My son Nate has killed a few nice bucks and does with his shotgun but hasn't killed a deer with his bow yet. He has never been a fan of the crossbow and always wanted to use his compound. He had a few misses over the years but it finally came together last night.
He drew on this same buck on Saturday morning but got busted. Last night this buck came back to the same stand from the opposite direction with a much different outcome. Nate hit him high and didn't think he got much penetration. The buck ran into an overgrown meadow and I was hunting the woods on the backside. I never saw the buck in the meadow so I was hoping he never made it to me and died in the meadow. Nate lost sight of him in the meadow and said he stopped twice and then just disappeared.
I got over to Nate at dark and we evaluated the scene. Since Nate said he hit him high with little penetration, I was confused because we had blood high and low and in some spots it looked like both sides of the trail. We found the arrow about 60 yards away and it was completely covered in blood. The trail really picked up at that point and Nate spotted him about 20-30 yards after finding the arrow. Nate did hit him high but the arrow came out low. He took the arrow on impact but Nate punched it all the way through. It just didn't come out right away.