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Targeting these vitals on the deer provides for the greatest margin of errof.
Here is a anatomy diagram showing the internal organs and structure of a whitetail deer.
Having said that, the red dots on some of the trail cam pics are gonna result in a log tracking job. We tracked it to another cross road (large amount of blood) into a field where we can't locate the blood because of course it rained last night. Also remember that from a stand, you need to aim where you want the arrow to COME OUT on the opposite side.
At normal stand heights of 18 feet (avg)this will normally put your aiming spot a bit higher.
However, I do have some friends that use expandable broadheads and have trouble shooting through a shoulder. After sunset I went back to the place of impact 3hrs. Two days later I took a shot on a 6pt at 42yrds out...sounded like a miss and sounded like I hit a tree... Anyway, the shot was at 10.5 yards, quartering away, went through the rib cage about the ninth and tenth rib and then out the chest.
The deer ran off with the arrow penetrated about halfway into the shoulder. Blood started after about 15 yards, was dark, little at first then a steady stream, and got less and less, and then nothing. Many times deer will double back on the same path they took and branch off from there hit the trail again looking for points where it possibly branched off I have seen this happen plenty of times. Pretty sure I heard crashing during the waiting time a few times..coming by from the area I last heard the buck, were spooked and kept looking back that way...arrow was covered what appears to be from a gut shot, due to the pieces of corn on the arrow and stinky film all down the shaft.
I even got on my hands and knees looking for blood. Sounds like a lot of these expandables may not have opened which could have been part of the problem. Arrow smelled clean with good blood, but I immediately backed off and will wait till morning. Too many experiences with questionable shots have taught me well. Also if a blood trail is lost look for other signs such as deep bedded tracks, hair, fresh broken limbs or branches that may suggest the deer headed in a certain direction, and kicked up leaves. Left area for a few hours to make sure and will go back to check around lunch to make sure it had plenty of low pressure and time to expire. Must have jerked a tad when I let the arrow a doe at 20yrds the other night hit her right square in the shoulder, found 6 spots of blood 50yrds from where I shot her and no arrow or deer searched all 85acres and nothing, any advice, email me at [email protected] those of you that have had trouble tracking deer I have a couple of suggestions.
Waiting a couple hours only gets you more excited, but rarely hinders your recovery. If he was being pushed, and the hole was stopping up, you may drive him a mile or more. In fact quartering away shots give you the most margin for error.
I think the only time you push a deer is with a pure muscle hit because you want him to keep pumping blood, and keeping him on the move does that. I'd go to the nearest water hole (pond creek, etc.) and begin to scout around the edges. My 13 year old daughter is going hunting for the first time this year. I did tell her to be patient and wait for it to turn broad side, but she understood what was going on with the different shots! justin ive been reading and have added to your site for over a year and i enjoy the stories which have been posted i think you have a great site keep up the good work may your blood trails be short and your venison be never over cooked bill These pic's are a excellecnt teaching practices for shot placement for youngster's and older beginers, it was a great tool to have my son and my fiance. Never turn advice down always listen, I talked to a guy at TSC for 30 minutes and learned alot of good tips! it wasn't easy, but I learned that you have to stick it out. Do you think my broadhead could penetrate the front shoulder and hit the vitals on a 20-yard shot?
On every opportunity, a deer hunter must make a choice; is this placement and range ethical?