First crossbow deer
I took my first deer during archery season this morning. A medium sized doe. Around 8am I had 10 doe, a button buck, and a large spike come through all around my stand. A number of them looked right up in the tree at me, and wandered on their way. I was thrilled that I wasn't busted. Unfortunately, I had no shot at ANY of the legal deer as my tree stand was poorly positioned (first time seeing deer in this stand, thought it was good, obviously it wasn't). After the deer moved through, I repositioned my stand (its a climber so I have that luxury). About 30 minutes later, two doe came back through. I hit the larger of the two at 12 yards. Arrow pierced both lungs....and somehow part of the stomach? She dropped about 20 yards off.
1. When I recovered my arrow, the mechanical blades (one) was bent. Is this normal? Also, I'm not so sure that more than one of them opened on impact....
2. I had a doe come by, on its own...and it was making a weird sound somewhere between a cough and a wheeze. The sound was not constant. I thought maybe it had pneumonia? I couldn't get a shot...anybody every come across something like this?