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Old 06-10-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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Here's some pictures and recommendations on where to shoot:
















Bullets



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Bullets harvest game by massive shock and tissue destruction. Bullets have a tremendous amount of energy, and if fired from firearms adequate for deer hunting, can smash even heavy bone and enter the vital organs.


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Arrows

Arrows harvest game with razor sharp broadheads that are designed to cut tissue. Arrows cut arteries and veins resulting in massive hemorrhaging. In addition to severe bleeding, arrows passing through both lungs cause the lungs to collapse, causing rapid death due to suffocation. Arrows can cut through softer bones like ribs, but rarely penetrate heavy bones found in the shoulder, hips, head and neck. Both razor sharp broadheads and careful shot placement are crucial to game harvest.


Broadside shot




Bullet: A broadside Deer offers several excellent shots for the firearm hunter. The best target is the chest area. Find the best aiming point on a deer by picking a spot one third to halfway up the side of the animal and just behind the front shoulder. A bullet enter the lungs or heart will provide a good blood trail and a quick harvest. A head or neck shot will drop an animal instantly with little or no meat damage, but should only be used if you are proficient enough with your firearm.

Arrow: A broadside deer represents the best bow shot because it requires the least amount of penetration to reach the vital organs. The best target is the chest area.The broadside shot is also the best angle for accomplishing a double lung hit, resulting in the collapse of both lungs. Find the best aiming point on a deer by picking a spot one third to halfway up the side of the animal and just behind the front shoulder. This will put an arrow in the center of the vital area by enabling you to pick a spot rather than shooting at the whole animal. An arrow will penetrate the ribs, but be careful to avoid the shoulder bone. Wait until the near leg is forward and concentrate on a spot behind the shoulder. Avoid head and neck shots when bow hunting. Wait for the chest shot behind the front shoulder.


Quartering away shot




Bullet: The quartering away angle is a fine shot for the firearm hunter. Aim behind the front shoulder for an effective hit. The bullet will pass through both lungs and possibly the heart and into the far shoulder.

Arrow: The quartering away angle is a fine shot for the bow hunter. Aim at the chest area just behind the front shoulder. The arrow should pass through both lungs.



Quartering toward shot





Bullet: The quartering toward angle is fine for the firearm hunter. Aim at the head, neck or center of the chest for an effective hit. Be aware of where your bullet will end up. If you shoot a deer in or behind the near front shoulder the bullet will likely pass through the stomach and intestines (gut shot) and into the hind quarters. Always avoid the "gut shot", because the contents of the stomach and intestines will taint the taste of the meat.

Arrow: This is one of the poorest bow shots and should be avoided. Heavy shoulder bones shield the majority of the vital organs from penetration by arrow. Wait for the animal to pass by and take a broadside or quartering away shot.



Head on shot


Bullet: This is a fair shot for a skilled marksman. The head and neck are your only clean shots. The center of the chest should be avoided, because it would result in the "gut shot" (described above).

Arrow: This is a very poor shot for the bow hunter. The vital area is the chest between the shoulders, which is an extremely small target. Wait for a better shot.



Rear end shot




Bullet: The rear end shot is a poor shot for the firearm hunter. A shot to the body at this angle will probably ruin the best cuts of meat and will result in a "gut shot" (described above). A head or neck shot is possible if the animal has its head up. Wait for a better shot.

Arrow: This is a shot all responsible bow hunters will pass up. The hindquarters have very heavy muscle tissue and heavy bone structure which makes it very difficult for an arrow to get up front to the vital organs.



Elevated stand shot

Elevated stands and tree stands, are used by both firearm hunters and bow hunters. This elevated shot angle makes little difference to a firearm hunter, simply aim higher on the deer to compensate for the downward trajectory of the bullet. Lets say this slash ( \ ) is your bullet trajectory and the parenthesis is the deer, visualize how the bullet would enter the top of the deer and exit through the bottom.

The elevated shot angle results in a smaller portion of the vital area being exposed to a bow hunter. The vital organs are more protected by the back bone and shoulder blade. To avoid the shoulder blade when shooting from an elevated stand, aim farther behind the shoulder. Shooting from elevated stands makes it more difficult to achieve a double lung hit.

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Old 06-11-2007, 02:32 AM   #2
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This would be good up top for some of the newer hunters?
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:31 AM   #3
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This would be good up top for some of the newer hunters?
That's whothis post isdirected towards. I wish we had a spot to keep up top some information for new hunters.
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Thanks alot, i'm going to try to print those pictures off as this will be my first year hunting. Much appreciated.
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On the top of the shoulder.....just aft of the base of the neck. Takes out both shoulders, spinal column, both major arteries running to the brain and to the extremeties as well as the veins carrying blood back, windpipe and often the front of the lungs go as well.

Deer will go down back-end first, with legs folded up underneath and the head will flump down like a fat kid doing a belly flop incorrectly.
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nice post.....has lots of info.
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I just noticed something amiss.

In the "Deer Skeleton" picture...the spine, where it leaves the shoulder and goes up into the neck toward the head is FAR too low. The spine does in fact take a slight dip at that spot..but the bones/spine are not nearly as central to the neck as depicted in that picture. I have shot hundreds (yes...hundreds) of deer just in front of the scapula...and the bullet passes either under or through the back bones....in that picture...it would pass far above....just not an accurate drawing.
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Thanks Tex! After reading your post alot of the things that have happened to me while hunting now make sense. I'm going to print up the picturesand seal it up in laminate so I can take it out in the field with me when hunting. I'll probobly punch a hole in it and wear it around my neck with a little chain.
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Here's a much better pic of the vitals, Tex. This well illustrates what Swamp was talking about, shooting right in front of the shoulder, because of the little dip there.



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