JPH you are a wise man and we should all respect that. As I said above I wouldn't take the staightaway shot. Hard to find any literature that teached bowhunters to take that one. No ill will intended, but I personally don't like seeing posts like these because I think they give "confidence" to people who don't have it.
I agree with the false sense of security that might be given here. Practice practice practice makes the talked about shot a chip shot. That and obviously the distance and the angle of the arrow and height of the tree stand and seasoned capabilty of the hunter etc etc. If a hunter practices this shot from an elavated stand like position and is familiar with his shot placement as it relates to all the variables of the situation including high confidence, then the shot can be accomplished with a high degree of success on a regular basis. Unfortunately, too many hunters confuse their own eragance with the necessary skill to pull off the shot. We need to come to grips with our own capability and make a sound decision that allows us to sleep at night once the decision is made. In my early years of hunting I did not always make that sound decision. Now I think that my acquired knowledge has formed some sort of wisdom, however small, that allows me to do better in the woods. I truly hope that with all the information that is available to our young and up-coming hunters that they have the wherewithall to make sound decisions, practice good ethics and turn into hunters that we can all be proud of. Not like me who learned the hard way with too many sleepless nights. Take care.
...it's not about the position of the deer it's about being able to hit where you are aiming.
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