A hunter friend of mine told me about this after I told him I kept shooting over the deer with my bow. It's one of the deer hunting tips that struck me as pretty interesting so I'm sharing it on huntingblades.com.
Basically when the arrow leaves the strings, it makes a sound. Now sound travels faster than the arrow, so the deer gets a very slight warning that something is heading towards it. It's defensive instinct is to kneel quickly or 'genuflect' (heck, I didn't know what it meant). Because your target has been lowered after your shot, your shot will go higher than you intended it to.
Now the further away the deer is, the more warning it will get, but the sound of the arrow won't be as loud. Deer's have extremely sensitive hearing though, so it may still trigger a reaction.
To reduce the noise your strings make, keep your bolts tight. Also practice pulling up your bow and setting up your arrow silently. You can even get a sound recorder out if you're keen.
Another thing to practice is calming you when shooting. Lots of hunters have a mentality of the shot being a big deal, and will think to themselves "NOW!" when they shoot. The adrenaline of the hunt amplifies this effect, resulting in a slight jerk of the hand. This throws your shot off target. Practice concentrating on your aim. The shot should come to a surprise to you if you are concentrating enough.
As always safety is number 1 in hunting, so make sure you know what your target is and what's behind your target. Hunt responsibly.
Submitted by Jake
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