Jason Patterson Tells the Difficulty of Taking a Short Bowhunting Shot
Editor’s Note: The best thing that we can do as parents is to give our children memories that will last their lifetimes and impart the values and beliefs that we want them to teach to their children. By spending time with our children they learn the importance of family and the need to spend time with their children once they have them. Jason Patterson of Jackson, Tennessee, a member of PSE’s Field Staff, has found that bowhunting with his PSE bow is the thread that connects the generations in his family.
“One morning I went to my little 50 acre hunting lease just before daylight,” Patterson explains. “I didn’t see any deer for awhile, but after daylight I heard a rustling in the leaves behind me and turned to see a big doe coming toward me. She walked right under my stand, and I shot her at 7 yards.” The straight down shot is one of the most difficult shots that a bowhunter has to make, mainly due to most shooters practicing shooting from 10 to 40 yards. Very rarely do people climb into tree stands in their back yards and shoot at targets from zero to 10 yards from the tree stands. Therefore, the deer in super close like this doe was is often the most difficult shot for the bowhunter to make. However, Patterson had learned the hard way how to make this close in shot.
“I learned the hard way to make this shot, because I had missed a deer earlier in the season that was in close,” Patterson says. “So, I talked to a friend of mine who is also a Mossy Oak manager, is really big in archery and also works with PSE. I called him and said, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I had a doe at 5 yards from my tree stand, and I shot over her back.’ My friend, Parrish Elliott, told me, ‘Jason, when you have a deer that close, use your 40 yard pin to aim.’ I thought my friend on the other end of the phone line had lost his mind. But he encouraged me to get in my tree stand, set up a target at 5 yards and shoot it with my 40 yard pin. That’s what I did. I realized with the 40 yard pin as an aiming point I could take a deer in close. Although I told my friend about the one doe that I’d missed, I didn’t tell him about the other two earlier that had been in too close for me to shoot. When I started using that 40 yard pin, I found out as unbelievable as it was that I could aim with it successfully at a deer from zero to 10 yards from my tree stand and make a successful shot. I have to admit I had to practice and build up my confidence in aiming with that 40 yard pin, before I believed that this strategy actually would work. On this morning when that doe came in at 7 yards, I aimed like I had been practicing. To my surprise, the arrow hit where it was supposed to hit, and I recovered the doe. Believe it or not I learned that making the 5 yard shot was far more difficult than a 40 yard shot. I’ve talked to many other bowhunters with this same issue. I shot that doe through the top of the shoulder, and the arrow went out through her heart. She only went about 30 yards before she piled up.”