What is the percentage of deer you arrow, and loose?

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  • April 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm #496576 Back to Top REPORT
    legal-eagle
    Legal Eagle

    Age: 63
    Joined: 6/7/2007
    Location: CO
    To refute (at least partially) the “statistics” cited to oppose bow hunting by the Wisconsin anti-bowhunting lobby, I would like to take a poll.

    Poll Question: Do some simple math with a ratio. Place as the denominator the number of deer (of either sex) which you have arrowed, whether or not you ever recovered the animal. Place as the numerator the number of deer you have arrowed, which you were unable to recover, but later died.[/i:ytq4hvg6]

    If you are fairly certain that the deer must have died, then count it in the numerator. If you are fairly certain the deer survived, then don’t count it[/i:ytq4hvg6] in the numerator. Take the resulting number and multiply it by 100. That renders a percent. Select the appropriate category in the poll, and enter your selection there.

    You may also answer for a hunting buddy, if your hunting buddy is not on the forum, and you were there to witness the failure to recover. This is to prevent double-counting of a single event.

    Please tell others about this poll. The more answers we get, the more scientific will be the result.

    I know that this poll really doesn’t mean as much as if with a wider spectrum of bowhunters, but at least it should provide some live, verifiable data for us when we speak with the anti-hunting crowd.

    Thanks.

    Jay

    Heli-M, 27" draw at 65 lbs. Lost camo. Axion 5" GLZ gridlock stabilizer. Lost camo Trophy Ridge Micro Alpha V-5 sight Ripcord Red drop-away rest. Lost camo TruGlo 5-arrow quiver Easton Axis N-fused 400, wraps, blazer vanes Easton Tracer magnet-actuated lighted nocks G5 Montec 125gr broadheads
    April 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm #532826 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhunter843
    bowhunter843

    Joined: 8/12/2007
    Thankfully I have only artists one deer that was never recovered and it was because she crossed a creek onto another property even after a follow up shot with a pistol. I was really disturbed by it and it was the reason I stopped shooting the rage broadness.
    April 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm #532827 Back to Top REPORT
    legal-eagle
    Legal Eagle

    Age: 63
    Joined: 6/7/2007
    Location: CO
    Thankfully I have only artists one deer that was never recovered and it was because she crossed a creek onto another property even after a follow up shot with a pistol. I was really disturbed by it and it was the reason I stopped shooting the rage broadness.

    Yep, I know what you mean. My hunting buddy and I tracked a wounded elk for better than a mile, before it crossed the fence and was gone. Lot of meat lost that day. The sad thing is that he made a pretty good shot, and the animal should have gone down quicker. The downhill grade to the private property was what made it all happen for the elk. Uphill would not have worked as well.

    Jay

    Heli-M, 27" draw at 65 lbs. Lost camo. Axion 5" GLZ gridlock stabilizer. Lost camo Trophy Ridge Micro Alpha V-5 sight Ripcord Red drop-away rest. Lost camo TruGlo 5-arrow quiver Easton Axis N-fused 400, wraps, blazer vanes Easton Tracer magnet-actuated lighted nocks G5 Montec 125gr broadheads
    April 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm #532828 Back to Top REPORT
    blood-bath2006
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    Never lost a deer that I have hit……

    Soooo…. 0% for me…. With a bow…

    April 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm #532829 Back to Top REPORT
    mikesmith
    MikeSmith

    Age: 64
    Joined: 1/5/2008
    Location: Republic of Texas
    I lost one I hit, but it did not die

    (Hit in the thick part of the shoulder, recovered entire arrow, lost all blood sign after 40 yards)

    April 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #532830 Back to Top REPORT
    legal-eagle
    Legal Eagle

    Age: 63
    Joined: 6/7/2007
    Location: CO

    I lost one I hit, but it did not die

    (Hit in the thick part of the shoulder, recovered entire arrow, lost all blood sign after 40 yards)[/quote:3vpip839]

    Yep, it probably survived just fine. Just sore for a week or so.

    Jay

    Heli-M, 27" draw at 65 lbs. Lost camo. Axion 5" GLZ gridlock stabilizer. Lost camo Trophy Ridge Micro Alpha V-5 sight Ripcord Red drop-away rest. Lost camo TruGlo 5-arrow quiver Easton Axis N-fused 400, wraps, blazer vanes Easton Tracer magnet-actuated lighted nocks G5 Montec 125gr broadheads
    April 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm #532831 Back to Top REPORT
    hwdxt
    hwdxt

    Joined: 2/26/2011
    I shot a buck for my first one, and found him 60 yards away. I hit a doe (shoulder), but thankfully my poundage was low enough that she only bled a little. I saw the doe the next day, and then again I saw it when still-hunting. She ran just fine. :phew:
    April 6, 2011 at 1:04 am #532832 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007
    2.5 %

    [=}=]

    Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
    April 6, 2011 at 1:36 am #532833 Back to Top REPORT
    bbeltram
    bbeltram

    Joined: 1/20/2008
    I’ve been very fortunate. To date I’ve never lost a deer with the bow. I’ve made my share of poor shots, but always been able to recover the animal. I’ve lost one with the shotgun.
    April 6, 2011 at 2:01 am #532834 Back to Top REPORT
    bow4life
    bow4life


    Joined: 8/17/2004
    I try to keep the odds in my favor by taking high percentage shots and I consider myself fortunate so far with not having lost one yet. [=}=]
    April 6, 2011 at 2:15 am #532835 Back to Top REPORT
    156py-2
    156p&y

    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Thankfully I have only artists one deer that was never recovered and it was because she crossed a creek onto another property even after a follow up shot with a pistol. I was really disturbed by it and it was the reason I stopped shooting the rage broadness.

