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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Westmoreland county PA
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.
Hunting: 10% skill and 90% location.