When the moment of truth presents itself, it’s important to have confidence, knowing you’re going to hit where you aim. However, it is imperative that the hunter that shoots this shot has a complete grasp of an elk’s anatomy as well as great shooting skill. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b29d9f4c551fdd2ab1726a589fcd8bf0f3c20ba70223128ac8a615fb472c7466.jpg, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b29d9f4c551fdd2ab1726a589fcd8bf0f3c20ba70223128ac8a615fb472c7466.jpg. Misjudging distance has been a main reason for more missed shots than most of us probably care to count. The 12 Best Cartridges for Elk Hunting. Avoid aiming at the transition of dark to light hair – this is where the sternum comes together and you can also see the leg bones are closer together in this area. But something told me this was a once in a lifetime animal, they wind was in my favor, just to wait him out. To learn more, subscribe to the University of Elk Hunting. For this reason, we would strongly advise against ever considering this shot. As you will see and hear in this video, someone behind the hunter is cow calling and luring the bull toward the hunter. As you can see from the diagram to the right, a quartering-to shot is tough due to the position of the front leg bone, especially at the angle shown. I had a big bull moose under 20 yards, frontal for what seemed like an hour, but was only about 4-5 minutes. ADVERTISEMENT. Make it automatic to know exactly what to do when presented with an opportunity or a no-shot decision. To shoot or not to shoot? If you hit any of those areas as described, you are not going to recover. Snyder also says to keep in mind that when you do take a frontal shot, “the thing you need to remember about the frontal shot is that the opening in the animal’s chest when it’s facing you isn’t much wider than the width of a softball. Do not forget the brain is the center of all life in a deer. Elk Frontal shot courtesy of Elk 101 Where to aim for a quartering to shot: The quartering to shot is very similar and is a shot is will take on deer but not elk unless I am slightly elevated or slightly below and have the angle to place it within that 11×9″ window otherwise I’d prefer almost straight on Not much can be debated regarding a standing, broadside shot. Keep up the awesome work. If an arrow is lucky enough to make it through this area of large bones, it still has a long ways to go to get into the vitals (up to 48″ on elk) and will often stop short of the lungs in the stomach/gut area. There is absolutely no question in my mind I killed that bull. Best feature EVER on shot placement. My view was almost identical to the photo above with the red shot placement dot, except he was looking to my right. You could hear arrow cutting swamp reeds on his far side for quite a ways. Additionally, the jugular as well as several other main arteries run through here, and the resulting blood loss from a shot in this area can be devastating. The bullet, after being cleaned looked like something from a magazine add. July 21, 2011. At a slightly sharper angle, the leg bone is not directly in alignment with the vitals, but it leaves a smaller margin of error than a broadside shot. A better way to focus on the elk shot placement comes from a picture that is centered just above the shoulder of the animal: One final picture depicts where you would aim on an animal that is facing you. The heart and all of the largest, busiest blood vessels that go with it, plus the trachea and front third … The Frontal The frontal shot, when made, is a devastating shot. The bullet weight required increases as bullet diameter increases. If the bull is quartering away and you shoot that spot, and the heart is missed….that means you only get one lung. It does no good to be proficient with a bow or rifle and know the distance to the target, if you don’t know where to aim. The last factor that contributes to making a quality shot is knowing where to aim. Not only insuring a quick death, but the solid blood trail as well needed to insure recovery. Most of the reasoning against taking the shot, however, has originated from one of two perspectives: a lack of understanding of elk anatomy or a previous bad experience with the shot. We always recommend to shoot whatever works best with your setup. HUNT ELK! Taking a frontal shot on an elk has been a controversial topic for many years, and for good reason. From the diagram you can see that this will place your shot above the heart, solidly in both lungs, at a point where several major arteries convene. A shot here on a broadside animal can be anything from a direct heart shot, to hitting the top of the heart to a double lung hit even with the shot being a little high. I don’t care if he dies in 30 or a hundred yards. I have just let the air out of the balloon…it IS a dead bull. This shot