Capn Hook wrote: I retraced the shot and found the arrow stuck in the ground far behind where the deer stood, which was slightly downhill. It was clean,
Ohio farms wrote:Not sure about the lack of a blood trail that you described, but arrows tend not to fly well through any type of brush. It might stay on target if the brush (light) is close to the deer, but I would avoid that shot. Missing is rarely any fun.
Charlie looks like he is ready to go.
kellory wrote:Capt, I have reread every response, and found not one patronizing word. No one was given you any kind of hard time. If you are that thin skinned, you don't belong on a forum. Grow up.
I can track a deer, where most people can't tell there is a trail. I happen to pretty good at it, and I gave you my best advice. Track it, using it's WHOLE trail, not just fluids. (as to your white trace, I can think of only three white traces. sperm,pus, and lung foam. any one of those, he ain't going to recover.) So get over this idea he will be just fine. Some deer DO recover from cars, and bullets, arrows, and fights. but infection will kill a deer, just as dead as it will kill you, or me. He will likely die a long hard death by inches.
No one questioned your sportsmanship, But I know what I do when a deer is hit. I do, and have stopped hunting, and tracked that deer, until I either found it, killed it, or could not follow where it went. I even changed from a bow to a crossbow for a harder hit, and a clean pass through, due to a bad bow shot, and a 5 hour tracking job. I lost that one on land where the owner would not allow me to continue tracking on his land. he was a non-hunter.
In my eyes, once that shot is let fly, I am committed to finish what I started. My comfort, and my convenience, don't matter. only my commitment to finish the kill, I owe that deer as clean a death, as I am capable of delivering. I work to fill the freezer, and care very little about the rack, it is just a postcard of the journey. but I will let a shot go, if it is a bad shot. I don't rely on deer to eat tonight, so there will be a better shot later.
You screwed up. admit it, deal with it, and try not to let it happen again. That is all you can do. That, and learn to track, as if your next meal depended upon finding what you shot.
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