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#3039710 - 11/18/12 11:20 PM Lost Deer
TN Whitetail Freak
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Registered: 11/29/09
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Loc: Bradford, TN (Gibson Co.)

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Really tired of seeing threads about lost deer....people should use better judgement when shooting and deciding when to track after the shot....in my 10 years of hunting i've lost 2 deer both shot with the bow and both pushed by me and my impatience....with rifle a deer has never taken a step when shot.....ive learned from those 2 i lost one i tracked a half mile literally on hands and knees in the last stretch.....i later seen that deer with a flesh wound on the elbow.....the purpose of thread: is to remind hunters to remember a part of the "Bowhunter's Creed..."to search long and diligently to track down and recover any wounded game.

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#3039720 - 11/18/12 11:37 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
catman529
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Registered: 11/10/10
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yeah I almost lost my first bow buck on the 5th of november. after 7 hours in about 40 acres of dense grown-up field, I had to give up because I had work that evening and was starting to cramp in the legs, but thanks to a member here, the deer was found the following morning and I learned a valuable lesson about tracking, always check water sources.

sometimes a good shot could go wrong but I think it is (or should be) everyone's goal to take a careful shot and not a risky one, and the most important factor to me, is to be confident in the shot.

I have noticed that my own shots have tended to be farther back then I prefer. Back of lung, or straight liver shots. I only lost one gut shot fawn this year which was right after I shot her momma and didn't get the doe hauled out till 930 at night and had work the next day. So the fawn was a loss and also a lesson to me. I don't know why I tend to shoot farther behind, because I aim right behind the shoulder. could be the deer is not 100% still, or could be buck fever, or in the case of my 2nd buck this year it could have been my arrow wasn't flying straight.

Also I don't think more people are losing deer this year, someone else here mentioned that more people are likely just saying it online where they didn't used to. I guess if billy bob admits he lost one then I can too. But actually I would admit it anyway in most cases, I am honest, and hiding a lost gut shot deer from people isn't going to make me much of a better hunter.
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#3039723 - 11/18/12 11:41 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: catman529]
deerhunter10
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Always remember when in doubt back out such a true statement! Be patient and take ethical shots and most of the lost and wounded deer will not happen.
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#3039836 - 11/19/12 06:33 AM Re: Lost Deer [Re: deerhunter10]
Hunter 257W
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What kind of rifle and bullet are you using that no deer has ever taken a step? I've shot them with a 460 Weatherby Magnum and a 300 grain Barnes bullet that mushrooms to nearly an inch when fired at 2,800fps and had them run the usual 40 to 50 yards!? \:\) Yeah, a few drop instantly, but most run 40 to 50 yards.....
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#3041222 - 11/19/12 09:19 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: Hunter 257W]
TN Whitetail Freak
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
What kind of rifle and bullet are you using that no deer has ever taken a step? I've shot them with a 460 Weatherby Magnum and a 300 grain Barnes bullet that mushrooms to nearly an inch when fired at 2,800fps and had them run the usual 40 to 50 yards!? \:\) Yeah, a few drop instantly, but most run 40 to 50 yards.....


150 grain ballistic tips 170 grain remingtons 30.06 7mm Mag.....160 grain winchester 30-30 Mossberg....its not what i shoot its where i shoot....right dead in the shoulder blade drops them everytime
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#3041232 - 11/19/12 09:23 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
rem270
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Registered: 11/15/02
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 Originally Posted By: TN Whitetail Freak
 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
What kind of rifle and bullet are you using that no deer has ever taken a step? I've shot them with a 460 Weatherby Magnum and a 300 grain Barnes bullet that mushrooms to nearly an inch when fired at 2,800fps and had them run the usual 40 to 50 yards!? \:\) Yeah, a few drop instantly, but most run 40 to 50 yards.....


150 grain ballistic tips 170 grain remingtons 30.06 7mm Mag.....160 grain winchester 30-30 Mossberg....its not what i shoot its where i shoot....right dead in the shoulder blade drops them everytime


I shoot an encore 270 with hornady sst 130gr. Only had one deer run and it wasnt more than 50 yds.

The buck i shot last week i put a shoulder shot and he hit the ground and never moved. Ive had them hit the ground and kick for a few seconds before expiring. But this one was killed instantly
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#3041234 - 11/19/12 09:23 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
utfan1
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Registered: 12/31/06
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keep hunting with the ballistic tip and u will loose one.
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#3041248 - 11/19/12 09:29 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: utfan1]
Gravey
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No sicker feeling than losing one. I lost the first deer I ever shot with a bow and as best I can recall I've not lost another one and that was about 20 years ago. My son (he's 9) shot a doe with my muzzleloader last Saturday and we walked to where she was and nothing. I walked to the edge of the woods and saw her laying there 15 yards away but my son said "dad here's blood I hit her" so I told him to follow it. He found 3 more spots before seeing her and I said I already did. He looked at me as if thinking why didn't I tell him and I told the reason I didn't was because he has to learn how to follow the blood trail if they don't fall right there. All that to say take your time and don't hurry. A lot of deer could probably be found if people would take their time and really look. IMO we owe the deer that much.
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#3041257 - 11/19/12 09:33 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: Gravey]
deerhunter10
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I shoot the same combo as rem 270 except it's a Browning abolt and i haven't had any move either
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#3041308 - 11/19/12 10:26 PM Re: Lost Deer [Re: deerhunter10]
Paul Burns
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Registered: 03/28/99
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I hear a lot about the front sholder blade on a deer being a drop him dead shot. When you dress out a deer how big is the front sholder blade on an adult deer on average.
Also I quess I am not a real good shot because a lot of my deer run a little piece after being shot, some hit in the lung and heart (exploded) still run fifty yards or futher.
Do others have this problem.
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