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After lowering my bow and pack,
I descended the tree and packed up
my gear and tree stand. I walked over
to where I shot the
buck and found the
arrow, there were
beads of dark blood
on it. Combined with
the buck's behavior after the shot, it strengthened my suspicion of a
liver shot.
There was a half-inch of
snow on the forest floor when
I started out with my bow and
pack. The trail wasn't difficult to
follow from where I shot the deer
to the fallen tree it had stood by
for about 45 minutes. The blood
spot at the tree revealed substantial
bleeding. It was a solid hit. I couldn't
help but wonder how it was still on
its hooves.
The snow came faster as I started on
the trail west. The blood was freezing
and the snow began to cover it. As
I picked my way along through the
mountain laurel, I was forced to spend
more time looking down than ahead.
The blood trail was disappearing. I
began to worry about losing this fine
whitetail.
Two minutes more on the trail, I
came around a small mountain laurel
bush, and I as rounded it, I came within
20 feet of the buck lying on its side,
rear-end facing me. It was breathing
fast, almost expired I thought. After
two more minutes, I knew I was wrong.
I nocked an arrow on the string and
slowly stepped in to position myself
to finish the deer. The deer seemed
unaware of me until I took that final,
seemingly silent, step. That's when it
turned its head and looked at me. The
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"The buck then popped up
on its feet and took off!"

buck then popped up on its feet and
took off!
I cursed myself for blowing it, but
kept an eye on the deer as it barreled
through mountain laurel in the waning daylight. It seemed to stop on the
dried creek bed ahead. I took a couple
steps to confirm its location and the
deer suddenly bolted east on the creek
bed. It gave a piercing distress blow
on the way.
That was it. I concluded my best
strategy was to let the deer bed and
hope I could find it in the morning. I
was really puzzled by the distress blow.
Would a deer on its last legs do something like that? I hadn't seen or heard
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