A gut shot deer will spoil faster than one shot in the lungs due to the bacteria released inside of the body cavity. Also the ambient temperature plays a big role in how quickly the meat will spoil. It has to be really cold for me to leave a deer overnight, especially down here in SC; and then I'm taking a chance that the coyotes or feral dogs won't get to it before I do. Luckily, since I shoot most of 'em in the neck I seldom have that problem, and the ones that I mess up on I go get my Jack Russell and put him on the trail. I do not understand the states that won't even allow people to use a blood trailing dog for wounded deer recovery.
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