    Maybe you should change pistol bullets also 8-| If the deer went through all that I have a feeling the rage took the blame for another bad shot.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:15 am #532836 Back to Top REPORT
    legal-eagle
    Legal Eagle

    Age: 63
    Joined: 6/7/2007
    Location: CO

    Thankfully I have only artists one deer that was never recovered and it was because she crossed a creek onto another property even after a follow up shot with a pistol. I was really disturbed by it and it was the reason I stopped shooting the rage broadness.

    Maybe you should change pistol bullets also 8-| If the deer went through all that I have a feeling the rage took the blame for another bad shot.[/quote:20cg1rre]

    Please don’t rag on him too much. He has told me the story of what happened, and I really do understand. It is something that could happen to any of us, and might even happen with a fixed-blade head.

    He’s probably re-lived that event a thousand times in his head trying to figure out how it might have turned out differently. We’ve all done that.

    I think he did his best given a lousy situation. Sometimes you get the deer, sometimes you don’t.

    Jay

    Heli-M, 27" draw at 65 lbs. Lost camo. Axion 5" GLZ gridlock stabilizer. Lost camo Trophy Ridge Micro Alpha V-5 sight Ripcord Red drop-away rest. Lost camo TruGlo 5-arrow quiver Easton Axis N-fused 400, wraps, blazer vanes Easton Tracer magnet-actuated lighted nocks G5 Montec 125gr broadheads
    April 6, 2011 at 3:21 am #532837 Back to Top REPORT
    legal-eagle
    Legal Eagle

    Age: 63
    Joined: 6/7/2007
    Location: CO
    I try to keep the odds in my favor by taking high percentage shots and I consider myself fortunate so far with not having lost one yet. [=}=]

    I take precisely the same approach. But your score is better than mine.

    Two years ago I shot a spike (culling that genetically-inferior dude) with a perfect double-lung shot. He took off like a rifle shot. I tracked him for a half mile or so, and then lost blood. We had four of us tracking, and still couldn’t find enough blood to make a trail. Even the dog couldn’t find the trail. We gave up after circling for another hour trying to find something.[/i:kdzbwewb]

    The Hunting Manager found him two days later not far from a watering hole about another mile away. He was marked with a few buzzards. Too late to keep the meat… but at least he won’t be breeding any more does.

    Jay

    Heli-M, 27" draw at 65 lbs. Lost camo. Axion 5" GLZ gridlock stabilizer. Lost camo Trophy Ridge Micro Alpha V-5 sight Ripcord Red drop-away rest. Lost camo TruGlo 5-arrow quiver Easton Axis N-fused 400, wraps, blazer vanes Easton Tracer magnet-actuated lighted nocks G5 Montec 125gr broadheads
    April 6, 2011 at 3:29 am #532838 Back to Top REPORT
    redman12143
    redman12143

    Joined: 7/5/2008
    Location: ny
    hit only 1 that i did not recover or find. i hit low in the brisket so i think it lived :thumbup
    April 6, 2011 at 3:30 am #532839 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhunter843
    bowhunter843

    Joined: 8/12/2007

    Thankfully I have only artists one deer that was never recovered and it was because she crossed a creek onto another property even after a follow up shot with a pistol. I was really disturbed by it and it was the reason I stopped shooting the rage broadness.

    Maybe you should change pistol bullets also 8-| If the deer went through all that I have a feeling the rage took the blame for another bad shot.[/quote:3kbdgmt5]Never said it was the rages fault. I said the situation caused me to quit shooting the rages. I went back fixed blade all together. If there is nothing to mechanically fail then the blame lies solely with me then doesnt it? But when you see a broadhead slide under the skin of a deer from chest to ham because it deflected and it disembowels the deer causing it more pain and suffering that I had intended then yeah Ill change my tactics and tackel as I see fit. When I recovered the arrow, one blade was bent so what ever it hit was hard enough to bend the blade as well as deflect the arrow. I didnt say the rage was a bad head I didnt say it was the cause of my failed attempt at the deer, but I took it out of the equation all together.

    As for the follow up shot it was to put the deer out of its misery and attempt to retrieve my game to keep from having waste, but after the shot she took off across the beaverdam and onto another property where I dont have access to. I stopped because of the confines of the law…not because I gave up. And that is the ONLY deer I have ever missed whether it be bow, rifle or shotgun. When you miss a deer if you havent already, especially if you have the luxery of getting within eyesight of them, you too will question your tackel and tactics. [=}=]

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