should only be taken by those that know what they are doing and I highly recommend that the shot not be taken over twenty yards. If taking a quartering-away shot, try to visualize your entry/exit and aim so that you can get both lungs (minimize the angle) and/or get a good pass-through. Contrary to many thoughts, the leg bone does not run straight up the leg but actually angles forward, creating a nice pocket directly above the point of the elbow. Due to the large hip and leg bones on the rear quarter of an elk, a straight-away shot is not typically a high-percentage or advisable shot. I also have a 46-second 'shoot' video taken with my digital camera. Sharing on our Facebook page for all of our hunting customers. (2) Be sure to hit in the center and not to the side. Because let us be honest, we all desire of taking down a big game with a single shot. If the shot is a bit off, missing the heart and ends up in the crease, it usually is not a pass through and when the bull runs, he shears the arrow shaft and the skin covers the entry wound and he bleeds internally. The image to the left provides a good reference for each shot possibility. I would strongly advise against aiming behind the shoulder on a quartering-to shot as you will get one lung at best and the bloodtrail will typically be difficult. Scrolling through Facebook, I came across a similar video from Trevor Johnson. Whatever the case, we owe it to the animals we hunt to do all we can to make a quick, clean kill. Good luck this season! Tune in to learn when to use it, when to avoid it, and steps you take to ensure it ends in a clean harvest. My rule of thumb for a frontal shot is 15 yards or closer, and I allow myself plenty of time to make a shot, especially for elk. Also, if you shoot off slightly to the right, left, up or down …you are still golden. It is important to note, however, the angle of the leg bone. There are 2 issues that definitely need to be mentioned if you are considering a frontal shot: (1) Don’t aim low. When it comes to shot placement on elk, the bottom line is this – shoot where you are confident. He went in depth with telling me about all the arteries that converge in the front of the heart, which sits fairly close to the front of the chest. Great stuff. Find a tough cartridge for one of the most prized and toughest hooved big game animals around. Elk Frontal shot courtesy of Elk 101 Where to aim for a quartering to shot: The quartering to shot is very similar and is a shot is will take on deer but not elk unless I am slightly elevated or slightly below and have the angle to place it within that 11×9″ window otherwise I’d prefer almost straight on This is not a shot we recommend. We will wait for the broadside shot, and you will shoot for the central lung shot just above the heart. We don’t shoot an animal quartering to us. So, where is the best place to shoot a deer without it scampering off with a serious injury? Make that shot, be diligent and stay put, leave him alone for 30 minutes to an hour, and you will be doing the happy dance. If you shoot back, there are still a lot of lungs behind you. Be careful with shooting to far towards the shoulder as the leg bone and shoulder blade are tough bones to penetrate. Be patient and hope for a better opportunity. However, it is imperative that the hunter that shoots this shot has a complete grasp of an elk’s anatomy as well as great shooting skill. Sleep. But many bowhunters also believe that a quartering-away shot is the only way to that frontal area because it allows you to slip behind the shoulder. Two best places to shoot a deer are the brain and approximately 4-inches above the heart. The image above is a great reference for where you want to aim on a broadside shot. That determination can change from year to year based on better or declining proficiency. My objective most times I shoot a big game animal and any time I'd shoot an elk with a bow is a double-lung shot. To consistently produce results, you’re better off keeping your shooting skills honed year-round, not simply picking up your weapon a few days before the season opens. I did, and I’m glad, he turned full broadside and I placed the broadhead right behind his near leg as he made his first step to my left. I’m done elk hunting for the year, and will not take that shot again on an elk. If you shoot high, you still have lungs above. An extreme quartering away shot will offer little room for error as the margin between the back hip and front shoulder shrinks as the angle of the elk away from the hunter increases. Thanks Brendan for the positive feedback! Animals shot here, generally will go down in minutes, if not seconds. This gives the largest target with a size-able margin of error, great exposure to the vitals, and a high possibility of a quick, clean kill. I think most hunters have a problem with the frontal brain shot