Originally Posted by dpms
Has happened to me on several occasions. Sometimes tissue plugs the exit, or the deer dies before blood fills up enough to cause bleeding out of the entrance or mouth.
I had this happen to me for the first time this year. Shot a buck with the crossbow, perfect broadside, double-lunger. He took off and ran about 75 yards, and I was pretty sure I saw him drop.
My girlfriend was in a blind across the valley, and she called and asked me if that was me, and I told her yes, and she told me she saw it drop and then it rolled down the hill into the stream bed. After I settled down, I climbed down and could not find my arrow right away, so I started tracking. Not a speck of blood until about 10 yards from where he dropped (before he rolled down the hill), and there wasn't even much blood there. When I walked down the hill to where he stopped rolling, he had a lot of blood coming out of his mouth, and he had a ton of fat in him.
I don't ever remember having such a slim blood trail on a double-lung shot.
I went back the next day and found my arrow, and there was a whole lot of fat on the fletchings too, but hardly any blood. I was very glad that I saw where he dropped because if I didn't, and I had found my arrow right after I shot him, I probably would have waited a couple of hours, or maybe until the next day, thinking it was a less than ideal shot.