Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
gurkster

Wounded Deer Question

Recommended Posts

gurkster

Hi, I am new to posting to this forum, but have read it for a few years. Tonight I just hit a beautiful 10pt buck and my arrow bounced off??? Only going in 2 1/2 inches. It was a 17yd shot, I hit where I was aiming, I have been bow hunting for years and have harvested deer before. My question is on a broadside quartering shot with ~70# what whould prevent my arrow from penetrating more - ribs? My last two deer were pass throughs and like I say my hit l;ooked good. Question 2 is do you think this would be fatal - I know it is very hard to say. I shot at 5:50 and just got back in from trying to find it. No blodg found at all, except on the arrow?? I should mention that I have always shot thunderhead 125's, this year I switched to mechanical - anyone else ever experience this? Thanks in advance for any insite into this. I hate to wound a nice guy like this, hopefully he makes it or I find him. I will be out looking again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Stratosman

You say a quartering shot. Do you mean quartering to or away? Hard to say what happened, could have hit shoulder just right as to prevent penetration, but at 17 yards you should have blasted right through any bone, unless of course your mechanical failed??? No way just a rib bone will stop an arrow from penetrating at that yardage.

Quartering to shot is a less than ideal shot to take, lots of stuff in the way of the vitals and a very small target... lots of room for error.

Anyway, welcome to the site and keep on posting, always good to have a fellow hunter on board.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

First off Welcome to HSO/FM.

As far as the shot I would say you took a very low percentage shot at best.I would also guess you hit a shoulder blade also.You could also have went through the brisket but I dont know how the deer was positioned to you.

As far as the mech. broadheads go,I personally dont use them but did try one year.I just didnt think they looked tough enough.They do fly well.I would guess the deer will live.

Were the broadhead blades still in good shape and none missing? Do you know which way the deer was going to look in the right area?Sometimes you might not find any blood for 30-40 yards if the hit was not good or the exit hole was high.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gurkster

Thank you for the replies. To clarify, it was a slight quartering away to broadside shot (I agree that a quartering to shot is tough, and I would not take it). I am wondering if I may have hit the shoulder as you said, as I also would be very surprised if a rib stopped it that short, even if the mechanical failed. I would guess that if it was a shoulder hit, the deer would likely make it?? Once hit he bounded 2 or three times and then looked back towards me. He stopped for a couple seconds and then bounded away. Also when the arrow hit, it sounded like a slap or a drum?? There were other deer in the area and they acted as if nothing happened, other than looking up when he first bounded. They stayed in the area for a few more minutes, before finally trotting away. Thanks again for the replies.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

Sounds to me like he will live for another day. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rotwieler

if you hit the shoulder blade at an angle it could do it a few years ago i shot at a nice eight and the arrow went to forward and didn't penetrate the bone. that was a broad side shot at 30 yards. it sound like i shot a tree, with a loud whack. i followed a very small blood trail, about one drop every ten yards, for what we figured eight miles. the deer was seen about a month later at a feeder with an arrow sticking out of the shoulder. i wish i would have missed completely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gurkster

Thanks rotwieler, that must have been what happened, and it did have that tree hittig smack sound, which doesn't sound right. I will search again this morning. I did see the deer leave and searched his exit trail last night, however, most of the time it was in the dark, and I didn't find any blood. I hope he makes it, and that someone else might get a chance at him with a bow or gun this year, or he lives on for a another year.

A secondary concern is my equipment. I have always used fixed blade broadheads (Thunderhead 125) and just this year switched to machanical - no real reason other than to switch it up I guess, and others have stated that the accuracy is better with the machanical and you lose that "knuckleball" effect that you can get with the fixed blades. Anyone else have machanical broadheads fail? - the one I shot seems fine still, the blades move freely, etc. Maybe I hit the shoulder and the broadhead failed to open, causing the smack sound and the minimal penetration??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fivebucks

