Here is a anatomy diagram showing the internal organs and structure of a whitetail deer.
One of the most difficult aspects of shot placement on a deer is locating the vitals and avoiding the shoulder especially when bowhunting.
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?
Angles from tree stands and even the body position of the deer need to be considered.On every opportunity, a deer hunter must make a choice; is this placement and range ethical?The most ethical placements have a large room for error and target the vitals, the lungs and heart.Targeting these vitals on the deer provides for the greatest margin of errof.Remember to bend at the waist so as to not lengthen your draw and make you miss high. The key is give him a couple hours before you begin to 'track', or in some cases, 'push' your deer.
If I know I have ABSOLUTELY double lunged him, I still wait about two hours before starting the retrieve -even if I see him go down.It is ethical if it is within a hunter's ability, properly placed and with a sufficiently powerful weapon.All hunters should strive to make ethical decisions even when a buck of a lifetime is in range.Is other hunters we always go out of our way to help another hunter. Thanks for the pics makes me feel more confendent in the woods now. thanks for the diagrams i didnot get a deer last year being my first yea hunting and not knowin where to place an arrow on a deer for the most painless death with out a lot of suffering good luck everyone im going out friday with my crossbow The anatomy diagrams is a great tool to look at from time to time. How far is it possible for a deer to run if it was one lunged? Your 'red dots' are generally ok, but I prefer about four inches to the right if the deer is facing the left. This give you a little wiggle room for error, the deer moving at release, or windage.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.Shot a 8pt 205lb deer this morning at 18 yards in the lungs and it only went 100 yards. Particularly in the lungs if there is no pass through think i may have had a lung or airway shot. It will normally stick to deer trails where it can move easily.