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I shot a buck this morning at 30 yards, broadside, when i hit him he went down right away spun around in circles. after he stumbled back to his feet and drunkenly ran off he made three of these death moan sounding noises that i have never heard, i called my ol' man and a few other fellow archers and they said they have never heard these noises before. it was like a extremly loud buck grunt that lasted for 5-10 seconds. i got down about an hour later and found blood where he went down and tracked him for about 500 yards into a thicket where the blood dried up and i only found a drop every 15 yards. Has anyone else heard these noises after shooting a buck? it was something mean and i was wondering if that were an indication to where i stuck him. any help would be appreciated as this is my first whitetail bow hunt and he was well over a 150 class deer! thanks.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Did you recover him? If not, why are you on this Blog and not out looking for him?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

WAM +1

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I agree with WAM and will add,

If any deer makes a vocal noise after being shot with an arrow it is a good indicator you missed one or both lungs.

I would suggest walking circles around your last blood spot.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Wait a second. You shot your deer this morning? If you think you made a gut or liver shot wait at least 6 hours before a follow up.

Does the arrow smell? Bubbles in the blood? Blood in the track? Has he stopped and bedded?

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I agree with all above, and generally if a deer makes any vocal noises after being shot it's a good bet that you didn't place your shot well. Good luck tracking him

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Search for a few more hours this afternoon, and again tomorrow. Sounds like you may've been pushing him. The only vocalizations i've heard is wheezing(not snort-wheezing) or gasping from lung-shot deer.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Did you find him? If it was making noises you probably missed the vitals. 30 yards is the outer limits to most hunters I know.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Havent recovered him yet, he went on property I am trying to get permission to track. It was a mix of dark and light colored blood....no arrow. Spent 4 hrs tracking but am going to wait till tomorrow morning to pick up the trail incase I was pushing him. Thanks guys. Good luck this season!

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have been shooting archery ever since I was old enough to hold a bow 15+ years Im pretty sure I hit him hard as he feel and spun in circles for a few seconds then got up and ran into trees as he ran away...some bubbles in the lighter colored blood.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Im shooting 60# with aluminum arrows maybe not enough penetration to get a full passthru with the arrow?

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

No sign of him bedded down either

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from jay wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When I was a kid I shot a big doe with my slug gun that made the sounds that you describe. The hit was poor and I missed both lungs. It was gut shot. The sound the deer made is very unnerving and you will not forget it. I didn't find the deer until the next day; it went about a half a mile and the yotes got to it before I could. I hope you have better luck than I did.

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from TJ wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Sounds like the guts, have you seen any green bile? Worst case scenario in a couple of days look and listen for crows and buzzards and use your nose.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I'd say you hit him back of lungs and what you heard was a pain vocalization. I've heard the same vocalization made by a deer hit by a car. Buck Hunter gives good advice.

You note "lighter colored blood" is it watery?

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Not really watery just a vibrant red, is there a way to upload photos on here?

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the input y'all, I really appreciate it.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shot a buck in the spine with a rifle and broke his back when i got up to him he was climbing on his front two legs and making that noise you describe. I shot it again and finished it off. My shot was just above the back of the lungs and broke the spine so i doubt the same. i've seen a deer spin around when shot and im guessing with a bow its a shot further back that the ribs, and you said it did not pass through completely so you possibly heard the deer make the pain vocalization like beekeeper said when it jumped a log possibly making the arrow shift around. Good luck i hope you find him and can tell us where the shot was..

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When he was running away, was his back arched?? That's another typical indicator of gut shot. You could easily lose a blood trail in that situation. Get as many guys as you can round up out there looking for the trail. He would have never made it 500 yards if you caught even one lung. You should have no problem with a pass through with 60lbs and aluminum arrows at 30 yards. Gather the troops and search hard.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

That's exactly what I got, 9 guys tomorrow to help. Thanks again y'all

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from jlyon.24 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shoot my first doe at 40 yards with a muzzle loader and dropped her in her tracks. I was young and waited and from my stand and I herd the same sounds you describe except the last one had a blood gurgling in it. I shot her just behind the shoulder and got both lungs but she was still able to vocalize for 4 minutes before she past. Those sounds will not fade from memory. If it is legal in your state you might try getting a tracking dog involved. Good luck

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Goodluck. Time spent tracking a wounded animal proves the character of the hunter. I am sure you will give it your all.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words, ya, I'm sure I won't get much sleep tonight!

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Gut shot. When you think you may have put a questionable archery shot on a deer and cannot find it even if you follow a blood trail more than a couple hundred yards, you need to give it some time to bed down. Chances are, if he beds down and is not pressured, he will remain there until he dies. Good luck.