angle, other than that the shot is a simple one and at close range..but be sure you have tested your rifle at very close ranges, you may be surprised where you point of impact may be..Do your homework before you shoot and elephant is the best advise I can think of right off hand.. About the only obstacle to consider is the smaller ribs that will be encountered at the back-end of the ribcage. It provides great exposure to the vitals with minimal resistance. All about confidence in your equipment and shot placement from there. The animal that might have traveled farthest was a 6×6 bull elk shot at 75 yards in thick cover, using a .300 Winchester Magnum with 200-grain Nosler Partitions handloaded to 2950 fps. Educate yourself on anatomy – know ahead of time where you need to aim, and where you are comfortable aiming to make a clean shot, and STICK TO IT! So we all need to constantly look inside ourselves and make a decision that we will be able to live with. A password reset link will be e-mailed to you. This, combined with no exit hole can lead to a tough bloodtrail, especially if only one lung is hit. More Hunting. Elk are incredibly tough animals, and a broadhead in the neck or shoulder won’t typically provide the lethal results we desire. Frontal shot on elk has the most epic blood trail {VIDEO} Many of us have seen the video that shows a kid shooting an elk straight on, and it starts bleeding like a fire hose. Bullet frontal area has a positive correlation with killing power (other factors being equal). Each and every one of us has to to determine just what the most effective range and shot placement is, that we are most comfortable with as ethical and responsible hunters. In the photo you will see the body of the elk from the side, in the photo you will shoot for the bottom middle third of the chest. You need to understand that there are very lethal shot locations that can be made, and we have nothing against someone choosing to take those shots. He only went 40 yards. Animals shot here, generally will go down in minutes, if not seconds. To learn more, subscribe to the University of Elk Hunting . Quartering to shot Pick your aiming point to go through the front point of the near side shoulder, through the heart and angling back toward the last rib. The last two shots are highly debated and can create controversy between even the best of hunting partners – the quartering-to and the frontal shots. This preparation, combined with some basic knowledge of elk anatomy, can boost the chances of feeling excitement, and not disappointment, the next time we pull the trigger! Training yourself to follow the back of the elk’s front leg about ⅓ of the way up the chest will give you a perfect spot to aim for a double lung shot. I had never taken a frontal shot on a bull elk until last week. A pass through, and that is what you get most of the time if you hit that bull where I have shown you. Shooting off-center (especially combined with a low shot) on a frontal shot exposes an arrow to deflection off the ribs, resulting in the arrow penetrating between the rib cage and the shoulder blade. I will, however, urge hunters to study the anatomy of an elk and determine for themselves whether the shot is effective or risky. The frontal shot is one that is hotly contested. There are some pretty successful elk killers that call alone and take elk facing them at different degrees. It’s a devastating shot. Being comfortable with the “manual” method of distance-judging is important. So I always shoot for a double lung. Know your limits and STICK TO THEM IN THE FIELD! AND if you shoot a heavy arrow with solid energy, you help yourself with a pass-through and a blood trail that Ray Charles could follow. The bull quickly dies in seconds with a BOW and ARROW!Committed. Good luck on your next “moment”! Frontal is best avoided if possible, especially on heavy critters. You are not going to recover that bull for about 4 to 6 weeks. Taking a frontal shot with a BOW on a BULL ELK. It’s frustrating to have everything finally come together, only to shoot high or low due to not knowing where to hold. The center of the red dot is where you should aim to make a clean kill on a frontal shot. At the shot the bull crashed forward through some brush, but stopped after about 35 yards. And by shooting mid body, about 4 inches back from the crease, that line coming up from the elbow, you have plenty of room in each direction. If you talk to me about bowhunting for more then 15 minutes, you'll find that I am an advocate of the frontal shot (taking a shot when an animal is facing you, not standing broadside). Additionally, the target is smaller, therefore, it is viewed as a low-percentage shot. 3. I love the way you guys put your info out there. Just as off-season practice will increase your confidence of being able to hit where you aim, knowing the distance to