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Deer Hunting

How long do you wait for a gut shot deer?

Uploaded on March 19, 2009

When you shoot a deer in the guts with a bow ,how long do you wait before you go and start tracking it?

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Depends, If it's getting Dark, I'll wait till the next a.m., unless its really warm. In that case, or if i shot it in the a.m. I'll go get some help, wait a few hours. Be ready to shoot when tracking, that's why you need the helper. Gut shot deer lay down. If it's still alive it may let you walk very close before it gets up and trys to bolt. Hopefully you'll find it dead in a bed, or get to finish it before it gets to it's feet.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I say you should wait till the next morning if you shot it p.m. and if you shot it a.m. you should get it before it gets dark.

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from thuroy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Hope that it is cold, that way you can give it a chance to die without pushing it. If it at night you should wait until the next morning. The only problem is predators love an easy meal. I lost a beautiful 9 point when I shot it a little far back or so I thought. After I examined my arrow, I decided to wait until morning. Even though the deer only went about a hundred and fifty yards into the corn, the coyotes found it first eating all of the hind quarters. It is one of the worst things about hunting no mater how much you practice if you hunt long enough you will eventually wound or lose one.

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from veered75 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I'm in that boat right now! Shot at 6:00 but its really warm right now. The shot seemed great. Until I saw the arrow. Got back to camp and by bow is shooting way left!!

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

veered, good luck on your search. where you hunting? hope you find it.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Veered. You'll find him in the morning not 200 yds from where you shot him.

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from bowhunt17 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I shot a deer this afternoon, i followed the blood trail for about 350 yards. I can't find my deer. i think i looked to earlier and pushed him. Does anyone think i can find it tomorrow and it will still be good

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Keep looking. It'll still be good tomorrow.

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from BoneDropper13 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Hi I have a question I shot a nice 9 point buck at 9:35 AM this morning at 8 yards quartering away, I thought I drilled him. He ran like it was a vital hit then stopped and looked where he was standing and tucked his tail and I could tell his body got real tight. He walked away very slow and stayed in the vicinity for about 10 minutes. He constantly would turn and lick his wound behind his ribs then walk very slow. What should I do?

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from rtg5023 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I had the same shot on a doe today and hit it to far back she ran 30 yards and milled around for 30 minutes than easied out of the area. gonna go back for her tomarrow at day break. the low for tonight is 40*f so the meat will be ok. If i were you i'd do the same

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

hope you guys find'm. look hard

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from winmanage wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

My gut shoot deer.

I shot a buck on Monday evening. I was caught up in being so silent that I couldn't bring myself to making a noise to stop the buck before letting my arrow fly. I should have stopped him. I hit him right in the guts and he ran back up the mountain. My heart dropped and I became sick. 40 Minutes latter I saw him coming back down and stopped with his tail flapping ever few seconds then layed down and I had to watch him 100 yards away for 30 minutes. He was looking around and and alert. Another hunter was grunting and all the sudden the buck got up and was going his way and it was near water. I was scared to grunt, I didn't want to spook him. All the sudden Coyote started howling and the other hunter then started calling the Coyote but deer never moved. He moved a little more and I marked the spot in my head. I got my sick butt out of the tree with my tail dragging and left with out making much noise.

Got to camp and had to tell my sad story. I never gut shot a deer in my 25 year of hunting and wasn't sure what to do or chances of finding him. A good friend said, I did the right thing and that I would find that deer in the morning. I started feeling better and went on the Internet and found this site and another one on gut shot deer. This has been a big help.
Next morning first light I headed to where I last seen the deer and parked the Buggy. I walked to where I had watched him for 30 minutes bedded down. There was blood but not to much. I didn't find any more blood from there. I headed down the path looking at every stinking maple leaf that had red spots. I was getting near where I last seen him and prayed for the lord to help me. I looked ahead and saw what looked like a log and said to myself that's a deer. I snook up and saw it was my buck and he was dead. I gave out a big woohoo! I looked for the buggy and it was right beside me. The deer never went any further than where I last saw him. Coyotes had eat him up pretty bad though :(

What I learned, Sneak out and wait till morning. Make note of location you last seen the deer. No matter how healthy the deer appeared go look. Never give up and take your time. Follow to Water.

