Way to go, afterburner! I couldn’t tell from the pic, but where was the hit? Paunch or liver? I’ve found that liver hits are invariably fatal, you just need to give the deer some time. Not necessarily overnight, but some time. The first deer I ever took with a bow was a big doe that took a step just as I released. With the old, slow bow I was using then, the arrow went right into the liver. Gave her 2 1/2 -3 hours and found her dead 65-70 yards from where I hit her.
BTW, how in the world did you get anything to grow in that rock field?
It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
Well the not so perfect shot was in the paunch but on exit actually severed the main artery near the back leg, I was extremely lucky. But after some investigation which i will go into some better detail on another post, I found my launcher arm broken after peeling the felt back on my ripcord rest. As far as the plot goes, I got access to a track loader and cleared the plot after taking a brush mower to it whewww lol, and I planted green patch plus with a chickory add in from evolved harvest, I got the plot out a little late, but caught some decent rain, a little to hard of a rain actually. It was spotty when it came up and not so thick, but I guessed at the fertilizer and lime mix, before a good rain came in a few weekends ago I took up 50 lbs more fertilizer and added another 80 lbs of lime, and in the bare spots , well I actually used 2lbs of turnips and 2 lbs of groundhog radish, the rain beat it in and its coming up nicely. Next year will be even better but here is a view from my stand, the plot is in the middle of a remote firebreak in some rolling hills. Im glad I decided to plant it.
Well, in my humble opinion, there is a difference between taking a bad shot and making a bad shot. Taking a bad shot implies a shot that likely should not have been attempted in the first place. Making a bad shot can happen for a variety of reasons, some of which most, if not all, of us will experience sometime in our bow hunting careers.
A slight torque of the bow, a quick peek at the target when releasing the arrow, a nearly microscopic twig undetected in the sight picture can all cause us to make a bad shot. Or perhaps a deer taking a little step forward as the arrow is released. That, coupled with what you found out about your rest, meant a bad shot was made, not taken.
Congrats though on recovering what is by all means a terrific deer!
Glad you found out what happened with your bow too. That is probably the cautionary tale here – we all need to regularly and thoroughly inspect our equipment.