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The broadside shot is preferable for all of Montana’s big game animals. In a broadside shot, the bullet doesn’t have to pass through the stomach and intestines which might slow the bullet down. Also, on larger animals it is important for the bullet to pass through both of the lungs for an effective and rapid kill.

Broadside shot angle at Elk
Broadside of an Elk

To place the broadside shot, wait for an animal to turn broadside and then put your sights on the back of the front leg, bring them up the back of the front leg, ¼ of the way up the body. A shot placed in this area hits the lung/heart area and misses the shoulder and leg bone. Study the following pictures to learn more about shot placement.

Broadside shot at a deer
Broadside of a White-tailed Deer