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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2020, 11:22:09 AM »
I still can't understand how but I had a spike whitetail several years back that I just about center punched his heart. Dumb thing ran about 300 yards. The following year I hit another whitetail through both lungs and it died on the full run in about fifty yards. I don't think there's a drop em on the spot every time archery shot.
  :yeah: I can do you one better  :chuckle: I exploded the heart on a whitetail buck in ID years ago with 165gr ballistic tip. He took off on a sprint and I had to reposition for a follow up. By the time I got on him he was 350 yards away and was standing there looking back. I was pulling the slack out of the trigger when he just tipped over. I assumed it was a liver hit or something but when I went to dig out the heart it was in pieces  :'( I honestly think its a whitetail thing. I've seen those river rats go a good distance before expiration.  Mule deer tend to give up a bit easier in my experiences.
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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2020, 01:01:34 PM »
Hi all, newb here, been lurking for sometime and decided to join since there is a topic I may be able to provide some marginal advice on.

On Whidbey Island a group of us can hunt(itís not hunting, itís harvesting)20 acres, partially surrounded by houses. The property is half forrest, with half being cleared, and part of it backs up to 50 acres of timberland. As most know the island is infested with deer. There are 18 deer per square mile. Well, as noted by original poster, the high population of deer does a significant amount of damage. They eat everything, destroy gardens, rake havoc in orchards, in late August bucks destroy trees, shrubbery or anything to scrape the shedding velvet. Then at the beginning of October the rubs really start. Forget trying to plant any trees.

One of the stipulations to hunting this property is the deer must die on the property. Sure as heck donít want some wounded deer bleeding profusely run and die in the new, anti-hunting neighbors yard from California.

We soon abandoned the idea of archery, sure weíve had the lucky miss that jello-legged the deer and it dropped in itís tracks but more often then not a good shot is retrieved some distance away. Our next option was shotgun(shotgun only GMU), we found that buck shot at 20 yards will knock a deer off itís feet. At 30 yards we had Buck run off, never to be found, after taking 2 rounds of 3íí 000 Behind the shoulder (yes, we tracked and searched for hours, but rain and waist high ferns is not your most ideal situation).

Finally we opted for a rifled barrel and a 325 gr sabot. Most die within 50 ft with a good shot to the boiler maker but last year we did have a nice buck go front straight legged and moon walk 30 ft. Only to straighten up, shake it off, and run like a bat-out-of-hell. We all thought after his dance he would tumble over, but heck no, we found him a 150 yards away. That shot ended getting both lungs near the bottom.

In all actuality there is no guarantee for a drop dead Shot/death. If I was in your situation, I would be in a ground blind, and would use buck shot for deer with no more than a 15 yrd shot. Elk, the nastiest slug you can find and shoot for the shoulder, you need to knock the animal down. A soft tissue shot is no guarantee. Max yardage, 25 yrds since you canít miss your spot. Forget archery.

A lot of people are going to frown and state how unethical your are, I wouldnít worry about it cause itís harvesting. We, here on the island, are fortunate enough to have a fall back option when we donít fill our tag on the east side. It puts meet in the freezer.

And a reminder, always know whatís behind your shot!

Good luck

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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2020, 01:09:21 PM »
Tree stand and spine shot.
You get to decide your ethics with the decision.

I would think that with a tree stand close to the animal the angle would negate the danger argument for rifle or slug.
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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2020, 01:09:36 PM »
Excellent post barebuck.
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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2020, 02:36:43 PM »
I was looking at a 20 acre parcel once and determined there was no way I could hunt that without having them run off and die off property.

If you can't use a firearm, the only other option I would consider is a crossbow which I think you can use during modern season but I'm not sure.  They are crazy accurate with a scope, 20 yards and you can get very reliable placement, but I would think it's a 75% chance of not going 100 yards.

I had a doe antelope take a 168 TSX which removed the top half of her heart, exit the other side and blow off the lower leg (slightly angled away and shooting downill.  She made it almost 80 yards with three legs and no heart.  They are tougher than deer, but it really can surprise a guy sometimes.

The other thing you have going against you is that I think animals at rest tend to go farther than ones that have just run from something else and are breathing hard.  I had a big raghorn elk run probably two miles and stop 80 yards from me and the same bullet as above in the lungs literally just tipped it over.

You can stack the deck in your favor, but I don't think you can get a high probability of what you want without a firearm.

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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2020, 01:56:22 PM »
Ive had the same experiences as above, some going down quickly while others make it a long way with the same shot. Ive always had a theory that it has to do with hitting them after they've inhaled or exhaled. Much like holding your breath under water. If they've inhaled just before the shot, it seems to me they can travel alot farther due to the oxygen levels in their blood stream??  Again, just a theory I've always had.

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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2020, 03:04:08 PM »
This is a pet subject of mine. I have a controversial (but correct!) opinion:

A *perfect* bowshot reliably drops a deer IN SIGHT or close enough to make no difference.
A *good* bowshot leaves a blood trail you have to follow.

The common misconception about bowhunting is that a "double lung" shot is "perfect." It's not. Double lung is good, NOT perfect.

What's perfect? Perfect is aortopulmonary transection - cutting the two great arteries off the top of the heart. No injury except decapitation is more immediately deadly.

How do you do it reliably? First, DON'T shoot for the crease. The "crease" is way, way too far back on a broadside deer (ok, just 5-6 inches, but that's what we're talking here). There's this bizarre idea among hunters that there's something besides the heart and great vessels at the very front of a deer's chest. There's not. The heart and great vessels really crowd the front. They have almost no brisket to speak of. If you miss by shooting too far forwards, you pretty much just miss the animal. To create aortopulmonary transection, your arrow should hit at the apex of the "V" formed by the humerus and scapula. As close to that vertex as possible. And that's much farther forward than most guys tend to shoot.

If you hit an ungulate at this point, it will die in sight. Every. Single. Time. If you're off by a little bit, it'll die fast.

The problem, of course, is that it's hard to be that stone-cold accurate with a bow. But it's still where I aim. And I generally don't blood-trail my animals.

The deer in my avatar was shot quartering-away (another much more reliable way to kill a deer fast than a broadside shot). The arrow entered in front of the last rib on the left and exited in front of the right shoulder. It hit the ground ten feet from the shot, two seconds later. It was not an accident.

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Re: DRT archery deer
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2020, 09:22:57 PM »
My only neck shot with a bow was a coup de gra ( sp? ) on an almost expired deer at 15 yards and was my only shot. I second the neck and head shots with a bow unless absolutely required to end it, not start it.

Did that with an elk once. I liver hit her and was able to sneak up to about 35 yards but she was in tall grass and I could only see her neck. The arrow flew true and like a cartoon character it smacked the spine and her head just flopped over.  I would not do that on a healthy animal though.  Animals that have had no clue I was there have gone the least distance.


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