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These angles offer very poor shot selection and should not be taken.

Heavy bones in front and muscle mass and non-vital organs in back block penetration of the main vital areas.

Head-on shot angle
Rear-end shot angle

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Video Transcript

The most commonly misunderstood detail of a deer’s anatomy is the vertical bulge or crease seen directly above a deer’s front leg. This is caused by the triceps muscle. Many bowhunters mistakenly assume that this bulge is caused by the presence of an underlying bone structure, which must be avoided.

The truth is, when an animal is broadside, the vital area is well exposed at this point. As you can see on the cutaway model, the Humerus bone runs forward from where it joins with the front leg, leaving an unobstructed path to the vitals.

Instead of a spot to avoid, the rear edge of this bulge, often called the crease, is an ideal aiming point for a broadside shot. When taking a quartering shot, the aiming point must be farther back in order to center the vital area.

This video segment is from The Basics of Bowhunting: Traditions In Safe and Ethical Bowhunting on the 2003 Kansas Bowhunter Education DVD produced by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; written, directed, photographed, and edited by Gene Brehm; and narrated by Bob Mathews.