shot deer tracked but lost still
hi my name is justin and i shot a buck in maine and lost the blood trail and could not recover it :crybaby:i had a seasoned hunter helping me for 6 hrs no luc lots of blood even when he crossed the road but ill keep looking but question is how long after having 5 people looking for it should i wait to go back to my spot to hunt again if un lucky enough to find him:confused: could anyone help with this post please thanks justin
Don't feel bad it HAPPENS
You tracked it for 6 hours without success you did what you could. Something will eat your Deer, that is the way it is. You may have hit it to far back, or in a leg. They will live a long time gutshot or often will run/walk fine on one front leg. You might have noticed wierd hoof prints if you had snow on the ground to assist you. One argument that I have heard for the big magnums is that they do more damage and this happens less with them. I would agree if the shooter has the ability to shoot as well with them compaired to a standard cartridge. I always worry that a shooter doesn't like practicing with the magnums, and a bad shot is more likely do to less practice at the range.
Like Karl said, you have done all you can to find this deer and at least you gave it all the effort. Sorry that you couldn't find it...that stinks.
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