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Why the High-Shoulder Shot is a Bad Idea

Elk have an enormous vitals area, located just behind their front shoulder, that affords a hunter an excellent opportunity for a quick, ethical kill. Yet some people still advocate for the “high-shoulder” shot. In this video, Justin Richins, of R&K Hunting Company, illustrates the dangers of attempting the high-shoulder shot by pointing out what he calls the “no zone” on an elk.