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#3037464 - 11/17/12 09:40 AM Neck shots
tn droptine
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What do you guys prefer for shot placement during rifle season?

I've heard that a neck shot will take a deer down where it stands so no need for a tracking job (may try this on some property that I have permission to hunt that is only about 10 acres to prevent a wounded deer from travelling onto adjoining properties.

Normally I just shoot for the vitals, but have noticed that sometimes you may need to track for a while.

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#3037468 - 11/17/12 09:47 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: tn droptine]
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If you know ur sights are good id go for the neck shot ive shot one in the head an after 5 or 10 mins got back up an ran again
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#3037472 - 11/17/12 09:52 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: tn droptine]
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Head and neck all that I have seen have droped in the tracks or rolled them if they were running
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#3037474 - 11/17/12 09:58 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: waynesworld]
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I like neck shots.if I have a steady rest,i'll take one everytime.
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#3037475 - 11/17/12 10:02 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: waynesworld]
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What is it about the neck shot that drops them? Spine and nerve damage? Do they die instantly with the so called dropped in there tracks neck shot? Or does it just render them unable to move and they suffer for a while until they bleed out?
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#3037478 - 11/17/12 10:04 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: TRIGGER]
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All of the neck shots i've taken has been DOA..No kicking,fighting,or follow up shot needed.
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#3037491 - 11/17/12 10:20 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: cecil30-30]
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I aim for the vitals always and have dropped all my deer in there tracks. But a neck shot is all my paw paw takes and they all drop to. So i think either way your good.
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#3037514 - 11/17/12 10:43 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: deerhunter10]
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I killed a doe Thursday with a neck shot at 40 yards. DOA
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#3037529 - 11/17/12 11:00 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: encore06]
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High shoulder for me.
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#3037532 - 11/17/12 11:02 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: muddyboots]
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I shoot all does I shoot with me rifle through the neck... I shot one in the head one time.... I will not be doing that again on purpose.
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#3037537 - 11/17/12 11:07 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: deerhunter10]
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 Originally Posted By: deerhunter10
I aim for the vitals always and have dropped all my deer in there tracks. But a neck shot is all my paw paw takes and they all drop to. So i think either way your good.


congrats, ive shot them straight through the heart and had em run outta sight
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#3037551 - 11/17/12 11:26 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: TRIGGER]
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 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
What is it about the neck shot that drops them? Spine and nerve damage? Do they die instantly with the so called dropped in there tracks neck shot? Or does it just render them unable to move and they suffer for a while until they bleed out?


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#3037577 - 11/17/12 11:58 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: TRIGGER]
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Last year i concentrated on neck shots only. Huge mistake that i wont be repeating. A neck shot is not always a guaranteed DOA.
From now on its "vitals only" shots for me.

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#3037580 - 11/17/12 12:03 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: BlackBelt]
SES
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There's a lot of good meat in them necks. Right behind the shoulder for me if possible.
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#3037582 - 11/17/12 12:08 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: BlackBelt]
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From what I know it is the ability to absorb the shock and getting the spinal cord. But if you drop them you want to go finish them off right away.
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#3037586 - 11/17/12 12:12 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: SES]
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I've shot 2 in the neck by mistake. first one dropped where it stood. i figured it would bleed out by the time i got back with my truck. when i got back blood was every where and the deer got up and ran off and never found. second one it didn't drop but did lay down but got up and walked off. 30 mins plus i found it stuck in a brier thicket stuff and still very much alive.
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#3037650 - 11/17/12 01:12 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: Treestand Troubadour]
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 Originally Posted By: Treestand Troubadour
 Originally Posted By: deerhunter10
I aim for the vitals always and have dropped all my deer in there tracks. But a neck shot is all my paw paw takes and they all drop to. So i think either way your good.


congrats, ive shot them straight through the heart and had em run outta sight


x2 - only one I've had drop where it stood was thru the front of the neck. Every vital shot I've made they have ran at least twenty yards or so

