Shot Placement for Humane Hunting

Shot Placement for Humane Hunting


Humane hunting requires proper shot placement.  A humane shot hits a vital area to create a fatal wound.  As part of making the shot,  it is important to understand the anatomy of the game you are hunting, so that you hit the vital area.

There are three different areas where the shot should hit.  Each of these areas  contains internal organs and major blood vessels.  When impacted, the shot will cause a humane death.   Of the three, the recommended shot placement is the chest side view.

Chest Kill Zone

The side view aiming at the middle of the chest offers a large kill zone.  This reduces the likelihood of wounding the game.  This is a large area that contains the lungs and heart.  This area is located in the middle of the body, in the middle of the chest, just behind the shoulder joint behind the foreleg.

Recommended Shot Placement

Therefore, the recommended shot placement is the side view, aiming just at the middle of the chest behind the shoulder, behind the foreleg.

There is also the front view, aiming at the lower part of the neck between the front legs.

The quartering view intersects the vital organs and the front or rear shoulder

from where you are positioned.

The Head Kill Zone

Shot placement is not recommended because of the small kill zone.  That small area contains the brain. Normal movement by game may cause just wounding.

The side view is from the base of the ear.  The front view is aiming directly at the area just above the nostrils.

The Neck Kill Zone

Shot placement is not recommended because of the small kill zone. That small area contains the spinal cord.  It is located in the upper vertebrae in the middle of the neck in line with the lower jaw.  Normal movement by game may cause just wounding.

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