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Six Tips for Better Shot Placement (feature article)

October 2007 Feature Article:

Six Tips for Better Shot Placement

Hunt long enough and you'll see some weird things. My own list of odd occurrences seems endless. I've seen an arrow pass square through the center of a bear's chest with the bruin collapsing immediately. Then, not 20 minutes later, that same bear leapt to his feet and scampered away, never to be seen again. On another occasion I witnessed a fellow shoot a moose that collapsed on the spot. Upon close inspection, there wasn't a bullet hole to be found anywhere on the moose - not even the head. Then there was the time I saw an arrow pass clean through the body of a Canada goose. As though nothing had happened the goose flew off into the horizon and just kept on flying. Then there's whitetails. I've seen countless trophy-class deer suck up bullets like they were shot with a pellet gun. Once I even saw a 350-pound whitetail shot four times with a .338 at close range (under 50 yards), the best shot was square through the chest … as the hunter and I approached, the deer tried to get up and needed yet another shot to close the deal. The last one I'll share with you is a grizzly bear that I shot with a 7 mm Rem. Mag. a few years ago; talk about a will to live! Shot at 75 yards, I hit him a few inches high in the chest, but he collapsed instantly. Assuming the bear was dead, I approached. As I walked toward the bear, it stood up. Confused, I free-handed a second round into the base of his skull as he stood facing away from me. Again the grizz collapsed. Opting to wait a half hour, I figured better safe than sorry. When I finally did walk up to the bear, I couldn't believe what I saw - he was still breathing! The moral of these tales is that perfect shot placement is imperative, but that despite best efforts, sometimes our well-placed shots can turn into a rodeo. Read more...

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Six Tips for Better Shot Placement (feature article)

I once dropped a nice whitetail in his tracks with a 25- yard shot from a 20 gauge slug. The deer lay motionless right where I shot him. No need to wait, I thought, because he's obviously dead.

That deer lay right where he dropped as I descended the tree in my climber, but as soon as might boot crunched in the fallen leaves of the forest floor, he jumped up and bolted over the hill without a trace of blood left in his wake.

I went to where he had fallen after I shot him, and all I found was a few drops of blood and a little bit of hair.

I'm still not sure what happened, but I learned a valuable lesson that day...never assume anything when it comes to whitetails. Brick Wall,)

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Six Tips for Better Shot Placement (feature article)
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I once dropped a nice whitetail in his tracks with a 25- yard shot from a 20 gauge slug. The deer lay motionless right where I shot him. No need to wait, I thought, because he's obviously dead.

That deer lay right where he dropped as I descended the tree in my climber, but as soon as might boot crunched in the fallen leaves of the forest floor, he jumped up and bolted over the hill without a trace of blood left in his wake.

I went to where he had fallen after I shot him, and all I found was a few drops of blood and a little bit of hair.

I'm still not sure what happened, but I learned a valuable lesson that day...never assume anything when it comes to whitetails. Brick Wall,)

I did this same thing about 10 years ago in Indiana. I shot a nice 6 point about 30 yards away. I was up in the tree, and i had my gun aimed and accidentally coughed. He turned, snorted than i fired. He staggered maybe 10 steps and fell. I was all excited, so waited a minute to see if he moves. I than lowered my gun and climbed down my stand. In the time my back was turned and climbed down, he was gone. I walked out to where I hit him, and there was enough hair on the ground to fill up a small igloo cooler, and blood spatter all over the ground. I saw tracks in the mud and looked up in time to see him bounding off towards the woods about 400 yards away, in which about 10 seconds I hear BOOM!! I waited a minute and walked down, which is where a friend of mine usually hunted, and sure enough there he was with the deer with 2 slug holes in him. I helped my friend field dress him and load him up in the truck. He was nice and gave me many sticks of venison and bags of deer jerky.

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Six Tips for Better Shot Placement (feature article)

Back in '89 I shot my best deer yet. He was sneaking thru brush along the far bank of a large creek. At 75 yards my 12 guage slug hit him in the neck angling into the chest. The 4.5 year old buck fell off a 6 ft creek bank and lay still by the water. After waiting 15 min I climbed down and approached not sure how big the deer would be. As I stepped into the water to cross the creek he jumped up and started for parts unknown Oops! . Two quick shots from my Mossberg pump put him down for good. That Missouri17 pointer now hangs over my fireplace. Big smile

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