Originally Posted by chloeshooter
think we are talking about apples and oranges here
let's re-frame this shall we?
I am stating this: a rifle is a better deer hunting long gun in every instance that a rifle is allowed. And that would be the only time a shotgun is an advantage over a rifle, when rifle hunting is NOT allowed (I do not choose to hunt those places). Regardless of distance (open sights work great for me up to 175 yards or so)
you wanna argue that one? go for it. I can always use a good chuckle
We drive a lot of thick cover. Each hunter might be less than 40 yards apart. These are high kill hunts. We often kill 15 deer a day by driving areas that are so thick a dog will go around it. If you show up with a rifle you won't be welcome to hunt. I can think of dozens of situations where a rifle is not the best weapon.
Quite often I carry both my rifle and shotgun when I hunt. I usually pull up in a field. I watch the field until the dew dries up. Then I get my shotgun and go into the woods. There is one thing a slug does far better than a rifle, it will bust right through light brush without deflecting. I have seen pine straw send a 30/06 bullet in another direction.
If you have a look at the pictures I posted in hunting 2013 thread you will see brush is very thick in this area. Deer seldom get very far from the thick brush once hunting season opens.