Deer head shots ?

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Deer head shots ?

Where is the best place to hit a deer in the head for a fast kill? I know head shots arent ideal and I prefer lung shots because there is a much larger lethal area to hit, but if all you had was a headshot due to cover or whatever, what part of the head would you aim for?

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aim for the brain

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but where is the thinnest part of the skull that would give good access to the brain? Broadside would you aim just below the ear? How about on a deer facing you, between the eyes or should you aim lower? How about from directly behind, I suppose centered and an inch below the bottom of the ears? or should you aim lower? I guess Im not that up on deer head anatomy, where is the best place to make a good centered brain shot?

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Lycan,

Don't use a .243 and you won't have a problem...hee, hee, hee...

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Lycanthope, what , are you using a bb gun?

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I would believe any place you hit a deer in the head, besides the jaw or ears will drop it and then there should be no tracking a wounded deer.

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On a serious note, I prefer to put the cross hairs right underneath the jaw bone (where the jaw meets the neck).  Sting em there and they'll fall so fast you won't even seem fall during the recoil of your gun.

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hey thats a good thought, if a person were going to use a BB gun or a sling shot to take a deer, what part of the head would you aim for? I know with a high powered rifle just about anything you hit on a deers head would drop it quite quickly, short of piercing its ears.

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Aim for the white patch right on the front of the neck. The first deer I shot with my .22-250 took a bullet there and dropped like a ton of lead.

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Lycan,

One year my dad took a head shot at a smaller buck (we thought him to be a freak junker).  Upon shooting, the deer just stood there and shook his head.  It took off and dad couldn't believe he missed.  The next day, he saw the buck again and drilled him.  When he reached him, the deer had a bullet hole right through its ear!  No lie...true story!

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Tried shooting my doe this year in the head, but after 2 misses i decided i better put the cross hairs on the other vitals. It was very challenging. I only did it once before with the 270. Saw two does (or so i thought) looking at me in the cattails. I thought the one on the right was a mature doe so i shot and hit it in the head. The little fawn ran out and i thought that i did a good job in making a head shot. Needless to say when i walked up to it it was another fawn. Twin fawns. Put a damper on my head shot!

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yrs ago when i was younger i had a nice doe about 30 yds away i decided to take her with a bow mind you and i had adecent broad side shot and wouldnt ya know it she turned to lick herself and wham right in the co co nut i thought she wouldnt go far the blood was flyin every where and she still managed to make 35 40 yds i shot her in between the back of the jaw and under the ear lucky shot oh yeah

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The brain sits sort of high and towards the back of the head. The comment about aiming for the white patch is a good idea for a deer that's facing you, it's a good aiming point, your crosshairs show up well and by the time the bullet gets to the neck/spine it's opened up and is doing major damage. A deer facing away from you, right between the ears is a good aiming point. No these are not ideal shots but sometimes it's what you're presented and with a good rest and experience they're not impossible.

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tip of the anterzz

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the brain is pretty much anywhere above the eyes, do your self a favor and cut a deer up sometime and learn a little about it's anatomy. I grew up butchering and killing critters, butchering used to be quite an event. Several neighborhood families would get together to process meat and it always was a party. Great memories!

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I butcher my own deer but have never had a reason to cut into ones head I guess, I might have to pull out the brain sometime just for the heck of it, Im sure my kids would think its cool.

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I would advise NOT taking a

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well this year I tired to shoot my doe in the head. First shot I shot her right through both ears. If i woulda been a half inch lower the top of the head woulda been gone. I've never seen a deer do a flip until that night. Second shot hit her in the neck and that was all she wrote. I will no longer take head shots but a neck shot maybe.
Hope everyone had a good and safe deer season.

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Strait back form the eyes directly under the ears. One shot, no wasted meat.

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I shot three of my does in the head this year. first one was facing straight away from me at about two hundred yards. My shot grazed on the inside of it right ear but didn't go deep enought to break the skull. She was running goofy after the shot and all it took was another to finish her off. second was another doe that was broadside 60 yards at an all out run and i shot her just underneath the ear on one side and out the other. She did about 3 summersaults after the shot. Last was one that was standing in a group of 5 (3 fawns, 2 does) distance was about 100 yards and i shot over the head of one of the fawns and smacked this one right in the teeth. She dropped before my gun settled. All were shot with a .243 and all were meant to be head shots. As long as the shot isn't in the nose or jaw she'll go down.

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You meant to hit her in the head while she was running, get real.

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You meant to hit her in the head while she was running, get real.

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Jiffy While I agree that the pons or medulla oblongata are effective shots, I prefer to shoot for the thalamus or better still, aim for the reticular system next to the 4th ventricle or adjacent optic chiasma. These are tougher shots, especially with an antique iron sighted .45 - 70 further than 679 yards particularly when the deer is running flat out and jumping over a barbed wire fence, but more humane and a quicker death in the long run! Heh!

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SJS

Yea i did mean to hit her in the head, i didn't really feel like filling my tags up in one day so all i did for the most part was go for head shots. It was mainly luck i'll admitt that. I missed the first shot when she was jogging, led her to far, but the second shot connected, remember she was under a hundred yards from me. it would probably take me another 15 shots to do that again. My friends and i go for a lot of head shots, when it's getting close to the end of legal shooting time it's head shot or nothing. I beleive that as long as you are comfortable with your gun head shots are not out of the picture.

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bobkat,

I gotta say I admire your 45-70.  My uncle has a breach 45-70 and it's one of the funnest guns I have very shot!  Old calvary days!!

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gooseslayr,
I hate it when people say it was luck. It wasn't. If it was what you were trying to do, and you accomplished it, it was skill. Calculating the correct elevation and lead on a moving target takes skill. If you did not succeed, you suck (at least your buddies may tell you that you do if you miss ;-) Take credit and pride that you made the shot. How many times out of 100 do you have to make before it is skill rather than "luck"?
Is it luck if a brain surgeon saves a patient when there are low odds or is it skill? You just did your surgical procedure from a little further.

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I shot my deer in the head this year. It was a buck running straight away from me. I am lucky I did not give it the old Texas Heart Shot. It actually went in the back of the head a blew the eyeball out. There was no tracking this deer.