Most hunters have heard of the "Texas heart shot." Well I'm calling my
new bow shot the "Ontario rectal shot." Sounds the same? not really!
these shots get their name from where they are headed not where they
entered the deer anatomy.
My shot entered at the neck (see picture above) and went nearly the full
length of the interior of the deer. When dressing it the arrow was just
poking out of the rear of the paunch! I know this is a shot you are not
supposed to take, but after seeing Taylor Wright (camera man for the
Canada in the rough T.V. program) take a pronghorn antelope head on at
50 yards with his compound bow, I thought I could take this whitetail at
20 with my phoenix.
This was my second chance at this small 5 point yearling buck, as my
first shot grazed a wooden rail and only startled the deer. I think the arrow must be in the next county by now! Even though my scope showed
a clear view of the target (a perfect broadside shot by the way) I was
sitting far back in a shed like stand on scaffolding, and I guess didn't come up far enough to clear the rail. In the future, I will sit closer to
the rail. Last year I took a similar buck from the same stand without
The amazing thing was the deer stayed long enough for me (while sitting)
to re-cock my phoenix with the stirrup on the wrong foot, wrestle another
arrow out of my Quikee quiver and refocus on the deer. Only this time
it was staring straight at me.
the downward angle from the stand allowed me to thread the neck,
and nearly traverse the entire length of the body. I was using a 150 grain boltcutter broadhead attached to an Easton powerbolt.
Boo's excel string with whiskers + the STS system no doubt helped me to get a second chance.
It was approximately 8.15 a.m., Thursday, October 2nd.; the second
morning of the Manitoulin island bow season. The deer went down about 40 yards from the hit site.