As I’ve stated in articles before on this website, I enjoy watching various hunting shows on TV and online.
Some, like The Hunting Public, I admire very much, and others … well, as the saying goes: If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.
One troubling practice I see over and over on these shows is bowhunters aiming at the wrong spot on a broadside whitetail.
And much of the problem seems to stem from a lack of understanding regarding whitetail anatomy.
My advice? Don’t aim low on the chest and a few inches behind the near front leg on a broadside whitetail. If you do, then your arrow will hit liver — at best.
More likely, your broadhead will go into the front of the deer’s paunch. Either way, not good.
I’m not preaching anything new here. In fact, several years ago I made a video tip for North American Hunter TV (which is no longer in existence), but thanks to the wonders of the internet, the clip is still available.
You can check it out below. I apologize for the dated music, but hey … it was cutting edge back in the day. I discuss leg bones, shoulder blades and lung location, and demonstrate exactly why so many archers make poor shots on whitetails.
Compounding the aiming problem, in my opinion, is that a few so-called deer anatomy targets (3-D and paper) don’t accurately represent the lung area for a whitetail.
These misleading targets show the lungs extending well behind the front leg and low in the chest cavity. This is false. The lungs do extend well behind the front leg, but they do so in the middle of the chest cavity and higher toward the spine.