SpokaneSlayer

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I went up for an evening hunt after work today. About 40 minutes after getting settled, a buck steps out in front of me. A nice buck, bigger than the one I missed last week. Problem is, he's facing me. So I wait. He then presents me with the perfect broadside shot at 20 yards. I flung an arrow and connected. I am so excited. I call my buddy and he comes up to help me track it. We start in and immediately find part of my arrow that had broken off wit a bit of blood on it. This is where it gets bad. There is no blood to be found. We searched and searched, nothing. Then it got to dark to see anything. Even with flashlights it was difficult to see in the thick stuff. So the first deer I actually hit, I can't find him. I pretty sure I shot high and now looks like I didn't hit any vitals. I feel really bad cos there's a deer out there that is possibly still alive and in pain or it's dead and I've failed so far to recover it. I'm going to ask my boss tomorrow if I can take a couple guys up in the morning and look some more.

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I understand why you feel bad. Yep, go back up there and find him. Good luck.

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Tell your boss that it's a survival training exercise. :angry2:

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Just got back from looking again. Nothing. As far as a transmitter, it's illegal here to attach any electronic device to the bow or arrow. Looks like I didn't hardly get any penetration. 5" max.

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Looks like I didn't hardly get any penetration. 5" max.
That's not much... What are you shooting - bow/arrow/broadhead, and do you know what speed?

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That's ashamed you lost him but things like that happen. It's just the luck of the draw and it sure sounds like you did everything to find him.

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That's not much... What are you shooting - bow/arrow/broadhead, and do you know what speed?
I'm shooting a Martin Jaguar Magnum, 53 lb draw weight; Cabela's 55/70 arrow; Muzzy 100gr 4 blade 1" broadhead. Arrow weighs 350gr. I don't know the speed. I'm well over the minimum draw weight and well within the draw weight to arrow ratio (5gr per lb of draw weight or 300 gr minimum).

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That's too bad Jake, but if that is the only one you ever loose, you will be lucky. Head out and get another.

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I'm shooting a Martin Jaguar Magnum, 53 lb draw weight; Cabela's 55/70 arrow; Muzzy 100gr 4 blade 1" broadhead. Arrow weighs 350gr. I don't know the speed. I'm well over the minimum draw weight and well within the draw weight to arrow ratio (5gr per lb of draw weight or 300 gr minimum).
53 lbs, that's not bad for a youth bow. :) J/K. With that set-up, you're probably pushing 210 - 220 fps and hit in the shoulder. Those muzzy's are pretty nice... you might want to think about a cut-on-contact broadhead for better penetration. At least you're seeing deer, which is better than what I've heard from more than one local hunter. Go get another one and bring it home!

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Check out a 2 blade broadheads like a Magnus Stinger. They have great penetration cause of less drag and they have a chisel shaped tip. I have seen a picture of one of there broadheads stuck in the ball joint of the opposite end of an African Buffalo on there website.

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I know the feeling bro. I lost the first deer I ever shot at, and it was also the only deer I've ever stuck with an arrow. I watched him run off with fletching sticking out one side and a broadhead sticking out the other. A little high but thru the lungs. While we gave the deer some time to lay down my buddys were already congratulating me on my first buck. Eventually we went in after him and found pink frothy lung blood but eventually we lost the trail. I spent eight hours with four other hunters looking for it but we never found him. That sucks.

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Yea, if a deer goes down in some brush, which is where oftentimes they go, it can be next to impossible to spot them. Sure am sorry to hear that you weren't able to find him.

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You tried and did your best. Better luck next time. BullsEye is right on about single cut on contack broad heads for light bows .

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Thanks for all the info and words of encouragement. I'll go check out those Magnus Stingers today and then go shoot to see how much if any adjustment I need to make before headed out this evening.

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Next time try waiting 40 to 50 minutes before moving around, If you jump them they can run miles on one lung but if left alone they lay down and die. It never feels good to loose an animal. :smiley-funny-post-sign:

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