How to Properly Shoot an Elk With a Rifle

You might be one of the naive hunters out there wondering “Why is shot placement such a big deal?” Let’s imagine a situation for a second and see if you can answer that question yourself. You’ve spent the past 6 hours hiking in the Colorado wilderness trying to locate an elk herd. After all you’re hiking you locate an elk herd about 1200 yards away. By using some skill you are able to use your elk calling device to bring a satellite bull within 250 yards. You prepare to take a shot, within a millisecond your rifle round exits the barrel and into your future prize. However, your shot wasn’t placed properly and missed the vital organs. Your prized satellite bull runs off, the herd in the distance runs off after hearing the round report. All you’ve achieved for all your hard work was nothing and potentially wounded an elk that may suffer and die weeks later.

Just imagine how horrible the above situation would be. Not only did you waste a day tracking down and elk herd, but you also caused one to possibly suffer and die. This is why it is critical that you know how to properly shoot an elk prior to going on your hunt. You need to know which vital organs are exposed based on the angle the elk is to yourself. That being said it makes it vitally important that you know the entire elk anatomy; that includes vital organs and bones. Just because you can hit a vital organ from a specific angle you might be hinder by bone based on the rifle caliber you’re using. There are several guides available on the internet that can help you understand elk anatomy.

There are five primary shot placements used by elk hunters…

  1. The Broadside Shot
  2. The Quartering Away Shot
  3. The Quartering Toward Shot
  4. Head-On Elk Shot
  5. Rear-End Elk Shot

First off, I never, ever recommend the read-end shot. I know that many hunters claim it’s a good shot, but if not done properly will cause suffering and pain to the animal. As hunters we have a responsibility to make sure we hunt humanely. We are not blood thirst people, we are sportsmen who are out to have a good time and enjoy what nature provides. That being said the best shot placement for a hunter using a rifle is going to broadside shot. You can learn more in detail about these types of shot placements by doing a few simple searches on Google.

I hope this article has given you the basic knowledge and understanding of why it’s important to know how to properly shoot any animal you are hunting. Hunter sadly get a bad name and bad aura around them do to a select few who have no regard for humane hunting practices and make a bad name for everyone. Please, help prevent stereo types and learn to take a proper elk shot.

Source by Donald C. Rage

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