I knew someone would come up with the fact that the arrow did not seem to have much penetration. Lets start from the begining. It was a give or take 18 yd shot, straight away. He expired about 20 yds from that point. I shoot a 30 in. arrow. Though I did not need it, there was a blood trail. As you can see, there is a good amount of blood from the wound. There is also blood farther up the arrow. I believe his reaction to the hit when he ran off pushed the arrow up to that point. No spine was involved. To get that much blood to come out of him from the top and in such a short time, which was a matter of seconds, something major had to be cut. As I said, there was heart and lung damage. There was no exit wound. There was some back-strap damage but not bad.
Mark, you hit it right. Do you have confidence in your abilities. I started this just to see who would have the confidence to take it. I should have put in a shot distance in the initial thread. Hey, I respect the animal as much, if not more than anyone else. Anything beyond that distance and I would have passed on it. I'm not perfect. I've had my share of bad hits for one reason or another over the years. If you haven't, you will, "things happen". But, for the sake of things, I hope not. It's not a good thing if you don't have confidence in what you are doing, is it? In the early years of bow hunting here In Ill. there was talk about a shooting compitency test (shooting ability) to get a lic.. The state had a class you could go thru volentary and acqiure a card stating you qualified for all things involved. I still have the card somewhere. There was mock blood trails, to see if you could follow then and some other things plus the your shooting ability. That was with recuves. One of the areas I hunt is a army training area. In order to hunt there you have to qualify. At 20 yds you have to put 3 out of 5 arrows in a 4" circle. You get 2 tries. If you don't make it, you don't hunt there. Hey, we're all out there to enjoy our selves and have fun of sorts, and to do the best we can. Enough said.
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