ok....lety me start by saying.....today was a bad day in the woods for me. rut started here, 6 does came in, then a nice 8 pt. came in chasing them. long story short....i shot the 8pt, but in the process, hit a small 3/4inch sappling first, cut it down, then hit the deer. he hit ground, kicked for a few seconds, then pushed himself to the woods, got up and ran. tiniest spot of blood right where he hit the ground when i hit him..............so, im thinking since it hit the tree first, the bullet deflected and stunned the buck for a bit. we looked for him thru close to a square mile, thru the swamp and thru all the thickets for 4 and a half hours.........no blood trail at all. it makes me believe he is still out there walking around,maybe nursing a small wound right now, but he'll be back. and trust me.........i had the sickest feeling on my stomach ever........i never wanna see a deer run off never to be found and just die. that kills ma.........but im pretty sure with this one, he'll be fine and seen again.
so my question is this............with all the walking thru that we did today on the property where we figured the buck ran, and its gonna be 38 degrees here tonight and in the am, and keep in mind the rut in on now......ya'll think our scent will be outta there and deer will be moving again?? im going back in the am and sitting in my blind, and im gonna set out my thermascent with some tinks 69, and some doe estrus close by, so is it possible with the activity of walking thru today...............what are the odds deer will be moving again??