What if your aiming at this trophy deer freestyle; and have no rifle support? Eventually the trail became so sparse that establishing directionality was impossible. It just happens to stop before the lane in a area, about 25 yards away, that has an opening of a couple square feet or so. Although that much penetration would definitely puncture a lung on a straight hit to the chest cavity, it would mostly likely take 5 or 6 inches of penetration on a scapula hit. For any hunter with a conscience, numbers like these should be very troubling.
Shot Placement on Whitetail Deer
I second your thoughts good luck to all, the dog. I brought him to help drag, but we followed the blood for about yards and she reached a cornfield. The more difficult shot to visualize is when an animal is quartering away. Millions of acres of public-use land has been purchased, preserved, and maintained with this money. If someone shot you with a bow in the Deltoid and it stuck in your humerus, do you think you would die that day? If I get just a few inches of penetration, no deer recovered and it would likely survive.
Shoulder hits: What to expect?
The scapula isn't a stationary bone. But many deer survive flesh wounds. The heart, about 3 to 7 inches low and a little to the back. Here we are talking about a deer. I think of a plan B as I know deer are unpredictable and could change direction in a heartbeat.
Bullets have design parameters and velocity limits. Will my bow and arrow setup penetrate the shoulder blade of a deer? This TuffHead would not even get scratched in a scapula collision. The hindquarters have very heavy muscle tissue and heavy bone structure which makes it very difficult for an arrow to get up front to the vital organs. Like most American hunters, I wait for the broadside shot when possible, and I consciously shoot for the crease, right behind the shoulder, because that's the largest target and, as body shots go, destroys the least meat. If someone shot you with a bow in the shoulder blade, do you think it would go through it and kill you? For animals that are recovered the next day, or go yards, though medical autopsies are generally not done, there is a better idea of what took place.
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