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#3338174 - 08/27/13 04:17 PM ever compensate for "jumping the string"
G_Man
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Rookie bowhunter here, and im curious if yall anticipate deer jumping your string and compensate by aiming lower? I think this question came to my mind because i have an odd (probably irrational) fear that my bow is loud. Then again, Im new to bow hunting, so i dont really have much to compare it too.

ok....im gonna go practice while yall comfort my irrational fear and say it doesnt matter haha
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#3338210 - 08/27/13 04:38 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: G_Man]
Eric Kilby
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With today's bows unless its 30+ yards I really wouldn't worry unless the deer is already acting skittish
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#3338225 - 08/27/13 04:47 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: Eric Kilby]
bowhunter163
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In my opinion You can't aim to anticipate the deer to move , because as soon as you do it won't . So aim at the spot you want to hit and make a strong shot . You can aim for heart and if the deer ducks still hit lung .
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#3338254 - 08/27/13 05:07 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: bowhunter163]
UTGrad
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As mentioned above aim for the heart. If the deer loads it's legs and lowers its back you will still hit lungs.
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#3338258 - 08/27/13 05:17 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: bowhunter163]
Jake47
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There are a lot of variables that go into this. Inside 30 yards I don't worry about it. Over 30 yards is a different story. My bow is a little bit older and shoots about 240-250 fps just to reference what I am about to discuss.

I had a bad streak going a couple years back where I hit 3-4 deer high above the lungs and never found any one of them. All deer were right around 35 yards and all of them I had to grunt at to get them to stop in a shooting lane. Therefore, they were all on high alert and instantly started ducking when I shot. Two years back I started compensating for it. I now aim at the spot where the front shoulder intersects the belly (quartering away of course) for deer at 35 yards or farther.

However, if it windy or noisy and the deer is feeding I would be less apt to hold low on it. Once you start getting over 40 you pretty much have to compensate unless it is really noisy or the deer is distracted. There was a good episode of Midwest Whitetail from a few years ago in which Bill Winke shot a buck he called Daggers at like 52 yards. He hit it high and recovered it, but it dropped at least 10" during the arrows flight.

Good luck and feel free to ask any additional questions you may have!

Here is that episode...
http://www.midwestwhitetail.com/gallery/96/media/3662/mw1112-daggers.html

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#3338262 - 08/27/13 05:22 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: UTGrad]
Crow Terminator
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I've killed a bunch of deer with a bow. In my personal experience...I have very few that I can recall that didn't react to the shot in some way. The majority of which were by "ducking". I strive on having the quietest bow I can find for hunting...but it doesn't really matter. The deer in Tennessee are just so naturally skittish that even when they are at ease, they are still on edge. I've had bows that were upwards to 330 fps and still had them duck several inches at that speed. There's no bow made today that can outrun a deer's reaction time. That will only cease when bow companies produce bows that break the speed of sound. I learned early on that if you aim where you want to hit, you will hit higher than you wanted to, via the deer simply flinching/ducking just a big at the shot. So I do ALWAYS aim lower than where I want to hit.
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#3338289 - 08/27/13 05:52 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: Crow Terminator]
G_Man
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Thanks so much all of you! Im really looking forward to learning a whole new side of hunting...all the hunting i or my family have done has been with a boom boom stick, And typically out of a shooting house.
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#3338352 - 08/27/13 07:02 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: G_Man]
muddyboots
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#3338445 - 08/27/13 07:45 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: Crow Terminator]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: Crow Terminator
I've killed a bunch of deer with a bow. In my personal experience...I have very few that I can recall that didn't react to the shot in some way. The majority of which were by "ducking". I strive on having the quietest bow I can find for hunting...but it doesn't really matter. The deer in Tennessee are just so naturally skittish that even when they are at ease, they are still on edge. I've had bows that were upwards to 330 fps and still had them duck several inches at that speed. There's no bow made today that can outrun a deer's reaction time. That will only cease when bow companies produce bows that break the speed of sound. I learned early on that if you aim where you want to hit, you will hit higher than you wanted to, via the deer simply flinching/ducking just a big at the shot. So I do ALWAYS aim lower than where I want to hit.


Spot on! To add to this, if it is a steep angle (example: you 20ft up and the deer at 10yds) your arrow is going to naturally hit higher than where you aimed. Practicing from treestand height is the best thing to figure out how much higher you will hit naturally, and then you have to think about what the deer will do and take all of that into consideration.
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#3338527 - 08/27/13 08:32 PM Re: ever compensate for "jumping the string" [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Aim where you want the arrow to exit.
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