Some of you may remember some of my recent posts concerning the goat tag I drew. I have been asking anything from judging goats in the field, to a 270 load, to lets see your goat mounts..!!!....lol. I may have mentioned that my greatest fear is a goat falling and either not be able to recover it, or it just totally messing up the animal. I've been on more than a few sheep and goat hunts where the animal has taken really bad falls, and it's always such a shame to me. I absolutely hate it! And yes, I understand that it's best to just wait him out till he moves to a safer location, and this will be my main goal for sure.
But I also got to thinking about how years ago I remember reading an article about a devastating shot placement to anchor an animal in it's tracks. If I recall it was a bit high on the shoulder where there was potential to break the spine, as well as take out the top part of the lung/s. I remember he gave a detailed description of exactly where to shoot, but it was so long ago I really can't remember. I think I remember him doing something like drawing a horizontal line across the middle of the animal and saying just how far above this line you would aim. From the way he made it sound, it was the only shot he took, and with consistently great results. Believe it or not, I saw a video once of a deer being hit by and arrow in this area and it slammed him to the ground....I was totally amazed!
Call me old school, but always wanting to save meat, I've always been a heart/lung guy myself, unless a good behind the ear shot presents itself with a good rest at a relatively short distance...(did that on a sleeping caribou once). But I know now on a big billy I'm looking at hitting good bone with a 140 grain Barnes Triple-Shock from the 270. I realize that probably the best shot on a goat would be from up above shooting between the shoulder blades. But that's probably just wishful thinking.
Just would like to hear your thoughts on this type of shot placement.