I was using a lighted nock that activates when nock is pushed forward. I found this nock to be a problem, when I shot it made my arrow go 5 inches to the left. I'll never shoot that type again and hate I didn't test it. I need to work on stopping deer, I freeze up and can't make a sound.

I found this site to be helpful also.
http://bowsite.com/BOWSITE/features/articles/deer/gutshot/

I hope my story helps someone like this site helped me.

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from whitetail22 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

last night I made a bad shot on a big buck I hit him right in the guts I left my stand and didn't even a attempt to look for the deer my dad is out searching today what are the chances he will find it

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from 5x6 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I unfortunately gut shot 2 deer in my life fortunately both times I remained in the stand and within one hour I spotted the deer returning to the location I shot them. only they proceeded to move on in a hunched posture. After getting down an hour later I slowly proceed to follow the direction both deer headed and to my amazement they both still worked their scrape line until expiring along their line. Rare I don't know but if u know their daily route and scrape line it seems they can't change from their instictive nature. Find and follow their scrape line and u may be suprised they won't be far off or even laying expired on their daily route

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

i wait till the next morning

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from Cody josh 26 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

This morning at around 8:15 I shot at first buck of the season . I'm 16. I was using a Crossbow with a shawaker broad head from about 25 yard maby 30 yards away. 5 mins after I shot I got down of excitement and to see if I hit it. There was blood and hair on just about half of the arrow and I followed the blood trail for the longest time and there were some spots there it was literally puddles of blood and the others where is was a couple drips every now and then. About 750 yards I can't find any more blood . I can tell it went in dryer up swamp and walked around for hours looking for it!! I'm dieing to find it. What do I need to do? It's now dark and I'm home. Plez help me , and give me some advice .

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Tommorrow go back to your spot of last blood. Start looking from there, fanning out in arcs if you can't pick up blood or trail. Give it a full day of searching at least. If you hit him good he can't go much further.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Depends, If it's getting Dark, I'll wait till the next a.m., unless its really warm. In that case, or if i shot it in the a.m. I'll go get some help, wait a few hours. Be ready to shoot when tracking, that's why you need the helper. Gut shot deer lay down. If it's still alive it may let you walk very close before it gets up and trys to bolt. Hopefully you'll find it dead in a bed, or get to finish it before it gets to it's feet.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Depends, If it's getting Dark, I'll wait till the next a.m., unless its really warm. In that case, or if i shot it in the a.m. I'll go get some help, wait a few hours. Be ready to shoot when tracking, that's why you need the helper. Gut shot deer lay down. If it's still alive it may let you walk very close before it gets up and trys to bolt. Hopefully you'll find it dead in a bed, or get to finish it before it gets to it's feet.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I say you should wait till the next morning if you shot it p.m. and if you shot it a.m. you should get it before it gets dark.

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from winmanage wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

My gut shoot deer.

I shot a buck on Monday evening. I was caught up in being so silent that I couldn't bring myself to making a noise to stop the buck before letting my arrow fly. I should have stopped him. I hit him right in the guts and he ran back up the mountain. My heart dropped and I became sick. 40 Minutes latter I saw him coming back down and stopped with his tail flapping ever few seconds then layed down and I had to watch him 100 yards away for 30 minutes. He was looking around and and alert. Another hunter was grunting and all the sudden the buck got up and was going his way and it was near water. I was scared to grunt, I didn't want to spook him. All the sudden Coyote started howling and the other hunter then started calling the Coyote but deer never moved. He moved a little more and I marked the spot in my head. I got my sick butt out of the tree with my tail dragging and left with out making much noise.

