Where to Shoot a Deer

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As hunters, we all know the importance of a one kill shot. Letting a deer run away with blood trailing by is a hassle for any hunter. It costs you important time and even money. Moreover, the other deer in the area respond to the grunts of the injured deer and run away. They have been hunted for ages and know when danger is near them either in the form of predator or a hunter.

Therefore, it is of absolute importance that you drop dead the dear once you shoot him. If you have the technological support of infra-red and a high scope rifle, this will be easier than the conventional shoot as you see method. There are various places where you can aim at. However, there are merits and demerits of every place you chose. Here are 5 places where to shoot a deer for a one shot kill.

High Shoulder

Advantage: When the deer is side on, this is the best percentage shot for you. The bullet goes through one shoulder and penetrates till the far away shoulder. This will disengage any future movement of the animal as it will shock the spine and break some ribs too. This will render the deer motionless and dead in its step.

Disadvantage: This can damage a lot of meat from you kill if the distance is near. It is also easy to miss when you are not at a higher platform from where the deer is.

Mid-Section

Advantage: This is a shot most amateurs prefer as the kill percentage is more than any other shot. This shot doesn’t give you an instant kill but the amount of blood that flows out from the heart-lung area gives you an easy trail to follow.

Disadvantage: if the right ammo is not used, it may not even kill the deer. The blood trail in bad weather conditions is even more difficult to follow.

Head Shot

Advantage: This is the most lethal shot as the deer dies within microseconds of the bullet piercing the head. The meat loss is also minimal as the head doesn’t have a lot of meat that is usable.

Disadvantage: This is a very difficult shot to take as the target is small in size. Half an inch up or down will either injure the deer or miss it completely.

Neck Region

Advantage: This gives a massive shock to the spinal cord and damages very little meat on the way through the body.

Disadvantage: This target is also very small in size. The neck itself is a large object, but the area where you have to shoot to instantly kill the deer is very small hence making it a low percentage shot.

Scapula

Advantage: This is lower to the shoulder which acts as the shoulder support. A shot at this point gives away the support of front legs of the deer. Therefore even if the deer doesn’t get killed right away it cannot run away either.

Disadvantage: A bullet undershooting will hit one leg only. A deer can not only run away on three legs but also recover from the shot.


You cannot wake up one day and become the perfect marksman. It takes years and years of practice to take precise shots every time. Do your research and wait before you take a shot. Remember: one shot, one kill!




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