I hear every bow hunter has this happen to them at one point or another. I was out this morning and had a deer come in to freshly trimmed shooting lane before first light. Couldn't see my pins, even though I could see this was a good sized doe. Fast forward to a little after 9:00 and I'm getting ready to climb out of the stand when I hear the old familiar sound of a deer stomping it's hooves. It was the doe again, this time about 25 yards out. We went back to the stomp dance, but this time I was ready and was at full draw for a couple of minutes. Full disclosure, I had the buck fever shakes going for my first shootable deer this year. I let it fly and heard the arrow enter and exit the body cavity. I gave it 20 minutes since I knew I'd hit her. When I got down, there was a second doe that I didn't see that blew out hard. I found my arrow very quickly. Unfortunately, it appeared that I had it her down and back farther than I wanted. Arrow was covered in a brown and green goop (gut shot based on everything I know), so I backed out for 7 hours. I came back, went straight to where my arrow was and started tracking the trail she'd taken and side trails. I'd went 200 yards in each direction or until I hit a fence line, but no sign of the deer bedding down or blood. During this time, I came across a doe and fawn and had another doe blow out without ever seeing me. Other than controlling my emotions and shooting better, is there anything else I'm missing on the process? The only other thing I can think of is come back with one of the special flash lights, but given the lack of blood, I don't know if it would do any good. The next question is based on the amount of scent I dropped and bumping the deer on my 30 acre of pines and scrub trees, how long should I say backed out before going back and getting back on the horse? I'm thinking a minimum of 2-3 weeks.