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Old 10-11-2019, 11:28 AM   #1
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This may be a stupid question, but does anyone have a diagram or photo showing the best shot placement for a neck shot on a deer? I've always done a shoulder shot. I think I know where to shoot on a neck shot but am curious as to see exact placement that others prefer on the neck.
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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when I have to, I shoot right where the neck starts. In the area that's not exactly the shoulder or the neck. It has never failed, they drop like a brick.
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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when I have to, I shoot right where the neck starts. In the area that's not exactly the shoulder or the neck. It has never failed, they drop like a brick.
When do you "have to" shoot it there?

Any pics of the exact location?
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:40 AM   #4
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I have always been a neck shooter and always aim for high neck just below head where I know I will hit spine
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:52 AM   #7
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When do you "have to" shoot it there?

Any pics of the exact location?
1. When I want to make sure the animal goes down right away and I don't have to look for it.

2. When I think my gun is under-powered for that particular game which is seldom because a .270 can kill just abut everything in Texas.

Just hit the neck, the bullet will either hit
a. the bone
b. a bunch of blood vessels
c. the bullet shock will knock them out.

The animal won't go far.
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Right here!
yup...right where white meets brown & looking straight at you when still / focused.
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yup...right where white meets brown & looking straight at you when still / focused.
What about when broadside or quartering to or away?
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:58 AM   #10
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when I have to, I shoot right where the neck starts. In the area that's not exactly the shoulder or the neck. It has never failed, they drop like a brick.
^^^ same here...they stop...and drop!
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:03 PM   #11
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What about when broadside or quartering to or away?
I think you're over-analyzing it. If you have a "hunting rifle" and you hit the neck you'll be good.

Don't graze or hit the edges, hit the center where you know there are a lot of blood vessels and bone.


Here you go, these are my "Go To" spots:

https://www.gma.vic.gov.au/education...aking-the-shot
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I think you're over-analyzing it. If you have a "hunting rifle" and you hit the neck you'll be good.

Don't graze or hit the edges, hit the center where you know there are a lot of blood vessels and bone.


Here you go, these are my "Go To" spots:

https://www.gma.vic.gov.au/education...aking-the-shot
Ive been accused of over analyzing stuff in the past. Its a problem.

Let me put it this way, when aiming for the neck, are you aiming for the center of the neck (when broadside) or top 1/3 of the neck or something different?
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Ive been accused of over analyzing stuff in the past. Its a problem.

Let me put it this way, when aiming for the neck, are you aiming for the center of the neck (when broadside) or top 1/3 of the neck or something different?
see the link above.
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:11 PM   #14
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see the link above.
Sorry. Just looked at it. That is helpful. Thank you.
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:15 PM   #15
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:19 PM   #16
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I shootem in da front of da neck below da jaw.

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The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:51 PM   #17
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What about when broadside or quartering to or away?
If they are focused / intently looking at something with their ears pointing in the direction they are watching, they will usually hold still long enough to take the shot if yourself are ready.

I just prefer them to be looking forward & lay the cross the horizontal crosshair on the brown/white patch line.
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:55 PM   #18
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Ive been accused of over analyzing stuff in the past. Its a problem.

Let me put it this way, when aiming for the neck, are you aiming for the center of the neck (when broadside) or top 1/3 of the neck or something different?
I prefer to be a ways down from the chin myself...remember the head is going to move first and the quickest from point of aim & why many avoid the noggin all together. I just feel being more towards the middle is a little safer if they turn right when the shot goes off.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:22 PM   #19
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I prefer to not shoot them in the neck at all. I used to neck shoot does, but they don’t bleed very much and the meat always has more blood in it than need be. But......if that’s the only shot you have, then you’ve gotten good advice above.
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If they are focused / intently looking at something with their ears pointing in the direction they are watching, they will usually hold still long enough to take the shot if yourself are ready.

I just prefer them to be looking forward & lay the cross the horizontal crosshair on the brown/white patch line.

Exactly what I do too. IF they're broadside with the head facing broadside also, I shoot right dead center of where the lower edge of the ear hits the neck... That sure makes cuttin' their head off when you're done skinning.
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:46 PM   #21
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If you do choose to take a neck shot, be sure to have a stable rest. If I’m in a box blind, I’ll slide against the wall for more support.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #22
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I like this shot placement. Drops em like lightening hit em.



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Old 10-11-2019, 04:46 PM   #23
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no more noggin shots for me...their head can move fast.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:01 PM   #24
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I find this works better than the neck

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Old 10-11-2019, 05:01 PM   #25
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I gotcha, OP. I actually have a scientific reference diagram I made. You guys can feel free to save for later use.
Shoot them in the yellow areas.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:05 PM   #26
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Dad always taught me center of the neck, half way down (from the jaw to the body) or higher. That way, the impact of any shot is a DRT and any miss is clean. On a similar note (respect for the animal), I was taught to clean up the animal as much as possible for the LDPs. Push the tongue in, remove it from the blood pile, entry hole facing camera if nasty exit, etc.

