First, if there’s any wind on the day you go hunting, you’ll need to remember that it will affect your shot. Stiff crosswinds can blow your arrow off your mark, and either miss the deer entire or hit it in a bad spot.
If the wind is gusting, you may need to wait before taking a chance on a weak shot. Remember, patience is a virtue - good things come to those who wait!
Lastly, you need to know about “jumping the string” or “ducking the arrow” as it’s called. This term describes how a deer will suddenly tense its muscles during fight or flight mode when it hears the bowstring snap.
As soon as you release the arrow, the deer will briefly move downwards before jumping up in a startled manner. You may need to aim a little below the vital organ areas to ensure you hit the deer as its tenses its muscles and temporarily crouches close to the ground.
Putting it All Together
When you put it all together with a lot of practice, you should have a beautiful, clean shot! Check out these two excellent demonstrations in the videos below. These shots are exactly how you want to do it.
These two videos sum up what part of the deer you need to shoot - one lands the arrow in a double lung shot, whereas the second archer hits a perfect heart shot.
In both of the videos, you can see the deer react to the twang of the bowstring, but the archer perfectly expected this and got a clean shot after all.
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