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How do you hit a running deer?

I know people that can jump a deer and shoot it on the run. I have never been able to do this. If a deer takes off at a medium trot its safe around me because I can't find it in the scope. I've tried practicing this with both eyes open but I tend to lose sight of my crosshairs with both eyes open. So how do people shoot deer on the run? Whats the trick?

Even if you are able to get one in your sights, do you lead it or aim right on? Do you hold the gun at a spot that the deer will pass and pull the trigger when he comes into sight or do you follow him with the scope?

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How do you hit a running deer?

Running shots at deer results in too many injured deer, I don't recommend it but since you asked he's a link of a running deer shoot event(Olympic shoot) back in 1908. I would say the results would be no better today or at least marginal. Only two participants scored over 50 %,most far below that.
Deer just don't run in any predictable manner.

Sorry link won't paste. Google "running deer shoot" It's in the first three or four that pop up.

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How do you hit a running deer?

I would also agree that shooting at running deer usually ends up with a wounded deer but if you don't shoot your not going to get him.

Here is a trick I learned from a video. When a deer is running I try to wait for the deer to come down on his front legs to shoot because it takes a second for the rear legs to catch up to the front. This gives you a split second to try and time it. Now it sounds good in theory and looks good on paper but trying to do it when the situation is presented is a whole new ball game.

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How do you hit a running deer?

Personally, I would only shoot a running deer if the shot was at least 500 yards Evil! (oh boy that should get the hate replies going )

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Do you put a little salt on the bullet to preserve the meat until you get there ?
I don't think you're going to trap too many with that one, but good try anyway Thumbs up

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How do you hit a running deer?

I'd have to say let the deer run. Too risky of a shot, not just for the deer but also for the other hunters that may be in the woods with you.

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Hammer1 wrote:
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Do you put a little salt on the bullet to preserve the meat until you get there ?
I don't think you're going to trap too many with that one, but good try anyway Thumbs up

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How do you hit a running deer?

When i started deer hunting in New York the typical hunt strategy went something like this. Walk through the woods trying to spot bedded or still deer and shoot them. More often than not what ended up happening was the deer got up and ran. Of course when i started i was hunting with a group of fellas and it was mandatory to place standers to cut off the likely escape routes. I would dare say 90% of the deer that were took back in those days were running/trotting deer. I have known and knew many fellas that were very proficient at dropping running deer. I am not one of them.

My personal findings were that I was wasting alot of ammo and wounding deer far more than i was bagging. While I could smack a woodcock or a grouse with a wingshot fairly regularly something about shooting at running big game never took with me. To this day I cant hit a running target with a rifle. At least not with any consistant result and certainly not near enough prowess to do it and call myself ethical. On a side note, never in my life have I walked in woods where so many unclaimed carcasses lay as those NY southern tier woods. Apparently i wasnt alone in my lack of prowess.

Can it be done? Certainly. Can you do it? Admittedly not. So, I can only reccomend the course of action i took which was really quite simple and a whole lot more rewarding. First thing i did was i slowed way down and started learning how to truely still hunt deer. My goal became to get gun close without them busting out and forcing a running shot.

During that process i started indentifying very common places and terrains that deer would frequent. Eventually I started sitting in wait for them to return to these places. When I finally hit the south i was introduced to tree stands and the rest is history. I dont shoot at running deer and by a vast margin my shot to kill ratio went to the good in short order. The eventual result of me opting out of running deer shots, was I became a very proficient hunter of whitetail deer. i learned far more about them sneaking around than i ever did blasting away.

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How do you hit a running deer?

On my shotgun, I've got a long eye relief red dot. Its proven to be an extremely useful "scope". It doesn't have any magnification but most of the woods I hunt are thick so shots have been within 50 yards. I've harvested two deer at a pretty good run with this scope. You can use both eyes and wherever the dot is inside the scope...thats your mark on the animal. The pros are great for moving targets and it can be adjusted for all types of lighting conditions..con is that you have to make sure to be ready to turn the thing on when you see a deer. The battery life has been good. Still strong at about 3 years now. Heres a link to what it kinda looks like.
http://www.surplusrifle.com/reviews2005/sksscoutscopemnt/graphics/l/23.jpg

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How do you hit a running deer?

When a deer is running.....it will stop as long as it's not being pursued...if they just kept run'n....they'd end up in the ocean! When they come running,get your cross hairs on um , stay on um and when he stops .....shoot um. Yes they may not always stop in the open...but uf you look ahead and see he's go'n to run into cover , your prob gonna rush your shot....IMO..not good......just wait he'll stop.The last thing I want to do is chase a deer accross the U.S. because I took a poor shot.

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How do you hit a running deer?

Of the 4 animals I killed this year, only 1 was a standing shot. My mulie buck and both antelope were flat out running. Only 1 required a follow-up shot, and I recovered them all easily. Hitting a running deer isn't very difficult at reasonable ranges, say up to 200 yards. If they're really moving out, you should try to swing through them and when you see daylight in the crosshairs touch it off. If they're just trotting and relatively close, say 100 yards, just swing and shoot when the crosshairs are where you want the bullet to hit. You mentioned you have trouble picking them up in the scope, you'll have to address that problem first of course. Make sure your scope is adjusted to a lower setting, I usually keep mine on 5-6 and only crank it up for longer shots, say 250+. I shoot a .270 most of the time, sometimes a 25-06. This advice is for deer, antelope are a whole different story and only time and experience can teach you what is a good shot or a bad one. Also, where I hunt it's quite open, so if you're shotgun hunting in thick cover you'll want to ignore this. Hope I helped a little and good luck.

Carl

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