This morning I had a shot on my biggest buck yet.. as soon as the arrow connected I had an uneasy feeling. I misjudged the yardage and hit a bit high probably about 3/4 up it's body. It was quartering away and the arrow didn't penetrate real far... didn't pass through. It ran really hard after it got hit. So I waited a couple hours.. then went to track it. Pretty soon we found good blood and started following the trail. It was one of the easiest blood trails I've ever followed, a steady stream of blood that you could almost jog as you follow it at times. So at that point I had a good feeling and was expecting to see a dead deer any moment. However, this trail with heavy blood went on and on. Every once in a while it would peter out a bit, but soon we would be on to a steady trail again. Several hundred yards in I found the arrow.. looked like it only penetrated maybe 8" or less. 7-800 yards in still had good blood and couldn't believe it went that far while bleeding that much. But suddenly the blood amount really tapered out and about that time the trail started taking us up a long steep bank. This is when the very real possibility of not finding this buck started to sink in. We kept following the trail, but it became hard to make much progress, every now and then we would find good spots of blood but they became few and far between...and then couldn't really find any more, exhausted and having somewhere I needed to go, we gave up. All said and done we had tracked this thing more than half a mile. My question to you experienced deer trackers is this: if a deer has gone this far already is it likely still alive? Have you ever had a deer bleed to the extent that I described and see it live? I'm trying to decide if I should go look again tomorrow. I think it's possible I hit the "dead zone". But what gets me is the amount that it bled. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.