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Aiming for deer jumping arrow

I have only been bow hunting whitetails for 2 seasons (just starting season #3) but after a few badly placed arrows and lost deer I am starting to conclude that deer have been jumping my arrows but it happens so quick I didn't see it. I often feel very good about my shots only to find out I missed the vitals. I can hit the vitals of 3D targets consistently. Also watching the slo-mo videos on hunting shows of the actual shot I notice that most deer almost always manage to crouch down a few inches before the arrow reaches them.

I've heard that bucks especially big ones tend to jump the arrow less often. I hit my last deer exactly where I was aiming and it was a 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 year old buck who was fixated on two does at the time during the rut so maybe he didn't jump at all, I don't know. 

So here's my question: Do most bow hunters aim low to account for the deer crouching down to run after hearing the bow? If so where do you aim? Is there a distance so short that the deer doesn't have time to move or so far that they don't hear the bow? My bow is older (2003 Browning Lightening) 62 lbs and not as fast or quiet as the new ones.

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Well, the way I have always

Well, the way I have always looked at it, is if you aim at a point about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom, and the deer drops a few inches, you should still hit about 2/3 of the way up.  That should still be within the lung zone, and be a fatal shot......

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If you are not noticing the

If you are not noticing the deer jumping or ducking the arrow then they quite possibly are not doing it. 

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Critter, the thing is they

Critter, the thing is they always duck then run after you shoot. The only question is - do they start the crouching down before the arrow hits them or after?

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I'ld check your bow and see

I'ld check your bow and see if anything on it is making any noise that would alert the deer.  If you are using a compound pay attention to where the cables cross each other.  If they are crouching down then they are ducking it and you may try aiming a little lower.

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If you aim for the heart you

If you aim for the heart you will almost always be good. If they are jumping the string by aiming at the heart you will more than likely be right in the lungs.

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Aim low

Yes I think I will do that, aim a bit low in the bottom 1/3 of the kill zone. I just have to be carefull not to hit the shoulder. Thanks for the advise guys.

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I would have to agree with

I would have to agree with critter. If you are not seeing the deer jump the string than I think its probably unlikely that they are doing so. I know this can be a bigger problem with whitetails than the elk and mule deer that I am used to chasing but I haven't ever had one jump the string.

The problem with holding that low in the kill zone with a bow is that you are going to have to be that much closer to having the exact right range estimated. Holding in the center of the animal is going to allow the most room for error but if you are able to range finder the animal than this shouldn't be a problem I guess.

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I typically aim a little low

I typically aim a little low ever since my buddy suggested it to me. I have seen enough deer shot wheather on tv or in person to know when they jump there first movement is almost alway down. So now when i shoot at my 3d target i aim for the lower 1/3 of the kill zone like I'm doing a heart shot. if it doesnt jump then I'll still hit the heart and if it does jump then it will be a lung shot. I'm very comfortble with my shot so i dont see it being a problem.

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Aim for the heart

I agree with aiming for the heart, can't go wrong there.  They really have to jump the string bad to not hit vitals if try for a heart shot.

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I saw a segment on tv where

I saw a segment on tv where they had a guy behind a barrier so he couldn't see the archer. He was holding a deer target and the object was to move the target when he heard the bow.  He quite easily avoided the arrow by moving the target down to simulate a deer ducking.  They pointed out that his hearing and reflexes were no where near that of a deers so it was easier and more likely that a deer would be able to duck the arrow.

I agree with the posters about aiming for the heart, but one thing to consider is shot angle.  If the angle is steep it may not be feasible to aim for the heart.  You might just have to aim higher to make a clean kill.

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