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Old 10-02-2007, 07:29 PM
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Well guys this is my 1st post and not a good one. I shot a deer this morning and I hit him high in the shoulder I found the arrow 15 yards from where he was shot. It was broke off with 4 to 5 inches missing. I could not find a drop of blood other then on the arrow. I did a grid search a 1/4 mile each way from where he was shot. I looked all day and came up with nothing is he going to die or will he live to see another day. I know it is hard to say but what do you guys and gals think
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:50 PM
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Most likely he will live. You said it was a he so i'm assuming its a buck. Being that its an adult will greatly increase his chances of living. He should be fine!
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:56 PM
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Hard to say. Kindamorbid to say but go out in a couple days and see if you hear any ravens or other scavengers around or smell something dead. You might find him, or you might not, but at least you'll know more likely one way or another. A dog could help track too.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:06 AM
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Good chance he will live. My brother shot a doe with his blackpowder a couple of years ago, and when I was skinning her I felt a lump in her shoulder. I asked him if he had shot twice and he said no. After a little digging, I recoved a mechanical broadhead from her shoulder. There was no limp, no sores and very little scare tissue. I assume that it has from a previous year.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:14 AM
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I would imagine the important factors would be final location of the broadhead and probably even more important any infection.

Deer can live with an arrow in them, however if they get an infection and it spreads to the bloodstream, they're goners within days.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:06 PM
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5" broke off could easily have gotten into the top of the lungs and bled internal. My guess is he is probably dead by now.
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:22 PM
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well I have been serching for this deer now since the oct 2 I can not find him. I have walked mile after mile looking for this deer spoking every deer in my area sinking in the swamp[ up to my waist I just dont know when to say I am done looking. I have never lost a deer before I just feel like crap I almost did not want to pick my bow back up for the year. But many guys have told me it is just the worst part of hunting. I just hope this never happens to me agin ever. My better half told me to get out in the woods and get some meat so that is what I am going to do in the morning. Thank you all for your input I do have a trail cam so I will let you all know if I get a pic of him thanks agin

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Old 10-05-2007, 07:20 PM
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There's good and bads about hunting my friend! You did everything you could do by the sound's of it, thats all anyone could ask for. Alot of people wouldn't of put the time in you did by looking for your deer a few days after, i commend you for that! It's always tough on a person when they don't recover there animal, but thats why it's called hunting and not getting! By the sounds of it your deer should still be alive as long as no infection sets in but these deer are tough critters so i think he will be fine! By most meens if you would of even caught the top of the lung he should of been laying there where you looked. Keep hunting buddy and try letting go what happened! Good luck!!
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:11 PM
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same thing happened to me last year man. It all depends if you nicked the lungs or not. If you missed the lungs hes no worse for the wear.
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:51 PM
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It happens. But as mentioned he just might turn out alright. My 10 pointer had a load of buckshot in his shoulder either from the last season or one before so he may survive.
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