As much as we all hope that the perfect shot is made every time someone squeezes the trigger, we all know that’s not reality. Bad shots do happen and when they do I believe that knowledge is power.
By knowledge I mean a completely understanding of a deer’s anatomy. Sure we can look up Google images of deer anatomy and most of us know where the basics are, but sometimes you want to know exactly what vitals you may or may not have hit so can plan your tracking accordingly.
In my opinion one of the most helpful tools I’ve found in the field for this is an app called Shot Simulator. I downloaded this a few years ago, and think it’s one of the best apps out there of its kind. Not only can it help you decide what to do on after a shot, but I also like to play around with it just to learn.
How it works is you can position the deer any way you like: broadside, quartering away, facing you, quartering to or however it was standing.You can also get the correct angle you had based on your treestand height or if you were on the ground. The next step allows you to place exactly where your shot hit. Then you can peel off one layer at a time to reveal muscle, vessels, organs, skeleton, etc.
I also think this is a great app to teach kids where vitals are and its interactive enough that it will hold their attention. The app also gives advice based on your shot, and tells you some basics on color of blood, smell, etc. to help you determine your shot and the time you need to wait to try and recover your deer.
People have been deer hunting for hundreds of years without this. However, I think it’s really an interesting tool to have on your phone. Maybe you won’t need it, but you might be able to help out a buddy or even give it to a kid to learn more about deer instead of playing mindless games in the blind. Overall, I believe it’s just a great way to extend your knowledge base in a easy user friendly app.