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Old 11-19-2005, 08:17 PM
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If you didn't have a shot at the vitals where would be the best place to shoot a deer?

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Old 11-19-2005, 08:21 PM
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If you don't have a shot at vitals,wait until you do or don't shoot.
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:50 PM
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I agree, if you don't have a good clear shot then just don't take it. Maybe the animal will present you with a good shot at the vitals, just be patient. If you rush your shot and don't hit the vitals, your chances of finding the deer aren't very good.
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:55 PM
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Goulais, what do you consider the vitals?
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Old 11-19-2005, 09:09 PM
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I agree with thefirst 2 posts, don't shoot unless you
have a clear shot, within your rangeat the "vitals".
This should'nt be thought of as optional.

God bless & good hunting
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:20 PM
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But there are good killing shots at the vitals other than straight broadside. There are websites and publications that give you targets at various presentations - I can't refer you directly but maybe someone else can. There's a lot of places a well aimed bullet can get through to the vitals or spine without hitting guts or messing up too much shoulder meat.

What I try to keep in mind is where the heart lungs and spine actually are and then decide if I can get a shot at that spot, aiming "through" the deer, at the angle he's standing. But I also am very conservative and always opt on the side of not shooting if I don't think I have a pretty good shot.
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:23 PM
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Neck shots are not out of the question if at close range. A solid neck shot has more stopping power at close range than a vitals shot IMO.
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:39 PM
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i usually dont take the shot if it is not good but last year i pegged a doe in the neck form like 15yrds and she dropped dead right there right then.
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