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Question by tony167n. Uploaded on July 13, 2009
right behind the shoulder. it will still get killed if you hit it in the shoulder, but that ruins meat.
In the shoulder. Break the bones. Shot shoulder meat makes good sausage meat anyway, so it doesnt matter if you hit the meat.
i would shoot right behind the shoulder. you hit the vitals that way, and don't waste any meat. Depending on what caliber you are using, a shoulder shot could ruin the meat that is good for ground venison, or however you like to use it.
i like to eat the shoulder why mess it up just make a good shoot if possible behind the shoulder if not then make sausage but it really make no true differnce
The best target is the shoulder and chest area. A bullet of the correct weight and fired from a firearm adequate for the game being hunted will break the shoulder and enter the lungs or heart many times dropping the animal in their tracks. A well placed bullet that enters the heart or lungs will also provide a good blood trail and a quick clean kill.
I will say that shoot them on the shoulder!!!!!
I personally think it is much more convenient to take a shoulder shot because it leaves a little margin for error. Also, no tracking!!!!!
Aim BEHIND shoulder. Little off right or left you still get either shoulder or lungs.
Just behind the shoulder. Yes shoulder shots are effective, but bone frags and ruined meat could result from shoulder shot. Bottom line though get the deer down. Too far forward on a shoulder can still be just a wound.
If you're presented with a broadside shot, the heart-lung is almost directly behind the foreleg, but I realize such a textbook shot is a rarity. You'll often get a front or rear quartering shot. Use an appropriate cartridge, and anchor the deer with a shoulder shot that will hopefully take the heart and lungs as well. Stay ahead of (in front of) the diaphragm, because a gut-shot will cause great pain, ruin meat, and the deer will run further than you may expect, making it necessary to trail him. Good hunting.
I always take the behind the shoulder shot when presented, but if the buck of a lifetime was about to cross onto private property, and I had the right rifle, I would take out the shoulders. This is (in part) why I won't take a varmint rifle deer hunting.
I try to place the shoot behind the shoulder, there is less waste meat.
It depends on the shot that is presented. If possible I aim for the shoulder to take the deer down right then and there.
If I'm hunting with a bow I shoot right behind the shoulder, but with a gun shoot the shoulder.
Good question, I like the conflicting answers. +1 for everyone. I like the behind the shoulder shot, don't like a messy shoulder for cleaning.
Behind the shoulder.
Well said shane. Always take the behind the shoulder shot when bowhunting. With a rifle, it depends on the situation. I have taken the shoulder shot to anchor a buck, knowing my 165gr. '06 bullet will bust his shoulder and obliterate the lungs behind it, providing a quick kill with little or no tracking. In Open woods or a field where tracking will not be a problem, or if there's snow on the ground to aid tracking, I take the behind the shoulder shot. Because i often hunt public land, where he could run to a nearby hunter, i most of the time will take the shoulder.
It all depends on the caliber, weight and construction of the bullet. All my shots with my 22-250 are behind the shoulder taking out both lungs and perhaps the heart. Sometimes I take a shoulder shot if I’m using my 25 or 30-06
I prefer behind the shoulder taking both lungs and heart most of all. Better blood trail and shorter distance to track!!
I have only taken one shoulder shot as a follow-up shot to anchor a bull elk close to the property line a couple of years ago. I always go for the heart/lung area tight behind the shoulder regardless of angle. No deer or elk runs very far hit in both lungs or the heart. I will never be convinced that a lung shot deer will go more than 60-100 yards at most.
if you are gun hunting in thick cover and you dont want to track it go for the sholder but if you are not I think it is better going behind the sholder because you dont wast meat.
Well if you are usually bowhunting like me then you should shoot it right behind the shoulder (since an arrow won't usually penetrate the shoulder all of the way.
shoot it right behind the shoulder to hit the vitals and to be sure to waste as little meat as possible
I go for behind the shoulder if it is presented to me.
I usually aim for the shoulder to anchor the deer because I hunt either in the thick stuff or in green fields surrounded by thick stuff. The area is swampy and cut through with meandering creeks as well. A shoulder shot doesn't waste nearly as much meat as a deer hit too far back and left for the coyotes. I guess it depends on the hunting conditions where you are. I shot a doe behind one shoulder quartering away, and the bullet exited dead center of the opposite shoulder. The deer did not leave one drop of blood in the field, although the heart, lungs, and off-side shoulder were obliterated (130 grain Nosler Accubond, .270 handload, 2,890 fps +/-.) She made it about 7 yards past the edge of the field on three legs, and a buddy and I looked for several minutes before finding her. I was on my hands and knees crawling through saw-briars, and I just happened to spot a bit of white. The deer was 3 yards from me.
A high shoulder shot will drop a deer on the spot if done right. Most of the time I aim about 1/3 of the way up and right behind the shoulder. That shot gives you the greatest margin for error. If the buck is facing me I aim for the point where the neck enters the chest which either breaks the neck or takes out the heart and lung area.
I always try for a neck shot. Don't really mess up any good meat and alot less messy, if the correct Ammo and load there wont be a huge exit wound and you can still have it mounted if you want. But if other wise I'd have to say behind the shoulder.
I use the high shoulder shot with my 25-06. It just pokes through the ribs and does not damage any meat. The 25-06 decks them on the spot. I have rarely had a deer move anything after such a hit although I have seen deer hit in the same spot with a .308 keep on running without even flinching.
Behind the shoulder if you're out for meat. Breaking a shoulder will drop him on the spot. Either way you'll have a dead deer not too far from where you shoot him.
Definitely behind the shoulder.
Behind the shoulder if you want to track it and on the shoulder if you want to watch it fall. High on the shoulder has benn my perferred shot for years.
shoot it right behind the sholder.
I Was watching a show on the outdoor channel
( something I do rarely do anymore) last night and one of the hunters shot a deer right behind the shoulder and the guide proclaimed what a great shot it was and it appeared to be about mid afternoon and then you saw them with flashlights looking for it. I have never had to use a flashlight to look for a deer that I shot high on the shoulder. Enough said.
Agreed with Sarge01 and + 1 for you sir!!!
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