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gtownbuckbuster 11-03-2008 07:55 PM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 

ORIGINAL: MOhunter46

Is there any water around? If there is look there. Wounded deer will go to water.You said the shot may have been a little back? He may have got only one lung and a deer can go a LONG ways with one lung. Good luck with your search.
took the words outta my mouth... look around ponds creeks, heck they will even take to and follow dried up ditches cause they know it leads to water adn they just wont to lay in water to clot the wound if possible.. deer are super smart, also i saw someone say somethin bout a dog that is the best idea if you cant find blood

zrexpilot 11-03-2008 08:42 PM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 
It's not the calibers fault, if the shot was a little back you get the lungs but not the major arteries of the lungs, you just clipped them.
I hit an 8 pointer with a bow the same way and it did the same exact thing, I gave him an hour and still I pused him. A bad shot is a bad shot.
If you hit dead center of the vitals they expire quickly.

cal516 11-03-2008 10:42 PM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 
I had the same problem. Very little blood where I shot a deer. Arrow shot a little far back. I couldn't find her and called a buddy. I told him which direction she ran and he found her trail heading up a ridgeline. Sure enough; a pool of blood where she stood for a bit. It had been a good two hours before we found the trail. But the blood was strong from there and we found her still alive but barely. I gave her another arrow and she ran again but not far.....she expired a little after. Anyway, like the others have said...get your son back in the saddle. Every hunt good or bad is a learning experience and a great experience everytime. He will learn the spirit of the hunt....

A11en 11-04-2008 07:07 AM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 
I agree with what others have said, I'd step up in caliber or gauge. My 8 year old shot his first deer with a 20 gauge. He also shoots a .243.

Icetrey 11-04-2008 07:14 AM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 
Sounds like the pools of blood was him maybe getting slow. If you would have given him about 15min more, hey may have bedded there and died. Keep looking. Also he can probly handle a .243. Let he test a few smaller caliber guns and explain that the bigger the better. See what he feels comfortable with.

jklink 11-04-2008 08:55 AM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 
Thanks for the input. by the way, we were hunting near Evant, Texas. It's between Waco and Brownwood.

Jasonlester 11-04-2008 09:09 AM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 

ORIGINAL: zrexpilot

It's not the calibers fault, if the shot was a little back you get the lungs but not the major arteries of the lungs, you just clipped them.
I hit an 8 pointer with a bow the same way and it did the same exact thing, I gave him an hour and still I pused him. A bad shot is a bad shot.
If you hit dead center of the vitals they expire quickly.
True but a large caliber gives a bigger margin for error. The shock of a larger bullet does more damage and could have made the difference in taking it down on the spot or getting it to bleed out faster.

As for the boy. Keep him at it. Show him that you need to do everything you can to recover the animal (I think your doing this) and then get him back out there when he's ready.

zrexpilot 11-04-2008 09:29 AM

RE: My 7 year old's first deer- we can't find it???
 

ORIGINAL: Jasonlester

True but a large caliber gives a bigger margin for error. The shock of a larger bullet does more damage and could have made the difference in taking it down on the spot or getting it to bleed out faster.

As for the boy. Keep him at it. Show him that you need to do everything you can to recover the animal (I think your doing this) and then get him back out there when he's ready.
Thats a debate that will go on forever, but in 25 years of doing this I have seen large calibers wound more deer than smaller calibers. Why ? probably because hunters who use small calibers know what theyre doing. You cant make a bad shot and blame the caliber, no one knows for sure what a larger caliber might have done. The 22-250 leaves some nasty damage as well.
and shock doesnt come from larger bullets it come from velocity. Shoot a jack rabbit with a 30-06 and shoot one with a 22-250. the 22 will disentegrate the rabbit and the 30 will put a hole in it, thats shock in my opinion.
a 22-250 expanded diameter is about .42, a 30-06 is about .6 thats 2 tenths of an inch bigger hole, not a lot of difference. Not like when talking broadheads, theyre can be 3/4 inch difference in broadheads cutting diameters.


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