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Old 10-21-2013, 05:34 PM
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Default Shoulder shot buck

Shot a fairly decent buck tonight but I hit too far forward. The arrow snapped off as soon as he turned and started to run away, but only 4 inches was left in the deer. I'd guess it made it through the blade since it snapped off, but idk if 4 inches is enough to reach any vitals. I picked up my arrow and backed out for tonight. I didn't seen any blood right where I shot him, but I'm gonna head back in to look before work. I just don't know if its enough penetration to hit anything vital I guess we will see in the morning. Makes me sick.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:23 PM
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could be...Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:53 AM
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50 / 50 chance. Better scour the area thoroughly.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:48 AM
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I'd say 4" is plenty as long as it hit where the vitals are
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:10 AM
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Sometimes the arrow does not fully cooperate - happens to us all. Good thinking to back out. Hope you found the deer - I would guess you are spending a good part of this day looking.

I like to shoot a little farther back than most - see X on diagram below.

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Old 10-27-2013, 01:37 PM
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You may have went through the scapula and then into the brisket, depending on high the shot was and angle, and not hit anything vital at all.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:01 PM
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Gotta hate that situation Best of luck
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:35 AM
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Just wanted to see if there was an update on this?

Last year, I was able to kill a large carb claw 7 point with a slight limp in late December muzzleloading. When cleaning the deer out, I cut my hand on a broadhead that was lodged in the lung area. It was a mechanical and about 5 inches of carbon arrow. It apparently was a frontal shot and only got the one lung without any major arteries being hit. The deer was originally shot with the arrow in early October, as I met the hunter who was tracking the wounded buck.

Not every deer that runs out of sight dies after being hit. I track like they do, but they are tough animals and can make it through. Best of luck.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:42 AM
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From the sounds of it, I'd be surprised if he finds it. I hope I'm wrong though, and he shows us a nice buck!
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:08 AM
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Unfoturnately, I have had that happen twice... right in the shoulder ball. very little penetration and never recovered either buck. I'm hoping this ends differently than mine.
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