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Thread: just slightly quartering toward you can leave you with a 1 lung hit deer

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    just slightly quartering toward you can leave you with a 1 lung hit deer

    Bowhunters.

    Please keep in mind that if a deer is slightly quartering towards you and you put the arrow right behind the shoulder your probably going to miss the opposite lung.

    2 years ago I shot 2 does back to back. The first doe quartered towards me just slightly when I stopped her with a mrrr

    The arrow hit right where I was aiming and she crashed off through the corn.

    Second big doe stop perfectly broadside, Arrow slammed through her and I watched her go down.

    This was early in my hunt and I wanted to make sure to give the 1st doe plenty of time and I still had a buck tag so
    it was getting close to noon, and with the temps rising I wanted to get my does out of there. I was just getting
    ready to climb down when I heard something coming through the corn. I got my bow ready and waited.



    The deer came out of the corn and I realized this was my first doe...I could not beleive it. More than 3 hrs had passed and she was still on her feet. I ranged her and was waiting for her to get a little closer and she collapsed. I got down and snuck up on her ready to put another arrow in her but she was done.

    had I started tracking this doe after an hour I would have never found her.

    When I cut her open I could clearly see I only got the one lung.

    here they are. The doe closest to me was the 1 lunger, that is the entrance.



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    No truer words has been spoken. Every deer I've shot quarting to ran for a long ways. Just did it again last Friday. Only got one lung and the deer ran about 70-80 yards.

    I do my best to wait for a better shot but sometimes the first deer of every season finds me not at my best.

    Good Post rodney!

    BTW, those are two pretty big doe(s).
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    Yeah its a risky shot....

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    Nice double! Very good point rodney Im sure some of us have experienced the same thing. I did the same thing to a doe 3 seasons ago. Thought it was a perfect shot sounded and looked good. Waited 45 mins got down went to my arrow. Smelled like guts!! Im really confused play the shot over and over in my head still thinking I smoked her. Anyways I back out come back about 6 hrs later (early afternoon it was a morning hunt). Blood trail is really good for about 50 yrds lung blood but also stomach contents. Track her for a while but blood eventually runs out. Go get my beagle he gets on the trail and is off like crazy through open fields and brush. Find her about 8hrs after the shot. Without the dog never would have recovered the deer. Hit the near lung and went back through the stomach. Deer must have been quartering toward me slightly at 35 yrds I didnt notice. Really tough to recover a deer with a one lung shot.
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    good thread. thanks rod
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    good info rod. so did it teach you to aim in the right spot or not take the shot?
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    Very good post Chief!
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    Good info but also a pretty neat story!
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    I think one thing we forget is what a deer is capable of doing in the split second it takes your arrow to go 20yds.

    It doesnt take much movement for a deer to change how an arrow enters and exits its body.

    I notice in low light it is really hard to even tell if a deer is slightly quartering to you.

    I have learned a lot from my mistakes over the years.

    Be patient and wait for the proper shot angle.

    good luck guys the season is upon us!!!

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    Those are some TANK does. Good information here.
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    Just like they say in Football same applies in deer hunting, it's a game of inches. An inch one way or the other can make a huge difference.

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    Did the same thing 2 days ago, found her 600 yards later tracking a very faint blood trail. I have learned a valuable lesson.

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    I will also add if you have to stop a deer in order to shoot...Aim at the bottom of the heart.

    It has been my experience that about 99% of deer will react by dropping to load the legs.

    I have shot over my share of deer in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodney482 View Post
    I think one thing we forget is what a deer is capable of doing in the split second it takes your arrow to go 20yds.

    It doesnt take much movement for a deer to change how an arrow enters and exits its body.

    I notice in low light it is really hard to even tell if a deer is slightly quartering to you.

    I have learned a lot from my mistakes over the years.

    Be patient and wait for the proper shot angle.

    good luck guys the season is upon us!!!


