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Author Topic: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?  (Read 642 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:32:14 PM »
Archers - just curious - have you ever plunked a deer with an arrow and not have them react like they've been shot?  I had one of these a few years ago - - a heavy 2 1/2 year old with some junk for a rack stepped out at dusk about 17 yards from me, I put one through his ribcage, double lunged him and he jumped up, spun 180 degrees, and just stood there looking at where the twang came from.  I could see blood dripping from the exit hole, and was confident it was a good hit, but since he was just standing there I eased another arrow to the string & plunked him again, just a couple inches above & forward of the first hole, again passing through both lungs.  He took about ten steps (slowly walking) down the hill into the thick stuff, and laid down.  It was the only time I've taken two shots at a deer, really strange that the deer didn't bolt after either one.  Before the shot, he appeared perfectly normal, and appeared fat & healthy when I butchered him.
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 08:53:34 PM »
I've seen it several times on hunting shows where they flinch and never move till they fall over. As sharp as todays broadheads are and the blazing speed with a straight pass through while hitting no bones it would be like a quick sting. I can see it happening!
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014, 08:57:31 PM »
shot one that just walked away after I hit it fell over just little over 40 yards away
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2014, 09:01:21 PM »
I never had it happen, but have heard others talk about it happening

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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 09:24:47 PM »
A few years ago, when I still bowhunted, I shot a doe at about 25 yds, and she didn't give me any indication that she was hit.  She simply looked up at me, and after a few seconds, walked away towards the neighbor's property.  She stopped and began feeding by the fence.  After a few bites, she jumped the fence and walked away.  I kept watching her until I lost sight of her.  I did find a little blood by the fence, so I called the neighbor to get access, and he was ok with it.  I found her piled up under a bush about 50 yds away.  I had double lunged her, and apparently, she didn't know it. 
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 06:37:21 AM »
many years ago had a buck that I shot just jump and start walking down the trail to where my son was sitting and watching.He just started to draw his bow as he came in front of him but before he could get a bead on him he just fell over dead...my son hadn,t shot one with a bow yet so I wished he actually would have got to shoot it.

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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 07:26:22 AM »
With a bow, no but I hit one with a gun once that just walked away.   I lost him when he stepped out of view so I waited the std 30 minutes before looking.   I walked down to where I  shot looking for blood or hair, found a little turned around and he was laying just 10-15 yards from where I shot him.   He had started walking in a direction that was kind of a blind spot from my stand so I assumed he had kept going.  It was a pleasant surprise.
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2014, 08:40:08 AM »
I was wondering if I would ever tell this story.. lol

Last year I had some does walk literally under my stand. I picked out a large doe that didn't sem to have a yearling in tow and put an arrow right behind the shoulder. She had her head down eating acorns and when the arrow hit hit she just lifted her head, looked around, and went right back to eating acorns. I figured she would fall over any second. She didn't. She started to walk away, towards a corn field, and I knew if she got in there it might be tough to find her. I nocked another arrow and sent it right behind the shoulder again from the opposite side. This time she hopped a little, walked about 10 yards and laid down. I figured that was the end. The other does were still feeding like nothing had happened. As the other does started to ease towards the corn, my doe stood up and started walking with them. I was amazed! All I could think of was a doe I had lost 2 years ago under similar circumstances. I nocked another arrow and fired. At the time I thought I had missed (bad angle) but found out later I had gone through the meaty part of her neck. This time she stopped and turned to face me. She probably saw me move that time. She just stood there. She wasn't shaking, or making any indications of going down. I nocked my last arrow and shot her straight on through the brisket. She dropped like a rock and was done. We now call her the pin cushion deer when referring to that story. After getting down from the stand. I saw my first two shots were perfect. She was dead and didn't even know it....
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014, 06:20:51 PM »
Thanks for the replies - sounds like it's not that unusual.  I suspect what Split Toe suggested has a lot to do with it - a razor sharp broadhead doesn't necessarily inflict a lot of pain on the way through.  The normal reaction I've seen though is an instant acceleration to warp speed, just seems incredibly odd when one doesn't do that.  Always a tense few seconds as you watch them bolt, hoping to see them tip over before you lose sight of them.
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2014, 09:24:07 PM »
I wouldn't call it normal, but it has happened on a couple occasions. I've had it during the rut and the buck was totally preoccupied.
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2014, 08:11:46 AM »
Yes a few times...and it's nerve racking...I shot a 6pt years ago and he hopped about 3 yrds and turned around to see what spooked him...I was flabbergasted. for I swore I saw the fletching sink into him 20yrd shot. I could not see blood or an exit wound. I was frantically trying to get an arrow knocked and watching him at the same time when he suddenly coughed...a cloud of blood flew out of him and he tipped over right there...dead as a door nail! Never understood not seeing blood or exit ..it was a clean pass through both lungs. but he wasn't excited and running so his heart wasn't pumping hard.

Shot a doe at 30yrds with my 20ga...she actually tipped over, got up and walked into heavy brush...a few minutes later she was  slowly walking up hill through the woods browsing on blk. berry brush...no shot available. I watched her walk around 150 yrds...it was starting to get dark when she reached the top of the hill ..all of a sudden her tail went straight up and then disappeared...
I was going over it in my head the whole time..exactly 30yrds...it was in a measured bow lane...tipped right over on impact!...Well I got down and there was no fur no blood...I tracked by watching my stand position to where I saw the wht flag...there she was...dead...not a single hole in her any where!!...gutted her and a river of blood spilled from her...took her home and hung her to skin. No holes in her body looking from the inside...at her elbow I noticed splintered bone then I felt it....the slug,wadding still attached was in between the hide and the fat on her hide...the slug impact had torn a star shaped hole in her liver but never entered her body...Not sure if slug was a factory defect or some how got wet the slug was intact except a small dent where it hit the elbow. she never even limped...lol

PS...Mr B teased me a long time...about going out and just scaring them to death...lol
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Re: Ever Have One Act Like They Haven't Been Shot?
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2014, 08:14:55 PM »
A kid I went to high school with skipped a slug off the cranium of a big doe, dropped her on the spot.  Couldn't believe it never broke through the skin.  No meat damage though!
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