I decided to write this post because of a past event, but I really think that it might end up helping some folks out, so here we go. Archery is a sport that takes as much easiness out of the sport of hunting as possible. Why you might ask? Well with a rifle, it’s as easy as point, see, and shoot. With a bow there are many more variables involved. Most hunter’s usually choose to stand and shoot when they are hunting for animals like the deer, but not all of them. There are others who think that shooting from a seated position is best. Having to stand and shoot creates movement, which deer are wizards at detecting. Anyways, what I am here to talk about today is the noise created with the flight of the arrow.
You may have heard of this before, but when a fixed position broad head is released from a hunting bow – compound, hunting crossbow, recurve, it doesn’t really make a difference – there is a bit of noise created. If you have ever heard it, then you will know exactly what I am talking about here. That noise is loud and sounds like a “whoosh” while its speeding towards its target.
Now the problem with this scenario is that white-tailed deer are magicians at detecting sounds. I have heard it said that they can hear approximately fifteen times better than a human can. So what do you think that they are going to do when they hear that arrow coming towards them at full speed? They are going to duck and lower their body. They do this just as a reflex mechanism – not because they think or know that they can dodge the arrow. One of the old Primos truth about hunting videos did a great job of proving this kind of thing. Will Primos would always preach about aiming low when he shot at deer. So, he would go back on the archery hunting footage and take a highlighter sort of deal and make a straight line parallel to the deer’s stomach. As you watched the movie, it would pause and show the line right before the shot. Then, in slow motion, viewers could see how far the deer would sink down in response to the shot. It was pretty cool actually because if a person had aimed right at the kill zone, then the deer would have undoubtedly ducked the shot or would have put the arrow in a bad spot. It was really some interesting stuff.