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If you put an arrow through the lower guts on a Whitetail....what are the odds of him being dead in the morning if you leave him alone?
Very good. Typically, a deer or elk will need 8-12 hours on a gut shot. One thing that will help is that if the blood trail fades, go from the last blood you found and find the closest water source. 90% of all gut shot deer will be found near or on their way to a water source. Hope this helps. Have been there once before myself, and helped on 5 other occasions and found 5 out of 6 deer following the same rule of thumb I have stated.
Ditto on Willhunt's post....BTW, Headhunter, do you need to spend more time at the practice range????
I know...I know...you never said you "shot one through the guts". Just giving you a hard time...take care.
PS: If in fact you did. Practice, Practice, Practice....oh, they do make a "pill" for Buck Fever. It is just REALLY expensive....;)!!!!!
Stalked him in a rockpile, he jumped up (scared both of us) stopped at around 30 yards. Put my middle pin (got 3 sighted for 20,30 and 40) somewhere in the front shoulder....I say "somewhere" because I didn't pick a spot as I know he was about to bolt....I held in the front shoulder area and let go....thump. Thought to myself...That was a good shot. As I watched him go towards the creek about 15 minutes later I noticed a softball size "stain" in his lower guts. What an idiot. I thought it was a pretty good shot..Honestly don't know what happened.....ouch. thanks for the advice guys. Won't sleep well tonight. And yes he did go RIGHT FOR THE CREEK, then he dropped into the tall grass and I lost sight of him and left for home, trying not to disturb him. I hope he expired.HH
Jiffy. Apparently a resounding YES on the practice range. I still don't know how the arrow wound up way back there..
Did I mention I feel sickly.
Was he quartering one way or the other?? You could very well have hit him in one lung and exited out the side you saw the guts. The exit wound is most likely the side the guts are hanging from anyway. Did you see the arrow, sticky gooey substance on a gut shot?? Defiantely the right call to wait till morning and go right away, no rain in the forecast, should be trackable.
Dont "beat yourself up"...it happens. Where are you from?? Do you need help tracking??
After he was hit, was he hunched up? How fast was he moving? You said you still saw him 15 minutes later so I assume he was not moving too quickly.
Did you find your arrow, if so, did it smell? If you didn't find it, did you find any stomach/intestine contents where he was when you shot?
Just kinda wondering out loud if maybe you didn't gut shoot him and the "stain" was from another wound from your arrow? Either way, where ever you hit him, good temps tonight for him to "stove up" and good chance you will find him in the am (hopefully before the coyotes). Good Luck.
You can't aim a duck to death.
Hope you find him, I know the feeling, been there, done that. Best advice I can give is get some intelligent help before you start looking. Someone who understands you are looking for blood and hair, not a dead deer. Two sets of eyes are better than one 10 fold.
Wish I was closer, I'd take a day vacation and help you, believe me, I know what you're feeling, good luck.
P.S.---Admitting that you made a less than desirable shot gives you a hell of an advantage although it might not seem like it. Take your time and look for sign, not a deer, and the sign will probably lead to a deer.
HH, I also hit a big one bad last year. Your right when you say it will be tough to sleep tonight. Good luck in the morning,... same as what jiffy said, i dont have class tomorrow so if you need a hand, let me know where you are from.