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What is your favorite shot and why?

I have always liked the broadside double lung shot the most. It has produced the quickest kills for me. A nice quartering away shot would be a close second. The quartering away shot is probably the better shot for getting a kill shot because you have a wider error margin. But, I have always liked that broadside shot the best.

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I like the head on at 100

I like the head on at 100 yards with my bow. Just joking. I think it goes without saying that a broadside or quatering away shot is the most lethal and is my prefered shot. I dont really see how anyone could like anything else Confused

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I agree with you both, the

I agree with you both, the broadside or quartering away is the best. I have taken a couple quartering at me shots and never had any trouble with it, but that was with a rifle.  I have a friend who always shoots high shoulder when he has time to make a good shot and it's always kinda fun to watch them drop in their tracks.

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I know you bowhunt so your

I know you bowhunt so your question is probably meant that way, but since not specific and I hunt with a rifle I have to say I like the quartering away shot best. I like them to drop on the spot if possible and with a double lung shot the still usually go a little way. Quartering towards with good bullets is just as good though.

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For you rifle hunters what

For you rifle hunters what are your thoughts about the straight on shot. I know I would not take that with the bow. Yes, the question was really meant for bow hunters but everyone can chime in because it will be interesting to see if the shots that are a nono with the bow are also that way with a rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader.

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High Shoulder

My preferred shot is a high shoulder shot, taking out the spine and droping the animal in its tracks. I only do this from a rest on broadside or near broadside shots at ranges where I know exactly where my bullet will hit from much practice. I especially like this shot where hunting pressure is high and a deer running off wounded will likely be shot and claimed by another hunter.

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depends

I am no particular fan of the quartering away shot, but I love the quartering towards with a rifle.  

If I'm given a broadside shot I'll take a double lunger, on the lower half to 1/3 of the body.  I do not like high lung shots.

That's part of why I not longer take high shoulder shots.  When I was in grad school, my culling group and I killed an awful lot of deer with high shoulders.  That was because tracking conditions were so difficult in South Texas due to the thick brush, and we didn't care if they needed a finisher if we clipped them a little high.  Also had lots of problems with neck shots.  Both types of CNS shots would drop an animal in their tracks.  We'd then move on to the next bait site, leaving the animal there.  Sometimes it wasn't there when we came back and other times they'd get up and run after they dropped to a shot.  

Anyway, I stick to lung shots on deer and antelope mostly, but I'll frequently aim for shoulders on elk(the humerus bone).  That's also goes with my bullet selection philosophy.  I shoot fairly frangible bullets at deer and antelope, but pretty stout bullets on elk.

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Being a bow hunter, I would

Being a bow hunter, I would say my number 1 choice of shot would be a slight quartering away shot. You can punch your arrow right up through the diaphragm, both lungs and even the heart if you hit it just right. I think this is the quickest kill shot there is. The broadside I love as well for the obvious reasons. Nothing like trailing a broadside double lung punchout with the 2 blade rage. It is awesome!!!!!

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My fav is the shot that put's

My fav is the shot that put's them on ground within 50 yard's,hate trail'n blood,eye's arent as good as they use to be...Broadside,quarting either way are bout the same to me with a well placed bullet.Straight on shot's,i have made a couple in my time,they were on doe's.Have to say they fell like a rock.Have made one back of the neck shot,fell in it's track's.Stupid young buck he deserved to go on dinner table,he let me shoot at'em bout 5 time's.Did'nt wanna mess Ham's up.

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Head on shots

I can only recall taking three head on shots in nearly sixty years of deer hunting. Two dropped in their tracks but one ran over 100 yds, leaving NO BLOOD TRAIL! No snow on the ground and if I hadn't seen it fall, I would have lost that deer. I recovered the bullet from that deer from the hind quarter. The last one I shot head on two years ago, the bullet went in, hit the spine and deflected right down the spinal cord channel. They don't drop any faster than that!

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Neck

I began to prefere neck shots years ago on an animal I don't plan to mount, which is generally most of the game I harvest. For me that's what I shoot for, it results in a pretty quick almost instant kill and I typically don't have to track an animal with a clean neck shot.  Plus it yeilds me a bit more meat and saves the heart. Someone here once scolded me and told me that it was bad advise for me to say neck shots, but I'm not giving advise.  I'm simply answering with my prefered shot placement.

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