Moving Targets: Should You Take the Shot?


Whether you’re hunting deer, elk, moose, or any species of big game, they’re frequently moving. This creates a greater challenge for a hunting using bow and arrow, whether compound or crossbow. 3-D targets are excellent for learning shot placement and making the most of any well placed broadhead, yet most targets are stationary and tend to give shooters a false sense of confidence in moving situations. Randy Ulmer is one of today’s premier bowhunters and shares his thoughts on elk hunting; much of what he has to say is equally relevant to whitetail deer, mule deer, and other tasty critters. Here’s some of his advice on the matter of moving targets, as originally featured in Elk Hunter magazine:

Med Bow Antelope Prairie Dog 012Question: I hunt elk with a bow, so I’m usually hunting them during the rut. Most of my shot opportunities seem to be at moving elk. I’ve taken a few shots while elk were walking and they haven’t worked out too well. What do you recommend? Rod, Denver, CO

Answer: Rod, You really only have three choices when you have a bull in bow range and he’s walking: 1) You can shoot while he’s moving and hope for the best; 2) Don’t shoot…

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.