your target will also give you an additional advantage. Educate yourself and practice, and your confidence will lead to success in the field! Those particular shots made by someone that totally understands an elk’s anatomy and taken within a hunters effective and solid killing range, if made, are extremely lethal. First, I’ve killed elk at distances inside 30 yards with a full-frontal shot. I HAD him, I burned a hole into the hair I was going to slice if I wanted the shot, and it was a slam-dunk for me. There is a "Bullet Frontal Area List" on the Rifle Information Page, and an expanded version on the Tables, Charts and Lists Page. If you place the arrows too high, it could keep the animal alive and in pain. One of my hunting buddies has a barnes X bullet he recovered from the hide on the opposite side of a cow elk he shot. Deadly shot, If made. Now it's your turn, tell me why you believe a frontal shot is a good shot. If you’re hunting solo, a bull will typically come to the call head-on, and if you can put your arrow into the thoracic opening, you’re going to take out throngs of arteries as well as a number of vital organs. Where to Shoot a Deer I’m not going to recommend taking these shots, but I’m also not going to advise against these shots. 2. Not knowing this can cost you a bull of a lifetime–even worse–without a comprehensive understanding of elk anatomy and your abilities, you might end up wounding a magnificent bull and never recover it. Wish I would have read this before last week. Can anyone tell me the best way to post the video? And for a quartering away shot, ALWAYS aim for the leg on the opposite side as shown in the pics. Additionally, the entry hole is often behind the ribcage in the guts which can lead to a plugged entry hole. 37 is a long poke and probably better left to shots with less potential to go wrong. An arrow or bullet in this area will almost always give a hunter the best opportunity for a quick kill, as well as provide a good bloodtrail for a quick recovery. Last week I called a bull in to 18 yards, I had reason to believe he would scent me and spook before offering a broadside shot. It was a chip shot and the arrow penetrated completely, I watched the nock and fletchings disappear right where I aimed. If I double lung the bull, he is going down in a hundred yards…especially if I bugle after my shot to calm him down. Spending time during the off-season practicing with your bow or rifle will increase your confidence in your weapon. If you don’t get a pass through, you WILL get both lungs. The drawbacks to consider on a quartering-away shot are the possibility of only hitting one lung as well as hitting the off-side shoulder which would prevent a pass-through. Perhaps we’ve all felt the heartache that often accompanies a missed shot. Take some time to study the information MasterGuide Joe gives you here–over and over again! There are 3 factors that contribute to making a quality shot on an animal in the field: (1) Practicing with your weapon, (2) Knowing the distance to your target, and (3) Knowing where to aim. Penetration – many hunters will argue that it is difficult to get penetration in this area, referring to the “grapefruit-sized” opening you have to hit in order to miss the ribs. When it comes to shot placement on elk, remember that our emphasis as your coaches is to insure a solid, responsible and ethical shot. We totally love what we do and when we get to share it with others and help them to have some of the same incredible experiences that has made our lives so special, well Bud, that’s a win win! The image to the left shows where to aim on a straight-on (frontal) shot. He ended up shooting it twice, although it would have been just as dead with the first shot. I think you need to know where to place the arrows. There are 5 shots to look at when considering getting an arrow or bullet into the vital area: (1) Straight-away (rear) shots, (2) Quartering-away shots, (3) Broadside shots, (4) Quartering-to shots, and (5) Frontal (straight-on) shots. Thanks for this great information and supporting graphics. Plenty of guys still shooting with stick bows and getting it done every season. Not a high percentage shot, but there are elk that are shot broadside at dusk, it rains or snows, and the hunters spend days looking with no results. I know this is a controversial subject, but hear me out. Aim halfway up the body cavity, just as you would on a broadside shot. Well there you have it,,, The frontal shot is the best shot to take and gives hunters the best over all kill opportunity and the best opportunity for a double lung or heart shot according to you. ADVERTISEMENT. The only time I would pass on this shot angle, at this distance, would be if I was shooting a very light caliber (6.5 Creedmoor and under), or a very soft bullet. The brain. Double LungMy number one goal is 2 holes to