[pagebreak] Read Body Language
Except for the loud whack of an arrow striking a deer, it's difficult for a bowhunter in a tree stand to gauge where his broadhead struck. A subsequent search of the area will reveal more information. When a rifle or slug gun is used, however, much can be learned by observing how the deer behaved in the moment after you pulled the trigger. Think about the shot you took. What was the deer's reaction? A buck tt is hit in the vitals with a bullet or slug often humps up; when it runs away, its tail will be down, or nearly so. A buck that stumbles along might be mortally wounded, but it might simply be hit in a leg or shoulder. A buck that drops straight down might be hit in the spine, but if it's only stunned momentarily by a shot that was close to its backbone, it could recover in a few minutes and run away. The deer's reaction will provide clues to how successful recovery efforts are likely to be.