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I know you are supposed to shoot deer in the vitals (behind the shoulder) but i have heard of many people shooting them in the neck. If you shoot them in the neck, which area of the neck do you shoot?

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Dont...youre looking at a very very small area that will actually kill them about the size of your fist running the length of the neck miss it and the deer will live (my father in law shot a buck that someone had tried a neck shot with and lived when he was capeing it out he saw where the broadhead had passed clean through both sides hiting only muscle, he shot it 2 weeks after bow season ended)

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from CJ wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Another fine example of slob hunting. Hit the spine and it's lights out. Miss that radiator hose sized target and a deer gets to die a slow death.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

As Bioguy says, aim for the biggest target, broadside double lung. It's a kill zone bigger than a basketball. I'd never try a neck shot, even if that's all I could see. I'd either wait for a good broadside shot or pass on shooting.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I hate the neck shot with a passion. I believe that I've found equal amounts of dead, un recovered deer, shot with either buckshot or with a bullet in the neck. The neck shot can be deadly but is a very small target.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I got into an argument with one of my Dad's hunting cronies about the neck shot a couple of years ago. This guy was all about taking it, and going on and on about not tearing up meat, etc. This came back to haunt him when he lost a really nice buck last season. He says he missed the deer outright. I know he didn't (I know how good a shot he is), but I also know the deer had to have suffered a long time, and died a long way away not serving any purpose. Neck shot = unethical unless the deer is <10 yards away.
In other words just unethical.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Good advice give above. I typically shoot deer on the point of the shoulder about 1/3 the distance down from the top of the back. A bullet into this area will sever the spine and tear up all the major blood vessels. If you pull it slightly one way or the other you will still kill the animal cleanly.

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Neck shots are not ideal but you can kill them cleanly and ethically. I have pictures of two deer from last year that were both neck shots by to friends from a close distance with slugs that dropped them where they stood. I wouldn't have tried it but they did and did it cleanly. I would suggest waiting for the "Perfect" shot before pulling the trigger because there are to many things that could go wrong.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

The pictures that you don't have are the deer rotting in a thicket somewhere that died a slow death from a shitty shot taken at the head or neck. I care enough about the animals that I take not to try such shots. But that's just me, everyone has to live with their own choices.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Please do NOT try that, too much room for error. We found one some genius tried to head shoot with it's lower jaw broken and hanging down, slowly starving to death. I know of another one that was neck shot but the spine was missed and it ran a long way before bleeding out. Take out the shoulder or heart/lungs, leave the neck alone, better to lose some meat than the whole deer.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I believe most of the neck shot hunters are simply ignorant of the facts stated above. And those who are aware of the risks, and take neck shots anyway to save meat, are the true slob hunters.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

The spine is a very small target, however there are some hunters that are hard headed and will only shoot for the neck. I had several complaints over the years and had to kill several deer with their windpipe shot in to and were breathing through a hole in their neck and several that had their lower jar shot off. Nonhunters trying to make up their mind about hunting when they see this are not going to lean toward our side. I have had some irate people that had crippled deer in their yards after deer season. I shoot only high shoulder shots and watch deer drop in their tracks. Like 007 says it is better to ruin a small portion of meat than to lose the whole deer. I don't like the behind the shoulder shot because they usually run a ways before they die and alot of people don't know how to track a deer. High shoulder every time, they run like the devil for about a half of a step. Neck shots should be avoided all the time along with head shots. We owe it to the game for a clean, quick kill.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I was always taught heart-lung shot. What small amount of meat you give up, the rest of the meat is improved by massive blood loss! Large bore gun is a thru & thru and easy to track.

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I would not try this, thee is too much room for error and god forbid you hit the head and ruin antlers or just blow a bottom jaw off, then you have a long time of trackign a deer you should have just shot in the lungs in the first place.

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from shane wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM's comment says it all. Make the right shot. There is not one single good reason to do otherwise.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

If you have a wounded animal and its the only shot, then maybe go for the neck. But I wouldn't suggest it at all.

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from iloveguns22 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

How would you like being shot in the neck?

