If the arrow did go in 6" could be a high single lung hit no blood trail. If the buck was pushed at all after the hit he could go a really long ways looking for either water or security before expiring. I hope you locate him quickly. If you do find him dead great caution must be made about consuming any meat. Personally, I would tag him out and discard the meat just to be on the safe side, unless you find him very warm and not bloated. Sorry for the graphics, just a cautionary note on meat safety.
I drilled a buck from high up at 13yrds. Caught him on a downward angle high on the shoulder and a little back - the arrow stuck in him. The arrow broke off 6-8 inches up and there was blood for another 3". That kind of penetration had to have hit the chest cavity and a lung - right?
One good splatter of blood on a bush and a drop or two just past that - THEN NOTHING. 4 people looking thoroughly. I was shocked.
I did the same thing two years ago in PA a bit more broadside but hit the shoulder blade center and tracked that buck for several hours. Saw him the next night feeding in a cut corn field with a limp. Didn't get any reports of him being shot in gun season. My guess he didn't make it. It happens if you bow hunt long enough.
Most butchers will tell you when they process deer they are always on the lookout for broadheads in the meat.
It happens to most of us at some point so I guess it's not too uncommon to find one now and then when butchering..
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So true Bruce We butcher our own & we are ALWAYS looking for them
I know one butcher that got sliced pretty bad on one not pleasent to find the hard way
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Yes check water holes etc. when a deer his hit and bleeding it causes them to dehydrate from hemmorageing and they will head to water. Could be he bleed out on the inside. sometimes they or hard to find.I got one last season and I walked my it within 10ft several times,and was standing within 8ft of it when my buddy says there it is look left and down. it went down at the edge of some bushs and no belly white showing. could only see it from an angle. Have you seen any buzzards flying around?
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