July 26, 2011
Do You Cheat Low with a Bow?
By Dave Hurteau
For a special section in an upcoming issue, I just edited a story by Wild Chef David Draper about where bowhunters should aim at broadside deer. The horizontal plane is easy: just behind the shoulder. But what about the vertical plane?
I can only offer anecdotal evidence, but in my experience, bowhunters miss high more often than they miss low. Have you noticed that? This, along with a chance that a buck might jump the string, thus ducking the arrow, convinces some archers to cheat low. That is, they aim at the lower third of the deer’s body, a few inches below the mid-point.
So I’ve got a simple question for you: Do you cheat low?