That sounds exactly what happened to me on a doe last year. I had a nice broadside shot at 15 yards and the arrow hit and bounce straight down and stuck in the snow right below the doe. She bled very little and I went to follow up the next morning and I tracked her down and scared her away. Every bed during the night had just a little blood, bright red. The only thing I can think of that happened is my arrow hit a rib directly head on and my downward shot angle deflected it. I saw my shot go right to the ribs so I know it was not a shoulder blade. Also from the little bit of blood in her beds, it makes sense that she was hit there. I think she got a nice flesh gash and that is it. She looked just fine the next morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bowman1

I am also new to the sight. This is my second post. When I was at the pro shop picking out mechanical broadheads the gentlemen told me some of the mechanicals point is to short and when they open the may deflect on a quartering shot. I use wolverines. They have a longer point so the start to penetrate before they open.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

Bowman1

Welcome to HSO/FM.Glad to have you here and we look forward to your future posts.

Good luck this fall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BLACKJACK

Is it possible that you hit a branch or twig which caused your arrow to just barely hit, like a flesh wound? Any hair found, which will tell you more where you hit?

I agree with the others, this deer will probably live.

I like my Thunderheads, pass thrus on just about every shot, never have hit a should blade though. I also like the fact that I can replace the blades, my rule is that once that broadhead hits the ground, I put in new blades, I want sharp blades!!! I practice with the dull blades.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jim Uran

Another thing that could have happened with your mechanical is that when one of the blades opened it opened on a rib and cause the arrow to make a harsh turn that would result in BAD penatration. The slap could have been the back of the arrow hitting the deer. Just my two cents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mo Gator

I agree with BLACKJACK about going with the fixed blade broadheads. A few years ago I took a shot at a doe that got deflected by a tiny branch that was in front of her. I didn't even see the branch. The arrow deflected right into her hind quarter, and broke her femur bone. I was shooting 125 gr Muzzys, and it was a 30 yd shot. To break that big of a bone at that distance is pretty sweet. Needless to say that one needed to be finished off, but that was better than watching her hobble away wounded.

I'm a firm believer in the Muzzys, they fly true and are definitely bad to the bone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyes'

I don't know about that Mo... i don't think you have ever shot a deer!!!! lol grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CC Hurl

I thought I would say my peice. Hunted for years with 125 thunderheads. Worked very well. Someone talked me into mechanicals tried them two years did not like them. The biggest thing that turned me off on them was they freeze up if they get wet for some reason. I sliped on a hill last winter and my bow went in the snow. Cased my bow for the night and went out the next morning,checked my blades and they were stuck from the water that got in there when the snow melted. Freezing weather problem of course,but if your like me your out there in cold weather.

I went back to the thunder heads this year. 100 grain this time.

I like the way a fixed blade looks on the end of the arrow. Something else just does not look right. Call me weird thats OK.

CC HURL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gurkster

Thanks again for all the input. It looks like I am not alone on this. I looked for sign a bit this AM again, and nothing more to go on. After reading this and going over the scenerio many times in my head. I do think the deer has a high probability of making it. However, I will continue to look. I have the luxury of living on the land I hunt, so I can keep looking a little easier than some.

I don't want to start a mechanical vs fixed broadhead debate - I am sure both are proved technologies and work well. For me however, I will finish off the season with the mechanical, but switch back to fixed next season. As some have said they look stronger, more durable, and it removes a small element of things that can go wrong. Plus my personal confidence is with the fixed blade.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ghotierman

gurkster, did the arrow remain intact? I had the same thing happen last year. saw the arrow, saw the impact, heard the thwack. the arrow broke off about 4-6 inches from the tip. I tracked it for hours, and again the next day. okay blood to start...then just a little...then it just quit. replaying the whole scene in my minds eye, I deduced that I hit the should blade square, and the 'thwackthump' sound was the shaft snapping. when I found the shaft, there was blood, and a bit of flesh in the shaft. i thought this was odd...even without a pass through, if it stuck then broke and fell out...it the hollow shaft should still be clear. This fact lead me to the conclusion that the shaft snapped, stuck a bit then fell out. This left a superficial puncture wound, not deep enough to be fatal, and perhaps a broadhead lodged in the shoulder...again not fatal or even crippling in this case. It's a tough situation, and I agonized and replayed and rethought everything. This was pretty much a broadside shot....if only he'd take one more step forward with the front left leg....

