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High Shoulder Shot and meat damage

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Unread 09-29-2007, 08:28 PM
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High Shoulder Shot and meat damage

Well I am curious about how much meat is damaged or waisted due to a high shoulder shot. Is it most of the front leg or does it just leave a lot of blood shot/shock meat which can be made into hamburger. I have also had some words about "blood shot"meat from the butcher and do not know if they cut out all "blood shot"meat and pitch it or what they do with this type of meat.


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Unread 09-29-2007, 08:36 PM
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Assuming you're talking about Deer/elk type game. I've seen High shoulder shots bloodshot the front part of the loin. On Deer its usually not much loss, but can be a good amount of meat on an elk. Unless you break the bones on an elk, they can go a LOOOONG way with a high shoulder hit, we tracked one nearly 4 miles that had the top of both lungs hit (I still can't believe it myself, and I saw it!) Of course a lot of high hits will take out the spine and that means "lights out".

As far as the shoulder meat, I usually turn it into hamburger any way. And the Butcher should take any bloodshot meat and dispose of it. I however have known folks that would soak it in salt water to get a lot of the blood out and then trim it close and grind it up as well. Personally, I'm not THAT stingy with my dog.


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Unread 09-30-2007, 06:15 AM
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As valuable and tasty as most game meat is, I personally would rather take the DRT shot and worry about the trimmings afterwords. I would much rather spend the little extra energy washing out and trimming up what I have in hand, over crawling around the countryside looking for one that headed for the next county. Study the anatomy of the game in question to see the best shot to take on them. Disabling one or both shoulders and/or a complete or major disruption of the nervous system generally will require some clean up but worth it in my opinion.

I have had several heart/lung shots screw up a whole shoulder and then some, especially if the thing runs a ways before hitting the ground. Of course this will also depend on what you hit them with. A 300 RUM using a cup and core bullet will make quite a bit more mess than a 30-06 using the same type and so fourth. My best friend once took a quartering shot decent whitetail doe from about 50 yds using his Ruger BH in 44mag, went in just behind the left shoulder and came out through the right. Pretty much ruined the whole right side of the deer. Same shot with my 270 only made a couple holes and had about a baseball sized trim job. By the same token, I have taken some deer and hogs which were hit through the neck/shoulder junction using high velocity partitions or bonded cores, which the only trimming was due to the wound channel , and did not waste much at all. But it does make all the difference with what you hit them with.

Depending on your situation at the time of the shot, the terrain, and the critter in question, I would go with the best high percentage shot on the animals vitals or nervous system, over worrying about how much your going to have to trim out. Enjoy your hunt and your trophy should it be one.
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