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#6479316 - 10/03/16 07:16 PM How "low" do you aim on a deer?
spoon33 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/11
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When bow hunting, and you have a deer at say 20 or 30 yards, do you aim below their belly if they are on alert? Also, do you aim low on a deer who doesn't know you are there?

In theory it sounds great, I would just hate to aim too low and shoot under a deer.

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#6479324 - 10/03/16 07:19 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
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I aim where I want the arrow to hit.
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#6479353 - 10/03/16 07:35 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
Hunter-Steve Offline
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you never know if the deer will jump or duck so I just aim for a center chest.
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#6479396 - 10/03/16 08:00 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
FoxTrot Offline
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Im with txhntr
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#6480092 - 10/04/16 10:14 AM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: txshntr]
tdecker22 Offline
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
I aim where I want the arrow to hit.
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#6480113 - 10/04/16 10:22 AM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: tdecker22]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: tdecker22
Originally Posted By: txshntr
I aim where I want the arrow to hit.


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#6480119 - 10/04/16 10:26 AM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
CleerCreekDC Offline
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I aim for lower third right behind shoulder. If the deer ducks then you have a double lung. If he doesn't move at all heart shot. Seems to work well.

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#6480441 - 10/04/16 01:27 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: CleerCreekDC]
ChrisB Offline
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Originally Posted By: CleerCreekDC
I aim for lower third right behind shoulder. If the deer ducks then you have a double lung. If he doesn't move at all heart shot. Seems to work well.

Same for me.

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#6480619 - 10/04/16 02:56 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
titan2232 Offline
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I'm one of the few that aims more towards the shoulder. I'd much rather hit the shoulder on a complete broadside shot than to hit too far back.

You won't get a pass through more often than not and the blood trail isn't great, but the deer don't go very far IMO. The hunting area depends greatly on the shot I decide to take.
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#6480675 - 10/04/16 03:24 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: titan2232]
JMalin Offline
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
I'm one of the few that aims more towards the shoulder. I'd much rather hit the shoulder on a complete broadside shot than to hit too far back.

You won't get a pass through more often than not and the blood trail isn't great, but the deer don't go very far IMO. The hunting area depends greatly on the shot I decide to take.



Behind the shoulder can easily turn into a gut shot, especially if aiming in the lower 1/3 of the body cavity. I aim for a few inches above the "elbow" when a deer is broadside.

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#6480690 - 10/04/16 03:27 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
stxranchman Offline
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It all depends on the individual deer and their posture around the stand.
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#6482187 - 10/05/16 01:23 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
snake oil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 76
Depends on range,how calm he is and other deer.

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#6483562 - 10/06/16 09:49 AM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
Jimbo Offline
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I think knowing when to pull off the shot, and when to aim low all comes with experience and being able to read the deer.
I've had a chance to coach some new bowhunters and where they had a problem was with patience and not waiting for the right moment and blow a slam dunk shot.
I always tried to teach them to read the body language of the deer.
If a deer comes into a feeder they are wound up like a car spring and you can see their muscles twitching on their shoulders.
Also wait for the wind to help you with the leaves rustling, or a far away sound of traffic or an airplane off in the distance, just anything to help mask the sound of the bow.
It takes a little while to develop the feel when it's just right for the shot, and aiming for the heart area is where you want to aim.
Closer is always better.

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#6483903 - 10/06/16 01:21 PM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: txshntr]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
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Loc: Rolling Plains
Originally Posted By: txshntr
I aim where I want the arrow to hit.

Yeah, with the right bow, arrow and Indian this is the best advice. Hunting isn't a science project.
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#6484962 - 10/07/16 08:32 AM Re: How "low" do you aim on a deer? [Re: spoon33]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 351
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I aim for the lowest spot I'd want to hit a deer on a calm deer and 4in below hairline on an alert deer. I have never shot under a deer

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