Ohio farms wrote:One of the problems with that shot is that, though there seems to be a hole to shoot into, the neck muscles are in the way. Your point of impact is not just the center of the hole that you see on the diagram that Deebz posted. It's still a very tricky shot with great possibilities for a non recoverable lethal hit. Not likely to have an exit wound.
I agree that there is a lot of tissue covering the hole in the rib cage... but with the newer bows and equipment we are using, shouldn't we have plenty of kinetic energy to zip through? especially with a good sharp broadhead? The deer my wife shot this year was a frontal shot... her bolt entered right at the base of the throat, passed through the lung and liver, then exited about halfway back out the side pulling about 3 inches of the membranous fat bodies out the exit hole. The bolt still had enough energy to travel another 25 yards or so and bury itself 2 inches in the ground... This was literally the biggest blood trail i've ever followed. the only blood was coming from the deer's mouth/nose and the hole in his throat. He died less than 30 yards from the impact of the shot. (granted, small deer, close range, 175 lb crossbow all factor into this)
i think the angle you're shooting would be the biggest concern as to whether or not this position would result in an easily recoverable deer or a difficult/non recoverable deer. As mentioned earlier, a lot of guys would take this shot from the ground (as my wife did), but not from a tree due to the possibility of the downward angle minimizing potential damage...
"When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God." ~Fred Bear