Got to camp and had to tell my sad story. I never gut shot a deer in my 25 year of hunting and wasn't sure what to do or chances of finding him. A good friend said, I did the right thing and that I would find that deer in the morning. I started feeling better and went on the Internet and found this site and another one on gut shot deer. This has been a big help.
Next morning first light I headed to where I last seen the deer and parked the Buggy. I walked to where I had watched him for 30 minutes bedded down. There was blood but not to much. I didn't find any more blood from there. I headed down the path looking at every stinking maple leaf that had red spots. I was getting near where I last seen him and prayed for the lord to help me. I looked ahead and saw what looked like a log and said to myself that's a deer. I snook up and saw it was my buck and he was dead. I gave out a big woohoo! I looked for the buggy and it was right beside me. The deer never went any further than where I last saw him. Coyotes had eat him up pretty bad though :(

What I learned, Sneak out and wait till morning. Make note of location you last seen the deer. No matter how healthy the deer appeared go look. Never give up and take your time. Follow to Water.

I was using a lighted nock that activates when nock is pushed forward. I found this nock to be a problem, when I shot it made my arrow go 5 inches to the left. I'll never shoot that type again and hate I didn't test it. I need to work on stopping deer, I freeze up and can't make a sound.

I found this site to be helpful also.
http://bowsite.com/BOWSITE/features/articles/deer/gutshot/

I hope my story helps someone like this site helped me.

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from 5x6 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I unfortunately gut shot 2 deer in my life fortunately both times I remained in the stand and within one hour I spotted the deer returning to the location I shot them. only they proceeded to move on in a hunched posture. After getting down an hour later I slowly proceed to follow the direction both deer headed and to my amazement they both still worked their scrape line until expiring along their line. Rare I don't know but if u know their daily route and scrape line it seems they can't change from their instictive nature. Find and follow their scrape line and u may be suprised they won't be far off or even laying expired on their daily route

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from thuroy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Hope that it is cold, that way you can give it a chance to die without pushing it. If it at night you should wait until the next morning. The only problem is predators love an easy meal. I lost a beautiful 9 point when I shot it a little far back or so I thought. After I examined my arrow, I decided to wait until morning. Even though the deer only went about a hundred and fifty yards into the corn, the coyotes found it first eating all of the hind quarters. It is one of the worst things about hunting no mater how much you practice if you hunt long enough you will eventually wound or lose one.

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from veered75 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I'm in that boat right now! Shot at 6:00 but its really warm right now. The shot seemed great. Until I saw the arrow. Got back to camp and by bow is shooting way left!!

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

veered, good luck on your search. where you hunting? hope you find it.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Veered. You'll find him in the morning not 200 yds from where you shot him.

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from bowhunt17 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I shot a deer this afternoon, i followed the blood trail for about 350 yards. I can't find my deer. i think i looked to earlier and pushed him. Does anyone think i can find it tomorrow and it will still be good

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Keep looking. It'll still be good tomorrow.

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from BoneDropper13 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Hi I have a question I shot a nice 9 point buck at 9:35 AM this morning at 8 yards quartering away, I thought I drilled him. He ran like it was a vital hit then stopped and looked where he was standing and tucked his tail and I could tell his body got real tight. He walked away very slow and stayed in the vicinity for about 10 minutes. He constantly would turn and lick his wound behind his ribs then walk very slow. What should I do?

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from rtg5023 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I had the same shot on a doe today and hit it to far back she ran 30 yards and milled around for 30 minutes than easied out of the area. gonna go back for her tomarrow at day break. the low for tonight is 40*f so the meat will be ok. If i were you i'd do the same

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

hope you guys find'm. look hard

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from whitetail22 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

last night I made a bad shot on a big buck I hit him right in the guts I left my stand and didn't even a attempt to look for the deer my dad is out searching today what are the chances he will find it

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

i wait till the next morning

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from Cody josh 26 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

This morning at around 8:15 I shot at first buck of the season . I'm 16. I was using a Crossbow with a shawaker broad head from about 25 yard maby 30 yards away. 5 mins after I shot I got down of excitement and to see if I hit it. There was blood and hair on just about half of the arrow and I followed the blood trail for the longest time and there were some spots there it was literally puddles of blood and the others where is was a couple drips every now and then. About 750 yards I can't find any more blood . I can tell it went in dryer up swamp and walked around for hours looking for it!! I'm dieing to find it. What do I need to do? It's now dark and I'm home. Plez help me , and give me some advice .

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Tommorrow go back to your spot of last blood. Start looking from there, fanning out in arcs if you can't pick up blood or trail. Give it a full day of searching at least. If you hit him good he can't go much further.

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