first off with a gut shot you just hope you find it. takes a while for them to give up the ghost with a gut shot. and i believe an even harder time trackin it. this is heresay from other hunters though. not by my own experience. when i have missed in the past for some reason its always high. not in the belly. i dont think the meat would be affected to a great deal. but like i say lets see what other guys that have experieced this have to say.