By its' nature, shooting an arrow into a living target is an inaccurate and vicious way to kill that animal. In fact, bow hunting is centered on wounding the creature who then bleeds to death. Hunting magazines are full of articles that teach bow hunters the rules of the game, such as when they should begin to track an animal that they just pierced with an arrow:
"The rule of thumb has long been that we should wait 30 to 45 minutes on heart and lung hits, an hour or more on a suspected liver hit, eight to 12 hours on paunch hits, and that we should follow up immediately on hindquarter and other muscle hits, "to keep the wound open and bleeding"." Glenn Helgeland - Fins and Feathers Winter 1987.
"For a bow hunter to easily recover a wounded deer, the blood loss must be extensive. A deer will have to lose at least 35 percent of its total blood volume for the hunter to recover it rapidly." Rob Wegner - Deer and Deer Hunting August, 1991.
It is horrifying to think of any living creature dying in such a slow, painful way, What makes this nightmare so much worse is that it happens to thousands of deer in our state every year. The documented wounding rates that bow hunters inflict upon deer are appalling. In their report An Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey (p.25) the NJ Division of Fish and Game documented the percentage of deer that bow hunters shoot but do not eventually find:
"Langenau (1986) found that archery deer hunters were estimated to have retrieved 43% of the deer hit by arrows..."
The state agency that promotes and supports hunting admits that bow hunters do not find 57% of the deer that they wound. In the 1998-99 hunting season, bow hunters killed 20,975 deer. The 57% wounding rate for hunting with bow and arrow means that another 11,956 deer were shot and wounded. Some of these wounded animals made their ways to roads where they were hit by cars. Others, no longer capable of feeding themselves, starved.
Bow hunting is barbaric entertainment that best deserves to reside in the dark ages, not in the 21st century and not in a country that deems itself humane.