Another hit question
Last evening my dad walked a bit for me and pushed a group of deer to me. The gun just flashed for the first one that stopped, but a second deer stopped in exactly the same spot, about 15 yards away and exactly broadside. I dropped the hammer on it with the sights just behind the front shoulder. I knew immediately I had hit the deer because it looked like it was hurting pretty bad. As it was climbing the hill to my right it looked like it was almost dragging itself, then at the top it stood there for a few minutes, slowed down, and finally laid down. I reloaded, but before I was done it got up and followed the other deer up over the ridge and away from me. When it got up I noticed it was hunched up in the middle at the spine. We followed it about 500 yards. It bedded twice in that space, but there was minimal blood loss and we never recovered it. At the bedding spots we found there was no blood in the beds. My dad has suggested either a. I hit it too high and the ball went in between the spine and the vitals or b. I hit too far back and got a gut shot. Which of these sounds more likely to you guys and should I be up there this morning looking in the really heavy brush where we lost the trail to see if I can find this deer? For my peace of mind, thanks guys!
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