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Old 08-24-2014, 10:01 PM   #1
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......Deer hunting shows insist on the hunters shooting the deer behind the shoulder, and then show it running off in the woods are else where ? Is it drama are do they think its the best place
to put the bullet?....you would think,that after all the "run-offs",they would come to a different conclusion.....My best hunting buddy was having the "run-off" problem in South Texas....the reason I found it out, was he asked me if I could fined him some snake chaps,so he could track his animals down in the chaparral and thorns....he nearly got "fanged" in one of his searches....An old federal game warden put me on to neck shooting...so, I told him about it,and he hasn't had anymore deer run off....snake chaps never come out of the closet anymore....


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Old 08-24-2014, 10:24 PM   #2
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I have wondered that myself. All the targets are drawn that way too.


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The heart and lungs offer a much larger target, with less meat loss.
And when bowhunting it's best to avoid shoulder hits....some folks like having a singular aiming methodology.
Neck shots can work, but the target is smaller...........more chance of screwing up.

Deer running after the shot is no big deal.
You do it right, there's a fun red trail that leads you to the venison.

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i shoot for the neck every time. they drop like a stone, no running involved
no meat loss whatsoever.
these hunting showh have to have some drama and appeal to the armchair deer hunters.
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Behind the shoulder is where the largest vital organs are, the heart and lungs.

It's easier to hit, that's why I aim for it.

When a deer is close, undisturbed and I have a steady aim a shot into the base of it's neck is just fine.

Another thing is that deer raise and lower their heads very fast when feeding and then to look up. Too easy to make a bad shot at a neck then.

Here is a large buck I shot at 280 yards. I had to wait for him to turn broadside. He was feeding and moving his head up and down. Much too far for a neck shot.

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if i had to guess, that would be my reasoning as well.

when i did deer hunt years ago, i wasn't looking for drama, but for the deer to drop in his tracks, or take a nose dive within about two to three steps of being shot.

if a hunting show is showing consistently of having to track wounded game, IMO that sets a bad example of being a responsible and ethical hunter.


I would also imagine most of these TV hunts are done on pay per hunt ranches as well in order to be able to control the game quality for production purposes
if they were to video me it would be me taking a doe for the quality of the meat and flavor. big bucks tastes nasty and you cant eat the antlers.
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My son and I were hunting on a farm in west Alabama,several years back,and he wanted to hunt a field 535 yds long...the owner asked him if he had a rifle and glass that was suited for the long field....I told the owner that my son could borrow my rifle which is a model 70 "Laredo" with a 50mm scope(Swarovski)..the owner OK'd the hunt...at about 4:30 that afternoon, I heard a "boom"!.....short story , he killed the 146 class buck(230 lbs) @ 450 measured yds....neck shot! Dropped where he was standing...one shot! Base of neck , cal. 300 Weatherby custom barrel....My son had never ever shot that rifle before his trophy kill!.....
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Trophy deer probably go to the taxidermist.
Using the original cape, without repair, might be a strong consideration for bullet placement elsewhere.
Not everybody uses the same type of cartridge/bullet.
What works out yonder might be messy up close.
Behind the shoulder, going for the heart and lungs.....that's the biggest target and yet some folks have less than perfect track records hitting that.

Snakeoil, did the bullet of your story land where it was intended (might be implied, but NOTHING in your post says it was) ?



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