I had a real nice buck slip into my shooting lane at 30 yards. I put my 30 yard pin centered up and down and fairly tight to the shoulder and made my shot. Arrow flight looked to be right on course and my arrow looked to drop right into where I was aiming. I also didn't see him react to the shot. I heard the arrow hit him and he let out a very loud grunt/exhale and ran off. It was right before sunset and he was in the shadows plus he was immediately concealed by brush as he ran off. He did seam to stay low to the ground when he ran as I didn't see him bounding off.
I looked for almost 45 minutes for my arrow and couldn't find it. I had a good reference point for where I shot too. I also check for blood in the immediate area and couldn't find a drop. That's when I came back out.
I'll be out there at first light and plan on spending the entire day doing grid searches for this guy.
I'm thinking I hit him about mid way up for my entry and that I must have hit the opposite shoulder preventing a pass through. Or if he did drop a little I may have hit the shoulder blade and not gotten a pass through.
I'm hoping my setup is enough to bring him down and I'll be able to find him tomorrow. My setup/arrow usually gets me excellent penetration with my arrow weight at 444 grains and tipped with razorcap broadheads.
Would like to hear what your experience has been with deer that let out a loud grunt/exhale when shot. Thanks!!!