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Old 08-19-2008, 05:42 PM
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Where is the best place to shoot a deer to put it down right where it stands? Head, neck, spine, shoulder or behind the shoulder? Please no lectures on ethics or telling me to get better at blood trailing, I know all that already. I just want to know from you guys where to shoot if you want to put one down right there. Thanks
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:48 PM
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i shot my first deer behind the shoulder with a 243 and it dropped him at about 75 yards with one shot
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:48 PM
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:01 PM
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Head shot for meat one shot one kill
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What Jim said
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Another plus for the high shoulder shot.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:50 PM
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Jim is that your new red dot scope there
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
took the works right out of my mouth
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neck shot-they will drop in their tracks...
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neck shot-they will drop in their tracks...
a little low and they will starve to death.

Shoulder shot for DRT.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:23 PM
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Jim is that your new red dot scope there

lol nope its hangunners, I stole the pic from him
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
I vote for a little lower and to the right. Just in the crease behind the shoulder. Might not go right down but physically provides the greatest margin of error just in case.
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I found that the spot that Jim pointed out works very, very well for the reasons he stated. However, I did find also that you will destroy the shoulder on the off-side. So, what I've done now is to move the point of aim back a little so I'm just behind the shoulder and up a couple of inches. If you hit your mark, the shot will still get the lungs and it will shock the spinal cord and he'll drop right in his tracks 99% of the time. If he does run, he'll usually only go a few feet....and you destroy a minimal amount of meat.


BUT....You really need to place that shot well. If you pull the shot and hit a little further back, you might get into the salad bar. Not a pleasant deer-cleaning experience.

If you are a good marksman and are confident with your shooting, you can't beat a head shot or a good neck shot. You have a fair amount of latitude on neck shots....not so much with head shots. The problem with head shooting them is that they tend to move their heads unexpectedly and quickly. You can cause some horrific wounds that are not immediately fatal and may not provide much of a blood trail, and the deer can run off, die a slow and agonizing death, and not be found. One of the guys in my club shot a doe and tried to head shoot her. He shot her lower jaw almost completely off and she got back up and ran. We would not have ever found her, but after we got through spending about 4 hours searching for her and were leaving the area on the 4-wheelers, she ran across the logging road in front of me and stopped out in the planted pines and I shot her again. If you attempt head shots, make sure that you are good enough with your rifle and confident enough in the shot to put the bullet through the brain. If you take a shot you're not sure about, it is an unethical shot, IMHO.
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
Sounds like good advice to me, thanks. One of the places I am hunting this year is VERY thick on either side of the lane my stand is on. I would like to avoid trailing in the thick stuff if possible.
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If you put it were Jim shows.Want be no blood trailing..Neck and you want trail em either..
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I aim for the shoulder area . They wont go far if they do go any where .
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
Jim is absolutely right!

For the record, I'm strongly against taking any head shots and this includes shooting does!
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high shoulder works great, base of neck if you want to save a little meat
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:49 PM
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High neck shot for spinal cord/major blood vessels. The last 3 deer I killed were high neck....at just below the white spot. They dropped and flopped a little. You either miss or essentially decapitate with a 30/06 150gr. A little bleat tends to make 'em stop what they're doing and stick their head straight up for a perfect opportunity.



Head shots are easy to miss and you could take their jaw off so I have learned to stay away from those.
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters


Right on the money, and like others have said, DO NOT go for neck or head shots, margin of error is too small......I've seen wounded and lost deer from both.
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On the profile, straight up the front leg. Not always as high as Jim Thompson's example. Found they usually drop on the spot.

Neck shot, severing the spinal column will drop a deer instantaneously.

Find that a lot of experts on meat damage, never butchered a deer.
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high shoulder shot. IF you miss forward they drop, if you miss back you get both lungs, if you miss low they die quick, if you miss high you get spine...if you are on they drop like taters
Exactly.
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