Shot selection

What constitutes “a good shot” at a deer is highly variable, and may be controversial, among experienced deer hunters. Selecting and taking a shot, is largely dependent upon the shooting skills and experience of the hunter. Some hunters are very conservative about their shot selection, while others, who are very confident in their shooting skills, will extend their range, and be more flexible about the shot angle they consider acceptable.

Because your participants are likely to be both novice hunters, as well as shooters, we recommend that the shot selections presented be very conservative. In addition, because they are also very concerned that any animal dies quickly and humanely, recommended shots should be limited to nearly-broadside, standing animals. This provides for the largest kill zone, and allows the shooter to take a little extra extra time to calm their nerves and make a good shot. 

However, some of the novices in your class will likely turn out to be very good shots, even though they do not have much experience. As a result, they may feel perfectly confident in taking other shot angles.

Facilitating a discussion on shot selection and hunter ethics is a good way to cover this topic

If possible, the range practice should use deer silhouette targets with the vital areas outlined.




Shot Selection For Deer Hunters

Killing a deer is hard work. Getting close is the first job. Then accuracy comes into play. Before pulling the trigger or releasing an arrow, the deer needs to be in the correct position. Some shots are better than others. Knowing when and where to take the shot, then being able to deliver the arrow or bullet to the correct spot is vital to making fast, humane kills. The following paragraphs describing proper shot placement are sure to make you a better deer hunter.