Re: to take or not to take a head shot on a deer?
As the father of the young lady in pink trousers that roy was refering to, I'm not a major advocate of head shooting deer, but it does work and there are times when it becomes advantagious to put the smack down on them, you know those instances when it'll be alot harder job getting the deer to the vehicle if you let them take a 50-60 yard death sprint, cause its always downhill.
Its probably happened a dozen times or so in the past when I intensionaly targeted the head to keep a game animal from getting into a rough place for retrieval. almost always the shot was less than 100 yards. There has been 2 instances of head shooting at longer ranges. I'll describe them
1) spotted 4 bedded does at 375 yards all but one were mostly obscured by brush, I set the rifle up, did my dope and was preparing for the shot. The targeted doe layed her head right along her side, perfectly in line with the onside shoulder. I placed the crosshair just under her eye and squeezed, at the report her head bobed a bit and she lay still, the other bedded does didn't even get up till they smelled blood. The .284 160 accubond entered exactly at POA, exited the head, entered the onside shoulder at about .30 caliber, and exited the offside shoulder into the ground. read it as "graveyard dead"
2) set up in a big field at first light, ranged a doe at 611 yards, the deer appeared to be slightly quartering away, but she was in fact broadside, first shot was a liver hit, she took 3 steps, layed down, to end her suffering as quickly as possible, I put another accubond through her head at 615 yards.
If a headshot is within your abilities, who are we to question anothers prowess with a rifle.
Just as when my daughter head shot the doe, we talked about it and she said the shot felt good, and when she was aiming she felt the feeling of confidance that we all feel when we know the outcome even before the trigger is pulled. so I told her "good job"
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