Re: Whitetail deer behavior
I had something similar happen to me this past season.
I hit a 7 pointer 2 out of 3 times @ 225 yds with a 338 WSM.
The deer didn't drop. He twitched his tail and walked away. I thought I missed, but couldn't figureout how I would have missed - standing broadside.
I went out and looked for blood (where I thought I was shooting) and didn't find a thing - that's cause I was looking at ~175 yards and not the 225 yard mark.
About 1 hour later, my buddy came crashing thru the woods on his quad and started pushing all kinds of deer to me. I watched 1 doe run by, she did a 180°, and started stalking something. Ears back & head down. By then, I was on 20x trying to figureout what was going on and trying to decide if I was going to drop the hammer on her. I could tell she was smelling something because, thru the scope, I could see the steam coming out of her snout.
I called my buddy on the Talkabout and asked, "can a deer smell a dead deer?" He said he'd seen it on a hunt in NC. I said, "I have a doe acting really strange out where I shot." I told him to walk into my shooting area, and that I'd stop him in the line where I shot and where the doe was.
Sure enough, the 7 pointer was dead in line where I shot, just 50 yards further back.
Speak softly and carry a really big MAGNUM!!!!!!!!!!!