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

Thanks for the advice!

Found the following links that hopefully will be helpful to everyone:

Elk Anatomy Overview: http://www.bowhunting.net/NAspecies/elk2.html

In looking at an elk's circulatory system and bone structure, there appears to be two good spots to shoot for:

1. Heart and Lung area slightly behind the front leg / near the top of the shoulder.

2. Spine / Base of Neck Area. Following the forward portion of the front leg 1/2 to 2/3'rds up to where the neck meets the spine. There are a lot of major support bones in this area that when broken, should anchor the animal very quickly.

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Location: Washington's Back Country
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Texas heart shot???? FUCK THAT

Evil! A truly self respecting trophy or meat hunter will take his time and wait for that perfect shot right into the vitals. I prefer to take a deer right in the heart lungs area due to the love for that venison; But I do gotta say it's to your benifit to shoot a deer right into the sholder to knock it down faster.

Big smile As far as bullet weights I would go with what ever suits you. IDK weather or not you handload or not but if so I would recomend the 150 grain Nosler partions, if not I would also recomend that you use Remington core-lokt bullets.

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Location: Montana
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All of our choices probably have alot to do with the way we were taught to hunt and the people that taught us.I always try to hit em square in the front shouder and that is the way my father hunts and taught me shoot.The vitals/lung shot is just as deadly but they COULD run a short distance before they drop,the shoulder shot will usually putem down on the spot but it COULD take longer for the animal to expire.Bolth are ethical choices and very effective.

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Location: Wa.
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Lung/heart.
Pretty much a sure thing. There are exceptions.
Head shots are an absolute. I don't keep trophies or take pictures so, head shots aren't out of the question. The distance of the shot and the angle determine my aim point.
I like to keep the antlers in tact. I use them for a variety of projects.

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Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
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Great Posts!
I mainly hunt The Rocky Mountains and most of my shots are pretty long, 200-350 yards. I like to aim for the biggest kill zone, lungs. A true Double Lunger is a deadly shot, every time.
By aiming at the lungs, I have 4 or 5 inches of margin of error and still I'm O.K. A couple of years ago, I started using "Stoney Point" shooting sticks and they are great. Because I take longer shots, I like a solid rest and have found these sticks to work superb.

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Location: Montana
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I swear by my harris bipod and i dont hunt without it,infact i permenatly mounted it on my stock just foward of the factory sling stud using a heavy bolt from the barrel side of the stock and a locking nut on the outside.

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Location: Washington's Back Country
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true that my .270 WSM had a Bipod put on it before it left the store and is still there today as we speak. Works gr8!!! Although I havent shot anything over 100 yards with it yet. O well

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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If you shoot prone with it and shoot long, remember to turn a little bit to your left, at like 100 or 150 yards you really can't see it, but if you lie prone with a bipod and look out over 200 yards, you'll see the pulse-bounce.

Hiker, definitely. Every deer I've hit in the heart-lung area dropped instantly. On my first deer, I did make a bad first shot that hit way too far back.

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Location: Montana
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My bipod has the rotating swivel mount so I have never had a problem with it bouncing at any range,the only time I have seen someone have a problem with a bipod was when we were antelope hunting in some grain fields and the legs of the bipod were not long enough to get up above the grain.

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Location: Deer Woods
Joined: 06/13/2005
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I like shoulder shots. Deer never ever run far with shoulder shots. Shoulder shots first off, demobilze the deer( no running off), usually hit the heart, Always hit lungs, BUT the exiting shoulder most of the time is hanging by skin. If you can stand losing a little meat. Shoulder shots are good IMO.

My hunting buddy shot a doe with a .243 in the shoulder which took out both shoulders. The deer ran into the ground so fast trying to take off she broke her neck. NO damaged meat

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