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Deer head shots ?

by , Posted to on 11/22/2005 2:23 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 2:29 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2003
Location: ND
aim for the brain
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by on 11/22/2005 2:38 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 2:46 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Lycan,

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by on 11/22/2005 2:50 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Lycanthope, what , are you using a bb gun?
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by on 11/22/2005 2:52 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 11/22/2005 2:59 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 3:00 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 3:07 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 11/22/2005 3:13 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 11/22/2005 3:34 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 3:34 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 11/22/2005 3:49 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 7:54 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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tip of the anterzz
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by on 11/22/2005 8:17 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/22/2005 8:46 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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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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by on 11/22/2005 10:24 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I would advise NOT taking a
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by on 11/22/2005 11:55 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/23/2005 06:54 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/13/2005
Location: ND
Strait back form the eyes directly under the ears. One shot, no wasted meat.
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by on 11/23/2005 11:48 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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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by on 11/23/2005 11:52 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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