Thought i'd share a story with everyone. My buddy(a first year bow hunter) sent me a text yesterday morning to let me know he shot a nice buck and wanted help. I asked him if he made a good shot and he told me the buck fell in it's tracks. Right away i knew he hit the spine and would need a followup. I relayed this info to him but by the time he could stand a shoot again, the buck staggered out of shot distance. We took up the trail right away, figuring that he'd be severely disabled, but he had taken off. The buck was down for 15 minutes, motionless, and he just figured it would expire. Unfortunately, we searched for hours and over 1mile of blood trail. Found the arrow and only got about 3-4" of penetration. I'm thinking he burried the arrow in the shoulder and got a bit of the spine to put it down right away. He is really kicking himself for not putting another arrow in the big boy. Another Lesson learned the hard way!