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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.

Bolt pass-through on a whitetail
 

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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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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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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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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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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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barticus73 said:
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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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...

GOOD LUCK! Let us know.
 

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Found blood at about 60-70 yards from the shot. Just drops for a few steps then spots about the size of two fists and this cotinued for a good 50 more yards then the rain just became too much. My Father is coming over at daybreak and we are going back to hit it again. From the blood trail I can't tell what to think. So much for sleeping.....
 

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If it was raining hard, then you are better off waiting till morning. Was the blood on the side of where the deer ran or was it right in the footprints or middle of the trail? Bright red or dark?
 

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I am guessing you did not hear it go crashing out?

My gut tells me your deer is dead...get some sleep and wake up with a jump in your step. Might have to do a grid search if you loose the trail from the rain but you got all kinds of daylight come morning. How thick is it there?
 

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I am guessing you did not hear it go crashing out?

My gut tells me your deer is dead...get some sleep and wake up with a jump in your step. Might have to do a grid search if you loose the trail from the rain but you got all kinds of daylight come morning. How thick is it there?
No I didn't here a crash, thats what worries me......Where he headed is pretty thick as far as this property goes, mostly small sapling size trees.
 

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Dark Red blood is usually liver which is fatal but sometimes can take a while. If blood is washed out in the morning, then start doing grid searches. If the deer is not pushed by someone or something tonight then he should be close if fatally hit.
 

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If it was raining hard, then you are better off waiting till morning. Was the blood on the side of where the deer ran or was it right in the footprints or middle of the trail? Bright red or dark?
Im thinking the blood was to the side of where he was walking and seemed to be darker red. It was getting difficult to tell cause it really started raining right as I found the first signs of blod.
 

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You'll probably find him piled up next to a log in the AM!! Lungs or liver and he's dead. Keep looking and don't give up. May you enjoy backstraps tonight!!
 

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Good Luck! I had a pass through behind the right shoulder quartering away on Saturday that exited the front chest cavity. Hit lung. Arrow was in the ground covered with blood but no blood on the ground till he got to the other side of the creek. You may not get a lot of blood right away. I also didn’t hear my deer crash. He went 40 yards in to the thick stuff and it got quiet until I could hear the sound heavy breathing associated with a dying lung shot. Hope you find him.
 
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