    Exactly! I hit a BIG buck a few years ago that by all means should have been dead to rights. 12 yards away broadside, had my pin settled and a second before I released a doe popped up out in the orchard and got his attention. I was shooting 285 fps at the time and he literally went from broadside to more or less facing straight away by the time my arrow hit him. What should have been a text book perfect broadside shot turned in to a heck of a tracking job that resulted in no deer . I did see him a few days later though chasing does so I know he made it.
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    I realy appreciate your post! The season is getting close for me(OCT 1). Whenever a deer is comming in(buck or doe) I get buck fever and I get anxious to shoot. I occasionaly take a quartering to shot and it always makes for a difficult recovery. It is so much easier and less stressful when I wait for a broadside or quartering away shot. I am going to try to keep your thread in my mind when I am given the opportunity to take a shot on a deer.

    Good luck this season, Isaac
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    Great post!
    I wish I wouldn't have had to learn that lesson from experience. I lost a nice 8pt last year because I rushed the shot and he was just slightly quartering towards me and he dropped a bit when I shot. so I hit him a bit high and probably only 1 lung. Another hunter saw him lay down about 100yrds away at dusk but when we went to look for him he was gone. Good blood trail for a bit but then it just dissapeared. I think he survived, I searched for days then kept an eye out for buzzards. Nothing.

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    I'm surprised you didn't get both lungs with that shot. The placement looks good unless she was quarting more the you thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highwaynorth View Post
    I'm surprised you didn't get both lungs with that shot. The placement looks good unless she was quarting more the you thought.
    There was a great thread about this a few days ago. It had pictures to aid in arrow placement. Quartering to shots need to be in front of the shoulder. It`s no harder than a quartering away shot if you know what you`re doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbs4421 View Post
    I realy appreciate your post! The season is getting close for me(OCT 1). Whenever a deer is comming in(buck or doe) I get buck fever and I get anxious to shoot. I occasionaly take a quartering to shot and it always makes for a difficult recovery. It is so much easier and less stressful when I wait for a broadside or quartering away shot. I am going to try to keep your thread in my mind when I am given the opportunity to take a shot on a deer.

    Good luck this season, Isaac
    I use to have such a bad problem of rushing things I printed off a note and placed it on my bow that said PATIENCE, I could
    see the message while getting ready to draw. It also worked good for 3d.

    Believe it or not this really helped me.

    I have since become much better at waiting for the best shot, but I realize what appears to be a great shot can change very quickly.

    I know there are variables we can not control, but just keep it in mind when getting ready for your shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunting170 View Post
    There was a great thread about this a few days ago. It had pictures to aid in arrow placement. Quartering to shots need to be in front of the shoulder. It`s no harder than a quartering away shot if you know what you`re doing.
    Yep! And it's a GREAT shot IF you know where to hit them. If you are unsure though...best not to take the shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic View Post
    Yep! And it's a GREAT shot IF you know where to hit them. If you are unsure though...best not to take the shot.
    The key is knowing exactly where to aim for that shot.. and I would only do it with a good COC broadhead.

    but I agree when executed properly it is very lethal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodney482 View Post
    The key is knowing exactly where to aim for that shot.. and I would only do it with a good COC broadhead.

    but I agree when executed properly it is very lethal.
    ............At close range as well. Normally, a deer in this position is allready alerted to the hunter. Very good info!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunting170 View Post
    There was a great thread about this a few days ago. It had pictures to aid in arrow placement. Quartering to shots need to be in front of the shoulder. It`s no harder than a quartering away shot if you know what you`re doing.
    anyone have a link to that thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunting170 View Post
    There was a great thread about this a few days ago. It had pictures to aid in arrow placement. Quartering to shots need to be in front of the shoulder. It`s no harder than a quartering away shot if you know what you`re doing.
    This was the norm back in the good ol' aluminum arrow days. Fear of hitting bone with a carbon arrow sometimes caused me to aim wrong. I wish I were not so addicted to the speed of carbons. BAck in the day, I would just blow the aluminum right through whatever was in the way of the vitals.
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    Good post Rodney. I had shot a buck quartering to high steep angge and saw it run off with a half the arrow sticking out. Inimmediately knew it might be hard tracking . No exit wound and such. I was real happy to find him he went over a 1,000'yards and if it wasn't for my 2 buddy's help I probably would have never found him. That. Was my nfirstnbuck and was very anxious to shoot a buck. It can be very tough making those decisions in the heat of the moment.

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