I've let a few thousand arrows fly on my range at 3D targets including deer, bear, hog and turkey. I have no problem consistently hitting them in the vital zone at my shooting distances of 12, 15 and 20-yards. My arrows are the same weight with field tips as with the broadheads. Additionally, I have two broadheads reserved for practice. The broadheads consistently hit where the field points are hitting. I shoot from kneeling, standing on the ground and from a 3.5-foot elevated platform all on my range.
Fast forward to the woods. From a standing position I have shot over two deer at 20-yards and 1 deer at 15-yards. Within the hour I go conduct a "check up" on the range and I am hitting the foam deer just fine. I do notice the deer dropping at the shot somewhat. Coming from a wheelie bow world, I am fortunate to say that I have only missed one deer of several dozen deer with that set-up. I know the range either by landmarks or using a rangefinder real-time. What is so different with my Longbow?
On another note, I know the live deer are somewhat smaller than my target deer in most cases. The one deer I finally connected with was pretty small and I intentionally aimed even lower than normal. Typically my mind-eye put the tip of the shaft right at 6 O'Clock from point of impact at 20-yards. At 15 yards there is a tiny space between shaft and intended impact. At 12 yards there is basically two shaft widths below point of impact. On this little deer I put the shaft at the belly line and I did notice a slight drop of the deer just prior to the arrow arriving. The arrows are 560 grain and are moving 168 FPS average at 4 feet from the bow.
A lot of information I know, but I figured the more you know the more specific help I might get. So what are your thoughts on how my "sight" picture should be from the ground? I am about to hunt from a 20-foot treestand. The max range I will shoot is still 20-yards. How should I "aim" from that elevation?