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trailing deer after they are shot

Old 12-02-2006, 07:07 AM
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Maybe, it is luck but i have not had to track a deer that i shotmore than 50 yards in 40 years. Pick my shots and most drop where they stood. My doe this year was a neck shot and sheinstantly died. The buck was shot at 160 yards with my .50 M/L through the upper leg/lower shoulder and went 50 yeads befor i could get down and shoot him again.

i have helped other folks track wounded deer. Worst case was a buck in WV that we tracked about 3.5 miles through the snow before getting him.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:31 AM
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Up until this year I have never had to track a deer more than 50 yards. I shot a nice 8 point buck this year with my ML, 100gr 777, 295gr slug and he ran approx 300 yards before piling up in a creekbed. The only reason he ran that far was poor shot placement. I hit him just behind the shoulder just above center, right where I was aiming. Unfortunately I failed to account for how high up I was and the slug ended up stopping between the ribcage and skin almost at the bottom of the chest wall. It was a very sharp downward angle which caused no major organ damage, just a lot of shock damage and profuse bleeding. In other words, he blead to death. Fortunately we found him the next morning and he was in good condition but I will tell you what, I learned a valuable lesson about shot placement and taking into account all of the variables around me before pulling the trigger.

Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep Sat. night![:@]

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Old 12-02-2006, 02:04 PM
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Unless a poor shot or pushed deer generally won't make it over 100 yards after being hit in the vitals. Exceptions to the rule as never expect anything when dealing with a wild animal who'swill to survive is paramount to anything else..nature of the hunted I guess.

This year I have harvested 5 deer & 1 bull elk thus far with a firearm, deer- 2 ml and 3 rifle. My 1 Ml deer ran, she made it maybe 20 yards before succumbing to both lungs being hit. The others, 2 bucks were shoulder shot as it is what I had,while theother 2 does where hit where the heart and lungs meet trashing both, all 4 dropped where they stood. My elk was also hit in the same heart/lung meeting placehe made it maybe 50 yards from the hit, though majority of that was on his nose down the edge of the ridgeline!

My longest personal track job was several hundred yards after pushing a single lung hit buck to soon. Had I been patient he would have been less than 100 yards from the shot so I learned yet again what not to do.

I have seen poor hit deer go a long ways but again pushing them is the main reason for making it tougher than it had to be. If not sure then stay off them for at least 30 minutes. If they drop make sure to reload and keep focused as I watched my partners elk this year jump up after twitching on theground as his shot touched the spine causing temporary paralysis. Thank god he was ready for such an event and when the bull regained his feet he stuffed the next one in tight and took out both lungs. One leap he was gone but not far as the second shot did its job. Had we been high 5ing I doubt we'd of found him based on the first near miss. Even schooled guys get the shanks and make a poor shot at times, he is very experienced and an excellent marksman(trained sharp shooter),so be dilgent and never say never!
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:20 PM
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The weapons matters. I've shot three deer in the last three years with my 30-06 at 100 yds or less. Not one of them got up after the first shot. That weapons nocks them right over, so if you needed a second shot, they aren't going anywhere.
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:11 PM
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Shot placement and bullet type are key. I shoot 7mm-08 ballistic tips, never had to track a deer more than 10 yards. I'll never buy another rifle or use anything but ballistic tips. If it works, don't change it. I don't care anything about tracking a deer, I wanna see it take a dirt nap right where I shoot him.
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Old 12-05-2006, 06:52 AM
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The first deer I ever took with a bow was a big doe I snuck up on while she was bedded in a cornfield.Shot her from about 10 yrds away, arrow made a complete pass through, and was dead center through her heart.She jumped up and ran over half the length of the cornfield, well over 100 yrds before dying.It was easy to track, it looked like someone took a hose and sprayed blood on the cornstalks.

Shot a different doe two years ago, hit it a little farther back in the liver.She was dead within 50 yrds and I watched her go down from my stand.

First buck I ever shot was a bad experience, my rest came loose on my bow and the broadhead was up against the riser when i shot.Hit him in the hind quarter as a result, he died 12 steps later, cut the artery that runs through back there.Never seen a deer bleed out that fast.

No two deer are ever gonna act the same when hit, if you never had to trail one odds are you will.
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:52 AM
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All I can say to anyone who has to track a deer more than 5feet after a double lung shot is ,Make sure you know where and what lungs are on a deer and maybe try a lighter bullet to expand better.I hear people talk about deer running after double lung shots on here.There is no excuse for it if you use the right ammo and know where to aim at.If I shoot a balling ball at you and hit your stomach,I don't care how pumped up you are.Your not running no where.It knocks your breath out of you.I blow up both lungs on a deer.It is dropping in it's tracks,Period. It's all about shot placement and the right ammo to get the job down as quickly as possible.I do question peoples knowledge of the anatomy on deer.Where the vitals are. I all soenjoy people praising their guns only to have to track their deer.
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