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  • AvatarCalebPete
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    the neighbors accidently spooked some deer my way this evening and I shot at the biggest buck in the group of 3. I took about an 70 yard running shot with my 50 caliber muzzy. I watched him run with the other buck and doe about 300 yards through an open cornfield and into a pine tree thicket. the buck I shot at had his tail tucked in between his legs which I think may indicate a gut shot but I was also not able to find blood. im going back to look in the am. what are your thoughts?

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    Quote by: CalebPete

    the neighbors accidently spooked some deer my way this evening and I shot at the biggest buck in the group of 3. I took about an 70 yard running shot with my 50 caliber muzzy. I watched him run with the other buck and doe about 300 yards through an open cornfield and into a pine tree thicket. the buck I shot at had his tail tucked in between his legs which I think may indicate a gut shot but I was also not able to find blood. im going back to look in the am. what are your thoughts?

    Did you find anything at all? Gut juice, tissue etc?

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    I agree that a hit deer usually runs with it’s tail down and a missed one has it high up in the air, but it isn’t a guarantee.

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    I shot a shed antler buck this last Saturday, gut shot and high, not a drop of blood, I knew I hit him. Luckily he folded up about 50 yards into the timber, turned out he was missing a hind leg below the heel otherwise he mighta made it further like yours. Keep looking he’s probably out there, good luck

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    Hello: My guess is you might have hit him , might not have. In my experience if a deer goes more than 100 – 150 yards you missed it or made a bad shot . As for recovery of the deer I would say a very small chance unless you have good tracking snow. Anybody else want to comment about my post with your own experiences ? Good Luck . O – R

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    Quote by: outdoorsron

    Hello: My guess is you might have hit him , might not have. In my experience if a deer goes more than 100 – 150 yards you missed it or made a bad shot . As for recovery of the deer I would say a very small chance unless you have good tracking snow. Anybody else want to comment about my post with your own experiences ? Good Luck . O – R

    With a muzzle loader you never really know. My son made a perfect shot on one this year and he went well over a 100 yards.

    I once double lunged a doe with a bow and she went 500 yards. They can do some really amazing things.

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    Tail down does not mean a hit. I have seen mature bucks bust out of an area with a group of other deer being the ONLY deer that tucked and ran. They’re smart and I think they tuck to try to leave undetected. Good Luck.

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    Quote by: mhock

    Tail down does not mean a hit. I have seen mature bucks bust out of an area with a group of other deer being the ONLY deer that tucked and ran. They’re smart and I think they tuck to try to leave undetected. Good Luck.

    That, or they are smart enough to try and avoid a Texas heart shot.

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    Any updates?

    Avatarandyaklynn
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    70 yard running shot? How come nobody has questioned that part yet. Seems like a prayer to me. Just my two cents. Best of luck

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    Quote by: andyaklynn

    70 yard running shot? How come nobody has questioned that part yet. Seems like a prayer to me. Just my two cents. Best of luck

    Agreed completely. . . .

    Sorry OP, but no one has any idea if you hit this deer. . . . Tail down means nothing. Hope you are able to get out there and look/find him………

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    Quote by: andyaklynn

    70 yard running shot? How come nobody has questioned that part yet. Seems like a prayer to me. Just my two cents. Best of luck

    I think we all agreed to accept the fact that we all do things we wish we hadn’t in the heat of the moment. Like a new year’s resolution. Except for the guys who never do anything wrong in the heat of the moment, they didn’t agree to nothing.

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    I guess I don’t have a problem with a 70 yards running shot in an open field.

    I am not sure I would do it with a muzzy but I killed one like that with a 308 AR in wi a few
    Years back.

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    Quote by: andyaklynn

    70 yard running shot? How come nobody has questioned that part yet. Seems like a prayer to me. Just my two cents. Best of luck

    Unless you were there you really don’t know what the shot looked like do you? Do you know how fast the deer was running, no? A running deer can mean several different versions. Just saying before we armchair quarterback what others do, we shouldn’t assume what they mean.

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    Quote by: Mr.Seaguar

    I think we all agreed to accept the fact that we all do things we wish we hadn’t in the heat of the moment. Like a new year’s resolution. Except for the guys who never do anything wrong in the heat of the moment, they didn’t agree to nothing.

    Those are the dreams that “participation trophies” are made of. Being called out (in a tasteful manner) will help remind him next time that a 70 yard shot with a muzzy at full run is a bit optimistic, if not borderline unethical. Of course we don’t know his history, for all we know he could practice those shots and is very good at it. And yes, I do make mistakes, and I have no issue with being called out on them. It’s how we learn.

    Deer seem to react a lot different from a muzzy shot than anything else. None of the deer my wife and I have shot with a muzzy bled much regardless of where they were hit, but luckily they didn’t go far and were easy to find. If you are confident in your ability to pull off that shot, I’m guessing he didn’t go too far.

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