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Thread: Tracking Advice

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    Default Tracking Advice

    Hey guys

    I've followed the site for a while now, but this is my first post. I am looking for some advice.

    I shot at a deer at 120yd with a slug gun tonight. I am baffled by the seers reaction so now I'm not sure if I missed him or not. After the shot the deer ran around in a circle twice, almost acting daised (about 10yds in dia.) then ran off. He then ran maybe an 80-100yd semi circle, returning to a know bedding area. (I hunt a farm and this was in a cut corn field) I last saw him at about 200 yds walking to the bedding area.

    I shot 10mins before last light and sat for a while to wait it out. I ended up backing out and will go back in the am but have been replaying it in my head.

    Has anyone seen a reaction like this? How did it turn out for you

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    What state are you in?

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    MA

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    Oh, no trackin dogs allowed in MA. But you could take a dog for a walk in plain clothes with no hunting equipment on you. The dog will follow the trail.

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    That's the plan for tomorrow am. My buddy has two beagles that chase deer better than rabbits half the time.

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    Rob says this happened to him one time almost exactly as you describe but at a longer distance. He shot it a second time and it anchored him but the first shot was a killing shot
    Rob & Diane Richardson
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    Thanks for your replies..

    Honestly I felt good about the shot leaving the woods and have a gut feeling it's right in the needing area (really thick brush), but now I keep second guessing it. Hopefully it will be a short track in the am

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    I've seen weird reactions from neck shots- hope this turned out well for you.
    Not all those who wander are lost. -Tolkien

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    Welcome aboard!!

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    Did you find the deer yet?

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