It can be a little grotesque but for does if you draw a line straight down the ear and straight back from the eye, right where the lines would intersect. Either a clean kill or a clean miss. Bucks on the other hand goes just behind where I see the shoulder roll and down 2-4”
I was always told to shoot behind the shoulder and in my mind that meant behind the front leg. Well the first 3 deer I shot with my bow I ended up hitting in the liver and had to wait hours for them to die. Then my father told to follow the front leg straight up into body and shoot in the center of the body vertically. After after that I've never had a problem. You take out both lungs and the plumbing of the heart. I eat the heart so I prefer not to shoot it. This picture is a perfect representation of the vitals. I see alot of pictures that place the vitals further back but they are not correct. Many people also think the leg bone goes straight up into the body but it curves forward and makes a "V" with the shoulder blade. With a gun things are more forgiving but with a bow you have to be perfect
Very good picture dfleury! They always fall like a lightning bolt hit them. I used to bow hunt and learned what you speak about. I pretty much “trophy to me” hunt now (meaning I take one buck or less all year) so busting up a shoulder does not matter to me. I don’t want him going anywhere, especially into a cutover or across a swamp. I have also learned that they can run over 100 yards with the heart shot out. I have shot several through the heart and they run. Want to learn some about shot placement go read Nathan Foster’s work. Www.balisticstudies.com
That head shot works unless you pull it and shoot the jaw off and they die slow agonizing death. I’ve seen this happen a few times with that “clean kill or clean miss” shot.
Straight up front leg 1/3-1/2 way up for archery or 1/3-1/2way up back edge of shoulder if I’m meat hunting. If I’m hunting a big buck or need to anchor a deer, I try to take out a shoulder or two as well as hear and lungs.