Not every arrow that you shoot from your bow will hit the game. Then again, very few shots will be right on target so as to make a perfect kill where the deer or buck is killed instantly without suffering an agonizing death. Effective game stalking and hunting requires the huntsman to have special skills which can be acquired only through regular practice.
Once a hunter amasses extensive experience, he’ll have a fair idea on where to shoot a deer with a bow. To put it accurately and succinctly, he’ll know which part or parts of the deer’s body should be targeted in order to slay the animal almost instantaneously, making it suffer as little as possible.
This blog throws light on the specific anatomical sections or body parts of the game that you should aim at for ensuring a kill that is on the spot as well as less painful.
Where to Shoot A Deer with A Bow?
Experienced hunters know perfectly well where to shoot the deer with a bow or rather the arrow, to be specific. Accuracy is everything; it is extremely crucial for the hunter to be adept in using the bow skillfully rather than depend on the equipment’s efficiency. In case, you’re preparing to leave for your debut hunting expedition, make sure you aim your arrowheads at the following body parts:-
1. The Lungs
Lungs are the largest organs of the deer’s respiratory system that facilitate breathing and extremely sensitive as well. Hence, taking a shot at the pair of lungs will put the animal out of action, resulting in the being’s death almost immediately. Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind a very significant fact, and that is the arrow must penetrate through both the lungs to ensure an instant death.
The deer may continue to survive for a short period of time, writhing in agony, before slumping to the ground if the arrow pierces only one of the lungs. The deer will stay alive as long as the other lung enables her to breathe, albeit agonizingly. So, your target should be to strike the lung pair simultaneously if you want to avoid a slow and painful death and also prevent yourself from tracking a bloody trail.
2. The Heart
Ask any seasoned bowhunter where to shoot a deer with a bow and chances are that he will tell you to aim straight for its heart. You have a 98% chance of making a fatalistic strike if your arrowhead is successful in slicing through the animal’s heart. For instance, if you’re facing the deer on its broadside, focus the scope (in case you’re using one because of poor visibility) along with the arrowhead in the area between the brisket and the front shoulder.
You need to be extremely careful and focused while attempting this shot-the arrow could end up hitting the brisket area or the scapula (shoulder blade) if it is just a tad off the mark. Striking any other body organ other than the heart or lungs may not slay the game on the spot but rather cause excruciating pain and agony until its death. Therefore, you should try this kind of shot only when the deer’s broadside is perfectly within your range of vision and you’re in a position to target the heart directly.
1. Broadside: The Best Position
You’re most likely to hit the deer’s lungs or heart when you spot the animal with its broadside towards you. You might be able to fire an immaculately ethical shot if and when your game is positioned perpendicular to you since you can clearly see one side (the ventral or dorsal side) of the body in entirety. If the deer’s broadside is within 4-5 feet of your position, you’ll be able to take a fair guess as to where its heart or lungs are.
Do not aim and/or fire if you don’t feel confident about your position and angle or if the broadside is not clearly visible or else the arrow might hit a non-vital body part.
The deer will be looking away from you when you chance it in a quartering-away position. In this position, you’ll be viewing the entire profile of the animal but from the back as it rear will be facing you. This position is ideal for slaying big games like mule deer, white-tailed deer or antelope.
The body parts or spots you’ll be aiming at will be further at the back in comparison to the broadside. The extent of the deer’s quartering away (position) will determine the spot which you should be targeting. While aiming, try to focus on a spot that is somewhere above the front legs.
Avoid Shooting the Deer at These Spots or Places
There are a couple of spots or places on the deer’s body that you should normally refrain from aiming at in order to avoid an unethical kill. Wait patiently and sooner or later, you’ll get the opportunity for a perfect shot.
Hardcore hunters, in most of the occasions, hit home when they attempt a headshot. Inexperienced hunters, on the other hand, while executing a headshot, could injure the deer grievously causing it to scamper away. It’ll take years of practice for you to load the arrow on the bowstring discreetly without alerting the deer.
At the same time, you’ll need to be highly experienced to release the arrow very subtly and silently or else the animal will instinctively suspect that something is amiss and dart away. Deer tend to be very sensitive animals, acutely conscious of their surroundings, and even the slightest disturbance or disorder will make them alert.
2. Head-On or Face-to-Face Shot
Never, ever take aim when you’re face to face with your quarry. There’s every possibility of your misfiring and missing your target, more so if you’re inexperienced. The error margin with the head-on shot is high or wide as you may be in a fix in deciding where to shoot at.
If you’re a hunter short on experience it is imperative that you are aware of where to shoot a deer with a bow. Awareness of the deer’s anatomy coupled with familiarity about the suitable hunting positions goes a long way in helping you to take perfect aim that eventually results in an ethical and humane kill.