good luck the rest of the season..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HunterLee

Its possible that maybe a feather or vane on your arrow was loose or bad. I have some practice arrows that i shoot with the bad vanes and occasionally they will slap the target and will not stick into it or at best a little. I read an article about someone that had a lucky arrow that they shot a few deer with and when they shot it didnt fly true and basically slaped the deer in the ribs. So maybe something was out of wack with your arrow or bow causing it not to fly straight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gurkster

The arrow remained in tact, not even bent as far as I can tell. It has blood on it, I measured it on the first 2 1/2 inches. There was also a small amount of tissue on one of the three blades (looked to be fatty tissue). Also there was hair on it. The arrow and vanes should be fine, I get a dozen arrows and practice with 9, keeping 3 for hunting only. Once I am sighted in good, I shoot each hunting arrow once to make sure I feel good with it (with a practice blade). I then put on a new, never used, broadhead. So the arrow, vanes and broadhead SHOULD all be in top condition. Also someone mentioned twigs. I was hunting from a ground blind and it was a clear shot to the deer, so no twig defections or anything like that.

I will share a bit. I always like hunting before bad weather, but not with the wind. Last night we had both. I decided to hunt it and see, I saw a small basket racked 6pt two nights ago and 5 does. That night I saw a doe enter the woods at 5:50, watched her for a bit and saw a nice buck. Then I saw at least 3 more does. All in thick brush, and I am on the ground - downwind. I could see the bodies, but not clearly, as it is thick grass in there. I kept getting glimpses of the buck in the same general area, but in different spots (if that makes sense). Anyway, the does kept there distance and disappeared into the grass. I kept seeing the buck getting closer, but looked like he would pass out to far for me. I was behind a tree and had to keep positioning myself on either side to get ready for a shot. I was in position as he hit 30yds, coming straight at me. Then all of the sudden a second buck (larger in body and rack, but still 10pt) appeared right behind him. Explaining why I kept seeing him in different spots (it ws two deer I was seeing). They came through the clearing and had no clue that I was there. They were looking like they would both pass right in front of me. Well I contimplated waiting for the one to pass and take the bigger one, but when the first was opened up to what looked like the dream shot, and put his head down - I shot. As I said through the peep site it looked like the perfect hit, and then he spun around and I see my arrow bounce/fly off and that awful twack sound. Well he ran about 40 yards, stopped and looked back at me, waited a few seconds and then ran off. Now the big guy just jumped up, but didn't run off. He then continued to graze and ended up circling around. behind me. He was at 20yds to my backside, and I had an arrow nocked, but never even thought of drawing as I new that I had touble on my hands with deer one. He stayed for about 2-3 minutes, but sensed something was up and trotted off. I then got up to inspect my arrow, I think at that point I may have scared to big guy too frown.gif, and at least two does that I saw bound off. I hope my area isn't ruined??? But I had little light (at least in the woods area) and really had to start my search. Well thanks for letting me ramble, the experience was great, only the outcome sucked!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walleyeguy7

gurkster, I know how you feel. There is nothing worse than not being able to find out what exactly happened. I shot a doe a couple years ago (first deer with a bow) and got the same thing. I heard the same "whack" and watched my arrow flip up over the back of the deer, I wasn't sure at first what I saw, I initially thought it was a pass through. I got down and went to inspect the arrow and it was broke off about 2 inches down and the mechanical was missing. I didn't find any blood right away, but then there was a huge spot about 10 yards from the spot of the arrow. I followed it for what felt like forever until the blood trail disappeared, talk about heart breaking. I even took the next day off of work to track some more, but I got the same result.I have a few friends that have had the same thing happen and they assured me that the deer would probably make it. And you never know you may get another chance at him when the rut hits full swing. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
coyote223

This sounds like a typical mech. broardhead issue!! This very same thing happened 2 times to me last year and I'll NEVER shoot a mech. head again.Stick with the fixed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FarByondDrivn

