The Treestand Shot Archery
Here is a hunting angle that is very common for many Whitetailed Deer bowhunters using compound bows, traditional bows, or crossbows from a treestand. This particular target angle simulates the view a hunter would see approximately 12-15 feet up in a treestand, with the buck stopped momentarily, quartering away, looking back and up as though he senses something above him. Most seasoned bowhunters hunting in treestands have experienced this exact same scenario and top down shot angle many times in the field.
Notice how the top back of the animal now comes more into visual play than at the ground level angles, and the kill-zone has shifted slightly lower. The concern here is that the shooter places their arrow too high somewhere along the back and into the backbone, which for a bone-crushing bullet would be a done deal, but for an arrow which kills by cutting and perforation, it's a 50/50 whether or not it will put the buck down. The lung area here is well exposed, but please keep in mind that the lung area at this angle has less overall lethal area should the arrow be off a bit. The prime kill-zone, where the heart and major arteries come together, appear lower on the deer as well. Since the blocking effect of the leg bone and shoulder bone is narrowed somewhat because of the more rear and top down angle, the bottom liver, lungs and heart are stacked and more exposed from the top and from behind. This gives the shooter a really good shot opportunity to drop this deer where it stands with an arrow trajectory precisely behind and cutting just inside of the foreleg and shoulder. Careful attention should be taken, however, shooting for the prime kill-zone at this treestand angle because an arrow shot just a touch too low on this buck at this top down angle means a wounded deer with only flesh wounds as the broad head will angle downward and cut below the lethal region.