Yes this is about a rifle shot situation, so please excuse me.
Over the years Ive hit 3-4 deer that when struck immediately pick their front shoulder up. 3 of the deer I never found. One doe did the same thing. Luckily there was snow on the ground or we would have never found her. Bullet hit right at the shoulder, clipped a lung and came out in front of the off side leg.
Last night my sister in law hit a 160 plus class buck that acted the same way. Picked the leg up at impact, stood for a few seconds, then bolted. The blood trail was good for about 50 yards, stopped and they found it in another 25 or so, continued for another 25 yards then stopped. At the last spot there was a piece of tissue 2-3 inches long, darker blood in this spot.
The shot was around 150 yards and she cant remember if the deer had an angle on her or not. She was using ballistic tips (which IMO are about worthless on deer, yeah I know lots of kills with them, but kinda like Rage IMO) and Im thinking the bullet exploded on the shoulder, and didnt penetrate. She said it looked like it was only bleeding out of one side.
Just wondering what you think and if leg raising usually indicates a certain type of hit.