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from rock rat wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

"How would you like to be shot in the neck"

I'll give it a pass thanks.

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from CJ wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Another fine example of slob hunting. Hit the spine and it's lights out. Miss that radiator hose sized target and a deer gets to die a slow death.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Dont...youre looking at a very very small area that will actually kill them about the size of your fist running the length of the neck miss it and the deer will live (my father in law shot a buck that someone had tried a neck shot with and lived when he was capeing it out he saw where the broadhead had passed clean through both sides hiting only muscle, he shot it 2 weeks after bow season ended)

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

The spine is a very small target, however there are some hunters that are hard headed and will only shoot for the neck. I had several complaints over the years and had to kill several deer with their windpipe shot in to and were breathing through a hole in their neck and several that had their lower jar shot off. Nonhunters trying to make up their mind about hunting when they see this are not going to lean toward our side. I have had some irate people that had crippled deer in their yards after deer season. I shoot only high shoulder shots and watch deer drop in their tracks. Like 007 says it is better to ruin a small portion of meat than to lose the whole deer. I don't like the behind the shoulder shot because they usually run a ways before they die and alot of people don't know how to track a deer. High shoulder every time, they run like the devil for about a half of a step. Neck shots should be avoided all the time along with head shots. We owe it to the game for a clean, quick kill.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I was always taught heart-lung shot. What small amount of meat you give up, the rest of the meat is improved by massive blood loss! Large bore gun is a thru & thru and easy to track.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

As Bioguy says, aim for the biggest target, broadside double lung. It's a kill zone bigger than a basketball. I'd never try a neck shot, even if that's all I could see. I'd either wait for a good broadside shot or pass on shooting.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I got into an argument with one of my Dad's hunting cronies about the neck shot a couple of years ago. This guy was all about taking it, and going on and on about not tearing up meat, etc. This came back to haunt him when he lost a really nice buck last season. He says he missed the deer outright. I know he didn't (I know how good a shot he is), but I also know the deer had to have suffered a long time, and died a long way away not serving any purpose. Neck shot = unethical unless the deer is <10 yards away.
In other words just unethical.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I hate the neck shot with a passion. I believe that I've found equal amounts of dead, un recovered deer, shot with either buckshot or with a bullet in the neck. The neck shot can be deadly but is a very small target.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Good advice give above. I typically shoot deer on the point of the shoulder about 1/3 the distance down from the top of the back. A bullet into this area will sever the spine and tear up all the major blood vessels. If you pull it slightly one way or the other you will still kill the animal cleanly.

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Neck shots are not ideal but you can kill them cleanly and ethically. I have pictures of two deer from last year that were both neck shots by to friends from a close distance with slugs that dropped them where they stood. I wouldn't have tried it but they did and did it cleanly. I would suggest waiting for the "Perfect" shot before pulling the trigger because there are to many things that could go wrong.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

The pictures that you don't have are the deer rotting in a thicket somewhere that died a slow death from a shitty shot taken at the head or neck. I care enough about the animals that I take not to try such shots. But that's just me, everyone has to live with their own choices.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Please do NOT try that, too much room for error. We found one some genius tried to head shoot with it's lower jaw broken and hanging down, slowly starving to death. I know of another one that was neck shot but the spine was missed and it ran a long way before bleeding out. Take out the shoulder or heart/lungs, leave the neck alone, better to lose some meat than the whole deer.

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I would not try this, thee is too much room for error and god forbid you hit the head and ruin antlers or just blow a bottom jaw off, then you have a long time of trackign a deer you should have just shot in the lungs in the first place.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I believe most of the neck shot hunters are simply ignorant of the facts stated above. And those who are aware of the risks, and take neck shots anyway to save meat, are the true slob hunters.

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from shane wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM's comment says it all. Make the right shot. There is not one single good reason to do otherwise.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

If you have a wounded animal and its the only shot, then maybe go for the neck. But I wouldn't suggest it at all.

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from iloveguns22 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

How would you like being shot in the neck?

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from rock rat wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

"How would you like to be shot in the neck"

I'll give it a pass thanks.

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