The ball is desired is broadside, 20 yards away. You are fully open, trying to anchor and objective. I can count on the left hand of Captain Hook number of things that excite me more than this time. But nothing will turn that emotion in faster than the release of the arrow anxiety and not knowing exactly where. And the same thing happens to every hunter with bow in the forest at some point in time.
But there are signs to watch after the shot. The initial reaction of the deer, the appearance of the arrow, and the trail of blood quality are important to consider not only when the deer is hit, but the time to wait before taking the trail.
The key to finding any animal is not an exact science. You've waited months to get in a tree stand, spent hours shooting his bow, hours of exploration, hours sitting in a booth, hours dreaming of hitting a large ball. Here are my simple rules.
I hope this helps. Just remember dead deer do not escape to give them time.