Have You Ever Tried One of These Shot Angles?
Wait for him to stop. Let him turn broadside. Are you steady? Are you on him? Don’t take the shot unless you feel completely comfortable.
These are all questions and statements I heard from my mentors when I first got into hunting. And I’ve said the same to those who I’ve mentored since then. But why is it so important to maintain safe, ethical habits while afield? It’s simple. The game you pursue — the white-tailed deer — deserves it. And you’ll give it the ethics the most-loved big game animal in America (or anything you hunt) deserves.
Ethics is a big part of deer hunting — perhaps the biggest. To be blunt, an unethical hunter isn’t a hunter at all. They’re someone who shows hunting in a bad light. That’s something we don’t need. It’s that simple.
Some might say that ethics are relative to the individual. I agree with that . . . to a degree. What might be an ethical shot distance for one person isn’t for another. But that’s in relation to shot distances — not angles. With only minor exceptions for a couple of these, I’m a firm believer that the following 12 scenarios should be instances where the shot isn’t taken — with a bow. Some of the following situations are okay when holding a capable firearm in-hand. But more on that momentarily.