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Old 10-25-2009, 05:28 PM
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i will admit in the past i have made unethical shot but knock on wood have never not recovered the animal, not proud of it and have learned from mistakes and try not to make them again... That said i have taken a few deer with a head shot, have never attempted one that was not instant dropped deer no kick no run no flinch just down.

This will im sure start a huge debate but i have to do it because i want to know how people feel about it.



another question some preach penetration, shot placement, blood trail everybody has there own standards and if they work for you great but what about the thousands of deer that are shot with buckshot every year no penetration to speak of no bloodtrail most of the time and shot placement well its a guess with it

ive shot some deer with it and had it kill them as quickly as well placed shots well rifles

whats everybody think
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:32 PM
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Why would you aim at a head when you got an 18" kill zone to shoot at? you miss and you blow off the jaw...forever crippling the animal...we owe our quarry the respect of clean kills and ethical shots...head shot IMPO are NOT ethical
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by djdkman
Why would you aim at a head when you got an 18" kill zone to shoot at? you miss and you blow off the jaw...forever crippling the animal...we owe our quarry the respect of clean kills and ethical shots...head shot IMPO are NOT ethical
obviously because I can and you caint
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:39 PM
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once the 18'' kill zone not available deer well within limits of rifle and myself had no concerns about missing my shot another was face to and in tall grass cannot make out chest well but put bullet between eyes just fine.

not saying your wrong though maybe should have just passed but seemed right at time
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:43 PM
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Shoot them in the head or preferably neck every time. no meat wasted and the animal never knows what hit them. dont care what the popular opinion is.THAT IS ETHICAL.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:43 PM
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im with you
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by nromaker
. dont care what the popular opinion is.THAT IS ETHICAL.

exactly, theres nothing more ethical than a well placed shot that puts the lights out of an animal instantly.


Put it this way, if you had to put your dog down because of a bad injury, would you shoot him behind the shoulder ?
nuff said !
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:53 PM
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Any pictures of a deer shot in the head? im sure it'd be quite interesting.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:57 PM
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i was taught to wait for an absolute perfect broadside shot and cannot convince the old bastard to take a quartering shot, he shoots a big rifle takes a front shoulder lungs and heart as well as the other shoulder every time and makes hamburg but i will say ive hunted with my dad for 20 years now and have never tracked a deer he shot at. he sees every deer that he pulls the trigger on die, may ruin some meat but it is his way and it works for him

cant belive no input on the buckshot yet
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:58 PM
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sorry no ive never taken pics of one before its messy though even with 243
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