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Author Topic: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer  (Read 1433 times)

Offline Pure Instinct

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Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:45:45 PM »
Here is a new informative article on vitals

Check it out let me know what you think?

http://www.pureinstincthunting.com/where-should-i-shoot-a-whitetail-deer/

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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 09:58:56 PM »
Generally agree, although I will say I have taken a couple of straight-down shots and one quartering-to, each one successfully.  Obviously not as high of odds as a beautiful broadside shot or quartering away, but at the ranges I'm generally shooting (typically inside 20 yds) and with the energy I'm launching with, I have high confidence in the shots.  Not advocating them for every hunter or every situation (and have passed on many of those myself) but won't put them in the "never" category.  I do have the "Texas heart shot" in my "never" box however.  Overall good summary - thanks!
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 05:44:07 AM »
I mostly agree with the article, but might take a quartering to shoot depending on the angle and range
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 06:30:30 AM »
I tend to agree but I will take some shots with a gun that I will not with a crossbow. There are shots I may take with a crossbow but not a longbow.

I have been razzed by several hunting friends for passing on game that they said they would have dropped in a heartbeat. I have passed on a LOT of deer in my life just do to angle, distance, etc. The last one that comes to mind was a few years ago hunting with a longbow. I had the biggest 8 point I have ever seen 10 yards out from my tree stand and passed because the deer was facing me or quartering to me the entire time he was in range.  I just did not feel confident enough to make the pinpoint shot needed to take him down using the equipment I was using in that situation. Its a really tough call when your trophy is in sight.  My brother grazed the same deer the next night from his blind and he was using a compound.

I was taught ethics and safety above meat in the freezer..something I feel is becomming lost with a lot of the newer generation of hunters...but that may another topic...
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2016, 05:09:49 PM »
i do agree. broadside or quartering away only w/ a bow. never take a quartering to or straight down. I've recovered broadheads from both straight down and front shot bucks. you could get lucky, but not worth the risk @--0--0126
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 06:01:23 PM »
The ability to hit the right spot is king.  I'm not going to try to convince anyone they should take a straight down or quartering to shot, but at the same time every broadside shot is not a guarantee of success either (preaching to the choir I know).  Distance, wind, brush, deer temperament, and archer's skill under pressure all come into play.  Dad cut up more than one deer with broadheads in shoulder blades or vertebrae from broadside shots that didn't pan out.  I'm sure a lot of you would laugh hysterically at shots I've passed on (in hindsight I know some I should have taken.)
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2016, 07:40:32 PM »
i'm overly cautious on my shots, but better safe than sorry
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Re: Where Should I shoot A Whitetail Deer
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 09:31:57 AM »
Great info thanks!!
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