Still no luck.
Here is a pic of a sambar stag.
Keep in mind that this stag is not standing perfect broadside but I have highlighted the area I belive the strike was.
My thinking is that the bullet has gone in high under the spine in the rear of the lungs or liver.
The question is at a grand what effect is the stag going to feel from it.
I just dont feel that he is bleeding from a muscle hit only and if the bullet had gone in higher we would have spined him on the spot ? Where could a non fatal shot into this area go ? The blood clearly indicates he is not his in the paunch.
If he is hit in the rear of the lungs high or liver how long do you think he would have stayed on his feet before bedding ? Keeping in mind he was walking after a 5 second mad dash over 50 yards.
I just know that this shot was good but we have been screwed by circumstances. I have placed trail cameras on his scrapes in the immediate area which I will leave for a couple of weeks. If I find he is not pictured and the area has shutdown for stag sign then I will launch a large scale grid exersize. The smell will be a huge assistance.
I found one a few years back that made it 400 yards. We looked all the next day with a great dog and believe it or not we were standing within 30 yards of him, just the wind was wrong ?
Anything is possible though as I have shot enough myself to know they are one tough beast !