Bad day in the woods...not for the squeamish.
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    Yep, I'm sure he did, and it happens to us all sooner or later.

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    Sound advice. It is tough to wait it out but that is the smart thing to do. I'm sure the OP did the best that could be done. That is all that can be expected.
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    Boy, ain't that the truth.

    Bud

    "Sometimes you eat the bear...sometimes the bear eats you"
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    Put my saddle on the stove, Ma, I'm ridin' the range tonight.

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    Leupold makes a game tracker that will allow you by thermal energy to track your game. It's spendy but what does a hunt cost if your game is lost.

    https://www.leupold.com/night-vision...dheld/products
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    I am amazed more deer are not lost, really without a good dog you are always at disadvantage given the size of area and often failing light.
    As above thermal is a really good option

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    Some excellent pics of that thar Meat Harvester Bud...

    .54 Caliber eh...!? ( I like it already )


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    You said that you thought you heard it go down. That seems to me that you might have not waited long enough and pushed the deer. Deer are remarkably resilient animals. I heard a story at the beginning of the season about a hunter walking up to the deer that he just shot and having the deer get up and attack him, actually killing the hunter. Rare but it can happen.
    I always wait 30 minutes even if I see the animal laying there still. Better luck on your next hunt.
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    So here’s the full rub (no pun intended).

    I gave the deer about 20min after the shot. I was darn sure I heard him go down.

    As I approached the thick brush he had crashed into, one of my German Shorthaired Pointers comes running out at me, tail wagging and tongue hanging out. She was out of the kennels and lazing around the backyard. When she heard me shoot (as this particular stand is only about 200yds from the house) she bounded over the 4ft fence to come “investigate”.

    At the time, I didn’t sweat it to much because I was darn sure I’d find a dead buck about 40yds ahead. As I came to the spot I thought he had fallen I found exactly what you would expect to find in this situation...a huge amount of blood where he had lain down (that rib bone fragment) and then nothing else in the vicinity as far as sign, aside from tracks, indicating my trusty ‘ol bird dog had, in fact, jumped him up off his death bed. Given she had about 20min worth play time prior to me discovering her, it’s not outside the realm of possibility she could have run his wounded butt into the next county. Now if your thinking, “No big deal, just follow her to the deer dummy!” I tried that (as much as I hated to further encourage the dang fur drive I’m always fighting in my bird dogs!). In this particular case, she pointed 3 woodcock in the span of about 20 min and I knew she had lost interest in helping me recover my prize. What a circus.

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    Thanks for sharing your experience . Sadly this situation can and does happen .
    It doesn't help , but you did all you could .

    Be safe out there gentlemen .
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