With a little luck, you might get one or two "perfect" shots in a lifetime. Ideally, the animal would be in the open, and standing broadside at close range. But more likely, you'll have to shoot while the target is partially blocked by vegetation, and moving at a less than ideal angle.
There are 7 basic types of shot placement:
BROADSIDE. With 100 percent of the heart-lung area exposed, you have a target roughly the size of an 8 inch paper plate, with additional room for error.
QUARTERING TOWARD. About 65 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed. Aim for the near shoulder. Don't try this shot with a bow, you'll most likely hit the shoulder bone if you do.
QUARTERING AWAY. About 60 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed. To hit the vitals, aim along an imaginary lnie through the deer's far shoulder.
HEAD-ON. With only 35 percent of the heart-lung area exposed, this shot is too risky for archers. Gun hunters should take it ony if the deer is about to bolt.
WALKING AWAY. About 45 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed. The tendency is to shoot too far forward; aim along an imaginary line exiting between the deer's legs.
QUARTERING TOWARD. About 55 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed, but it is protected by the shoulder bone, and the deer will probably see you move as you prepare to shoot.
QUARTERING AWAY. About 55 percent of the heart-lung area is exposed. You should aim along an imaginary line exiting low on the far shoulder. The deer is not likely to see your movement.
Good luck and safe hunting from the Pro-Staff of Gamecalls.Net!