So yesterday At 8am I heard a deer coming through the brush behind me and was full of anticipation. I turned slowly with phone camera recording video and was pleased to see a buck. He wasn’t the brits I’ve been seeing but he was close and he had no idea I was there. I got set up, ranged a small window in his path, hit him with a “Mehh” and just like that I arrowed my first deer with a bow. He was a healthy 2 yo 3 pt. This is not my first deer taken ever but just with a bow. I double lunged him at 20 yds from 20’ up. He ran 100’ into a meadow and stood there at 41 yds for a minute. He then laid down and I figured he would expire right there. Done deal..... 2 hours later he still was head up and ears moving but You could tell he was fading. Then He stood up and just stood there stoned. It got the best of me and I sent another arrow for a 41 yd shot which managed to land well maybe just a bit high but still did the job. He ran another 100 feet to the other end of the meadow and into the thick stiff where I lost sight. I waited 15 minutes for my hunting partner and his 10 yo daughter to come help and then got down and went to my first arrow. Lung blood on the arrow. No blood on the ground, in the grass or in the brush.... We then advanced to the next spot where he laid down for 2 hours. There was a small puddle of blood where he laid but nothing like you would expect.... I got a little nervous now but knew my first shot was golden. We spread out and advanced slowly towards where he went. Starting to think this was going to be a wounded deer tracking session I checked the footage (Reviewed the bow mounted GoPro video) we determined the general area he entered the thick stuff and worked to the edge. The grass was tall and the brush was thick, no blood trail to follow, very hard to see a bedded deer. My buddy posted up and said to hold because he saw him. Moments later we determined he was dead, right at the edge of the thick brush. I was relieved! We approached him and I was smiling ear to ear. So no we analyze what happened- both arrows full pass through. I was using the G5 Montec carbon steel broadheads. The exit holes were perfect slices like the three bladed projectiles. Our determination was that those holes “sealed up” and barely allowed that deer to bleed out. He was full of blood.
All in all he was a good deer and I couldn’t be happier to have my first bow killed deer in the books and venison in the freezer!
Who else uses the G5 Mantecs? Have you seen this before? I’m not impressed one bit and will likely be switching to something different for next season. My buddy uses the rage broadheads and says that those things leave piles of blood to trail, a lot more devastation.
To answer your question, I've been shooting Montec G5s for well over a decade....for whitetails, pronghorn, caribou, moose and elk. I don't think they are nearly as durable as some of the newer fixed blade heads (like VPA), but I've always been happy with their accuracy and performance.
If the deer was full of blood, it is more likely the first exit wound was high enough to allow blood to pool in the bottom of the chest cavity....rather than the hole getting "sealed up". FYI, lots of people use the term "double lung", but if you actually take out both lungs, the animal will be on the ground for good in seconds. Congrats again!
Obviously I wasn't there but with the deer still alive 2 hours later it sounds more like a liver hit. Regardless....you got it done and sometimes they don't die exactly like they are supposed to.
I would say on the exit wound sealed up that either you nicked the liver or gut and that blood clots from the liver or the contents of the gut plugged the exit wound. And I would also say, by the reaction of the deer, it was as stated above a one lung hit.
Curious if the buck was facing to your left when you shot the first time.?