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Old 07-27-2010, 03:48 PM
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I have shot many in the neck, but I have heard several talk about a high shoulder shot.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:55 PM
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The vast majority of the time, I use the high shoulder shot. I have been known to also use a neck shot or even a {gasp} head shot, if the situation warrants it....
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:03 PM
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I shoot most of my deer right at the point of the shoulder at the base of the neck. I've used the high shoulder shot about 3 times now, and I'm learning to love it, except for the lost meat on the top of both shoulders. To pull this off, aim about 3-4 inches below the top of the deer right over the front leg. Even if the bullet doesn't shatter the spine, the shock will drop the deer in it's tracks. If the shot is absolutely perfect, I've been know to shoot a doe in the top of the head.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:04 PM
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I shoot them in the high shoulder, but like Germag said I have been known to take a neck shot or 2, even shot one in the head but I wouldnt do it again. I actually cant use any of theses with a bow tho
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They just don't walk away from a high shoulder shot!!!
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:17 PM
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Too much meat loss with the high shoulder for me. Right behind the shoulder 1/3 of the way up and put it through the heart is my preferred shot.(Ruins nothing but some ribs and vital organs) It may not always drop em where they stand but it always drops em. Missing the heart by a little still puts your shot into the lungs, liver or both and they go down. Neck shots(spine) and head shots(brain) drop em where they stand if you don't miss by a little and hit em in the throat or blow their lower jaw off, then it gets real ugly.A deer wounded like this can run a very long way.
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They just don't walk away from a high shoulder shot!!!
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He is quartering just a bit away, full broadside I would move fwd a bit more. [Note exit will be in front of the other leg.]

Put a hole thru one of the floating shoulder blades, enjoy lack of tracking.

Miss high = spine shot, instant drop
Miss low = boiler room / vitals / massive blood trail.

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They just don't walk away from a high shoulder shot!!!
that's right
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He is quartering just a bit away, full broadside I would move fwd a bit more. [Note exit will be in front of the other leg.]

Put a hole thru one of the floating shoulder blades, enjoy lack of tracking.

Miss high = spine shot, instant drop
Miss low = boiler room / vitals / massive blood trail.

That's actually about 2" lower than I like to aim for the high shoulder shot. My favorite shot is about 2" to the right of that red x. I've shot at least 15 right there, and have never had one take a step.
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Tight behind the shoulder,I don't always drop them in there tracks but I still have the shoulders to grind.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:54 PM
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Tight behind the shoulder,I don't always drop them in there tracks but I still have the shoulders to grind.
Exactly. That is my preferred spot to put one as well. Occasionally a neck shot.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:00 PM
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High shoulder most of the time. It's the largest part of the spine, disables all legs, cuts a major artery. Seems like they expire about the same time as a with heart/lung shot.
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Yeah, when I use that high shot, I move it back just behind the shoulder blade. It shocks the spine and destroys the main artery that supplies oxygenated blood to all of the internal organs and the rest of the body.
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I usually will try to break a deer down with a shot through the shoulders because the spine drops down there, but it depends on the position of the deer.
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They always went straight down when I've shot them in the head and it wastes no meat (not even the tongue). I don't shoot them in the shoulders or the heart (good meat wasted). I prefer the double lung.
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I love the high shoulder shot as well. I first learnt to shoot them behind the shoulder where bowhunters aim but the past maybe 5 seasons I have been using the high shoulder shot and they haven't went another step. I have missed to the front and hit one in the neck and that will do the trick too.
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Sholder shot work's for me
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x2(5 met their maker last year like that), processor likes it too!
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there is a theory out there called the "Bowling Ball" theory... imagine a bowling ball placed at the junction of the spine, neck and shoulder...

Picture the ball - and keep your eye on it... now rotate the deer any way you want to rotate it.... the ball is still there.

Hit that ball - from any distance - and the game is over.

The red X on the deer above is at the lower part of the ball.

It is very humane to the deer (well, as humane as you can be and still shoot it) and requires absolutely no tracking.

Works every time - from every angle... does not matter much unless it is a head on shot or a dead walking away shot, neither of which are overly recommended - particularly the walking away shot.
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shots to the neck will always do it..their ear wont even flicker
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:06 PM
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That 'Bowling ball' model is pretty accurate - I have shot several deer while they were walking [not running] fairly quick - I use more of a 'center mass' mentality with the high shoulder blade in the middle where I put the red 'X.' I just let them walk into the scope crosshairs and drop 'em.
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If you want to drop em in their tracks...that is where you have to shoot em.
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He is quartering just a bit away, full broadside I would move fwd a bit more. [Note exit will be in front of the other leg.]

Put a hole thru one of the floating shoulder blades, enjoy lack of tracking.

Miss high = spine shot, instant drop
Miss low = boiler room / vitals / massive blood trail.

OH NO!!! NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A DEBATE ON IF HE IS A SHOOTER OR NOT!!!!




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