ronn I think he let him lay for the night and going back today to locate him. No blood at the scene! could be a gut shot or possibly a high rear shot behind the liver maybe with no exit? I agree he should find something in the bed if not the buck. I'm thinking there should have been some hair, stomach fluid, something. I also assume it was a gun shot. Southernman, it must have been a late shot for no secondary shot when he laid down????? I hope he finds it and lets us know the details.