I have shot rages for the last 6 years. Had always heard of people saying they don't always open and this year it finally happened to me. I was 100% certain I had double lunged a buck Saturday night, slight quartering to and maybe an inch high (but still far from no man's land above the lungs). Let him lay for 45 minutes after I shot him and headed in with a flashlight only to not find hardly any blood. After an hour of crawling on our hands and knees and 2 hours of grid searching in the dark we called it off until morning. Next morning we grid searched again and by dumb luck stumbled across a small area with a bunch of blood where it looked like he had stood and thought for a second before heading off again. The blood was 300 yards from where I had shot him. Luckily there were only two trails from that point and one of them was a creek crossing and when we peered over the bank we saw him floating in the water. Once we drug him out and started cleaning it was apparent by the half inch opening on both sides that the Rage hadn't deployed and I basically shot him with a sharp field point. Luckily I had made a great shot but we still almost weren't able to recover him. Makes me understand why a lot of people are so against the Rages but likely won't switch based on the one bad experience compared to the numerous amazing blood trails I have had with them.
170.8 KB Views: 108
176.4 KB Views: 104