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?