No. I did take a shot on a 4-5 pointer. It was damn near straight down. The arrow was quite far enough back and hit the shoulder blade and got no penetration. There was no blood or anything. Lost the deer after a fruitless search.
When you say straight down, did you mean he was right below you? The reason I ask is because I don't see that as a very high percentage shot. The area to be able to put a deer down is very small, and there is a greater chance for a bad shot (which may have happened), and to have a wounded or dead deer out there that may not get recovered (as sounds is the case?). Correct me if I'm wrong...
Buckhunter21, your are absolutaly correct. I too have learned the hard way from this about four years ago. I shot a real old 5 year old buck straight down from the treestand. Only got one lung, and the arrow was sticking out of his back yet as he walked off. let him sit for a couble hours, then jumped him. left him over night but we never did find him after the blood trail ran cold.
never felt more sick in my life. Just couldnt pass that shot right underneath me, of course i was young and dumb and didnt realize the small percentage shot it offered.
Hopefully more guys learn from our mistakes so you dont have to go through this yourselves... good luck this fall!
"Look what venison does to a goofy guitar player from Detroit? I'm going to be 54 this year and if I had any more energy I'd scare you."
- Ted Nugent