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Old 12-13-2011, 05:06 PM
thomasmgp thomasmgp is offline
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Default When do you give up searching for a deer?

Finally saw a nice doe tonight and got a shot off. Knocked her down but she got up and ran right into the one place I really did not want to go looking. Place we just had our timber harvested so stumps and fallen trees everywhere not to mention briars 2" long. Was warm out so I was only wearing blujeans and my lowtop boots so trying to make my way through was great fun but I didnt wanna leave my deer for the buzzards.

I could hear that she was down somewhere I just couldnt get to her. But when something like this gets stuck where that deer was I figured no way in hell i was gonna get there and even if I did would have been impossible to drag her out by myself. Also was getting dark quick. In case your wondering what got stuck back there it was one of these:

Anyone else given up looking for a deer they know where its down but just impossible to get to because of the terrain? Should I have kept trying to get to the deer?
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:53 PM
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I have went into hip deep swamp and knee deep creeks to get to deer before, not to mention prickery, thorny junk too. Well as long as you feel that you have done everything in your power and have absolutely exhausted yourself in trying to locate that deer then I guess you can call it quits.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:56 PM
scruggs123 scruggs123 is offline
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I just went through the same thing. I had to back out and come back the next day. I looked for hours, found it (half eaten by coyotes), and dragged what was left out about a half mile. I personally feel if you shoot it, keep at it. It may be tough and hard work but get it, you shot it. Unless you lose the blood trail after looking for a long, long time. If you know where it is (approximately) you owe the game and yourself the respect of making every single effort.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:07 AM
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I think we've all been there and done that. I hate swamps! This year in PA it was a 2 hr drag with briars and mountain laural
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:21 AM
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Im sorry and dont take offense but you pulled the trigger and its your job to try and get that deer.Why hunt there if you cant retrieve the animal,what if it suffered laying there for hours.You could have found it and quartered it .Im with timberghost you owe it to the animal otherwise dont pull the trigger.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:58 AM
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I agree ! You owe it to the animal to do your best in finding it. If the terain is that bad I would suggest you either a head shot or don't hunt if you don't want to track. If your just filling a freezer, I prefer head shots myself mostly because of no meat damage and I can make the most out of the animal, but for a plus in your case they drop right there as well. No tracking.
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