Is it possible to hit a deer too high in the chest? Regretfully I shot a doe this past weekend at about 25 yards. I thought i drilled her and when she took off I could see my feathers sticking out of her side. I heard the arrow clanking on everything as she ran back through the woods behind me. I thought i caught lungs for sure. I waited three hours because I had that feeling it was up a bit. I went back and trailed her for about 50 yards before I found the first really good blood sign. She was headed downhill then turned to parallel the ridge out of the woods and it looked like somone took a hose and sprayed bright red blood all over the place. She then went downhill into a ravine, then up one of the biggest hills on the farm bleeding like no other the whole way up it. Once on top we found where she must have stopped to catch her breath and then took off down the hill all the while bleeding really well. We could pretty much just walk and follow her. The arrow didnt come out of her and after two more ridges and hollers that she traversed both up and down and bleeding pretty well with bright blood she crossed the logging road and stopped where we found our last good blood sign a puddle of blood and a tree that had blood smeared on it. After that she was done... no more bleeding. I spent another hour walking half circles back and forth but to no avail. I walked every ridge and holler out and didnt find anything. All in all it was about one and a quarter miles from where I shot her and she didnt bed up once. I had the windage right on the shot it was perfect in those regards. In the whole trip she didnt bed down once you could see spots where she started to turn a tight circle like she was going to bed down, on the shot i heard a loud crack.. I know the arrow broke a rib going in and I think it lodged in the off side shoulder high of course. Because of the distance the angle didnt have much of a downward angle. From the time of the shot til I lost blood it was over five hours. I have beat myself over this for the last couple of days. I dont know what else i could have done and it sucks. Everyone that helped me on saturday reassured me that a mortally hit deer will bed down and that i probably hit her too high... So to make a long sobering and humbling story shorter can you hit a deer too high and not kill it... the blood was bright like lung blood but there were no bubbles. There was a lot of it and that makes me think it wasnt just a meat hit. I did everything i could do to find that deer, but it still kind of eats at me inside to know that i could have killed that deer and not found her... What do you guys think about it? Is there really a "no-mans" land up above the lungs? Ive beaten myself up over this like i said ever since we walked away from the woods. So did I kill that deer or not or can you in fact hit a deer too high and miss the goods.