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from NYhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shot a buck in the spine and it made that noise, I hope you find him! good luck!

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from CJ wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Most likely just gave up and left him if we have not heard by now. Real sportman there...

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from huskerguy wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Good luck. Hope you find the big ol guy

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Did you recover him? If not, why are you on this Blog and not out looking for him?

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I agree with WAM and will add,

If any deer makes a vocal noise after being shot with an arrow it is a good indicator you missed one or both lungs.

I would suggest walking circles around your last blood spot.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Wait a second. You shot your deer this morning? If you think you made a gut or liver shot wait at least 6 hours before a follow up.

Does the arrow smell? Bubbles in the blood? Blood in the track? Has he stopped and bedded?

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from jay wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When I was a kid I shot a big doe with my slug gun that made the sounds that you describe. The hit was poor and I missed both lungs. It was gut shot. The sound the deer made is very unnerving and you will not forget it. I didn't find the deer until the next day; it went about a half a mile and the yotes got to it before I could. I hope you have better luck than I did.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I'd say you hit him back of lungs and what you heard was a pain vocalization. I've heard the same vocalization made by a deer hit by a car. Buck Hunter gives good advice.

You note "lighter colored blood" is it watery?

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When he was running away, was his back arched?? That's another typical indicator of gut shot. You could easily lose a blood trail in that situation. Get as many guys as you can round up out there looking for the trail. He would have never made it 500 yards if you caught even one lung. You should have no problem with a pass through with 60lbs and aluminum arrows at 30 yards. Gather the troops and search hard.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Goodluck. Time spent tracking a wounded animal proves the character of the hunter. I am sure you will give it your all.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words, ya, I'm sure I won't get much sleep tonight!

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Gut shot. When you think you may have put a questionable archery shot on a deer and cannot find it even if you follow a blood trail more than a couple hundred yards, you need to give it some time to bed down. Chances are, if he beds down and is not pressured, he will remain there until he dies. Good luck.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

WAM +1

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I agree with all above, and generally if a deer makes any vocal noises after being shot it's a good bet that you didn't place your shot well. Good luck tracking him

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Search for a few more hours this afternoon, and again tomorrow. Sounds like you may've been pushing him. The only vocalizations i've heard is wheezing(not snort-wheezing) or gasping from lung-shot deer.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Did you find him? If it was making noises you probably missed the vitals. 30 yards is the outer limits to most hunters I know.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Havent recovered him yet, he went on property I am trying to get permission to track. It was a mix of dark and light colored blood....no arrow. Spent 4 hrs tracking but am going to wait till tomorrow morning to pick up the trail incase I was pushing him. Thanks guys. Good luck this season!

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I have been shooting archery ever since I was old enough to hold a bow 15+ years Im pretty sure I hit him hard as he feel and spun in circles for a few seconds then got up and ran into trees as he ran away...some bubbles in the lighter colored blood.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Im shooting 60# with aluminum arrows maybe not enough penetration to get a full passthru with the arrow?

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

No sign of him bedded down either

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from TJ wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Sounds like the guts, have you seen any green bile? Worst case scenario in a couple of days look and listen for crows and buzzards and use your nose.

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Not really watery just a vibrant red, is there a way to upload photos on here?

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the input y'all, I really appreciate it.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shot a buck in the spine with a rifle and broke his back when i got up to him he was climbing on his front two legs and making that noise you describe. I shot it again and finished it off. My shot was just above the back of the lungs and broke the spine so i doubt the same. i've seen a deer spin around when shot and im guessing with a bow its a shot further back that the ribs, and you said it did not pass through completely so you possibly heard the deer make the pain vocalization like beekeeper said when it jumped a log possibly making the arrow shift around. Good luck i hope you find him and can tell us where the shot was..

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from Jschlenk wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

That's exactly what I got, 9 guys tomorrow to help. Thanks again y'all

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from jlyon.24 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shoot my first doe at 40 yards with a muzzle loader and dropped her in her tracks. I was young and waited and from my stand and I herd the same sounds you describe except the last one had a blood gurgling in it. I shot her just behind the shoulder and got both lungs but she was still able to vocalize for 4 minutes before she past. Those sounds will not fade from memory. If it is legal in your state you might try getting a tracking dog involved. Good luck

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from NYhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

I shot a buck in the spine and it made that noise, I hope you find him! good luck!

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from CJ wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Most likely just gave up and left him if we have not heard by now. Real sportman there...

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from huskerguy wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Good luck. Hope you find the big ol guy

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