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to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

 
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:44 AM
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

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I try to shoot all my does in the head,it makes for a more challenging shot and doesnt destroy any meat,if you have a problem with it dont do it,dont expect anyone to care that you dont think its a safe shot,keep your ethics to yourself.Here of all places isnt the place to be preaching about shot choices,MANY hunters are against the entire theme of this forum,any shot can go wrong,S%@$ happens.
Plus one on the above statement.

If you are competant take the shot I've seen people who wound deer with the 'classic' heart/lung shot so why shouldn't I shoot the deer anywhere that I'm confident of killing it cleanly?

I shot 7 hinds (female reds) in scotland this year from 90m-240m every one of them was a head shot and DRT which makes finding them much easier than when they've all run 40-100m with the classic shot , My choice !

the original thread was written by a dinosaur who wants to impose his rules on us rather than improve himself.This type of person will be the ruin of all shooting sports eventually mark my words.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:05 AM
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

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Plus one on the above statement.

If you are competant take the shot I've seen people who wound deer with the 'classic' heart/lung shot so why shouldn't I shoot the deer anywhere that I'm confident of killing it cleanly?

I shot 7 hinds (female reds) in scotland this year from 90m-240m every one of them was a head shot and DRT which makes finding them much easier than when they've all run 40-100m with the classic shot , My choice !

the original thread was written by a dinosaur who wants to impose his rules on us rather than improve himself.This type of person will be the ruin of all shooting sports eventually mark my words.

Nonya and Tack,

I would never tell anyone what they should or should not do. I only told a story about my own experience. If someone asks me what I think, I will do my best to give my opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. If you all took it differently, I'm sorry.

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Old 12-12-2008, 06:51 AM
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

Normaly I frown on head shots but this year found me doing just that. A buck got up out of his bed and stepped behind a couple of trees with only his head and the white of his neck showing. Last hour of the hunting season for me,its safe to shoot and if that guy takes off I got a better chance of winning the lottery than hitting him on the run throught he brush. I aim the first shot @ the white on his neck but he just stands there? The second was a little hurried but went high too but he is still just standing there watching me shoot @ him. I settle down and bury the front sight a little deeper, at the shot he starts running right @ me and the fourth shot tops his heart @ 15 yards and he piles up. While gutting him out I realize that the third shot hit him right in the kisser and he would definatly have blead out.
If the trees where not in the way I would definatly tryed for the boiler room, a head shot for me is second choice.
To each there own...Far be it from me to judge others on right or wrong and dont think for a second that you could talk me out of shooting this buck as long as its safe to do so!!
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:40 AM
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

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Nonya and Tack,

I would never tell anyone what they should or should not do. I only told a story about my own experience. If someone asks me what I think, I will do my best to give my opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. If you all took it differently, I'm sorry.

Steve
I apologise If I've offended you and got you wrong,I'm a little sensitive about anybody saying 'I don't think a or b is the right way to do something as here in the uk we have been sold up the river by our very own NRA a number of times. There is room for all types of shooting within the shooting community and no one type is any more important or better than any other.
As shooters we have enough enemys without fighting amongst ourselves.

Happy hunting,Russ

ps,we've got a real bum deal in the uk , don't let it happen in the usa !
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

Tack,

I see it and feel it coming here as well. Sportsmen of different types hate each other, anti's all work together. There has got to be a way to unite sportsmen of all kinds in order to protect the right and the heritage.

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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

While in the US Navy as a Special Warefare Officer, I learned two things. 1st NAVY stands for Never Again Volunteer Yourself and 2nd, Murphey was an optomist. If something can go wrong it will, so make sure you remove the vairables so what ever it is cant go wrong. That said, my longest head shot was on at Texas Sendaro at 275 yards. The deer was stairing straight at me. The bullet entered just 1/2 inch above and 1/4 inch to the right of being centered between his eyes. I had just lost a deer earlier that morning that was shot in the boiler room. We picked up parts of lung where the bullet exited, but the deer oddly enough did not leave a blood trail. (I have shot lots of deer and have had several pass through shots not leave a blood trail. Fortunatly, I have recovered almost every deer. Some took all day to find. The worst was a double lung shot doe that ran 400 yards and dropped in the middle of an uncut hayfield. No blood trail.) So I was determined not to track a deer again. I have quit shooting deer in the head and shoot in the chest only if I have to or saving the cape for a mount. I target a small area of the neck. I use the center or the top of the white patch as my aim point for height and center of mass of the neck from which ever angle the neck is presented to me. The good thing with a neck shot is you either hit and kill or miss and let live. You will never hit a deer in the neck and not kill it unless you just break the skin. In which case the deer will live to see another day.

Now pigs is another story, target is the rear base of the ear. Make it challanging and put the bullet in the ear cavity without breaking the ear itself or the skin around the ear. If they are quartering towards you put the bullet in the eye, Straight on make an X between the eyes and the ears and shoot the center of the X. Judge yourself on how close you come to these marks.

Best thing is there is no tracking and chance of a deer running off and dying somewhere you can't find them.
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Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?

I do not support the head shots philosophy. That said, I know many folks do that kind of shooting.


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