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Mufan wrote:

So if a deer is standing broadside with legs perpendicular to his body then the heart is totally hidden by the shoulder, right? The only way to get a shot at it is if he is quarter away, his leg is forward, or you shoot down between the blades, right?

Yup ! that's pretty well it.

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Yeppers Thumbs up

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I'm not a bow hunter but have tried it. I'm not much of a shot with one. I keep hearing the same thing here it seems. Pretty much, a tree stand is a bad spot to shoot a deer from. I'd never though about it befor. But it does make sesne that at the downward angle the vital area is smaller. Being that the arrow cuts and lacks the accuracy of a rifle bullet, yep, you'd probally need a larger part of the target vitals exposed and that probally means either a lower tree stand or a ground blind.

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Only in SOME hands does it lack the accuracy Don neener! Within 40 yards I can hit any target you can with a rifle Thumbs up Its all about practice and knowing your shot angles

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I do a lot of bow hunting and all of it from tree stands.
The main thing you have to be able to do is think in 3 dimentions this is true with any hunting but esp bow hunting from height. Putting what you are shooting at inside the animal instead of a picture on the side of the animal is paramount for real life hunting situations.

The majority of deer that I shoot with a bow are less than 10 yards. We are talking usualy right on top of them, so like Don said the vitals from that angle are smaller around BUT they are longer and the arrow cuts more tissue that way. Less than 10 yards is very close so a smaller target is not such a big deal. Also from that distance you almost always get a complete pass through giving you a second hole for the animal to bleed from and the exit hole is very low on the animal so you are not waiting for the body cavity to fill up in case of a not quite perfect shot. As the animal gets farther away the angle of the shot is lessened and becomes more and more a broadside shot. You as a hunter have to compensate for the distance and be thinking of the animal as multidimentional so you know where the lungs and heart are insite the critter at any angle and distance.

When I have a deer right below me and all 4 of my pins fit into its vital area I know that that deer is mine. It is a good shot.

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Hey Cam, don't bet the farm on that! Shame on You! Shame on You! Shame on You!

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hehehe Don...Id bet the farm...My car...My account...MY OLD LADY...Within 40 yards I can hit any target with MY bow that you could hit with your rifle of choice...Its YOU that may not wish to bet the farm, as I've already accepted that lil challenge and won it several times. (shhhh dont anyone tell him I've had a bow in my hand since I could walk right) neener! neener! A bow certainly takes dedication and Practice to be an accomplished marksman with and within 40 yards is very formidable. Now granted with a rifle you have the advantage of crushing through bone and dont have to be as "choosy" on your shots...But to me that is the attraction to archery!!! Archery can and will teach you MANY things, such as paitence, dedication, eye hand coordination, and MOST of all, Useing your brain to get close Thumbs up Keep practicing and never give it up...Once you finaly connect with a deer you will be completely hooked. Also something you may wish to think about is broadhead choice. I myself have tried MANY combinations with several being successful and a few failiers. The arrow/broadhead combo I have settled on now (but still testing new ones) is the New Carbon Express Maxima with the G5 Montech fixed blade. Fantastic penetration and VERY strong. But ,like a rifle, every bow and archer are different and some are choosy to the selections. One thing Ive found is, When you start messing up fletchings and busting nochs during practice YOU FOUND THE RIGHT COMBO!!!

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If you hunt from an elevated stand then you will need to practice with your bow from that stand or one at a similar height. The higher you go the more inaccurate you will get from a bow that was sighted in at ground level.
Notice I didn't say you "should", or "probably should" but rather it is a mandatory part of practicing if hunting from a elevation. Arrow flight dynamics change considerably when you add height to your shot.

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Sorry Cam, But on this one I have to go with Don Fischer the Ol Guy from Oregon Thumbs up

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