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Old 11-08-2011, 05:32 PM
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Default 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 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 could anyone help with this post please thanks justin
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:15 PM
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Default 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.

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Old 11-08-2011, 08:34 PM
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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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