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#3038127 - 11/17/12 07:48 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: tn droptine]
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I prefer shoulder. I only take neck shot if have to. I like the bigger target.
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#3038294 - 11/17/12 09:54 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: JA1234]
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I have shot several in the neck..they drop! No kicking..no tracking.
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#3038318 - 11/17/12 10:15 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: Rufus]
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I prefer right behind the shoulder where you have more margin of error.
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#3038327 - 11/17/12 10:20 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: Gravey]
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It also depends on the gun distance and the confidence in yourself and gun. But it is an ethical shot to take.
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#3038335 - 11/17/12 10:31 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: deerhunter10]
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I prefer the much larger shoulder area. Blow there shoulder apart, and usually no tracking required. Not to mention if you miss back it hits vitals, miss forward and its usually just a miss. JMO
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#3038344 - 11/17/12 10:36 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: Gravey]
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Haven't taken a neck shot myself and won't unless I really want the deer and its neck is all I can shoot. I like tracking deer too, assuming I find them. More rewarding to track one and then stumble on it, thats part of the hunt to me. Haven't had one drop in its tracks yet. That would be convenient but I do like following a blood trail.
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#3038357 - 11/17/12 10:57 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: catman529]
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Took one of each tonight. Shot a doe in the mid-lungs, a second in the neck. The lung-shot deer dropped on the spot & didn't even twitch. The neck shot also dropped on the spot, but flopped around for 30 seconds. Probably not really normal... If I can I much prefer the bigger, more certain shot into the chest cavity.
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#3038367 - 11/17/12 11:13 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: Robtattoo]
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I shot one in the neck on accident. It was a frontal shot and he was close so it shot a little high. Deer dropped on the spot, flopped for a few seconds.
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#3038474 - 11/18/12 06:27 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: Josiah]
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Can someone please explain WHY a neck shot will drop a deer. I am interested because if I ever get into a situation where the neck is the only thing I can see and don't think I will get a better shot I want to know where to aim on the neck. Understanding why it kills the deer will help with shot placement or deciding rather or not the shot is ethical.
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#3038611 - 11/18/12 08:17 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: TRIGGER]
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Aim center of neck. The SPINAL CORD is severed, deer will NOT run off. Plus with nerves and "jugular" vein, you break that neck plus get the artery, deer will die very fast.
I shot one in neck friday. Deer was dead before it hit the ground.
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#3038627 - 11/18/12 08:35 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: rukiddin?]
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I prefer a neck shot on my meat deer. A Good Buck gets the heart/lung shot. IMO it is important to be able to make a neck shot. You have a lot less margin for error. Sometimes it is the only shot you have when hunting the thick stuff.It is a shot that should only be made by a experenced hunter and excellent shot.Low on the neck gets a artery,mid neck spinal cord,high neck not much there but meat.If you are using a hollow point that fragments easily a neck shot is less risky. If you like a Bonded bullet that has good pass thru abilites it is a much riskier shot.
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#3038630 - 11/18/12 08:39 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: TRIGGER]
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 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
Can someone please explain WHY a neck shot will drop a deer. I am interested because if I ever get into a situation where the neck is the only thing I can see and don't think I will get a better shot I want to know where to aim on the neck. Understanding why it kills the deer will help with shot placement or deciding rather or not the shot is ethical.


Think about as if u were shooting a person if you hit the neck you have a good chance of either cutting blood to brain cutting air or taking out the compleate nerv ststem. Now i relate a lot of things to military a sniper is trained that if they are killing mas people u shoot th first in the stumic the will live longer and takes others to take care of them. Meens more targets. Now deer if u aim for the neck u will miss more but like stated befor high sholder gives better sucess. I have shoot some in the neck and one in the head. All droped. But i do not aim neck i suck at aim the ones i shot wete on run and i lead too far.

