Some hunters believe it is possible to zip an arrow through “no man’s land”--just under a buck’s spine and above his lungs—and that it is possible for the animal to run off, heal and live to be hunted another day.
Other bowhunters say BS, just look at the deer’s anatomy below. It is impossible to shoot an arrow into that area without hitting some vitals and probably killing the deer, even if you never find it.
I count myself a cautious believer, because years ago I hunted with a TV host who bought in some footage of a 160-class buck he’d shot earlier in the day. The cameraman slowed down the hit—high, but we all believed the arrow clipped the top of both lungs, and that we’d find the buck dead within 100 yards or so the next morning. We looked for 2 days, no buck. Three days later the cameraman videoed the same buck walking by another tree stand, but too far out for a shot. The deer had a noticeable hole in no man’s land, and it was beginning to heal. The animal didn’t look sick. To the contrary, he walked fine. I have been a reluctant believer ever since.
What about you--is no man’s land for real, or no? If you’ve shot a deer high like that (and what bowhunter hasn’t?) tell us about it—did you get the deer or no...if not, did you ever see him again…did you see him later in the season with a scar? Get your bowhunting buddies and tell them to comment on this post, because I want as much field data as possible. It’s a good, educational topic with bow season around the corner.
In my next post, I’ll tell you what one of America’s top deer biologists (and an avid bowhunter) thinks about this. It will be the most comprehensive info you’ve ever read on no man’s land. comment