sick to my stomach and having troubling sleeping.. Looking for advice

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  1. mcs33

    mcs33 New Member

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    Hello to all and I want to thank everyone that takes the time to read and help... I shot a deer with a crossbow, nov.10th in the afternoon.. It was the first deer I have ever shot with a crossbow. I had practice with it and was confident with how accurate it was...To make a long story short, as soon as I shot,I felt that the shot was low and back a bit,but it went right through. The deer didn't jump or hunch up.. it scrambled away as fast a it could ( as anything would do when it is hit by something), ran 50 yds( tail down) past some brush,and came to an immediate stop and looked all around him. It stood there and I thought maybe the shot was better than I thought and he will tip over.? Then after standing for a good 45 seconds to a minute, I thought, maybe I didn't hit him at all? He then took a few steps forward, stopped again, took a few more steps forward and jumped a short fence.. I watched him walk slowly into thick brush where he looked like he was going to lay down.. Within 2 minutes, he comes running back full speed like something kicked him out, and stops right before the area where I shot him..I waited, ready to take another shot if I could get one. He was a smart old buck and knew he needed to get past this spot to not have this happen again. He turns a bit goes down a gully, back up the other side, and bolts across the opening, tail down.. No way could I shoot again
    I thought I must have missed him, got right down, and went to get my arrow..
    To my surprise, it was covered in blood. I followed his first trail where he scrambled away and saw drops of blood. I continued to where he stopped the first time and saw a foamy bubble about the size of a plum and saturated blood a little smaller than a pie plate. I followed the trail a little further, until he ran back down and up the gully and he was spraying blood pretty good on the way up. I stopped there, left and came back 5 hrs later with help. There was a constant blood trail with nickel to quarter size drops every foot or so. Some spots were every 3 or 4 inches and others were 2 ft apart. There were bubbles in some of the drops but not all. He stopped briefly a few times where he had saturated puddles the size of a coffee cup.He basically walked for 1/2 mile and never quit. The blood trail began to get hard to follow and it was 17degrees, so we marked the spot, got a few hours sleep and started again in the morning.
    We picked up the blood trail right away, since daylight made it much easier. We followed the trail another 100yds. In that blood trail,we found 2 spots that were the size of coffee cups or soup bowls and a frozen clump of solid blood a half inch thick, in each area, the size of a half dollar.
    After that, the trail slowed up a bit, and I seemed to lose track. I went towards water hoping he went that way and i may pick up trail again..I found a bed that he had finally stopped and rested. Very little blood. When he got up he started bleeding again. He went another 30 yrds and bedded down again.Next thing you know I see a flash and its a deer but all I see is the back end. I contined ahead and see it must be him..fresh blood with bubbles.
    We tracked another 200 yrds, the whole time he is dropping blood every foot or so, and spraying in some areas. I thought for sure hes going to be down.. We tracked til dark where he crossed a dirt road and we lost trail again. I just couldn't give up, went back next morning and couldn't find a new trail. I just about gave up, got on the 4 wheeler and started looking around thick areas where he may have stopped. Getting ready to quit I look down and see a fresh drop of blood, and then another.. Now I see another soup bowl size splatter and soaking leaves with bubbles in blood. Following still another 100 yards where he is zig zagging and circling, not leaving drops as much, but puddles here and there..lots of bubbles and splatter at times. Finally the trail has stopped, or so we think. He has bled with bubbles, for probably close to a mile, sprayed blood at times, puddles of blood, from friday afternoon til fresh new trail Sunday morning.. foamy bubble blood in the beginning.Can he live? We searched again today to see if he is balled up somewhere and found nothing. Has anyone seen a deer bleed for 2 nights and two days for a mile and live?. I want to put him out of his misery or at least find him before the crows and coyotes do. Or are these signs he could live? Any advice is appreciated.. Thank you
     
  2. George

    George Well-Known Member

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    Moving around and bleeding for 2 days and nights would suggest a non lethal hit. The bolt going clear thru not leaving hardware inside of him that would fester will give the animal a good chance to heal and live on.

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    Thanks for your reply. We did see the deer running a doe last night !!! He seemed to be ok.. It is a relief to know he is alive and will probably recover. Its a terrible feeling to think he was suffering and laying down until he died..Thanks again for your time
     
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