Shot Through Heart – I have often heard that deer, when shot through the heart, would run three or four hundred yards; is this true? Let us hear from hunters who have had such experiences.
It is true that game animals of all kinds will sometimes live quite a while after being shot through the heart, and this is frequently the case with deer. We also read in the account of Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the West of a grizzly bear that lived twenty minutes after being shot through the heart, having also four bullets through the lungs, besides other wounds. Tigers have been known to kill people after being shot through the heart. No doubt many of the readers of this could tell of cases where game has run quite a distance after receiving a heart shot, and it would liven up many of the hunting stories to go into detail on all such things, telling what rifle, caliber, bullet, etc., was used and what the distance, and giving in detail the work of the bullet and its effect on game. It is a strange fact that animals do not always drop most quickly to the high velocity bullet, or the one that mangles most.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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