This past November the 9th, I had the below pictured buck come in and offer me a shot opportunity. My arrow deflected off a small branch and impacted the deer middle of body, and way high, on the buck's right side. The buck ran off leaving little to no blood, and after a 3 day search, I never found him.
About 3 weeks later, I got pictures of the same buck in a nearby location, appearing to be doing just fine, other than the scar from my arrow. The scar indicates that the arrow passed through the buck, most likely above the spine. I can tell this because the scar is visible on both sides. The arrow either wiggled its way back out, or the whole way through, or the buck pulled it out, I have no idea. Never found the arrow.
I haven't been able to put out a camera yet on this farm this year. My question is this: Do you think he will have an abnormal rack this year? Is this enough of an injury to cause that? Is this only true for injuries to the legs?
Any guesses on a score/age from last years pics? We are guessing him at 4.5 yrs, right around 150"
Thanks for any input.