Had an interesting experience the other day. Had a guy that wanted a Bison for the freezer but was too busy to take any time off to go get it. Said if I went to the place and shot it, i could keep the skull and hide. Sounded like a pretty good gig for me, i get to shoot, keep the good stuff and just drop it off at the butcher shop.
Well, we "picked out" a nice trophy 3 yr old cow for harvest. It was standing facing toward me and i asked if he wanted me to wait for it to turn or just shoot it head on in the skull. Well, he said oh, this is fine go ahead. So i did. Put the crosshairs between the eyes, raised up about an inch or so and kablam! That thing jerked its head back and piled over and laid there stiff as a board. At least for about 8 seconds, then the SOB got up and started running off with blood pouring out the throat and mouth. As i stood there dumbfounded, i tried getting another shot but all the other damn bison kept running it and harassing the hell out of it. Well, an hour later and 3/4 mile away, i finally got up to it again and it was standing there acting like nothing had happened, except for the entire front covered red. So, I shot it again this time from the side at about 90 yards. And for good measure shot it a 3rd time right behind the ear.
After we skinned the head, we found the hole and i'm still dumbfounded how that thing survived. Shows you the little margin of error. I felt terrible about it but i guess i know next time to be about 1" higher
Must have been because i shot from about 10' higher elevation. I'm sure if i had been on level ground, it wouldn't have twitched