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Ragin Bull
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Congratulations on a fine looking buck. Hunting has highs and lows and valuable lessons learned. Sometimes things don't go as we plan. Still glad to hear that you found him.

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Wow what a buck! I had a similar situation happen on a doe only that i'm sure she survived.

I had shot late on an evening hunt and heard the sound of a hit Thuddd! After waiting a few minutes I began to pack up my gear in the dark and all of a sudden heard a blow, not good I thought and waited a little longer.

Long story short, my arrow at the site the deer was standing appeared to be clean, no blood, or smell.

I made the assumption with the evidence and the deer blowing that I missed [dunno]

But that sound played havoc in my mind, I know what I heard [readit]


Later at home I decided to clean the dirt from the broad head and re-sharpen, that when I put my reading glasses on and seen white and brown deer hair mixed in the dirt on the blades.

And one fletching had a faint pink line on its very top edge with a greasy coating.

I had overlooked these clues due to not putting my glasses on and with the other signs showing miss.

It pays to play out all your gut instincts and the winks from God [goldtooth] [thumbsup]

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Keefer,

I love the humble spirit you have! It's crazy how hind sight is 20-20. I know the feeling of losing an animal well. It isn't one I like. I have also had a similar situation with an arrow passing through and being COMPLETELY clean! It doesn't always add up to what happened, but at least you have some closure.

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Wow Keefer, that's an incredible buck there. [saywhat]

Thank you for bringing the entire story to us. [campfire] You did a fine job in taking us along your journey. [thumbsup]

Despite our best efforts, sometimes we fall short of the ideal. Praise God, that in His Divine wisdom & sovereign power you were blessed with this recovery & amazing gift... [Not Worthy]

Happy that you recovered him and found closure. I think we all can grow/learn from your story. [pray]

Enjoy & Praise God for it all! [clapper]

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Keefer
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John,
Something I did when I resharpened my Zwicky was take it and examine once I was home with a LED headlamp that is on a eye glass frame with 6 different lenses you can snap in place to look closely and I should of left that arrow alone until I got home and examined but at lunch time I took a paper towel with water on it to see if any pink or what felt like a grease residue would show up but only one spot on that arrow kept the water off like bees wax was smeared but I still took the reactions of that buck as a "Miss" and just sort of shrugged it off.
When I got home and did that I wiped my feathers as well but they looked good.
Is there anything other then a liver shot that won't give a better clue as a hit?
I'm just curious cause when I opened up the entrance hole it was full of blood but his belly wasn't bloated so I took it as a vent hole letting the gas's out and bloat flies were coming out as well and I was about to lose my groceries in my belly but I was trying to look for another clue as to what did I hit?

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In my case i'm leaning to a either I hit high above the spine (deer jump the string) and through the tender loin or low and through the brisket area.

It was near dark when I shot so it is an unknown, but those types of hit would produce those types of signs.

I went back the next morning and found a fist size patch of blood where I last heard the deer blow.

From there no other blood, and I grid searched for the about 6 hours till I was satisfied the deer survived with only a little education.

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Holy cow, that is a great buck. Too bad about the meat but stuff happens and the "Great One" lead you to him in the end.

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Mr. Keefer my wife and I really enjoyed reading your story. I think you did a fine job in telling it and gave all of us an education on what can happen when we make a shot. I am sorry for your loss and wish it would have worked out for you. My prayer is always for a clean kill or clean miss. This morning I cleanly missed a wall hanger.
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Holy cow! I should have waited for the whole story.

Pity to lose the meat.

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congrats

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Keefer
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Just to let folks know I did tag him the evening I found him on the 14th and left him there overnight in hopes no critters will feast on him till I got back the next day for pictures and I have some better ones and will post when time allows.
I wanted to see from asking a local taxidermist that evening if he thought the cape would be salvageable after being there since Saturday and we had rain on Sunday night sometime into Monday morning and ground was damp .
He said it was cold that day but after a few days and rain then some what warm days it would have issues but he saves capes from managed kills on farms and deer folks just want European mounts and he may have one that will work and wont increase the charge to mount him if that is my plan.
I talked it over with friends and where I hunt it's something we don't get a chance at to get a deer on the ground with a recurve this often and I think I can manage to give this buck the respect as this is the best of words I can come up with since his body was left to feed the birds of the air and the critters on the ground.
Someone mentioned to me and I repect his wisdom and he said "You may not know as to why you never found him that day but our Father knows" Well I have had a recent hospital stay with a 3 day loss of blood in early October finding out I had diverticulitis and that day when I took that shot I looked back towards where he came from and tore a muscle in my stomach wall and this was my Dr. telling me this today.
He did his exam and the way I turned in my Huntmore twisting my body instead of just using the seat to swivel I got that charlie horse cramp and a burn like I ripped my guts out.
So who knows but only our Creator as to why ?
Thank you all for the "Holly Cows" and the Wow's
I actually went back and started laughing cause I was feeling a bit low and ashamed due to the meat spoiling !
Keefer's <')))><

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In the bigger picture no deer ever goes to waste.

Beetles, flies, chickadees, woodpeckers (you don't think they learned to eat suet at the bird seed store?), right on up to coyotes.

Even a lost deer is a feast to some of God's creatures.

And no deer can look forward to a nice pension and retirement home.

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Congrats Keefer!

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You'll live longer!

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Those are impressive antlers

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