JoeRE wrote:That's a great tip about trajectory Stash and Lockdown. I have shot a couple deer where the vitals were covered by a branch half way in between us...and I knew the arrow would get over it safely. I practice "through" brush and obstructions as well - meaning around them obviously.
The balance between being too picky when taking shots and too aggressive is challenging to find. Basically you just learn it through experience, no amount of reading or TV show watching will teach it to you. I encourage everyone to push their boundaries during practice, that will help tell you what is possible or not.
One thing I try to never forget, if I have doubts about a shot when I draw my bow, DON'T TAKE THE SHOT. Without confidence, you are probably going to blow it, that simple. I have blown some easy shots because there was some uncertainty in my head and it just didn't feel right yet I shot anyway, against better judgement, because hey the deer is in the open at 15 yards or 25 yards or whatever and I still blew them. At the same time I have made some really tough shots because I knew I could, and would. The only difference was how I was thinking at the time. That may sound strange but I think its self fulfilling. PK touched on that a few posts ago...I blow the gimmies too. Its a mind game.
So funny how different all our brains work! I have been in both places. Both where I could not shoot better than 30-40% and where I am now. I can remember a big bodied buck I shot from the ground in 2011. I was thinking when I took the shot...I just could not believe how big a target a 5yr old buck is at 25yds. And when you head is clear, you can see just how big the margin of error there is. Now after the shot, probably the most messed up I have ever been when I watched him fall over at 40yds. Between being cold ...and the adrenaline I could barely talk.
Funny, when I was struggling with the fever, I could not remember much of anything about the shot. Post fever, its clear as a bell. That being said, I am also VERY WELL aware, I am a recovering "feveraholic". At any time this crap could come back.
Another thing about being picky, when it comes to certain shots, I don't HAVE to kill that animal, especially when it comes to does. I know for me, I have a self imposed 20yd limit on does. Basically because, they are much smaller bodied...I have had them beat me pretty bad on long shots especially if I stop them. For me, there is just not reason to shoot a doe at 35yds. There will be another day, there will be another chance.