head up or head down?
So you are out stalking and you come across a deer feeding completely unaware of your presence. It is feeding from the ground and looks up every now and again having a scan around. So my question is do you shoot it when its head is up or down?
Given the choice I have always shot them when their head was up looking around, my theory being that they are unlikely to move (take a step forward) and the torso is level. I was with a client the other day and he always shoots his deer “head down”. His theory is that the deer is more relaxed with its head down and feeding and therefore more likely to drop to shot. Conversely his theory is that when the deer has its head up it is scanning for predators and ready for flight and therefore more likely to run when shot.
I would be interested in other people’s thoughts.
BTW we are only talking about boiler house shots, safe backstop etc etc.