Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 55

Straight from the Bowstring
By John Kasun

A deer’s attitude is also a key factor in determining “Where” and “When” to shoot.

When to Shoot
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HERE ARE FOUR important “Ws” in bowhunting. The first two are “Where” to set up and “When” to be there, which is simply being in the right place at the right time. Much has been written on the subject of “Where,” because bowhunting is a close range sport. Unlike rifle hunting, where a variation in yards to the target can easily be compensated for, with a bow, a few yards longer than planned can spell the difference between getting the shot and waiting for another day. Knowing “When” to be at your hunting site depends greatly upon the hunter’s knowledge of the natural deer movements in his area, especially during the rut. These two “Ws” are very important, and they receive plenty of coverage. For this column, I want to concentrate on two equally important “Ws,” the “Where” and “When” to shoot. While the first two “W’s” are predetermined, the two I want to discuss here are dynamic, they must be decided quickly, when a shot presents itself. Although much has been written on where to shoot (aim), this subject is so critical that a brief review is always in order for even the most experienced hunter. The following information on “Where” and “When” to shoot applies to all big game, with variations only for the size of the animal. For our purpose here, we’ll be concentrating on the white-tailed deer. The most desirable bowhunting shot is always at the largest vital target area, which is the heart-lung area. The heart-lung area lies forward in the chest cavity, with the heart located at the bottom of the chest cavity. If a deer was standing broadside and you could draw a line vertically from the back of his front leg, that line would

THIS FEEDING DEER offers a broadside shot at the heart/lung area by aiming behind the leg in the slight hollow that forms between the leg and the body.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Confidence
The Smiley Face Case
Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
The Final Hunt
The Farmer’s Friend
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Confidence
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Smiley Face Case
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Final Hunt
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