Bob Yax from Deer Search of Finger Lakes and his wirehaired dachshund Thor recovered this bow-shot 10 pointer on November 30 in Pittsford, NY. As Bob said it must be a tough neighborhood as the buck had two broken G-2s.
Bob also wrote:
Out of the 49 we've recovered in the last 5 years it was the 5th deer that was hit in the chest (without liver or stomach involved). It was the 4th that had a slice across the outside of the heart! The only other chest shot we've recovered, was a double lunger (hit in the rain) that went only about 150 yards.
We've never recovered a chest/lung shot deer (other than heart) that’s gone beyond 150 yards. If they can breathe long enough to go beyond that, they can breathe for a long time (days) & distance. Many times we’ve kicked up these marginal chest shots the next day, and they were still going strong.
Marginal lung shots are the worst!!!
Note, all these heart shot deer acted as if liver hit. They all bedded quickly, within 100 yards, but then got up out of that 1st bed. Three of them at least 2 hrs after being hit. All were found within 300 yards of the hit site. None of these were pushed very hard – the hunters backed out after pushing them out of their 1st bed – that’s the secret !