These two bucks were recovered last weekend by Bob Yax and his tracking dachshund Thor.
The Pittsford buck was hit low in the chest with a bow on Sunday morning. See entrance photo attached. Also, check out the kid wearing shorts while he was tracking with us! Ouch! We jumped this liver hit buck twice, 6.5-7 hrs after the hit. In its 3rd bed, the kid was able to put another arrow into it. We found a 1 inch deep slice thru the edge of the liver when he gutted it. That was a long survival for a liver hit!
We jumped the Honeoye buck 17 hrs after the 7 mm hit, from its 1st bed, about 700 yds from the hit site. Up till then we had only found a few spots of blood to confirm Thor was on the bucks trail. At times, I was really wondering since Thor took us close to 2 houses and across at least 200 yds of cut lawn and a main road with no blood. After jumping up from a very bloody bed, the buck ended up (luckily!) in a deep ravine 100 yds further up the trail. The hunter was able to shoot it a 2nd time from about 40 yds as it tried climbing up the far side of the steep ravine. The 7 mm hit was really low in the front of the chest and hit the top of both front legs – see entrance and exit photos attached. The buck was quartering to him a little. Not really sure what vitals he hit (maybe low lungs?) but I know he missed the heart entirely, since after close examination, it’s now in my fridge. I’m going to check out the rib cage after the guy finishes butchering it to see if the bullet did make it inside the chest cavity.