I can see myself taking the shot if ALL conditions are perfect. I have the confidence to hit the kill zone within 20 yds. On all of the animals I have taken, or passed...the moment before I release I ask myself if I am honestly confident that I can make the shot. In this particular instance I had been drawn way too long, and couldn't control my shakes. It was an easy decision for me to pass at that particular time. But, since then I keep replaying it over and I was curious what other experienced archers have done in similar instances. It's been all good info, I appreciate it, and I agree that it depends on what you are comfortable with...based on your skill level (how much you practice and how well you shoot) and the particular situation. I think it comes down to really being honest with yourself, if you are confident you've got the shot...let it fly. If not, let him walk and enjoy the opportunity.
I would not take the shot my best friend shot at a huge 4x4 blacktail in the chest at 32 yards we waited 1 hour and tracked it 2 days and never found it very sad to lose such a great buck
I just watched a show called Beau knows outdoors where he stuck a nice bull in the low chest, which basically dropped in his tracks! I was very surprised as it looked to be 30 or 40 yards. Oh well, you learn something every day!
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I've had plenty of these shots present themselves but I usually pass. I'm a pretty good shot but all it takes is a little to much either way and it's a wounded animal. Called a bull within 15yds for a friend who is darn good shot and he didn't get the sweet spot. Is it a good shot to take only you can answer that one IMO!
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