Originally Posted by rick523
I've been bow hunting for 43 years, anything is possible at some point, trust me on this I have pretty much seen it all. In the excitement of the shoot you could have broke form, bowstring hitting sleeve, anything I think you said this was your first bow kill deer so my guess is this is what happened or something similar, no matter your skill level on a first deer you may not even noticed. Not to take anything away from you just sayin anything can happen.
That is entirely possible. I was amped up, excited as all hell, I'd never been that close to a deer before, let alone a buck that big (If you don't know blacktail, this one was big. He placed #60 in the state for archery B&C at 138 6/8). I also know I made a mistake in where I hit the buck. I should have been about 2-3 inches to the right of where I hit. Instead of waiting for a more broadside shot, I got antsy and took the quartering away shot. I hit exactly where I was aiming, but it wasn't the best choice.
That said, the shot was clean, no sleeve hit (my left arm of my coat is made for archery and kinda shrinkwraps to your arm, so there's no chance of an issue) and no deflection off of anything, so I know I hit with full power. I felt like the broadhead should have done more damage. Now, obviously it did something cause I hit the damn deer hard enough to paralyze it and dump it on its side where it stood, even though there was no discernible damage to the spine. I don't know if I whacked a nerve, shocked the spine, what I did, but he was entirely paralyzed from the shoulders down. Just his neck was moving.
I showed it to a fellow at work (I work at a sporting goods store called Sportsmans Warehouse) who is an avid bowhunter, and he seemed to think that a tougher broadhead like G5 striker or Montec would not have bent and would have penetrated. I don't know. I do know I'm going to try strikers next time and see what happens.