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Old 10-02-2011, 10:07 PM
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Antelope - Neck Shots?

During the last couple years of antelope hunting I've noticed there is not much but bone and arteries in the neck.

This year I'm thinking neck shots are the way to go.

How many of you have shot these critters in the neck and how well did it work out??
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:51 PM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

I just shot a goat in the neck last week in WY. If you want to kill them fast, I mean lightning fast and not ruin any meat what so ever, this is the way to do it. Now, if you are after a trophy and want to save the cape, might not want to shoot them in the neck. I have been hunting speed goats for along time, and you can't beat a neck shot.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:39 AM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

I shot my first antelope in the neck with a 140 grain Ballistic Tip out of a .270 Winchester. Dropped him like he had been struck by lightning and blew a hole through the cape I could almost stick my fist through. I'll stick to the ribs from now on, besides the way the wind blows in pronghorn country most of the time a neck shot can be very risky!

Just my $.02

Bob
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:08 AM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

+2 to what Nimrod said. I feel there is too much room for error on a neck shot. It can work and can be very effective, but it's a small target and doesn't give you much room for error. I feel a shot in the lungs just behind the shoulder is the best for antelope. They are amazingly tough animals and pound for pound are right up there with elk! I watched my dad shoot a doe in the neck with his 7mm Rem magnum shooting 160 gr. Nosler partitions at 3070 fps. This doe never missed a beat and ran 400+ yards before she dropped! He missed bone but was lucky and caught her juglar vein.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:22 AM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

Been watching this poor guy. Don't know if this was a planned neck shot or a miss. But it sure didn't work with a bow. He has been packing this arrow for a few weeks and seems to be doing ok. I notified the local warden and he is watching too.

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Old 10-03-2011, 11:02 PM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

obviously I'm not archery hunting, but that photo was great. thanks

6 mm and nimrod, why is the neck shot so risky and no room for error? there is no fat no muscle, just bone and arteries, from what I can tell skinning the last half dozen or so.

What am I missing on the risk?
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:07 AM
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Re: Antelope - Neck Shots?

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What am I missing on the risk?
Well, first let me say there is risk in any shot going bad. But with a neck shot it is posible to miss the arteries and spine and get a pass through. Which could result in a wounded animal running off like the archery shot I posted. Or worse, depending on what part of the neck you are talking about, you could get wind drift and take off the bottom jaw. I have seem this with a muffed head shot on a deer and the animal was delt a slow death of starvation.

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