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Tonight I shot (at) a whitetail with my .45 flintlock muzzleloader. The deer was approximately 25yds, straight on. It was right 15mins after sundown, 15 mins prior to dark, and besides, the smoke makes visualizing shot impact tough. I saw no blood at the site of assumed impact. Assuming I hit the deer in the middle of the chest at this angle, what organs or lack thereof was I likely to have hit. I plan on looking for the deer first thing in the morning.
 

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I would bet there is no exit hole, your lead is probably in one of the hind quarters, but I could be wrong. But if you hit center chest you more than likely got one of the lungs, possably could have clipped the heart, defanatly went into the guts and that could caz issues with the meat, that deer did not go far and I would go find it with a flash light, if it would had been a broad side shot I'd say ok wait till light but caz of the gut shot I would want to field dress that deer out ASAP.
With the high chest shot and I'm thinking no exit wound it would probably take about 20 yards before the blood would make it out of the front hole enough to drip on the ground ( keep in mind it only takes that deer like 3 or 4 seconds to run that after shot) but with that kind of shot I wouldn't think that deer would make it 60 yards
Good luck on finding your harvest !
 

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A middle chest shot will hit almost every vital organ depending on how high or low the shot was on the chest. you can see by the animated graphic in my reply which vitals would be hit.
I've never taken that shot but I wouldn't hesitate taking it if i had to. I have seen a couple deer that were shot in the middle of the chest and both shooters said the deer went less than 30 yards.
You will however want to gut the deer out as quickly as possible with this type of a shot as it can and will most likely cause a lot of internal damage which manifests bacteria more rapidly.
Good Luck.
 

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I realize it's a little late to mention now, but if you are ever in that situation again I like the shot a bit higher, right at the bottom of a whitetail's white throat patch. That shot when straight on will simply break his neck, ensuring zero tracking required. If he's walking with his head too low for that shot, there's lots of things one can do to make him stop and raise his head; whistle, grunt, etc. Anyway, just a suggestion if the opportunity arises again.

I hope you've recovered your buck! Good Luck!
 

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I shot a deer like that a few years back
I shot him in the leg the day before, found him and set up on a field road as he was running by shot him square in the chest he crashed into a icy ditch 30 yds away, only to spring back up to his feet 3 min later and jump into the mid of the road , i shot him in the lungs and he dove across the ditch on the other side of the road and crashed into the field,
i went to get my 4 wheeler to get him and still had to shoot him again
i never saw a buck not die like that one

I would go look for him he didn't go far
 

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Thanks for everyone's help. I chose to go look the following morning because I was unsure of the shot. Turns out, I should have had more confidence in my shot because it was a great shot, hit him a couple inches off the midline towards his left. He was about 100 yards down the hill in the creek. Unfortunately, the darn coyotes ate up his loins, hind quarters, and the entrails were everywhere, so the meat was pretty well ruined. The only good thing was I found him, his head/antlers were well intact, so I can have him mounted. I'll try and post a picture of this nice 8 pointer, my first with a muzzleloader! Does anyone know how to attach an image?
 

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thats why i hate to let one set over night. the yotes around here will have half of it ate up by morning for sure always !! thats why im shy to bow hunt in the evening and one reason besides meat damage that i prefer to head shot all my deer with a gun. they drop no tracking ! but i dont mount deer either just eat um so ive never worried about the after looks to me its all about the most meat with less damage and ive yet to eat a head, lol.
glad you found your harvest though, and to your first smoke pole kill !!
 
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