Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Learning Better Shot Placement on Deer
One of the biggest fears a hunter has to face is the possibility of wounding an animal instead of a clean kill. I have had this happen to me before and recently I have read in the news and on other blogs the very same situation happening. How can we help fix this? Well, there is no cure for buck fever. Adrenaline is an awesome thing when it's pumped through your body when you are at full draw. Rick Kratzke over at Whitetail Woods had a great post on shot placement last week. 
Rick says, 'We owe it to ourselves and especially the animal to be harvest as quick and humanely as possible.' 
He is spot on and this should be in the minds of EVERY hunter.

So how can we teach our new hunters and even the old where to properly aim on an deer without pointing to a 2D paper target or a TV screen? The New York Department of Environmental Conservation may have an answer. As I hail from the great state of NY, I found this latest press release exciting and hopefully a step in the right direction. What do you think? Is it a good thing? Is it overkill? Personally, I think we should implement this here in California, but I am sure the HSUS would deem the 'cyber deer' still an animal and want to protect it.

New York Stocks Up on Cyber Deer
BOGART, GA. - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently purchased 1,000 copies of Cyber Deer, a shot-placement training program, to be used at their hunter education courses. Hunter education instructors throughout New York will be armed with the most advanced deer anatomy and shot placement tool available for their upcoming courses. Cyber Deer is a computer program produced by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, to train new and experienced hunters on organ and skeleton locations and proper shot angles for deer.

Using Cyber Deer, hunter education students can simulate both ground and treestand hunting scenarios by selecting multiple distances and heights from the deer, and select rifle or bow, as proper shot selection changes according to type of hunting equipment used. Students can also rotate the deer and receive instant feedback from the program on shot angles. Students can then "shoot" the deer and receive feedback on shot attempt and shot placement. A visible line representing the shot path stays on screen, and the instructor and students can rotate the deer, zoom in, and see the internal path through accurate diagrams of the skeleton and organs.

Cyber Deer will help new and experienced hunters make more knowledgeable and ethical shot placement decisions, and more knowledgeable hunters are better stewards of our natural resources and better ambassadors for hunting. "I applaud DEC for providing Cyber Deer to their hunter education instructors," said Kip Adams, northern director of education and outreach for the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). "It is a phenomenal training tool, and I hope it will someday be used in every hunter education course in the country."

Cyber Deer retails for $14.95, and discounts are available to state and federal agencies and educational organizations.

About QDMA

Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. Membership in QDMA is open to anyone interested in better deer and better deer hunting, and committed to ethical hunting, sound deer management and the preservation of the deer-hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call (800) 209-3337 or visit

QDMA ... The Future of Deer Hunting

Quality Deer Management Association

170 Whitetail Way
Bogart, GA 30622
(800) 209-3337
Kip Adams
or 814-326-4023

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