Deer Running With Tail Down After the Shot By RubsNScrapes.com

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justinwp - I do not have a definitive answer to this based on my experience. I've seen well hit deer keep their tail down and just this year I had a gut shot deer come trotting through with its tail down and not looking right.
December 08, 2010
jones - I belive that the main reason that a deer will run with its tail down is a bad shot. when you gut shot a deer it makes them feel sick. just wait and it will die. if you run up on it it will take off and can run for miles. be patent and let the deer do its thing and you will have dinner.
January 28, 2011
eric - hey there, lasy year i shot a small doe with my muzzleloader , it was about a 20 -30 foot shot i thought i hit the deer but there was no blood anywere . after the shoot the deer it literally tucked tail and ran , it ran of like a cowarding dog that just got beat, but like i stated there was no blood anywere ,me and a friend looked for a good 2 hours and found nothing, later on that day i reshot ny gun at a target and found out my sights were off a good 4 to 5 inches , what do u think about this do u feel i may hit the deer because of the way it ran off with tail tucked and behind down or do u think i missed and it ran off scared ,please let me know thanks eric from dracut mass..
August 26, 2011
Mike - A lot fo deer that are hit hard will run with its tail down, means its been fataly wounded.
However, not all deer that are fataly wounded will run with its tail down.
September 26, 2011
30-06 - I did a gut shot on a running buck last year. Had its tail down. Waited about 45 minutes and headed in the direction I last saw it run. No blood at all. Found it about a half hour later. Dead, laying next to a big pine.
November 03, 2011
JIM - I SHOT 2 DEER WITH SAME TYPE SLUG OUT OF TREE STAND AND THROUGH THE HEART AND THE OPPOSITE SHOULDER STOP THE SLUG SO NO EXIT WOUNDS FOUND BOTH BUT BOTH LEFT NO BLOOD TRAIL JUST ALOT OF UP AND DOWN TREESTAND TO INSURE TRAVEL ROUTE AND CALMING MY OWN MIND THAT I DID NOT MISS ISEE ALOT OF HUNTERS GIVE UP IF THEY DON'T FIND DEER OR ANYTHING ELSE THEY ARE HUNTING WITHIN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. I ENJOY THE SEARCH FOR LOST ANIMALS AS MUCH AS THE HUNT.
November 03, 2011
GLEN - At 1:57 this afternoon i shot an 8 point buck at 3yards,used a 175lb horton crossbow,radge 2" broadhead, no pass through,no blood,waited 1 hour,abolutely sick,pulled 20x20 yard section serch for sign,10" section of my bolt,good blood,sorry,4 and a half hours later dark no deer no sign,second deer this year,"RADGE",YOU`RE OUT"
November 04, 2011
Calvin Henderson - Nothing is ever definite in shooting an animal. However, when a deer tucks its tail, there is a good probability of a liver or gut shot. Definitely give the animal several hours before attempting to recover unless you see the animal fall.
November 07, 2011
Carl - I shot at a deer this afternoon it tucked its tail straight down, does this always mean a hit. lost sight for few seconds then saw it walking. Found no blood. Missed Right?
November 11, 2011
Carl - I shot a deer ,it tucked its tail straight down and ran , i lost it for about 10 seconds then caught a glimpse of it walking into a hardwood bottom. i found no blood, but his tail was down so should i keep looking or do you think i missed. i did look for 2 hours
November 11, 2011
Adam - I got my first buck this morning, I only had a small window to shoot. But I thought I had got a good shot off. I waited a bit, and walked out in the field where he was standing. No blood, no hair nothing... I did noticed his tail was down as he ran off.. I walked the field to the tree line and back to where I shot him 5 times... Nothing... I search this side of our ditch for about a hour. I just about gave up. Then started reading your post on here while pondering giving up. Then noticed a fresh buck print on the bank. I looked across and saw some blood. I found him up under a thick over hang of vines.. He ran about 600 yards, never found blood he crossed the ditch. It was a clean lung and liver shot.... So I want to thank every one for their story and wanted to share mine... Don't give up...
November 18, 2011
va hunter - Dominant deer keep their tails down usually. I have no idea why, but they do. Was it a good sized deer?
November 26, 2011
Victory hunter - I shot a nice buck with a 25-06 I hit it an the deer ran real slow but with tail half way up. I found many huge spots of blood an lots of white hair covered in blood. I followed blood for 250 yards it would be big then small then big spots again. A stray dog spooked the deer which led to the off target shot then chased the deer out of sight after I shot the second time. What should I do the dog must have been pushing it
December 07, 2011
MK111 - Deer running with downed tails is usually a gut or liver shot. Normally very little blood trail. Keep looking in the direction they ran.
Dogs on my farm chasing deer are removed.
December 10, 2011
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