I finally got a deer with my bow about a week ago(!!!) After sticking two other deer I finally got one good and it only went about 50 or 60 yards. It's a pretty small doe but it was my last chance to fill my tag. Anyway, it was a frontside shot because an older doe had picked me off the two days previous and I wanted to get a shot off before she was within the vacinity. I put it into the little doe's chest from about ten yards. I thought I went thru the chest and the arrow came out the side. But when I skinned the deer I found that the arrow had gone through the shoulder and run along the outside of the ribs and when the animal started kicking around it pushed the broadhead into the rear of the chest cavity, causing further damage to an already broken rib. I believe that what actually killed the deer was that I put the arrow sort of where the neck and chest meet and took out a major artery, and maybe injurred the windpipe. There was a LOT of blood and the thing didn't go far. I pretty much just got lucky. Although small, the deer has been very tasty. Anyway, my question is, is it plausible to but an arrow into a deer's chest from the front? I shot a buck this way with my bow and never found him. I doubt it penetrated the chest cavity. If you've got a heavy and fast enough draw, can you ever reasonably stick a deer in the chest? An arrow has no problem ripping thru the ribs from the side, have I just been unlucky not being able to penetrate the body cavity from the front?
Fri, 12/30/2005 - 3:43pm#1