MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Last night I was sitting in a new stand that I had set up a few hours earlier. I’m not used to hunting field edges so here’s the situation:
8 pointer walks in from my left. He was looking in my general direction so I wasn’t willing to draw until I knew he wasn’t looking at me. Problem was, by the time he wasn’t looking at me he was very close to the next section of corn that hadn’t been picked/cut down yet. I got drawn, but by the time I was aimed, he had taken three more steps and his vitals were behind corn stalks.
Question on the table for the future, should I shoot if presented with this opportunity again in the future, or is it too risky of a shot to take through corn?
I’m assuming that my instinct to not take the shot was the right one… and that considering that it was my first sit in a new location and I had all this activity that it’ll likely occur again and is a regular occurrence… but in the back of my mind, I’m doubting my lack of confidence on that shot,and that many people have successfully taken shots like this before.
Any thoughts/advice will be welcomed.
slapshot2742GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
I wouldn’t shoot through corn personally. Sounds like it’s an active spot so I’d keep sitting it with good wind and you will eventually get a better chance. You can always draw when the deers head is down to feed if you can do so quietly. I think you made the responsible decision a lot of people wouldn’t so credit to you.
TinkReloadedGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Thanks for that. I’m glad that at least one other person agrees with my decision. Deer are creatures of habit so I’m guessing you’re exactly right in that he’ll be back again. Next Thursday looks to be similar conditions so I should be able to have to have another good sit. I’m going to be a lot more responsible with this farm as I’m the only one that has permission to hunt it and it’s a small hunt-able area for a bowhunter. I’m just hoping that the corn will at least be picked by next week to make it significantly easier to get a quality shot.
JicandGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Mature corn stalks are hard and pretty thick, could have slowed down the arrow enough to not be ethical. Good choice not taking the shot
spbrockmannGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Touch a cornstalk with your broadhead in flight and the arrow will deflect unpredictably, probably wildly. You might get a clean miss, if you’re lucky. If you hit the deer, it very likely won’t be where you were aiming, depending on how far the deer is from whatever deflected your shot. Your arrow probably won’t be tracking straight any more so you won’t get the penetration that you should. Good call by passing up that shot, and good policy to refrain from trying to shoot through corn, brush, or other obstructions that cover your target, when you get such opportunities in the future. It will certainly happen if you continue bowhunting..
Practice in the woods with a judo point (on an expendable arrow) and you will soon learn that your arrow wil arc up and over obstructions below your line of sight to your target, but overhanging branches and stuff reaching in from the sides will grab your arrow and throw it aside.
spbrockmannGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
I once shot a buck at about 30 yards, whose vitals were covered by a bush about halfway between us. I could see about the top third of his body, and there were no branches above my shooting window. I knew from practice with my slow old 80’s-vintage compound that my arrow would arc well above the target at that range, so I put my 30 yard pin behind his shoulder (which I couldn’t see) and let ‘er fly. The arrow rose perfectly over the bush and dropped out of sight as I heard it “splunk” into him. He ran about 50 yards across a small ravine and tipped over dead.
I’ll pass up shots with any sort of obstruction above my target. No trying to thread the needle for me. Arrows always seem to hit anything above the intended point of impact. Stuff to the right or left is always a judgement call. The longer the shot the wider I want my shooting lane. Gotta have a clear lane, though. No shooting through stuff.
iowanGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
I agree with everybody here. I’ve got a friend who stalks deer in standing corn and he says you’ve got to have a clear shot. With the population farmers plant at today, the gaps are small and you need to get within two rows or so. I’ve tried and gotten close but haven’t ever gotten a shot.