Something I've noticed over the years and will pass it along, and wondered if anyone has noticed the same. At the start of each season, I hope my shot chances are on a relaxed deer,(not having any idea of my presense). I find that a relaxede deer is less likely to duck an arrow. Also it will travel less of a distance when a good killing shot is preformed. On the other hand when a deer is "wired",on edge, or just plain knows something is not right is more than likely to duck an arrow. And will travel at times a greater distance of a relaxed deer with the same killing hit. When the deer is wired, the adrenaline is starting to build, and it seems to give it added endurence to vacate the area. It hasn't happened all the time,But enough to make me take note of it. Most of this observation has been on ojder bucks, say 4 1/2 and up. Don't know if this may just be an occurance with older mature deer or not. Although, a fellow hunter once shot a 2 1/2 yr. old buck thru the heart (complete pass thru) as it was trying to sneek back the way it had come from after winding him. Wired he was and went 130 yds. which I thought was far for what the hit was. With all the blood along his trail, we expected to find him a lot sooner. The pictured buck was wired and a 10yd. lung hit. He went over 175 yds. through some 80 yds. of heavy brush, jumed 2 fences, and expired in a field where pic was taken. He was a Dec. deer and it was 11 degrees as I sat waiting in the dark of the morning. Another wonderfull memory. Then another 4 1/2 yr. buck of a relaxed heart hit with pass thru went 60 yds. Maybe just coincidences? But I cannot help to think not. Some of the "mishaps" that occure are not from poorly placed shots, but from the reaction time and spit second movement of the deer. Most of the time unoticed by the naked eye. There has been times when recovering a deer, that it was hard to believe how the arrow entered and exited, when knowing well that was not how the animal was standing when I shot. I once was watching a Drury Bros. hunting video, when Mark grunt stopped a buck for the shot. Which I think was a mistake,(inthis instance). The deer was just walking along in a relaxed state and looked to be an easy shot. With the grunt stoppage though, the deer went on full alert and focused right on Mark. He shot and missed. I thought boy, these guys are usually pretty good shots. I played the shot sequence back in slow motion, then frame by frame. In actuallity he missed, but technically the arrow was right on. You could clearly see that the buck dropped down to gain momentum to run off. I say if he hadn't have grunted and alerted the buck, he would have had the deer. So it happens to the best of us. Some things are ment to be and some are not. Any thoughts?