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Location: Utah
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

I've always had good success in aiming for the heart & lung area about 3" behind the shoulder, but a few buddies of mine are encouraging folks to anchor the deer immediately with a round directly through the shoulder.

What do you prefer and why?

-steve

P.S. Actually, I prefer to shoot my deer as close to the truck as possible!

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Location: New Mexico
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shootin deer

I have to admit that close to the truck is nice but i would settle for second best which in my opinion is the heart lung area. my reason for that is less wasted meat. (I'm a meat hunter). but if it goes down quik i dont really care.

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Location: Velva, ND
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

I like to shoot all my deer in the neck just below the head. I don't get any of my deer mounted down to the shoulder i just have european mounts done. I have also found that you hardly waste any meat by shooting them in the neck and it takes them down quickly if you cut one of the arteries or hit the spinal chord.

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Location: Montana
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

i like to putem down so i always go for the shoulder.I have seen heartshot deer run 100 yards,I would rather know exactly where they are.

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Location: Utah
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

So what weight or type of bullet do you folks use?

I'm thinking of using the factory 30-06 ammo I have in stock (see list below), but wanted your advice as there might be other choices out there.

Which of the following rounds would you suggest for deer?

* 180-gr. Winchester Ballistic Silvertip
* 165-gr. Federal / Speer Hot Core
* 150-gr. Federal Grand Slam
* 180-gr. Federal / Nosler Solid Base BT
* 180-gr. Federal Grand Slam
* 180-gr. Winchester / Nosler AccuBond

Thank-you in advance of your advice!

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Location: Montana
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

In my 7mag I shoot 150 gr nosler partitions or accubonds for everything i hunt here in Montana,a 150 in your 30.06 is plenty of bullet for deer as long as it is a quality bonded bullet.

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Location: Arizona
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

Overall, I've found that the best place to shoot a deer is in SW Montana, followed by Idaho. Big smile

Alabama was nice, only because the limit was two deer per day for a 70 day season.

Not that NC doesn't have its advantages. My son got one on a firebreak this year and we didn't have to drag it an inch -- just backed the truck up to it. However, cutting up a 114 lb (undressed) spike just made me miss the Rockies more. The meat was awesome, but just not much of it.

As far as shot placement I generally go for the heart/lungs, but as Nonya says that's no guarantee. I destroyed the heart on a mulie with a .308 in Idaho once and it still ran 100 yards or so. But yet when my son took his whitetail with a .243 through the lungs it just dropped without a twitch. It seems like if the bullet gets there before they make the decision to run, you're OK. But if the decision's been made, they're gone.

I generally leave the shoulders alone -- I like the meat too much, and am willing to walk a bit to get it.

As far as bullet choice, 147 grain, I'd stick with 150s for deer. IMO if you use a 180 you're giving up trajectory and shock for extra bullet weight you don't need. With an '06 you'll be able to push it plenty fast enough to do the job.

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Location: Idaho
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.30-06/.30 caliber

As to where to hit them, I too like to save that meat if I can. I've taken them at the base of skull, heart and through the shoulders. I've never not recovered one I shot with the rifle, but I have helped track a couple that were never recovered which were hit in the lungs. Those mulies can sometimes take a lot.

I shoot both .30-06 and .300 Win Mag. Either the 150 g or 180 g rounds are fine. I tend toward the 180 g because I also hunt elk, where the extra weight is helpful, and that way I don't have to spend as much time tinkering with my groups. The main thing is to settle on one and stick with it, because consistency and accuracy are the most critical factors. Another important factor, particularly with the heavier round, is to get a quality hunting round, such as the Fail-Safe or Trophy Bonded. Good expansion may keep that 180g round from just zipping through without expending its energy where it needs to.

Good luck this year, all!

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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

First off, I wish to say that I only shoot deer in the front shoulders if I am going after the trophy rack on it's head. Now other than that, I will always try to put the bullet just behind the front leg/shoulder about 2 inches back and 6 inches up from the brisket, taking out the heart & lungs etc.

Sometimes a hunter is not given that perfect broadside presentation and must "thread the needle" with that bullet by going behind the rear ribs and slipping the bullet on up through to the lungs/heart area. I have also taken the so called TEXAS HEART SHOT on a deer that was trying to make it over the ridge in a big hurry, thus I took the shot to anchor him quickly. This of course can ruin a lot of good meat for the freezer.

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Location: Idaho
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Texas Heart Shots

Ditto on that. Only time I actually did that, the buck already had a couple rounds in him (put there by my brother in law), and it did anchor him in a hurry. Otherwise, my preference is clearly the heart, every time. But that's not always what you're presented. In fact, last year, I knocked my scope off falling in a shale slide, and didn't realize it until I shot my buck the next day. First shot, aimed at the heart, took him high and behind the shoulder. He went down like he was pole-axed, and I was able to finish him off, after realizing my shots weren't going where I intended them. Ruined some meat, but kept a bunch, and didn't lose a wounded animal in the end, so it was all good.

The time I shot my deer through the shoulders, I'd already put two .30-06 rounds through him lengthwise (from the front), and he kept running right at me. When he turned, I stopped him. But I'm with you on that preference.

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Location: Montana
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Where to you Prefer to Shoot Your Deer?

you call it Texas heart shot,i call it "Holey shit he looks bigger going away and on the horizon,Im gonna try one!"

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