insure I recover my bull. So long as your bullet is heavy and elk-tough, a frontal shot on elk is incredibly deadly. Penetration into the vitals (usually 12-18″ needed for elk) typically isn’t an issue. I am aware of the proper shot placement, and have taken two mule deer with this shot that died within sight – one traveled about 30 yards, the other about 6 feet. I held right on his trachea in the dark mane hair above the esophageal groove. Those who have made frontal shots can attest to the massive and immediate trauma that a well-placed frontal shot can inflict. There is only one feeling worse than tracking an elk after a bad shot, and that is not finding that elk. It is best to aim for the “vitals”, the area within the body cavity that houses the heart and lungs, as there are several major arteries in and around those organs that can produce sudden and severe blood loss. However, that’s a pretty small target, and finding it when shooting from an elevated stand is even more difficult. Had a monster at 15 yards and tried to place my shot right behind the shoulder. By Aron Snyder. With that said, we will briefly discuss those shots and then we will give you our shot recommendation and the reasons behind it. Rangefinders have eliminated much of the guessing game in judging distance, but many times an opportunity presents itself so quickly that we don’t have time to get an accurate range. Arrow penetrated 11 inches and sheared off when he ran. The arguments against taking a frontal shot, however, are worth taking a look at as well. Tune in to learn when to use it, when to avoid it, and steps you take to ensure it ends in a clean harvest. That is the question that confronts us, hunters when we have a deer in our sights. This applies to every aspect of the shot: distance, angle, etc. Because of that, don’t shoot. Be patient and wait for a shot you are confident you can make. If not made correctly, it guarantees a wounded animal and no recovery. Great article. Hours and hours of practice will create the muscle memory and skills necessary to make the shot when it counts the most. The bullet performed well, the animal dropped like a rock. Very little blood but tracked for about 1/2 a mile before loosing all blood. Trust us when we say that no one wants to feel that sick and demoralizing feeling of losing an animal. All in all, a head-on shot with a bow is far more likely to result in a lost and wounded deer than a successful recovery. A shot at the brain is more likely to get down the deer within a few seconds and in the most humane way. ADVERTISEMENT. This is not a bragging point, rather an example of how the frontal shot can be highly effective when selectively taken. A razor sharp broadhead inflicts massive bleeding and causes quick death by major blood loss, only if placed where it can do its job. I need to get ready for my weekend elk trip and am running a little short on time so I will probably post pictures after the weekend. Hoping to go up this Saturday and let the crows and buzzards find him for me. The guide then went on to convince me that when hunting on the ground, perfectly level with an elk, that the frontal shot is a fine shot to make at a close distance. I love what you guys are doing and the way it is presented. Shot Placement Feature | Elk101.com | Eat. This segment is first rate and should be easy to remember in the heat of the moment! By Joseph von Benedikt. However, he never shed a drop of blood, and I assume the mane hair was sufficient to absorb the bleeding from the cut in his hide over the trachea. As hunters, we owe it to the animal, and to fellow hunters, to do all we can to make a quick, humane kill. Wait them out! A great aiming point is half-way up the body, right on the crease behind the shoulder. The time-tested and proven standby is the traditional broadside shot. Corey Jacobsen with Elk 101 walks us through the pros and cons of the frontal shot. I’ll have to consider getting a new bow with new arrows. Too low one way and hit the leg, or too far to the side and catch the shoulder bone, or too low another way and get brisket. Elk Vitals: The best vital shot placement on an elk with a bow is a double lung shot with the animal standing broadside. Attending 3D shoots in the spring and summer  or shooting squirrels or other small game in the off-season can give you the confidence you need when determining the actual distance to your target. In this area you have a 12″ window that will safely take you into the vitals. Practice at the distances you plan to shoot. Hours, days, and months of practice and preparation can greatly increase our odds of being successful. Frustration and desperation have to lead to success, but more often than not, they lead to failure. In other words, what's your objective and what are you aiming for with that shot? 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