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What does the blood from a liver hit deer look like?

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Dark red kinda translucent
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might have some grit in it too as the stomach and intestines are close to the liver. wait a little bit before following it.

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darker than any other blood you'll encounter
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The story: My son shot a doe today along a gas line. Although it was over a hundred yards away, it appeared to hunch up and walk into the woods. About a minute later, two deer (one of which turned out to be the one he hit) bolted back across the gas line to the opposite side. We went down to search, and found a blood trail. It was fairly obvious, at first. It was bright red, which I felt meant a lung hit. While we were sorting it out, we actually jumped the deer. It stumbled hard and took off downhill. Since the blood was pretty bright and the deer had trouble running away, I thought maybe shoulder shot. The way it stumbled, I figured it couldn't get far. So we didn't wait very long until we picked up the blood trail again. The amount it bled at first made me confident that we'd find it quickly, but the blood trail petered out. We searched far and wide for the next 5 hours or so but never found another drop...or the deer. In the process of second (and third) guessing, I thought that if it was liver hit, maybe we pressed it too soon. The situation was complicated by the fact that there was deer trails and deer sign all over the place. You couldn't go 50 yards without finding droppings or cutting a trail.

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Sounds like a broken leg
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If it was hit in the liver it would have been dead before going a long ways. They don't live all that long when hit in the liver.


Could have been hit in a lot of non-vital parts of the body and reacted as you described. The hunched part makes it sound more like a gut shot. Sometimes they can go along ways and if the intestines plug the bullet holes the blood trail can disappear.



Sorry to hear that it got away though.


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I felt like the blood was pretty clean and bright for a gut shot, although, I cant rule anything out. The way it stumbled the one time we did jump it and the bright blood made me think shoulder. My son was pretty upset about it.

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Bright blood can mean a muscle hit also. They often bleed alot at first and peter out like you described. Don't let your son beat himself up over it too much. Unfortunately it happens to most all of us who hunt enough to take shots at game. You looked for a long time in attempting to track it, not much more you could do.
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That's what I thought, muscle hit. Good blood that eventually disappears. Like rsb said, liver hit deer don't live long.

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