That stinks man, sorry to hear it. If the arrow only went in that far, I would bet the big boy will live. Not to play devil's advocate on the fixed vs. mechanical broadhead issue, but I've shot mechanicals for four years. I started shooting Rocket Steelheads (100 gr.) and liked everything but the rubber bands (brittle in cold weather). Two years ago, I switched to Grim Reapers (125 gr.). Every animal I've shot (not as many as I would like, Ha Ha), has been a complete pass through and the farthest one went sixty yards. Fixed blades are tried and true, no question, but there are some very good, reliable mechanicals on the market.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • DLD24
      Where's the best place to get bait at Vermillion?? Is Hoodoo the best access to fish big bay? The girlfriend and I are going to come up for a day trip tomorrow...Thanks for any help.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I believe that there is a campsite or picnic area in the bay just South of the S-Curve  located adjacent to the WMA, I believe that Green Herons and Blue Herons nest in the trees there! Cliff  
    • BulldogInTC
      Hope everyone had a great summer season of fishing and otherwise, and here's to hoping the fall season is going well.  I'm planning to get some grouse hunting in while up in a couple weeks and noticed Pine Island has a WMA on it.  Figured if I had time, I can take a quick ride out to there and have fun walking around on an island WMA.  Does anyone have any input on difficulty of beaching a boat somewhere along the shoreline on the north or south side, if even possible?   Thanks for the help and advice this year from everyone I talked to on here.  Looking like I may miss out on hard water this year and will have to put cracking that nut off until next year. 
    • papadarv
      Any thoughts, opinions on the new lighted jigs from tundra tackle. Anyone seen them in any store. I could only find on-line. https://www.tundratackleco.com/collections/frontpage
    • ANYFISH2
      I have a number of family and friends fishing the river Thursday thru Sunday this week.  No reports yet.  I will pass them along as soon as i hear.
    • Rick
      Northwestern and central Minnesota have elevated fire danger due to sparse rain, high winds and lack of humidity. This means that open burning may be restricted in certain counties. The Department of Natural Resources urges Minnesotans to use caution while burning yard waste or leaf piles outdoors and to check the burning permit website for information.  “During fall, we know that residents and property owners will be taking care of leaf and brush piles,” said Casey McCoy, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “Piles can smolder undetected for several weeks under the right conditions. Windy, fall days can reignite these piles.” On average, Minnesota issues approximately 43,250 burn permits annually. When weather conditions warrant it, state fire team leaders may turn burning permits on or off. To determine whether burning is allowed, Minnesotans should regularly check their county burning restrictions. Residents may need to find alternatives to burning such as composting or hauling brush to a collection site or wait until it is safer to burn. “If you do decide to burn yard waste or leaf piles, do so when there is less wind,” said Linda Gormanson, burning permit coordinator. “Instead of burning your yard waste and potentially causing a wildfire, compost or chip your yard waste or bring it to a collection site.” Burning restrictions do not apply to campfires; they are still allowed. Clear an area around the campfire, watch it continuously and make sure it is out cold to the touch before leaving. Fire danger can change quickly. Check the Minnesota Incident Command System site https://goo.gl/W686km for fire behavior conditions. For questions about burning restrictions, check the DNR page at mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions or call your local Forestry office. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • ANYFISH2
      Lots of boats on the river daily here in LF now.  Select people are hitting good pods of fish and catching well.  Flows, though still Very swift, are slowing.  Fish are becoming a little more scattered, more fish are being caught away from shore and away from prominate structure. Minnows and tubes pulling most fish.  A few nice fish here and there most are falling in the 15-17 inch range. Good luck out there.
    • ANYFISH2
    • ANYFISH2
      Anyone in Camp this first season? Give us your personal report, us second hunt hunters are curious!!? First day report is 650 hunters hunted Thursday, Harvesting 37 deer. Doesnt sound to bad.  Didn't hear of any large bucks yet. Good luck to all.  
    • gimruis
      Rivers are so under fished in this state.  People seem to gravitate towards lakes all the time and avoid rivers but the reality is that rivers, large and small, have awesome fishing.