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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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neck shots on deer?

passed up 8pt today only offered neck shot anyone shoot in neck with crossbow?

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Re: neck shots on deer?

Not a good shot option for a bow at all. You made a good choice. Sure they have arteries and a spine in there, but it's risky, and have never once seen someone recommend this area of a deer as a target for archery equipment. This applies to a rifle too. No need to try to hit a 1/2" artery or 2" spine when you can shoot for a killzone the size of the heart/lung area (probably 14+") so really no comparison on the deadlier option with much higher chances of a killing shot.

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Re: neck shots on deer?

You did right to pass the shot. It can be done, but your kill zone is considerably smaller. Bear in mind most buck's necks are swollen now too, which shows more surface area to pick that kill zone out of. Opinions may vary, but for me, it's either behind the shoulder or I don't take the shot.

A friend of mine attempted a neck shot last night, and was crying the blues today. Several hundred yards of light blood, then nothing. I'd have to guess that buck's sore, but still chasing does.

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Re: neck shots on deer?

Definitely not with a bow, I did it last year as a finishing shot and I'll never do it again.

As for a rifle, I'll take a neck shot any day, all day. Drops them in their tracks, all but one anyhow, it ran 20 yards and rolled down the mountain another 100. There is so much meat and vitals the traumatic shock is hard to avoid.
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Re: neck shots on deer?

Risky at best.

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Re: neck shots on deer?

I have never even considered neck shots.My Dad told me 43 years ago shoot behind the shoulder and that is what I do.I could have taken an iffy shot yesterday at a buck of a lifetime.I may never see that class of buck again but it was the right thing to do.I have mixed emotions about it but I made the correct decision and I am glad I did.

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Re: neck shots on deer?

I've never taken one, but I found this topic interesting as I recently read something about it. I own the Field and Stream total deer hunter manual. #178 says "Take the Neck Shot if you must" and here is what it says:

In his book "Shots at Whitetails", Larry Koller preached the neck shot to gun hunters and proved its lethality by grounding bucks via shots to the throat patch. "Any shot into the upper third of the deer's neck," he wrote, "is so decisive in result that this writer has yet to hear of a deer moving from its tracks after being hit in this area...Lower neck shots seem to have much the same effect on deer as the quick removal of a head with an ax has on the Thanksgiving turkey." A good neck shot will do the job, but it's a smaller target for the average hunter. If all you have is a neck shot, and it's one you're confident you can make, fine. Otherwise, shoot for the hear-lung area.

For what its worth, thought I'd share that. Maybe only for gun shots? I dunno....

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Re: neck shots on deer?

The shock and damage from gun shots is many times bigger than that of an arrow. Picture a small pumpkin. That is the size of the tissue destruction from a high velocity bullet. It will cover up much of the neck of a deer. Now picture the 1.5 inch diameter broadhead. That is all you are relying on to hit vital structures in the neck. Namely the spine and two main vessels.

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In archery it is huge gamble to take a neck shot. Sure, the right shot is quickly lethal. The wrong shot is torture for the deer.
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Re: neck shots on deer?

I will shoot for the vitals, not the neck. I don't eat vitals.

However, I do enjoy neck roasts with bacon and onion in a crock pot, for making pulled meat sammies!

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