feet from first blood. Also Im shooting my .243 which is dead on. I didnt have any targets so I used a salad dressing bottle shoved down into an orange road construction cone and fired at it 4 times from 75 yards. All 4 bullets were in an area the size of a quarter so I know my scope is dead on. So I just couldnt comprehend the idea that I missed a deer. But I couldnt find any blood at all. I even walked around inside the tree line and never found any. I even walked 100 yards before and after where I thought the deer was in case I misjudged the distance and still found nothing. Of course with my luck the buzzards will be circling in 2 days but I looked around a good hour and a half for blood.
Also Im shooting hollow points and this is what one of them did to a full bottle of honey mustard at 75 yards. Again cant afford targets but these things allow me to see entrance and exit holes better than a target. Judging by the damage done to the bottle in the pic below should I have found blood if I indeed hit him or was I correct in heading home because I missed? The pic is from the back and shows one big round exit and also a smaller one below it. Also the entry was jagged so I assume those hollow points mushroom on impact and then fragment. Which is why Im thinking I missed that Deer cause there should have been blood everywhere.