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Old 06-21-2009, 06:04 AM
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What do you make of this ?

Watched a friend fire at a large sambar stag yesterday evening from 950 yards .

The deer was perfectly broadside and when the bullet got there the deer jumped and lurched about 4 ft in the air. He then made a mad dash in a semi circle from where he was facing and went out of site.

Being as it was 20 min till dark we backed out and walked back in hoping to recover him this morning.

Found the spot he was standing and confirmed with the rangefinder.

Did I forget to mention that it had rained overnight aswell !!

Eventually found his running mark and followed for about 30 yards when we found the first blood. Spotting and bright red. More or less spotting for about 30 yards then when we got in the open from under the tree canopy we lost the marks and blood together. We had a slight wind drift coming off the hill above and could smell a strong stag scent drifting to us. We cast around for some hours with no luck as it was extremely thick and nasty where he had gone. So far no good !

At the shot the deer made this huge high leap and lunge forward. I have generally felt this indicated a hit through the lungs or heart area.

He was bleeding out the entrance side and as the Matchkings make tiny entrance holes I feel he could well have been bleeding internally with no exit ?

Hard to say. We have not givin up but feel disappointed after what appeared to be a well placed shot judging by the deers reaction.

Penny for your thoughts...

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:26 AM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

I might be way off but when they jump on me like that its beacuse I shot to far back.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:39 AM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

Based on the discription, I would say the animal was shot to far back. I hope you find your animal.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:20 AM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

I agree with the others.. Most of the time when I see an animal lurch like that it has been hit too far back. Keep looking and watch for birds! Most of the time I have had luck following the birds to animals that clients made poor shots on and we couldnt find right away. Also the lack of blood or spottyness of the blood seems to me to be the case with a shot back out of the vitals.
Good luck. I sure hate leaving an animal because my lack of skill prevents being able to track it down.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:27 AM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

I've also seen that reaction if you hit to far forward missing bone but getting some of the veins and windpipe low at the base of the neck, they jump way high usually with there hind end way higher than the front end. Usually get real marginal blood, if hit back most animals if not pushed bed up quickly. Can you tell about where on the animal the blood was dropping from based of the tracks, how close to the front track is the blood spot, this can really help if you can?
Most of my shooting is in snow so that makes the tracking way easier than in a green time of year. Good luck
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:57 PM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

+1.....

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Based on the discription, I would say the animal was shot to far back. I hope you find your animal.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:02 PM
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Re: What do you make of this ?

I'll have to agree, I too believe you have a gut-shot on your hands. The rain won't help you tracking either. Good luck mate.
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