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#3780507 - Today at 05:30 PM Really. deer going to water when shot?
RAFI
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Catmans posts and many on here I saw over the years got me to thinking again.I have seen many many deer shot and have trailed probably 300 deer if not more.I've never had one go to water.Almost seems like a theory like that wounded deer never go up hill.They do!

I gut shot a buck at LBL and it was right by the water and I hate to say I bought into that theory going to the water bs so it took us much longer to find it than it should have.I'm not saying they won't go to water but from what I've seen they don't


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#3780511 - Today at 05:37 PM Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: RAFI]
RAFI
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BTw if you read this Catman i hope you don't think i'm saying you did anything wrong.I just want to see what other hunters have seen while tracking deer.
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#3780518 - Today at 05:44 PM Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: RAFI]
TNTomtaker01
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The only absolute in hunting is there is no absolute! I've had them go to water, go away from water, go up hill, go down hill! They are a animal with a brain of its own that goes where it wants to go. But checking water is always a good rule of thumb when you have no sign to follow.
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#3780544 - Today at 06:08 PM Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: TNTomtaker01]
WhitesCreek
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I shot a decent size basket 8 opening weekend of muzzleloader in 2012. The shot placement was perfect, but the blood trail disappeared about 100 yards from the first drop of blood. I searched for two hours until I decided to look over the edge a 40 ft drop into a creek bed. The buck had jumped off the edge into the shallow creek and died. He even broke off a tall brow tine that I never found. Like I said, the shot placement was perfect, but I'm not certain that's the only thing that killed him.
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#3780567 - 56 minutes 10 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: WhitesCreek]
huntintn
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the only thing to me that hold true is that they wont run toward the truck!
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#3780586 - 36 minutes 7 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: huntintn]
Jcalder
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I shot one a few years ago that we found in a creek
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#3780614 - 16 minutes 32 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: Jcalder]
THEdonkey0515
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ive always heard a shot deer or it might be a gut shot deer feels dehydrated and will run to water,i have no idea if thats true or not, we do have more then one stands were there big ridges that are steep and most deer shot there run right down them. but i also shot a nice 11pt at lbl in 2011 shot it with a 30-06 good shot. the buck was coming down the ridge when shot and it tried to run up the ridge after shot only made it 40 yards or so:)
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#3780646 - 4 minutes 0 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: THEdonkey0515]
Redwing
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It is my experience that a shot Deer will bolt in the opposite direction it perceives the threat
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#3780649 - 3 minutes 30 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: THEdonkey0515]
Woodson223
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I shot one last year that died in the creek in about 3ft of water. Could not find her that night she quit bleeding about 50 yards from the creek.Went back the next morning and found her.It got cold that night she was fine.
But that doesn't prove anything when a deer is shot they can and will do some strange things.

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#3780650 - 2 minutes 20 seconds ago Re: Really. deer going to water when shot? [Re: RAFI]
MUP
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In 2010 I blew the heart out of a decent 8pt at the bottom of a very steep ridge at about 90 yds. That buck took off, as if not hit at all, straight up about a 30-35 degree wall of a ridge, all the way to the top! I could only watch with a sick feeling, just knowing I had somehow missed. He stopped at the very top for a few seconds, after about a 100 yr run up that ridge, then realized he was dead I reckon, and came tumbling and sliding back down for about 30 yds or so. They are utterly amazing with a survival instinct to rival any other animal I'd say.
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