Scenario: Moose are browsing in an opening; bowhunter has stalked within shooting range

Bow: Mathews HALON 32

Range:  45 yards

Conditions: Sunny; 58 degrees; breezy 12-mph wind, left to right

It’s twice as nice when two moose walk out of the Newfoundland bush on your first moose hunt. A quick glance through your Nikons reveals the right bull is a keeper; practice catch-and-release on the other one. That decision was easier than your next: Where do you aim to ensure your Carbon Express arrow hits the 10-ring?


A. It’s nearly as big as a garden hose, but it’s still a tiny target. We’re talking jugular here, and despite the monstrous neck of these gentle giants, you still have to be a 3D champ to hit the mark. Think about it, but move on to option B. There are too many question marks with this shot.

B. You’ve had your heart set on a moose, and this shot offers a pathway to this bull’s pump house. Moose hearts are as large as an NFL football – even bigger if Tom Brady isn’t involved. Nevertheless, the angle here might allow you to slice the tip of the heart or miss it entirely. There’s also the issue of the leg bones if you misjudge. Whew, there’s one more option.

C. This is the one … right? You’re a good shot and wind-drift is minimal here, but there is a tree obstacle in the way. What about the rump of that other bull? Did you even notice your target bull is actually quartering to you?

Let down the draw of your Mathews. Moose are ginormous animals and require exact broadhead placement for a clean kill. You need to wait for this bull to step into the clear for a broadside-only shot. If not, turn the channel and look for another Bullwinkle in an arrow-friendly setting.

Image by Mark Kayser

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