Sierra wrote:A few more questions popped into my head. Do you use a call to stop a moving deer, or hope they will stop or slow down? When I practice shooting, I do practice taking my shot quickly. I have a call I can use and I will practice with it.
If at all possible,I recommended stopping a deer before taking a shot. I admit that I am a mediocre shot, so I need all the help I can get. I took a walking shot yesterday. The deer was 50 yards away and I was on him with a scoped 30.06 and it was still enough to alter my point of impact by several inches. Fortunately, the 180gr round made up for my mistake. I should have known better.
Like all things, stopping a moving deer and then quickly capitalizing is a little harder than it sounds. The first thing you need to do is get into a ready position. That means gun shouldered, safety off and looking just over the sight/scope (or at full draw with your anchor set). You want to be ready before
you stop the deer, so using a call won't due. You are going to have to rely on your voice. Then, just before you stop him, you need to think about where he is going to stop. It does no good to stop a deer if he stops behind a big oak tree. You've got to try to time it so he plants his feet in your open lane. Any odd sound will work, but I use a voice bleat that sounds like a nasally, "Waa!" From there I try to settle in and take the shot. Granted, a calm deer may sit and stare for several minutes, but a deer with s suspicious mind won't sit still long. Lastly, know that it my take several bleats, whistles or hoots to stop a deer who is moving with a purpose.
Good questions. Keep 'em coming.