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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Long story short, 30 yard shot, (Ten Point Crossbow) slightly quartering away. Found arrow about 10 yards away with broadhead (NAP Killzone) intact with about 4"-5" penetration, with fat and some blood. Started tracking after a 3 hour wait. Initially tracked for about 100 yards and backed out since it was on the edge of the woods near a known bedding area. Waited another 3 hours and picked the trail back up (quarter size spots give or take) for another 100 yards to where he bedded with some good blood. Then he went another 10 yards after bedding and no blood. Did a grid search with 3 others and came up with nothing. Went back out again yesterday with the same result. He walked passed a camera on the property shortly after the shot. Here's the pic. I was hoping we would get him up and around on camera yesterday, but no luck there either. Any thoughts?
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My guess is he is still up and walking around. Looking at where you hit, I think you hit bone in the shoulder and did not hit anything vital. General tip for quartering away shots, think about where you want the arrow to exit and adjust your point of aim, it may be father back then you would think.
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My guess is he is still up and walking around. Looking at where you hit, I think you hit bone in the shoulder and did not hit anything vital. General tip for quartering away shots, think about where you want the arrow to exit and adjust your point of aim, it may be father back then you would think.

Having the same thoughts. Thanks for the tip. I am aware to shoot for the exit . He came thru and I had an opening where I needed to stop him. That all went well and there was a tree that I thought was covering his shoulder. I was more concerned about shooting too far back because of this. May have over compensated and just got inside the tree, don't know.
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With a quartering away shot, I agree with nomad....I do not think you hit anything vital on that buck. In my opinion, as long as he stays away from an infection, he will recover from that wound.
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Gez, that's hard luck. 2, 3 inches further back and he wouldn't have gone anywhere.
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Gez, that's hard luck. 2, 3 inches further back and he wouldn't have gone anywhere.

Yup.
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That trail camera pic is pretty remarkable. Yep, a matter of a few inches.

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Not to hijack your thread, but I have to say this post is earily similar to what I went through a few weeks ago. I hit the biggest buck I ever saw with a Killzone out of a Ten Point. He was quartering some as well and when the nock lit up on him, I saw it was too far forward. Found most of the arrow minus about 3 inches and the broadhead. Only blood we ever found was at shot site and would have probably fit inside a tee spoon. I haven?t seen him since but your cam pic gives me a little hope that he hopefully survived and was just pushed out of the area. It amazing what they take on and survive. Sorry you went through this as well.

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Having the same thoughts. Thanks for the tip. I am aware to shoot for the exit . He came thru and I had an opening where I needed to stop him. That all went well and there was a tree that I thought was covering his shoulder. I was more concerned about shooting too far back because of this. May have over compensated and just got inside the tree, don't know.
I did the opposite. I ended up with a liver and a little gut shot on my buck this year because of a sapling that was just behind the shoulder. Because of that sapling I aimed a little farther back to make sure I wouldn't hit it.... Im used to them falling over in under 50 yards. 300-350 yards later was a long long blood trail to follow. It's easy to say but dont beat yourself up over it too much. You gave a great effort looking for the hit buck.
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Keep your head up. I am sure you lost a lot of sleep over this. Any hunter that respects the game we hunt should have. The deer should survive, most likely. That is a tough deal for sure, but these things do happen. There are no guarantees when the arrow or bullet leaves the weapon.
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