Well I hope you get another chance at him. Let us know. You may also want to post this in the "General" forum, as more people seem to read that one.
As far as the distance thing goes, I have no doubt that you are accurate at that range (and I would hope that would be the FIRST thing someone would consider before shooting!). But that was not the reason for my statement. I am of the opinion that whatever an archer's comfortable accuracy distance is on paper or foam, that distance needs to be reduced by 25% to 30% for hunting conditions. That, and for a bowhunter it is imperative that he knows the ANGLE that the deer is from him, because that will have a very big effect on whether the shot is a good hit, or a marginal one. What appears to be a good solid double lung hit, can easily wind up only hitting part of one lung and then the liver/gut if the deer was standing quartering to you. I don't know about you, but at distances more than 25 yards or so in the woods under hunting conditions, I find that to be very difficult to darn near impossible most of the time. Add an elevated shooting position to the mix and the margin of error increases. My prefered shot froma treestand or the ground is a quartering away angle. Many of the deer I've shot from treestands I actually aimed BEHIND the last rib so that the arrow entered in the liver area but wound up hiitng both lungs and the heart. If the deer's quartering to you the opposite will happen.....and that ain't good.
How many times have you heard a bowhunter say.......
"I hit him right behind the shoulder crease, but he just kept going without much or any blood, and he never bedded down, I KNOW I hit him in the lungs!"
Well.......a deer that's hit in both lungs WILL BE going down in a 100 yards or so. If he doesn't, then you didn't hit him in the lungs. It's that simple. A deer loses a certain percentage of his blood, and he's down from shock due to blood loss.
I'm ashamed to say that I know some of this from personal experience, and I've tried to learn from it. Take it as you will.
Offer No Apologies.....
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