Below is a tool to help practice with your shot placement and see where other hunters shoot a deer. Deer Hunting - Shot Placement Tips For Finding Shed Antlers How long can I wait to gut a deer?Deer Seeing Lights How to Track Deer After the Shot Are Wolves Killing All The Deer Deer Running With Tail Down After Shot Will a deer live if shot in the leg? Knockdown Shot About the Author and Website Owner Best Online Hunting Gear Stores Blood stopped after 100 yds what kind of hit?If I know I have ABSOLUTELY double lunged him, I still wait about two hours before starting the retrieve -even if I see him go down.Hey, if he's down, he won't go anywhere, but if he's down and re-grouping, pushing him may really make it difficult. You will lose every other deer taking a risky shot like this. A better decision is to wait until the deer turns broadside.That is a fairly steep angle though...arrow could\'ve deflected down after hitting the ribs instead of exiting through the chest and missing the vitals. ARVelocity, it sounds like you hit your deer a little far back and is probably a gut shot. I have since then gone back to hunt and had a chance to study the situation more and think that I got some of that no mans land myself. Found my arrow with out a trace on it, but i have a blood trail. By using this method we have found numerous deer we had lost the trail of but picked it up again after some distance.That or you may have hit the deer too high and hit that no mans land above the vitals but below the spine. Need to cut a little bit more yardage on the next one. :(Russell, tough luck, I feel like something like that is bound to happen at some point if you bow hunt unfortunately. Even a well hit deer may not leave any blood for 50-60 yards of more especially if it is not a pass through.
It is ethical if it is within a hunter's ability, properly placed and with a sufficiently powerful weapon.
Waiting a couple hours only gets you more excited, but rarely hinders your recovery. If he was being pushed, and the hole was stopping up, you may drive him a mile or more. In fact quartering away shots give you the most margin for error.