Biggest deer I have ever seen while hunting, 17 yard shot and I have no idea what I
I shot him and couldn’t find him, 17 yards broadside.. I was even patient and waited to calm down, I aimed right behind the point of his shoulder, and when I released my arrow I knew it was a good shot, unfortunately I did not see exactly how the arrow hit the deer, the broad head went all the way through but the arrow did not. I waited 45 min and went to sight of impact and no blood, found a drop of blood 10 yards away and more drops leading to my arrow at 20 yards, arrow was kind of fatty with blood streaks mixed in. It did not stink or have green matter on it. I tracked for about another 20 yards, the trail was just tiny blood specks and it did not seem right so I marked where I was and called a tracker and dog to come out and find the deer in the morning. I talked to the landowner and told him everything that happened and he was fine with it and the tracker, later that night he called me and said he didn’t want anyone else but me looking….. i talked to him again that morning and still the same answer so I grabbed toilet paper and marked the whole trail up to 100 yards and nothing after that, I did half circles for two hours and the blood was just gone, I spent the whole day looking for him, checked the creek, the pond, everywhere in the direction I thought he was heading, and nothing… I looked again with a friend and we spent hours looking and nothing… I’m sick.. I can’t believe I have done this and right now I do not feel right getting back out there yet… I feel like I did everything right but clearly didnt…Im sure he knows where he is at.
Did you shoot it and not recover it? If so maybe he dont
Yeah he turned and starting heading another direction right when blood came to end, I’ve searched that whole place by now… I wonder if he Maybe ducked and the arrow hit high inbetween spine and vitals… I just keep replaying and only thing I remember is him running off, I knew arrow didnt go all the way through at first and I couldn’t see the arrow in him either, the nock must of been inside his bodyIt does suck and it is not something that you get over quickly if you are a hunter and not just a killer. Sounds to me you are a hunter.
Sometimes in the heat of the moment many people don't realize that they are not as broadside as you may think at release. Also, they do double back on the same trail and break off a completely different direction, really messing up the tracking process.
Good luck and don't let it get the best of you, get back to hunting.