Hello all - this is my first post here. I've rifle hunted for deer and elk since I was old enough with my dad - I'm now 40.
I've never gone archery hunting and actually know very little about it.
This year my son, who's 12, took his hunter's ed course and this will be his first season. He's sort of worried that if he sees a buck, he won't be able to "kill bambi" I assured him that when he's out and actually see's something, he won't even be thinking about it.
Anyway, we have the Outdoor channel on cable where we live. He was watching several deer hunting shows this past weekend, several of which featured archery hunts. He became very concerned that the archery hunts never (at least on the show) produce a 1st shot (archery) clean kill (like they taught him in hunter's ed is the ideal) and that most of the shots shown did not hit a vital area (i.e., heart lung area). Now, I know even with rifle hunting, you don't always drop the deer right where he's standing and explained that to him. But he was pretty upset about it and asked that I watch with him.
So I sat and watched, and have to agree with what he said he was seeing on the shows... I was very suprised to see most of the shots hitting close to the rear quarter, as in a gut shot, and not a heart/lung shot. The animal would run off and they hunter would go and find them.
So, my son asked me, and now I'm asking you... are these shows a realistic portrayal of how a archery hunt goes?? Poor shot placement (other then it hit the animal), and what appears to be from the program, not necessarily a quick, clean kill?