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Old 10-23-2003, 07:28 PM
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Default Help - is overnight ok?

I read your post - what to do after the shot, but I' ll ask anyway.

I just got my first deer with a bow - almost anyway. I shot a doe just as dusk was setting in around 6:30pm. I found the blood - bright red trail - not bad. Too dark to find an arrow. So its now 8:30pm and I am considering my options - wait till morning or go in tonight - opinions please. Any concern over spoiling meat? The temp is around 37 degrees

I am excited - finally after almost 6 days straight of sitting in the stand. Wish me luck - I' ll post a pic.

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Old 10-23-2003, 07:34 PM
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If you are confident that it was a well placed shot the go get er' tonight!! But if you aren' t sure than defently no questions asked wait till morning.
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Old 10-23-2003, 07:58 PM
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if you know the area well and are confident you wont get lost, round up the boys and go find her
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:36 PM
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I say it all depends on two things:

Confidence in your shot, and probability of predators. If there are lots of coyotes around, then you have probably seen the posts about coyotes getting there first. Although it has never happened to me, i would hate it i know. If you think you made a good shot, get a couple people and head on out...jsut make sure to mark all the blood you find and dont walk on it, walk beside it...good luck!
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:40 PM
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The meat will be fine if you wait until morning. (As far as temp goes) However you are definately risking the chance of the predators feasting on it.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:19 PM
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Always a tough call - but if you DID NOT SEE the hit - wait. If you saw the hit - but the arrow did not go clean through - wait.

If you saw the arrow disappear behind the shoulder - GO GET IT. First though spend some time looking for the arrow - the arrow will tell alot.

When you do go after the deer - LISTEN very carefully for a deer getting up and/or bolting while trailing. Of course if you jump the deer - back uot and come back in the morning.

Good luck - post us back with a picture!
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Old 10-24-2003, 06:55 AM
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Everyone already said it all. A lot of evidence can be found on the arrow. Try to find it first. If there is evr a question, there is no penalty in waiting. Coyotes excluded!

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Old 10-24-2003, 07:11 AM
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37 degrees, thats fine. Anything over 45 degrees is not recemended to wait over night.
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