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post #1 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Head shot -why only?

How come every head shot story I read about involves does only? If people are 100% confident in their head shot skills, wouldn't they take the same shot at a buck? It is almost as if does are a 'lesser' animal and don't deserve a well placed shot behind the shoulder.
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post #2 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 11:44 PM
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Speaking just for myself: Much more time is taken when I shoot at the head. Often times I have found less time opportunity with bucks. Of coarse if shooting at an older class bigger buck I don't want to damage the cape. If someone feels confident with thier ability to make a clean head shot there will be a clean body cavity. My favorite kind.

I certainly don't consider does lesser than bucks but, I do find them tastier.

I get where you are coming from though.

Rutledge, said it well: There are hunters and then there are turkey hunters. We love head shots.

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post #3 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 11:49 PM
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Only head shots I take are at squirrels with a 17 mach2 or 17 hmr.
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Originally Posted by Laylow View Post
Only head shots I take are at squirrels with a 17 mach2 or 17 hmr.
Or groundhogs with ballistic tips from a 22-250 ;-)
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I take the shot that will at any given time,dispatch the animal ethically.I neck shot a doe last year facing dead straight away from me.If it were a buck I would have done the same thing.I want the animal to not have to suffer pain.When I was a young man I hit a deer in the spine.It bawled so loud I can't forget it.I promised myself it won't happen again.I ran full speed to that deer and made a head shot to end it's misery.I almost quit hunting that day out of respect for that deer.Since then I have made a point to practice shooting more.I can't remember why I still hunt.I do know that my practice might save me repeating what happened that day.I wish more would do the same thing.I practice enough to actually know when I'm off my game.If I look through that scope I already know if that shot will hit where intended.I have lowered my rifle a few times honoring that deer that bawled.

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I will be 70 in a few months and grew up hunting and target shooting. Know the gun and most of all know your own ability with that weapon. I head shoot everything, squirrels, deer, groundhogs. I can't hit a barn from the inside with a shotgun! I have watch good marksmen make great shots on paper and shake so bad when a deer walked out. You do what is comfortable for you and make a good shot, keeping in mind to quickly put down that target. I will say this, too many hunters use a cannon to compensate for poor marksmanship! My buddy who owns a gun shop tells me his best business is on the weekend of deer opener. Quick buy a rifle, hunt, sell it back after the season ends. Good shooting and God Bless!
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Never attempted a head shot on a deer and it is something I would never try. Just not my thing.

The older I get the better I was.
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post #8 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 08:19 AM
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I would never head shoot a deer. To much margin for error. I finished off a doe last year someone tried to head shoot and shot off the does lower jaw.luckily meat was still good probably happened that day.
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post #9 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 08:26 AM
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I shot until my target is fully complient. Be it one well placed shot or a few...head shots are not an issue for a well seasoned and/ or trained riflemen IMHO....
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post #10 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 08:26 AM
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I don't care how good of a shot you are or "think" you are, a head shot is just wrong and unethical.......it's disrespectful to the animal and the margin for error is too great. I truly believe head shots on deer are done for one reason....the hunters ego.
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