Target buck wounded

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by brent19, Nov 24, 2021 at 7:22 PM.

  1. brent19

    brent19 6 pointer

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    Shot my target buck last Sat morning and no where to be found and no blood other than a quarter size found at the drop site. Took the shot with a 243 75gr ballistic tip vmax. 80yrd shot and he dropped instantly to the ground, laid there for 2-3min, got up and was limping bad in the front back into the woods. Gave him 20-30min before i walked down to where i last seen him. Soon as i made it to wood line a deer bolted down in the holler. Im sure it was him but i couldnt see because the area is so thick. I pulled out and come back last Sunday and walked down to the bottom of holler and walked around looking and no deer to be seen. Im sick that i wounded a deer. First time this has happened to me. Ive never not made a good shot and quick recovery. I realize the 75gr was a bit small but ive killed many deer with it before. The way he was limping i cant think that he isnt dead somewhere. I mean he dropped instantly when i shot. I was not aiming at a leg and it was a wide open field shot so no danger in hitting something to deflect the bullet. Whats everyones thoughts? Pretty sure its a shoulder shot that did not exit. Zero blood in the woods, only spot was where he dropped and like i said it was the size of a quarter.
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  2. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    That bullet in the shoulder probably didn't kill him, IMO. Don't beat yourself up, it happens, and it won't be the last time it happens unless you quit hunting.
     
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  3. Dropped instantly. Laid there 2 to 3 minutes? With blood? Deer is dead. Doesn't mean it wont be very hard or impossible to find, though. It happens. Coyotes got fed, circle of life, etc, etc. But, I know. It sucks.
     
  4. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    The Hornady V-MAX line of ammunition was created for varmint control, as the bullet has a thin jacket and was designed to fragment on impact with a target, even at low velocities.
     
  5. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    Just curious why you didn’t shoot him again if he was limping away?

    if he’s still moving on his feet keep shooting.

    I’m betting he’s a dead deer. Keep looking. Hoping you find him!
     
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  6. cedar creek

    cedar creek 10 pointer

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    It happens, probably will live, suggest use a bigger caliber rifle, I use a 7mm rem mag, All deer have dropped in there tracks with that gun, little overkill but it hammers them
     
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  7. xilk123

    xilk123 8 pointer

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    Sounds like a high shoulder hit. the shock to the spine put him down but didn't kill him. Keep looking and throw some cams up to see if hes still around.
     
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  8. Onthedge

    Onthedge 6 pointer

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    75 gr Vmax out of a 243 are for varmint hunting, just my opinion.
     
  9. Rutman76

    Rutman76 Fawn

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    Chunk that 243…. Get something that packs a bigger punch. Too many deer lost with that very marginal caliber.
     
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  10. brent19

    brent19 6 pointer

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    I had already lowered my gun and was descending down the tree with a climbing stand. He dropped and kicked twice and never moved for what seemed like 5min. It was probably more like the 2-3min but seemed longer. I just knew he was dead but it was a mistake for rushing down the tree.
     
  11. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    If a 243 pinned him to the ground and sent him limping away I'm leaning toward he's dead...somewhere. Not the kind of round or caliber that typically "stuns" on a high pass through hit and then they live. That bullet should have done some fatal internal damage but may require a dog or serious grid search to find.
     
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  12. brent19

    brent19 6 pointer

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    I agree, i usually hunt with a 7mag but i had my 243 which is my varmint gun and just decided to take it instead. Another dumb idea on my part i know. I didnt make it home till late Friday night from a bird hunting trip out west and i didnt have time to run to my dads and grab the 7 out of the gun safe. You can bet i wont make the mistake again! Lol. Ive shot many deer with the 243 and never thought anything different.
     
  13. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    I wouldn’t say it was a mistake and I by no means am judging. Just an unfortunate set of events. But I think you keep looking and run cameras. You’ll find him one way or another.

    wishing you luck.
     
  14. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    BS. Nothing wrong with a .243, just poor shot placement, and ammo selection.
     
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