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I just got my first deer with a muzzle loader this morning. It was 35 yards away in my range finder. I got a high lung shot and it ran about 20 yards from where I shot it. I recovered the deer easily, but there was no blood where I shot it, or a trail, and there was barely any blood on the entrance or exit wound. I was using a 54 cal, maxi hunter. I am just stumped.
 

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Congratulations Tricky!!!
 
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congrats. blood isn't the only thing to look for. hair is one to look for at the impacted site as well. being a high hit most of the blood would be bled out inside. I'm sure if you got down close and looked you'd find a little blood but seeing the dead deer is way better. congrats again.
 

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It is because that deer was dead on its feet. The shock stopped the heart from pumping and 20 yards is all the deer could do. When you see a deer just drop is most times caused by the shot caused damage to the spinal cord.
 

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It is because that deer was dead on its feet. The shock stopped the heart from pumping and 20 yards is all the deer could do. When you see a deer just drop is most times caused by the shot caused damage to the spinal cord.
I totally agree!!!
 

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Thanks guys. I don't know how to explain it, but it feels so much more exciting to get a deer with a muzzle loader, then any of the deer I have taken with my rifle or shotgun. I am just waiting for a buck now. That would make my year.
 

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I understand how you feel regarding the muzzleloader. I started with the rifle, moved to archery and flintlocks. Anyway congrats on the deer. A high shot sometimes won't leave a very good shot as the blood is all inside. Good news is you got it.
 
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