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#3169730 - 11/01/18 04:44 PM How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow??
Yote Newb Offline
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I've killed a few deer DRT with a 30-06 but I don't know anyone who bow hunts and thinking of trying it. I know there are lots of factors involved, but how far do deer typically run after a good double lung shot with a bow/crossbow? It'd give me a good excuse to get a crossbow to play with. Thanks!

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#3169734 - 11/01/18 05:47 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
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Typically within 100 yards. I've had solidly hit bow shot deer drop within 20 yards and others go 60-80 yards. Occasionally one stretches it out a bit. Make sure your broadheads are scary shaving sharp! Shoot for the exit and make good shots and you wont have any trouble.
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#3170158 - 11/04/18 07:17 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 2807
Loc: colorado
hit in the chest? never more than 150 yards, most times under 60 yards. that goes for elk too.

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#3170273 - 11/05/18 01:13 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
msinc Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
Posts: 1332
Loc: Maryland
Originally Posted By: Yote Newb
.......I know there are lots of factors involved, but how far do deer typically run after a good double lung shot with a bow/crossbow?.......


Originally Posted By: GC
.....Make sure your broadheads are scary shaving sharp!.....


This!!!!!
I have killed a lot of animals with a bow over the span of some 40 plus years. I have also trailed some that went a whole lot further than some of the distances quoted in this thread. Don't misunderstand, I am not saying they wont drop like that and I am for certain not trying to call any one out.
If there is one single "most important" or number one bit of info I will pass on that I have learned the hard way over the years it is this; you must have razor sharp, honed to a perfect edge broad heads or you will not see deer fall over and it wont much matter where you hit them or how good a shot it looked like.
I have seen way too many deer not just double lunged, but a complete pass thru and arrow laying on the ground get away. They probably died, but they were never found because the broad head wasn't sharp enough to cause the deer to hemorrhage. There is a big galactic difference between bleeding from an arrow and real live, honest to god hemorrhage. This will upset some broad head fan boys, but there are no broad heads made currently that are truly sharp enough right out of the pack. Are there guys that buy a pack screw 'em on and kill deer?, sure. One will be along any minute now to tell you how wrong I am. there are probably even more guys that will swear by some brand but this is because they either don't know how or are just too lazy to do it and would rather go hunting.
There's a lot to bow hunting and it is definitely one of the funnest most rewarding things you can do. But the number one thing is a razor sharp broad head. Once I learned/accepted this and figured out how to sharpen them I either saw or {in heavy cover} heard every deer I hit fall over. Best of luck.



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#3171480 - 11/12/18 11:29 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
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Registered: 01/07/17
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Loc: North Western Kansas
All I ever shoot deer with is my bow and it honestly depends on the shot placement and the individual deer. I've double lunged deer and had them go 20 yards and i've had them go 200 yards. It seems to boil down to the amount of fight in the deer in my opinion. I second what was stated above about sharp broad heads. Sometimes even brand new broad heads aren't as sharp as they could be!
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#3171997 - 11/16/18 10:09 AM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Born2hunt96]
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Registered: 12/22/13
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I sharpen all my broadheads until "scary sharp". Sitting watching a football game with my dad, switching field points for fresh sharpened thunderheads. I looked at my dad because he stopped talking, he's staring at my hands, I looked down and there is a pool of blood between my feet, after pressure and ice packs for a good 15 minutes, I could see the bone in the cut on my thumb and ring finger and had a cut on the first finger and little finger. Those clean cuts took a long time to heal. I have shot several deer(2 black bear) that only picked their head up after the shot and looked around, watched them walk for 10-15 seconds, get wobbly and go down. Scary sharp is the only way to hunt. I think the blood pressure will drop in 15-45 seconds with pass throughs of the lower half of both lungs, quicker if you can slice a heart wall. So the speed of the animal will determine length of the blood trail.

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#3174467 - 11/29/18 10:59 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
LittleAndy Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
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Loc: Northwest North Dakota
https://youtu.be/_nyU0HZzh-4

This video is from my hunt tonight. I shot that buck right where it counts and double lunged it. It ran about 80 yards or so and died.
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#3185005 - 01/13/19 12:56 AM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
Sammo62 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/18
Posts: 67
Loc: AR
Sharp broadhead, level passthrough that gets both lungs, look at your watch, it will be on the ground in 20 seconds.
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#3200687 - 04/07/19 02:29 PM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
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Registered: 04/04/19
Posts: 9
Loc: TX
This is a really good question, and one that is not so easy to answer. I've shot many deer over the years, some run far, some not so much. I wish that I would have kept a record of the shot placement, and distance ran. I thing that a double lung shot will have the deer on the ground in less than one minute. So, how far can a deer run in a minute? I will say the the majority of the deer I shoot, with a good shot, go less than 100 yards. But,some have gone a lot further. I think a lot also has to do with location in the lungs, forward, low, high...also, did you hit heart or major arteries? Some deer will "flee" for a short time then stop and evaluate the situation, that equals shorter tracking job. My 2018 buck is a great example of that...short tracking job for sure.

https://youtu.be/nflLRJC2qKc



Edited by GregO (04/07/19 02:30 PM)

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#3200727 - 04/08/19 08:10 AM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
Bernie P. Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2207
Loc: NY Adirondack Park
Cool vid.What broadheads are you using?

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#3200731 - 04/08/19 08:47 AM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Bernie P.]
GregO Online
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Registered: 04/04/19
Posts: 9
Loc: TX
Originally Posted By: Bernie P.
Cool vid.What broadheads are you using?


I use Slicktricks. That one was the GrizzTrick, I've had great luck with all of the Slicktricks that I have used.

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#3201566 - Yesterday at 10:17 AM Re: How far do deer run after being shot with an arrow?? [Re: Yote Newb]
Gryphon Offline
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Registered: 04/06/19
Posts: 20
Loc: Alabama
Hitting a 9" pie plate is a bad practice objective.

Ive taken many deer with a compound bow. A crossbow wont make me more accurate; but it would extend my season. Practice makes perfect. Ive never tracked a deer more than 50 yards. Youve got to know your dead-on maximum lethal distance. If the deer isnt within my lethal distance it survives unharmed another day.

How far will it travel...for as long as it knows youre on its trail. When you hit a deer with an arrow, Sit and be still for a minimum of 30 minutes. Let it go lay down quietly and bleed out. Then get to tracking. Have a small spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide in you bag. Blood fizzes, whether wet or dry when sprayed with H2O2; just in case your 50 yards becomes 200...400 yards or more. Even those times Ive felt certain the deer died nearby, I still sit that 30 minutes. Ive waited for hours to take the shot, 30 more minutes is time for a sandwich, coffee and reflection.


Edited by Gryphon (Yesterday at 10:24 AM)

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