^good shot placement is always in the front of my mind.
I trust my shooting ability, and i know that deer can run a distance on adrenalin without major organs. But a perfectly placed shot with a .35 caliber bullet weighing 200 grains should drop a deer in its tracks. The reviews of the leverevolution 200 grain bullets are generally "deer did not take another step". The woods here are so thick that I would rather not have to track it in the dark through the woods if i don't have to.
I might go out again this evening if the wind dies down. A relative went out hunting in the same place this morning, saw 2 does and buck but didn't get a clear shot. Running around the same place like nothing ever happened 12 hours earlier.