Back when my eyes were better I did a lot of small game hunting . It sucks that you lost those other two deer like that but it does happen . My buddy found one I had shot and we couldn't find for a few weeks . A huge rain washed it up the creek . I bet I had walked by it more than once and didn't see it in the creek . That taught me to get some high boots or waiters and walk in the creek . I knew I had hit the deer but could not find any blood . But It was a 150 yard shot and I heard the slug hit plain as day . And watched it run to the creek and heard it cross the creek .