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let me ask this once for me now ,if I'm in a tree stand and am aiming at a deer do I aim higher or lower or stay the same?
 

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Well, if you are talking about deer ducking the arrow at the shot, I only aim a hair lower if the deer is alerted, but never off of the vitals. If talking shot angles, you want the arrow to hit higher than if the deer were level. Aim for the off side.

If you are talking about distance and such. Shoot the horizontal distance not the diagonal distance. A deer 30 yards out may register 34 yards on a rangefinder but the horizontal distance is only 30. If you hold for 34, you may hit high.
 

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If you are talking about distance and such. Shoot the horizontal distance not the diagonal distance. A deer 30 yards out may register 34 yards on a rangefinder but the horizontal distance is only 30. If you hold for 34, you may hit high.
Right. So... unless you wanna shell out a bunch of $$$ for an height-angle-compensating rangefinder (I don't), or unless you're good at computing the square root of (rangefinder^2 - height^2), or can do trig in your head... then just aim a bit low. ;)
 

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For you guys who actually want to do the math in your head while in an elevated stand, here's the background to help you remember the formula:

It all started with the Pythagorian Indians who gave us the Pythagorian theorum and, thus, the formula. At one point in time, there were three Pythagorian squaws who all found themselves pregnant at the same time. Two of the squaws slept on deer skin blankets and one slept on a hippopotamus skin blanket. The squaws who slept on the deer skins each delivered a son. The squaw who slept on the hippopotamus skin delivered twin sons. And thus the Pythagorian theorum was borne: "The squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides."
 

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Math is to much labor for me. I simply shoot a few shots from a stand or an elevated position similar to what I plan to shoot in an actual hunting situation to determine exactly what my arrow will do at the moment of truth.

One of the draw backs crossbow shooters have is most 3D ranges do not allow crossbows; therefore, most compound bow enthuses who shoot 3 D practice up and down hill shots all Spring, Summer and Fall.
 

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Before we built a elevated platform, we would shoot from the roof. Best to know where you Are hitting than trying to go by some other method. Set up several yardages and study the angles. I like to aim at the heart area.
 

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The last 3 I shot were out about 20 to 25 yds, I never gave it a thought as to aim high or low . I just aimed for that area behind the shoulder and recovered all 3 with in 50 yds.If the deer was right under the stand, it would have made me think a little more about the shot placement....
 

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"For you guys who actually want to do the math in your head while in an elevated stand, here's the background to help you remember the formula:

It all started with the Pythagorian Indians who gave us the Pythagorian theorum and, thus, the formula. At one point in time, there were three Pythagorian squaws who all found themselves pregnant at the same time. Two of the squaws slept on deer skin blankets and one slept on a hippopotamus skin blanket. The squaws who slept on the deer skins each delivered a son. The squaw who slept on the hippopotamus skin delivered twin sons. And thus the Pythagorian theorum was borne: "The squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides."

"Wow! It was a joke, and a darned good one. If that was over everybodys' heads.....just wow!"

WS, I got it - bout peed myself.....guess most didnt pay attention in math class....or even get to geometry...LOL! Sent it out to all my bud's, and told 'em to look up the Pythagorean Theorem before they read it......most of them didnt have geometry either. You musta been saving that one for year, and now found a place to use it!
 
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