Ligging van lewensnoodsaaklike organe bepalend in skootplasing.

An extremely important aspect of a successful hunt, is for the hunter to know exactly where to place his shot on a game animal.

The illustrations following hereafter clearly indicates where in the game animal's body the vital organs - heart and lungs - are situated.

Elke jagter behoort deeglik kennis te neem van hierdie uiters belangrike inligting.

Skootplasing, uit verskillende hoeke waarvandaan moontlik gevuur kan word na die teiken dier, kan dan - gebaseer op hierdie inligting - bepaal word deur die kortste, reguit koe�lpad te visualiseer om sodoende so doeltreffend en vinnig moontlik die teiken dier te dood met die voldoende beskadiging van die lewensnoodsaaklike organe.

In cases where the hunter is not sure that his bullet would reach any of the vital organs, it would be best to let the 'almost opportunity' to kill the game animal pass, rather than wounding the animal only and causing a lot of unnecessary suffering.

Let op hoe die ligging van, veral die hart, in sekere spesies in verskillende posisies in die dier se liggaam gele� is.
Wees bewus daarvan en plaas u skote daarvolgens om algehele sukses te verseker in u jagte.

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Kyk waar sit my hart!
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BUFFEL

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GEMSBOK

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GIRAFFE

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HIPPO

The anatomy of a hippo is remarkably similar to man. The heart is placed slightly further back than on ungulates (hoef diere) but not accesible when the hippo is submerged.

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KLIPSPRINGER

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LION

En my hart sit selfs verder terug as Blouwildebees s'n!
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SABLE

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SPRINGBOK

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STEENBOK

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TSESSEBE

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More about Shot Placement On Plains Game as described by a well known PH and experienced hunting outfitter.

'Shot Placement On Plains Game' by Steve Robinson.

ø With the exception of giraffe, the ideal shot placement areas on all plains game species are similar and I'll deal with the exceptions at the bottom of this article.

ø With all shot placement to the heart and engine room area, it's a good idea not to use external features of the body as reference points because so often, the animal will be at an obtuse angle (an angle between 90 and 180 degrees) to you. Always try to imagine the external surfaces of the animal to be a glass case enclosing the vital areas, and if you can imagine exactly where those vital areas are and hit them, you won't go far wrong.

ø For the purposes of this article, we need to start with our target animal at set angle to us and when in the field, one has to apply the overriding 'glass case' rule if the animal is at a different angle to those discussed here.

ø With the animal standing at right angles to you, divide the animal (body) in half (horizontally) and in half again and then imagine a perpendicular (vertical) line up the back of the foreleg and where the perpendicular line and the lowermost horizontal line cross, you'll find the top of the heart. If you shoot slightly back or slightly high, you might miss the heart but you'll find the lungs. Shoot slightly low and you'll hit the centre of the heart, If you're slightly in front of the heart, you may well still find the lungs, (any shot in front of the heart is risky though and not to be recommended) but the heart is the place you need to shoot for.

ø If the animal is facing you with it's head down, you may be able to take a spine shot where the top of the neck leaves the body. If he's looking at you, use the 'glass case' rule and factor in the 'right angle rule' and you'll hit the heart. Alternatively, imagine where the spine is and take a low frontal neck shot. (Note however, that a lot of PH's might frown on this unless you've already proved to him that you're a really good shot)

ø Although I don't recommend a head shot for a variety of reasons, not least, the fact that you'll do a lot of damage to the trophy. If you do need to know where the brain is, just draw a line between the eye and the base of the opposite ear and then do the same on the other eye and ear and where those two lines cross, you'll find the brain. Always remember that the angle of the head is a factor in this but it doesn't take much working out.

ø If the animal is standing directly away from you, the Texas heart shot (Vrystaatse hartskoot) is a very effective shot indeed. Aim for the root of the tail where it leaves the body and if you get it right, the animal will just collapse. Admittedly, this shot is considered beyond the pale with a lot of British and European hunters, but it is extremely effective.

ø Giraffe: These animals are different to the rest and it should be borne in mind that everything behind the shoulder is stomach. The heart lies in the mid third of the body and in line with the centre of the foreleg and the top of the heart is about where the bottom of the neck leaves the body.
Steve Robinson ~ published with permission granted by Steve Robinson on 1 October 2010.

How bullets kill ~ by Chuck Hawks.
"A rifle bullet kills an animal by destroying tissue, disrupting the function of vital organs or the central nervous system, causing blood loss, and perhaps by shock to the animal's system. The latter can be almost instantly fatal, or almost completely lacking, depending on circumstances beyond the hunter's control. The more damage a bullet causes, the more likely it is to produce a quick kill.
As I said, shock can be deadly, but it is unpredictable."

Bullet placement
"Bullet placement is the most important component of killing power. Drive any reasonably adequate bullet into a vital area and a kill will result. If a bullet destroys the function of the animal's lungs or heart it is not long for this world. That is why most experts recommend aiming for the heart/lung area. Such a shot brings a quick and humane death without wasting any of the meat normally eaten. And it is the largest, easiest vital area of the animal to hit."

"Whatever the angle at which a game animal is standing, try to drive your bullet into the heart/lung area. If a deer is standing broadside put your bullet just behind the foreleg, and midway between the top of the back and the bottom of the chest. If he is quartering away, a bullet driven through the animal's body toward the off shoulder will usually find the heart/lung area. Whatever direction the animal is facing, try to visualize where his heart/lung area must be and attempt to drive your bullet into that area. If you cannot, pass on the shot and wait for a better opportunity."

"A calm rifleman with a lot of experience shooting at moving targets may be able to place a bullet in the heart/lung area of a running animal. But the average hunter simply cannot do so reliably. It is better to wait for a shot at an undisturbed animal."

"A fine shot with an accurate rifle and a good working knowledge of the quarry's anatomy, shooting from a steady position at a reasonable range, may be able to reliably break an animal's neck. This is a lethal shot if properly executed. But the average hunter, shooting from a standing position, cannot reliably hit the neck vertebrae, and a shot anywhere else in the neck is unlikely to kill quickly. Brain shots are even more difficult, and a head shot that misses the brain almost never anchors the animal. Neck and head shots that miss the central nervous system usually result in a wounded animal that escapes, usually to die long after the hunter has given up the chase."

"Do not, under any circumstances, risk shooting a game animal in the guts or the rear end. A wounded animal that escapes to die a miserable death later on is the almost inevitable result of a poorly placed shot."

Now that you know where to place that shot, select the best bullet that will go all the way, from whatever angle you launch it, to successfully complete the task.
GSCHV hunting bullets are well known for their stable flight through the air and to penetrate deep and in a straight line - resulting in quick death of the animal, with the minimum of meat damaged in the process.