At 20 yards or less, he/she will likely not "jump" the string to make you miss high. Corina, your's is a relatively predictable situation and one that more hunters experience than would like to admit. Consider: If you hit one lung, there are at least four layers of membrain, skin, muscle, etc. If it was a clean pass, some of these layers will overlap each other and poetntially close off the entry hole and stop the bleeding if he lays down (which you want him to do).Remember to bend at the waist so as to not lengthen your draw and make you miss high. The key is give him a couple hours before you begin to 'track', or in some cases, 'push' your deer.The deer ran off with the arrow penetrated about halfway into the shoulder. Blood started after about 15 yards, was dark, little at first then a steady stream, and got less and less, and then nothing. Many times deer will double back on the same path they took and branch off from there hit the trail again looking for points where it possibly branched off I have seen this happen plenty of times. Pretty sure I heard crashing during the waiting time a few times..coming by from the area I last heard the buck, were spooked and kept looking back that way...arrow was covered what appears to be from a gut shot, due to the pieces of corn on the arrow and stinky film all down the shaft.I even got on my hands and knees looking for blood. Sounds like a lot of these expandables may not have opened which could have been part of the problem. Arrow smelled clean with good blood, but I immediately backed off and will wait till morning. Too many experiences with questionable shots have taught me well. Also if a blood trail is lost look for other signs such as deep bedded tracks, hair, fresh broken limbs or branches that may suggest the deer headed in a certain direction, and kicked up leaves. Left area for a few hours to make sure and will go back to check around lunch to make sure it had plenty of low pressure and time to expire. Must have jerked a tad when I let the arrow a doe at 20yrds the other night hit her right square in the shoulder, found 6 spots of blood 50yrds from where I shot her and no arrow or deer searched all 85acres and nothing, any advice, email me at [email protected] those of you that have had trouble tracking deer I have a couple of suggestions.Go slow and look carefully one drop here or there is hard to see but be persistant.LED lights work well at night as do the old gas Colemen lanterns both tend to make the blood florese.Shot placement is essential, shooting a deer in the shoulder no matter what broadhead or what poundage your shooting is a bad idea. It was shagging a doe, didnt have a lot of time and only had small window. She did a couple first bounds then I heard almost coughing or wheezing choking as she was trying to breathe. In heavy wet cover watch for fresh prints in open areas look for kicked up leaves or grass.
When you loose the trail circle ahead in the direction your markers are pointing while checking all the little trails in the area you will eventually find it again but it may be 20-40 yards or more between blood spots.
Targeting these vitals on the deer provides for the greatest margin of errof.
Here is a anatomy diagram showing the internal organs and structure of a whitetail deer.
Waiting a couple hours only gets you more excited, but rarely hinders your recovery. If he was being pushed, and the hole was stopping up, you may drive him a mile or more. In fact quartering away shots give you the most margin for error.
I think the only time you push a deer is with a pure muscle hit because you want him to keep pumping blood, and keeping him on the move does that. I'd go to the nearest water hole (pond creek, etc.) and begin to scout around the edges. My 13 year old daughter is going hunting for the first time this year. I did tell her to be patient and wait for it to turn broad side, but she understood what was going on with the different shots! justin ive been reading and have added to your site for over a year and i enjoy the stories which have been posted i think you have a great site keep up the good work may your blood trails be short and your venison be never over cooked bill These pic's are a excellecnt teaching practices for shot placement for youngster's and older beginers, it was a great tool to have my son and my fiance. Never turn advice down always listen, I talked to a guy at TSC for 30 minutes and learned alot of good tips! it wasn't easy, but I learned that you have to stick it out. Do you think my broadhead could penetrate the front shoulder and hit the vitals on a 20-yard shot?