I killed my first buck with a bow last night and didn't find it. About 6:30 pm, it was a clean double lung shot. My arrow passed all the way through and was covered in pink frothy blood. A storm started rolling in so instead of sitting in my stand and waiting I got down to track him (mistake number 1). It started getting dark and raining so I tracked a heavy blood trail for about 100 yards into some thick timber where I found a pool of blood. (I think he laid down and when I got out of my stand I must've jumped him and he took off again). Found a few more blood spots and by this time it was pitch black and raining and lost the trail. Called a couple friends over and we trumped around in the woods for hours looking for more signs of blood and nothing. The timber was so overgrown and dark that we could only see what was directly in the flashlight. Walked around for hours in the dark soaking wet and came up empty handed. Even had dreams about finding him in my driveway and yard. Got up for work and thought my boss might let me have the day off to find him but nope. Might get out of here early but by the time I would get home and hopefully find him it would be late afternoon and today is supposed to get into the 60-70s. So I'm assuming there is no way the meat will be edible? He was a pretty decent sized 4x4 that I had been keeping an eye on for a while and was really pumped to get him. I wish I had just missed him all together but I know he's dead in the woods right now and there's nothing I can do about it. It's literally making me sick to my stomach. I'm wondering what the odds are of the meat being salvageable, and also wanted to get this story of my chest because I feel like absolute sh*t. A mistake i will never make again, taking a shot without knowing that I will have the next day to find him just incase.