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Old 10-11-2019, 08:01 PM   #27
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I like this shot placement. Drops em like lightening hit em.



Wow hit her so hard it knocked her leg off.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:11 PM   #28
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yep works every time
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:38 PM   #29
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:43 PM   #30
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When do you "have to" shoot it there?

Any pics of the exact location?
I like neck shots when they are close enough. You don't loose any meat. Longer shots I always shoot at lungs and heart area.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:58 PM   #31
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I gotcha, OP. I actually have a scientific reference diagram I made. You guys can feel free to save for later use.
Shoot them in the yellow areas.
Tried the top yellow spot a long time ago when I was a kid and it hit her in the nose, blew her snout off and didnít find her.. it was pretty ugly..
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Da Neck Bone...if you insist on neck
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I shootem in da front of da neck below da jaw.

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The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!


What did you shoot that deer with that caused such an awesome exit hole?


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Old 10-12-2019, 12:41 AM   #34
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This always works well for me. Easy to find as well.


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Old 10-12-2019, 01:20 AM   #35
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Take center of the chest and just under chin... Right between those two points.

I don't like head side, it moves to much.
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Head shots like pictured are too messy for me. Don't want that bloody mess while I have to keep proof.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:48 AM   #37
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Head shots like pictured are too messy for me. Don't want that bloody mess while I have to keep proof.


Honestly both of the head shots shown donít look like very good shots to me. They are down around the jaw, they got enough of the throat to drop them probably, but completely missed the CNS.
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Look at mine again Doc, there's no brain left, you're looking at the exit side. I should have mentioned I don't take head shots over 50ish yards. I like the neck roast and prefer not to destroy it if i can when I'm getting boom stick meat. But let's face it a carbon injection through the boiler room is more fun.

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I like to shoot up near the head anywhere about 6-8” behind the head is a for sure broken spine.
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I shootem in da front of da neck below da jaw.

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Old 10-12-2019, 10:22 AM   #42
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If they are head down eating, the shoulder forms a point to the best place to aim

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Old 10-12-2019, 10:30 AM   #43
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I like to keep my deer Perty, so no head shots, plus the head moves to quick. I will take a neck shot with my 22-250 on does if everything is just right. It’s really not rocket science. You hit anywhere up and down the center of the neck and they drop.
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Broadside below the ear and right at the back corner of the jaw,DRT!


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Tried the top yellow spot a long time ago when I was a kid and it hit her in the nose, blew her snout off and didnít find her.. it was pretty ugly..
But but but..... I read on the internets that if you shoot head/neck they either fall right down or itís a complete miss

Just use a real bullet ad shoot the shoulder, people.
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:20 PM   #46
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Theres a lot to be said for a thump and dump or a clean miss.

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I made what I thought was a great placed neck shot with a 308, she wadded up on the ground and kept moving. She wouldnít give me another kill shot untill she got up and did a zombie walk. Two shots to the neck finally did her in. Crazy will to live.


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Old 10-13-2019, 01:16 AM   #48
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I have done a couple of neck shots, both from the side, and both with 30-06. Midway between head and body, middle of the neck. Not too messy, and both right there. Also within 50 yds.
The best buck I ever killed, was hit in the neck, but that wasn't where I intended. I saw him from 1000 yds off, and moved to the other side of the hill and went about a half mile fairly quickly. He didn't show up for a couple of mins, and when he did he was about 275 yds out. My 7 mag was sighted dead on at 200, so I aimed 2/3rds of the way up his shoulder. Sitting, using elbows on knees for a rest, I touched it off. Saw feet go in the air, and he fell over and quivered a bit, then was still. When I got down there I saw I hit him in the neck, about 6" from the shoulder. Didn't break the neck, or hit any blood vessels. I didn't find anything that told me it was a fatal shot.

Under normal circumstances the 275 yd shot was an easy shot for me, but the combination of double timing a half mile, and shooting at the best buck I had ever shot at, the bullet impact was a foot to the left of where I intended.
I don't practice field position shooting near often enough, and almost missed the best deer I have killed, so far.
I can admit to a bad shot, because I don't have an issue bragging about a good shot.
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when I have to, I shoot right where the neck starts. In the area that's not exactly the shoulder or the neck. It has never failed, they drop like a brick.
This is my preferred shot placement with a rifle. Base of the neck doesn't wiggle around like the head/top of the neck does. It's almost as big as the shoulder. Great target. DRT every time.
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Yeah, I didn't have to peal anything back. That is what that 50 Cal one-oz 12ga solid copper hollow point slug with 4 petals does when it opens up.


Entrance hole was 50 cal size in the front. It lifted her completely off the ground for a complete back flip. Buckshot-73 helped me drag her out. Ain't my first head or neck shot with a slug gun. Just depends on the gun and the situation if I take that shot. Last one I shot with that particular slug gun was at the base of the neck like SC-Texas pic, at 85 yards. Nothing special except I had to shoot her left handed because they came in on my right. I'm right handed. And I couldn't get up and turn to shoot without getting busted. So I just shot here left handed. I used to switch shoot regularly at the range many many moons ago, both rifle and pistol.
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