Shot Placement On Sable

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by JOHunts, Aug 15, 2019.

?

Does it look like a good shot in the video?

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
    77.8%
  1. JOHunts

    JOHunts New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2017
    Messages:
    12
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    California
    Member of:
    SCI
    Definitely a Dream hunt last week in South Africa, got a nice Cape Buffalo, but what not many know is that some dreams are Nightmares.
    For longer than a Cape Buffalo, I've wanted a Sable. For this trip I wanted to take him with my Bow. On the second day we found him and I made, what by all analysis, is a good shot. Even sent this video to my arrow/nock company and they looked at it. We followed the blood and lung foam trail for 2 hours till dark. Picked up early the next morning and stayed on it for 5 hours. (the trackers are amazing) Didn't find him.
    We then put out game cameras and feed in that area and checked them twice daily and he never showed. By the 6th day we assumed he was dead and would start to give off that distinct odor not common to the area, but nothing.
    With 2 days left I put up a reward of $100, gathered the staff and said they and any friends in the community are eligible. Still, nothing by the day of departure. I left the $100 on the wall in hopes that they or a future hunter may find, at least, the horns. The way that trophy fees work is that if you draw blood you pay.
     

  2. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    4,480
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    3,535
    Location:
    Grosse Ile, Michigan
    Member of:
    NRA
    Hunted:
    Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
    Is it just me, or didn't that arrow penetrate very deep? What weight bow and arrow set-up were you using? That animal was quartering away pretty good, the shot may have been too far forward.
     
    CAustin likes this.

  3. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    13,172
    Video/Photo:
    216
    Likes Received:
    9,412
    Member of:
    Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
    Hunted:
    South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
    I agree with you Art. Looks like all shoulder blade!
     

  4. Mike Van Horn

    Mike Van Horn AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2019
    Messages:
    112
    Video/Photo:
    9
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Colorado
    I agree no penetration and to far forward. One lung at best
     

  5. IvW

    IvW AH Elite

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,958
    Video/Photo:
    57
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    South Africa
    Member of:
    BASA, CHASA
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia,Zambia
    Shot placement not good, arrow penetration not good, top front of right lung. Jumps the string slightly making the placement worse(down and away). I would have waited for broadside shot. Guts are real full of feed as well.

    Sable and Roan do not take much killing but good placement is important, if not they can be very tenacious...
     
    Red Leg likes this.

  6. JOHunts

    JOHunts New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2017
    Messages:
    12
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    California
    Member of:
    SCI
    He turned up on trail cam yesterday and was taken this morning. Waiting on post mortum, but preliminary report is that the arrow did penetrate into the body cavity, but was too high

    IMG-20190825-WA0001.jpg IMG-20190825-WA0002.jpg SableCam.jpg
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 26, 2019

  7. Frederik

    Frederik AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    420
    Video/Photo:
    109
    Likes Received:
    76
    Member of:
    BASA
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Sweden
    I'm not a bow expert but a lot of things could have happened firstly penetration is very shallow.
    Maybe the arrow head bent or broke and did not enter the lung cavity.
    Height to me doesnt seem to be the problem but defineteky too far back unless you had the whole arrow penetrate.

    Glad they found it.
     

  8. Jaws

    Jaws AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Messages:
    90
    Video/Photo:
    9
    Likes Received:
    175
    Can you provide specifications of the equipment you used & how far the shot was?
     

  9. revturbo9967

    revturbo9967 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Messages:
    154
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    98
    Hunted:
    USA- IL, WY, CO, NH, ME, CT Canada- NB
    possibly hit bone. what is your bow , poundage, arrow weight and broad head? if anything, it was high and missed vitals.
     

  10. Spear Safaris

    Spear Safaris SPONSOR Since 2014 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    822
    Video/Photo:
    1,169
    Likes Received:
    1,237
    Location:
    Kruger Park South Africa
    Member of:
    SCI life member, PHASA life member
    Hunted:
    RSA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, USA, Phillipines
    What I think needs to be mentioned is that the Camera was not behind the shooter but to his left, so the angle of the shot may appear more acute than what it really was.
     

  11. Chago

    Chago AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2018
    Messages:
    137
    Video/Photo:
    29
    Likes Received:
    190
    Sorry OP but you need to post your equipment. Regardless of being to high, low, front or back. That arrow penetrated a couple inches. And based on that pic it's not in bone. Either your bow is wayyyyyy to light. Or you have a really bad arrow to lb draw weight ratio.

    I pull a 70lb bow and have a 31" draw which I realize is on the high end of the spectrum in regards to generating speed. But I have put arrows right through much larger animals like Canadian moose. And the arrow passes through and penetrates 8" into the dirt. Something seems weird there. Maybe you began to let off before triggering the release? And didn't get a full draw cycle? I dunno what else could have happened there.
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice