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Old 10-25-2019, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default When to shoot a deer....when their head is up or when it is down?

So does a deer "jump the string" more when they have their head up or when they are down toward the ground? Here is a pretty good video that isn't an ABSOLUTE but gives you some science behind when you should take a shot.
The breakdown of the shot is at the 7:40 mark.
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Old 10-25-2019, 04:14 PM   #2
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interesting video, they can drop quick.
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Old 10-25-2019, 04:47 PM   #3
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When I decided I'm going to shoot a particular deer I start to focus on a spot. When that spot is open and the deer is not moving I turn it loose. I like science and video but I try not to over think it or I may never release and arrow.
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Old 10-25-2019, 05:52 PM   #4
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When I decided I'm going to shoot a particular deer I start to focus on a spot. When that spot is open and the deer is not moving I turn it loose. I like science and video but I try not to over think it or I may never release and arrow.
Agree with this. I have an older bow (2006 Mathews Switchback), so not the fastest on the market. I rarely shoot further than 25 yards (distance from blind to feeder). I have never missed or not killed a deer because of it 'dropping'.
I see videos and photos of deer dropping all the time. But I don't know if guys are shooting from further away or really slow bows because it hasn't been an issue for me.
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Old 10-25-2019, 05:55 PM   #5
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Very good video.. Great info.. Thanks for posting!!!!
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Old 10-25-2019, 06:08 PM   #6
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Default When to shoot a deer....when their head is up or when it is down?

Good info if you have the luxury, but I shoot em when they give me a chance with their body and leg positioning. Iím not gonna add a third element to check.

At a feeder their head is down most of the time anyway. I guess I could make a noise to make them put their head up but then they are alert looking at me. Iím betting that drop percentage raises when they are alert looking at me too.
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Old 10-25-2019, 07:31 PM   #7
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Good watch. Just watched it while in the stand.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:34 PM   #8
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When I decided I'm going to shoot a particular deer I start to focus on a spot. When that spot is open and the deer is not moving I turn it loose. I like science and video but I try not to over think it or I may never release and arrow.
This right here.
Another thing I've learned over the years, don't force a shot. Let the shot present itself. Forcing a shot will only lead to headaches.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:36 PM   #9
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Confirms what I’ve observed in the field over the years. Deer seem a lot more on edge/high strung when their head is down feeding. That’s naturally when a predator would make its advance.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:41 PM   #10
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I look at the body position and what the tail is doing. If it is relaxed and not flipping I think they are calmer than a tail flipping up, down or all around. Just my thoughts.
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Old 10-25-2019, 10:18 PM   #11
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I just watched the video and I totally agree with what Dr. Woods had to say... I've been telling folks for years about that. There was a thread on here a couple years ago about this and I posted then that especially on does, I do not shoot them with their head's down no matter what.... I violated my own rule on that early last season and shot one eating under a feeder at 18 yards... she ducked my arra so bad, I just poked a hole in the fleshy part above her spine in front of her shoulders... She was back under the feeder a couple weeks later...
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