Whats your average deer shot distance?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Davey_boi, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Davey_boi

    Davey_boi New Member

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    As a new hunter I'm curious to know the average distance for a shot at a deer for your hunting style.

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    rifle and calibre
    Scope magnification
    Scope sight in distance
     
  2. slim325

    slim325 New Member

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    I live in Ohio 50yds or less
     

  3. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    I'm primarily a bow-hunter, so my shots probably average 25 yards.

    I hunt in the woodlands of Georgia, so even when rifle hunting I'd guess the average shot would be around 50 yards. No green fields or power lines are available to me.

    My rifle of choice now is an AR-15 I assembled last year in 6.8 SPC, topped with a Trijicon AccuPoint 3 - 9 X 40 sighted in for 200 yards. Definite overkill for my hunting conditions, I admit.

    I leave the scope dialed down to 3X unless I'm trying to get a better look at the animal's attributes.
     
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  4. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Shortest modern gun was 60 yards with a 44 mag carbine. Longest was 110 yards with a .300 win mag. Was hunting power lines was planning on a long shot rifle was way to much overkill as the rifle is sighted at 300 yards. Luepold mark 4 on it, can't remember the magnification. The .44 was iron sights. Keep my black powder hunting to around 50 yards. cheaply made Walmart scope on it.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Hunt one area in mountains, SW Virginia- Laurel thickets, revolver- 25-50 yards (can't see further!) Muzzle loader, T/C 50 cal, 50-100 yards. Centerfire rifle, typically 50-150 yds, although I do hunt one area with a large broomstraw field that deer walk headed down to lake. Distances well established, shooting from support, may go 200-250 max. EDIT- Sorry- .243 or .308, typically 3-9 on 4 power. Shortest ever was in a shotgun only county, about 15 yards.
     
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  6. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    We have hills and not many long distance shots too, all mine have been within 100 yds with a mini 6.8 and mini 14 with a 3x9 Nikon and Leupold.
     
  7. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    My longest deer shot was maybe 325yds. ( most our woods are thick) with a .308
     
  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Davey,

    As you are seeing it all depends upon the terrain and the area you live in. In Tennessee 50-100 Yards. 308 Winchester Model 700. Leupold 3.5X10. When I hunt in Texas 100 Yards to 250 Yards with Remington 700CDL 7MM Rem. Mag. and 3.5X10 Leupold.
    But I would have to say for the majority 50 to 100 in most states.
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  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    30.06 with iron sights,

    @ 80 yards.
     
  10. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    As you can see Davy its a hard one to answer we all have our different terrain and preferences. I have taken deer in Scotland on open terrain at 300 yards plus and in pine Forrest at 25 yards. Good hunting, great name by the way :D
     
  11. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    We have a 600 yd shooting lane on one spot on our land. A couple 200 yd shots. And many many many locations at 100 yards or less. This is only because this land is used as a logging resource. Otherwise, it would be 40-60 yards at most.
     
  12. Centurian22

    Centurian22 New Member

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    Maine is usually 100yards or less and many places less than 50yards in the woods. This lends itself to shotgun either slug or buckshot (00). I plan to hunt the powerlines where there are places you can see 400-500 yards. As I have only practiced to 200yards, my ethical Max with a perfect little to no wind, no movement, good solid rest shot is 300yards with my .308 savage axis with 3-9x40 Bushnell scope. Sighted in 1.5 - 2 inches high at 100 yards. This gives me a kill zone shot "dead" on from 0-200 yards (zero is technically 190yards according to ballistics) and just a slightly high (on or inch above the spine) hold for 300yards. Working on accuracy and distance with my Mosin Nagant and open sights to see if it's a viable choice in my area, so far I'm good to 50yards, possibly 100 (only shot it one day).
     
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  13. -06

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    I much prefer open field hunting with an '06 sighted in at 220 yds with a Bushnell 3X9X50. Occasionally I deep woods hunt with a 500 Mossberg with OO followed by a slug. Keep a 742 Carbine in '06 handy for all occasions of any kind.
     
  14. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most of my shots are from stands overlooking game trails or hunting againist the wind on windy days. The vast majority of my deer shots are <75 yards. In 2008 i made my first >300 yard shot in many years: Killed a big doe at a lazed 418 yards.
     
  15. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I don't much about hunting. It might help if you stated where you expected to be hunting, boreal forest, open desert, etc.
     
  16. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    Deer do not live in deserts. They'd starve there. Just sayin'.
     
  17. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    It's been over 22 years since I last hunt. However, if I remember correctly, I got most my deer meat 50 to 80 yards max with a Winchester Model 94 .30-.30 and iron sights. Hunt in the Sierras between 2500' to 3500' or so in elevation and in moderate to heavy brush.
     
  18. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    Umm I believe mule deer live in desert areas. Not all deserts are just sand, they can eat fruits off catuses and things like that.
     
  19. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Not exactly deserts.
    They live in a much "scrubier" (sounds silly, say it out loud) area than most deer.
    You are right, nit all deserts are sand, but mule deer live in the scrubier (hehehe) and sparser areas if the west not the desert.
     
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  20. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    Desert is such a broad term though
     

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