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OldSouth
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Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Where do you aim? Behind the shoulder and try to get both lungs and the heart? Or go for the high shoulder shot and hit the nerve bundle that drops them instantly?

I don’t have enough experience to have a strong opinion and I want to hear what y’all have to say.


greenbean
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Neck shot with a 30.06, the drop instantly, never have tracked one.


bushwacker
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
For a trophy buck, anywhere i can hit vitals. The high shoulder shot is preferred if perfectly broadside and standing still.

For a doe, double lunger. same with any deer with my bow.


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beerJeep
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Eyeball shot or gtfo


Cracker
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Judge
To the face!


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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
30-06 neck. Tracking is done


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OldSouth
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Neck shot? Are y'all screwing with me? I thought neck shots were frowned upon by most hunters?


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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
All depends on your ability to shoot accurately whether it be with a gun or a bow. I shoot wall hangers with a gun in the shoulder. Wall hanger bucks with a bow just behind the shoulder Doe's at close range I shoot in the neck just above the shoulder.


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Ol boy
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Straight up the leg mid body with a rifle, same place but just behind the leg with a bow.
That gives me the most margin of error several inches either direction to miss my point of aim and still have a lethal shot.


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257WBY
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
If they’re close, high shoulder shot. For longer shots, right in the crease.

Skip the neck shots.


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FishingTiger
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
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Neck shot with a 30.06, the drop instantly, never have tracked one


The only way I shoot them, no trailing or a complete miss.


SportTiger1
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Mid vitals I.e right behind should about 1/3 from the bottom

Too much room for error in neck shots. There is a LOT of space in the neck that wouldn't be fatal if something went wrong. Especially at any distance.


Rize
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Doe behind the shoulder so I don’t waste meat. Trophy buck high shoulder.


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Antib551
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Grew up marsh hunting. Still despise tracking a deer since most of mine seem to be afternoon kills.

I was taught long ago "shoot em high, watch em lie. Shoot em low, watch em go." Frick tracking a deer, especially a big full rut buck thats all jacked up on adrenaline.


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SportTiger1
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
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The only way I shoot them, no trailing or a complete miss.

I just don't get this line of thinking. On a mature buck, the neck diameter maybe 10-12" from top to bottom. About 3-4" of that is spine + nervous system.

The rest is muscle and esophagus. That's a slow miserable death.


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A_bear
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
When I look at a deer, I picture the vitals. No shot is the same. Bow or gun, they’re either quartering or broadside or straight on. The angle is always different. I picture the angle through the vitals before I squeeze that trigger. I hunt solely public, so sometimes they’re doing some trotting through the woods. In those instances, you put mid ways up, at the shoulder and send it. Pick your opening to put the crosshairs in. Don’t follow like you would a bird. Following a trotting deer results in trees with bullet holes in them.
This post was edited on 1/8 at 4:46 am


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turkish
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
High shoulder, if you good.


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biglego
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
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I don’t have enough experience to have a strong opinion and I want to hear what y’all have to say.

The most important thing is to use a .243


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Icansee4miles
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Neck shot on does. 100%

Horns, generally in the boiler room, right behind the point of the shoulder. Depending on angle, either lungs or heart, night, night.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Whitetail rifle shot placement debate.
Pretty much anywhere in front of the last rib will do it. I generally want the bullet to break the offside leg. It works well for me. Grew up hunting in knee deep water where tracking isn't easy.


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