Below is a tool to help practice with your shot placement and see where other hunters shoot a deer. Deer Seeing Lights Will a deer live if shot in the leg?Optimal Tree Stand Height Deer Movement Patterns How long can I wait to gut a deer?Personally I use a fixed blade broadhead ( thunderhead 100). Sometimes a blood trail can be lost especially if the deer is booking it like crazy through the woods because only droplets can be seen at times depending on your arrow placement. I have found over the years that once a deer is hit and it heads in a direction is will almost always stick to that general direction even if it doubles back it will turn and continue in the direction it started.
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.
Having said that, the red dots on some of the trail cam pics are gonna result in a log tracking job. We tracked it to another cross road (large amount of blood) into a field where we can't locate the blood because of course it rained last night. Also remember that from a stand, you need to aim where you want the arrow to COME OUT on the opposite side.
At normal stand heights of 18 feet (avg)this will normally put your aiming spot a bit higher.
Taking that into consideration, and expandable broadhead wont have as much penetration as a fixed broadhead. I stuck a big 9pt sunday 160lbs entered into the lungs and ribcage and caught the faraway front shoulder as it was exititng. Deer still piled up within 50yds but it was a pain tracking from just one hole..my .02 Do you think if i bump my draw weight up i can make a change? after the shot and found no blood using a headlamp. I took a shot on a spike buck at 25 yrds out...never found the arrow but heard it hit the deer then the brush. I found the arrow with little blood on it at the vanes and but it was covered in flesh/meat and hair. I was shooting from an elivated position at 20ft so I cut yardage and I couldn't have placed the arrow more perfectly.
After some rain in the afternoon I shot a doe tonight quartering away at 33 yds. 2 blade powered by a Bowtech Guardian set at 70lbs. What are my chances of finding this deer in the morning? It was a bit higher than I wanted but it was a complete passthrough. I tracked the bloodtrail for about .5 mile then it ended. Had a great blood trail for about 40 yards then it just stopped... The arrow had so much momentom that when it came out it stuck in the dirt. For those of you losing blood trails you might not of actually lost the trail.
Understanding the anatomy of whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, moose or other big game is important to making a quick and clean harvest.
The most ethical placements have a large room for error and target the vitals, the lungs and heart.
If I know I have ABSOLUTELY double lunged him, I still wait about two hours before starting the retrieve -even if I see him go down.
Hey, if he's down, he won't go anywhere, but if he's down and re-grouping, pushing him may really make it difficult. You will lose every other deer taking a risky shot like this. A better decision is to wait until the deer turns broadside.
All hunters should strive to make ethical decisions even when a buck of a lifetime is in range.