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What can you tell from this bolt?

I just shot at a buck broadside at 30 yards about 5pm tonight. I felt pretty good about the shot but am still new as to reading blood afterwards on an arrow/bolt. The bolt made a complete pass-through and the deer ran after the shot until I couldn't see him anymore, and I never heard a crash.(This is only about 50 yards until he was out of sight). The bolt was found where I shot him and is covered in pinkish-red meaty look chunks on the shaft and fletching. I looked right around the ground and saw no blood. From their I proceeded away from the direction he ran and left the woods as it was now dark. I'm going to link a video showing the bolt. Can you tell me what you think (if anything) from the looks of the bolt. It looks like rain headed my way about 9pm tonight so has me kinda worried. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 10:19 PM
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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

Could you tell at all a general area when you might of hit him?
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 10:24 PM
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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

Hate to say it, but I've seen this before...probably shot him in the leg, neck, or no-man's land. I'm no expert, but with no blood at all, not too many other spots on the deer left. Does it smell like guts? Might want to get back out there with some help & big flashlights & see if you can find a trail before it starts raining.

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

I'm pretty sure right behind the front leg area with it perfectly broadside. But I figured with a lung shot I would see blood where the bolt was laying on the ground, but there was none. Maybe I am just anticipating blood earlier than I should expect to see it. I just wasn't sure if I should be out looking for him now or to wait. Looks like some chance of rain in an hour or so so I am thinking of heading out here to look soon.
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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

If you are getting rain at 9 you will probably want to trail it at about 8. The rain will wash all sign away and you are left without a choice at this point. If you made a good hit 3 hours should be enough.

I'm all for not rushing it, but my thinking in this case would be to go after it. Just my opinion though.

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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

Alot of deer even if double lunged don't bleed much at all for the first 40 or 50 yards. I would go out and look to at least to where you last saw it and see if there is any blood. Good Luck.

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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

I forget to finish my post. If you don't find any blood, then I would wait for morning and do grid searches looking for it. It is raining pretty hard in Wash Co right now.

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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

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I'm pretty sure right behind the front leg area with it perfectly broadside. But I figured with a lung shot I would see blood where the bolt was laying on the ground, but there was none. Maybe I am just anticipating blood earlier than I should expect to see it.
I have shot alot of deer in the lungs. Bleeding right away is not a given. May take more than thirty yards to open up. Heart shot deer bleed right now.

If you were good left and right and feel the shot was right behind the front leg, you either got a quickly fatal vital hit or a non vital high back or brisket hit. If fatal, you should find the deer within 100 yards.

Good luck on the recovery. It is raining hard here right now.

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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

On my way out to look now. Thanks for the help so far guys.
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Re: What can you tell from this bolt?

If it ran off like a bat out of heck my guess is you nailed him good. Double lungs, heart hits make then run like bulls out of the gate, loudly without their normal grace...it should pile up within 100 yards.

If it took a few leaps but then kind of trotted off...it opens some options up...

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