ORIGINAL: Everyday Hunter
A number of years ago I ran some deer out of a creekbottom to my brother in-law. He dropped the six pointer and a doe. The sign told me I had interupted a little breeding activity.
Upon dressing out the buck, the knife blade hit what he thought was his slug but turned out to be the broken shaft of an arrow with a mech head that failed to open. Under the spine, but over the lungs. There is a "dead space" but it is small and is outside the chest cavity proper.
I'm not doubting your story at all, Squirrelhawker. I believe that this happened just as you say. But with that definition of "dead space," a deer has lots of dead spaces. My view is that your story is more a testament to the deer's ability to survive a wound than it is to the existence of a dead space.
Absolutely, no question. Hence my quotation marks [:)]
I think one of the ways things like this get started is a lot of folks lack of detailed knowledge of deer anatomy. It certainly happens that one can slip an arrow under the spine and not hurt anything much at all. Yet the shot appears amidships, in the chest region. Hence, the dead space theory. That buck carried that arrow section in him all bow season and most of gun, and was literally caught in the act of breeding.
And weirdly, last year that same brother in-law hammered yet another six with his ML right on top of the shoulder. And, (scouts honor here) drove a badly placed fixed blade broadhead that was lodged in the shoulder right into the chest. The broad head had a nice crescent shape punched out of it by the slug, and the scarring and fibrin was clearly evident underneath the shoulder blade. He found it free floating in what was left of the bucks lungs.
We decided then and there that he had to be the unluckiest buck on the planet:
Shot with an arrow that lodges in his shoulder, carries it for a month and then, while following a doe gets shot with a slug that not only kills him but hits and drives the broadhead into him as well. Clearly, he had a bad day [:D]