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#3038775 - 11/18/12 10:34 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: waynesworld]
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 Originally Posted By: waynesworld
 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
Can someone please explain WHY a neck shot will drop a deer. I am interested because if I ever get into a situation where the neck is the only thing I can see and don't think I will get a better shot I want to know where to aim on the neck. Understanding why it kills the deer will help with shot placement or deciding rather or not the shot is ethical.


Think about as if u were shooting a person if you hit the neck you have a good chance of either cutting blood to brain cutting air or taking out the compleate nerv ststem. Now i relate a lot of things to military a sniper is trained that if they are killing mas people u shoot th first in the stumic the will live longer and takes others to take care of them. Meens more targets. Now deer if u aim for the neck u will miss more but like stated befor high sholder gives better sucess. I have shoot some in the neck and one in the head. All droped. But i do not aim neck i suck at aim the ones i shot wete on run and i lead too far.


Never heard that they started training the military snipers to do stomach shots, must be something new

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#3038824 - 11/18/12 11:33 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: Gravey]
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Anatomically speaking, neck shots are a very responsible choice for shot placement.....the trachea and high spinal column are on top of each other..either of these receive damage and it's lights out for the deer.....having said that - I have shot many deer in he neck and had them run and I've seen em run with holes in thier hearts.........always be ready for that follow up shot no matter where you hit em
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#3039619 - 11/18/12 09:44 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: corymhoward]
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The neck is a tall, narrow target (duh!), so it's not uncommon to hit one off-center and have decent blood with no knock-down. Since the target is thinner than the "torso", there's less mass to absorb the bullet's energy. Point being, if you miss by much, there's a decent chance of a long blood trail.

I've shot a handful of deer in the neck. I make sure the shots are short and ideally I have a shooting rest. If they are looking at me, I generally aim at the center/base of the white patch on the throat. There's very little meat that high, and it gives me something to aim at.

I've never had a deer more than about 1-2 steps with that shot, but then again I've never tried doing it from any distance more than about 40-50 yards on a scoped rifle. My closest shot was facing me at about 20 feet.
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#3039713 - 11/18/12 11:26 PM Re: Neck shots [Re: tn droptine]
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 Originally Posted By: tn droptine
 Originally Posted By: waynesworld
 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
Can someone please explain WHY a neck shot will drop a deer. I am interested because if I ever get into a situation where the neck is the only thing I can see and don't think I will get a better shot I want to know where to aim on the neck. Understanding why it kills the deer will help with shot placement or deciding rather or not the shot is ethical.


Think about as if u were shooting a person if you hit the neck you have a good chance of either cutting blood to brain cutting air or taking out the compleate nerv ststem. Now i relate a lot of things to military a sniper is trained that if they are killing mas people u shoot th first in the stumic the will live longer and takes others to take care of them. Meens more targets. Now deer if u aim for the neck u will miss more but like stated befor high sholder gives better sucess. I have shoot some in the neck and one in the head. All droped. But i do not aim neck i suck at aim the ones i shot wete on run and i lead too far.


Never heard that they started training the military snipers to do stomach shots, must be something new



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#3039928 - 11/19/12 07:39 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: Josiah]
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i have seen deer with the lower jaw blown off and suffering days later from attempted head/neck shots. i will not take such a shot. ribs or no shot.
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#3040015 - 11/19/12 08:34 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: stik]
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close range with a gun, i will in a heart beat. never with a bow.
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#3040024 - 11/19/12 08:39 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: stik]
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Unless your rifle is shooting 1 inch groups at 100, and you KNOW exactly how far that deer is from you, and you have a bench-rest kind of stable sight picture, the neck shot is not for you. I shot one off-hand in the neck and the deer took off running, stopped about 150 out and I popped her behind the shoulder. The neck shot should have killed her outright-lot of damage-but the spine did not sever as I thought it would.
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#3040074 - 11/19/12 09:18 AM Re: Neck shots [Re: DaveB]
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ALWAYS......prepare for a follow up shot and take one if you get the opportunity
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