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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-02-2016, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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How Far is Your Average Shot on a PA Deer?

Having hunted thick woods all my life, my farthest shot on a PA whitetail has been 83 yards. My dad, who has hunted the same type of woods for over 45+ years has never shot one over 100 yards

We hunt old cuts, which are now birch and sassafras saplings. Some places you can't walk through them there's so many so close together. It's almost like a wall. Being up in a stand really doesn't help much.

Before they logged off all the mature hemlocks, dad hunted the hemlock thickets. He told me numerous stories of bucks he's gotten less than 20 yards. One in particular was close enough after it ran from being shot, blood sprayed out on his boot it was so close.

Most of the hemlocks are gone now, so it's opened up some. It's still plenty thick though. If you haven't guessed, our guns of choice are 760's/7600's in either 30-06, .35 Rem, or .35 Whelen.

I hear lots of talk about 200 yard shots and up. Is that the norm now, or just a few cases? Our typical shots are around 50 yards. What's yours?
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 04:31 AM
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I'm assuming you are speaking rifle only. I've only ever killed 2 deer over 100yds. Most are under 60-70 when I pull the trigger, with a good portion of those being near the 50yd mark.

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For rifle season, my average is probably right around 50-60 with only one ever being over 100. For archery season, my average is easily less than 20 yards. 3 of the last 4 have been closer to 10 yards.
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post #4 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 06:47 AM
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Rifle: 60-70 yds...Bow: 15 yds.

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Avg about 150 - 200 yards with the Rifle.


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I hunt mostly Farm fields, average shot 150. I use a Tikka .243. Rarely less than 75, I limit myself to 250 yards. With the bow I limit myself to 30. Most shots around 20.
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Yes, I'm talking about rifle shots. Shouldn't be too much variation in bow shots.
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75 yards.
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60 yards rifle, 18 yards bow...


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My average shot has been about 50 to 75 yds. I have shot them closer and further. The longest being 420 and the only reason I took that shot was that the Buck was in the open,I had a spotter on the range finder and a good rest. The beauty of that shot was after I hit him he ran toward me. My food plot is 120 yds long but they are usually walking toward me.
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