Re: Witnessed something very strange today, still mystified over this....
Very interesting story. The autopsy would be interesting to see why the shot that should have taken out the spine didn't.
Before I was old enough to hunt, my Dad and his hunting partner put a buck down and when the knife touched the animal to gut him a hoof came whizzing past Dad's partner's ear. Dad trained me and my brother to always put a front leg inside the rack so the buck can't get up and then touch the eye with a stick. If the deer blinks it needs more killing. The leg in the rack obviously won't work on a doe. My brother and I have never had a close call from a "dead" deer.
Congrats to you on your hunt and good luck to your Dad in filling his doe tag.
"Fenced yards ain't hole cards and like as not never will be, reason for rhymers and old five and dimers like me."