Shot Angles: Broadside
- This angle gives the best shot for the largest big game animals: elk, moose, caribou, buffalo, musk ox, grizzly bear, polar bear, and Kodiak bear.
- The heavy hair and thick hide of these animals tend to absorb blood and close wounds. As a result, both an entry and an exit wound are necessary to cause sufficient blood loss for trailing and death.
- Given the thickness of their chests, a broadside shot offers the shortest distance through the animal’s chest cavity.
- This is the best angle for a double-lung hit.
- For most big game, the aiming spot is straight up from the back side of the front leg, one-third of the way up from the bottom of the chest.
- To avoid hitting the shoulder blade, wait until the front leg is forward.
- For the best opportunity, wait until the animal looks the other way or is feeding.