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The hunter’s location above or below the target presents additional considerations.

Above the Target

A tree stand or elevated platform offers good shot opportunities, especially for the broadside and quartering-away shot angles.

  • As a hunter climbs higher, the vital area becomes a smaller target area because the animal’s shoulder bone and spine shield more of the vital organs.
  • Often, the reason a hunter misses when shooting from above is because the point of aim and impact has changed.
  • When bowhunting, the shooter needs to “bend at the waist” and not drop the bow arm while at full draw.
Deer seen from above

Below the Target

It’s possible to shoot from below the target, but it’s not a high-percentage shot.

  • The aiming spot is lower on the body, and the sternum (chest bone) may shield part of the heart at this angle.
  • Broadside—particularly a double-lung shot—and quartering-away offer the best shots.