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Tonight I hit a giant 10 pt that I had never seen before. I am shooting an elite 32 68lbs 28" draw with rage hypodermic broadheads.

The buck was slightly quartering to me slightly. When the arrow hit him (using lumenoks), I thought I drilled him. I saw where the arrow hit and it was just about perfect placement. He ran off about 30 yards and stood still. I thought for sure he would fall over dead. But he walked off into the clear cut that he came from. The last I saw him was about 75 yards from my Stand with the arrow still in him.

I backed out and am going to look in the morning. He's too big to push and is a buck that I would get mounted.

Do you guys think I got shoulder? There was never a loud Crack, but not much penetration. He just slowly walked into the clear cut and wasn't limping. What do you guys think? I can pm pictures I got of him on camera before I shot.
 

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How much penetration???


Have you looked at your forecast??? If I was sure it wasn't straight guts or liver I'd go track now before the rain...no exit means not much to go on..I'd wanna see what's there before it washes away and I have nothing to go on....


If it is a shoulder hot he's not gunna lay down and die like a gut shot....your only hope is to keep him bleeding...

Believe me...I lost a buck this season that was hit too far forward...I'm very very confident I would have chased him off his first bed I'd had a dead buck. I didn't. I could see him from the road..head swaying..I knew he'd be there dead in the morning...I went back...he wasn't. He left and left me a little more sign but vanished..


For now on if I know I hit north of the liver I'm on the trail.

When in doubt back out is the phrase to hunt by....but IMO is only applicable to completely unknown or shots known to be south of the rib cage...


Good luck!
 

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What time did you shoot him. Did you have much blood trail or didn't you look? If the arrow was hanging out, it's doing its damage inside. Me myself, I'd be out there now trailing him. Most weather forecasts for tonight is rain by morning, Use your better judgement.. Wanna see pictures..
 

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I use rage also but they can burn you on quartering shots..good luck..you did the right thing by backing out..took me a lot of years to stop chasing them at night ..if I don't see them or hear them go down I am out till morning...hope you are posting pics tomorrow ..
 

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I shoulder hit a big buck (the biggest one i've ever shot ) last friday evening ! It didn't make a big crack or get very much penetration either ! only about 4-6" I tracked him the following day for 300 yds and never found him ! Good Luck !!!
 

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Hate to say it, but I agree w/ Tom. Fixed blade only for my crew. yes I know the mechanicals cut whicked bad$ss holes in em....when you hit em right. Mechanicals not only lose 20 ish percent in blades opening, but can also deflect AWAY from vitals when bone is in the way. Have seen my old hunting buds do it too many times to count...One good thing about mechanicals....they sometimes can help to hone your tracking skills. Not a dig for those who love em, but i'd personally limit shot choice if I had em in my quiver. Sorry for the loss and hopefully you get another crack at him. Half an arrow is usually plenty enough for a kill, but if any deflection from blades, he may still be on the hoof. Keep us posted.

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