Factors leading to bowhunting success include proper equipment, practiced physical skills, and a sound knowledge of the game being pursued. The knowledge required to successfully take large game with a bow and arrow includes the animals habits and habitat, a thorough knowledge of the capabilities of the equipment being used in the hunt, and a clear understanding of the anatomy and location of vital organs for shot placement. This understanding is required no matter if the target is large game such as an African water buffalo or elephant, or a North American elk or bear or smaller game such as hogs, deer or turkeys.
We've gathered information on some anatomy details that relate to archery include musculature, skeletal structure, and the location of vital organs for selected big game. Additionally we have added links to other reference sites that expand on the topic in an effort to help archers make good ethical shots.
penetration thru the shoulder
blade into the spine of a black bear.
50 lb. longbow at 17 yards & total arrow weight of 750 gr.
North American Game
Click on any animal for more information and resources on
targeting and the vital areas that an
archer should be concerned with.
Blesbok Buffalo Crocodile Eland Elephant
Gemsbok Giraffe Hippo Impala Klipspringer
Kudu Leopard Lion Reedbuck Sable
Springbok Tsessebe Warthog Waterbuck Wildebeest
- Dr. Ed Ashby and his Broadhead Lethality Studies
- Ashby .pdf's
- Ashby Jan 2012 Kalamazoo, MI
- Ashby May 2013
- Game Animal Anatomy
- Education Links
- Archery Formulas
- Selecting the Bevel
- Edge Maintenance
- Sharpness & Bloodtrails - Dr Ed
- Tuning the EFOC &
- Arrows for Elk
- Fletchings & Footings
- Single Bevel Discussions and Opinions
Links of Interest
- Q&A Blog