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Say you shoot a deer and it goes down. You then walk up to it and poke it with a stick/muzzle and it comes alive and tries to get on its feet. Where's the best place to shoot it to finish it off?
 

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I've had this happen a couple of times. Used to just cut their throats, 'til one kick almost removed my family jewels.

Now I put a bullet behind the ear if there's so much as a wiggle left in the critter.
 

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Depends. If you want to out it immediately, a shot into the brain at the points where the skull meeest the top vertebrae wporks every time. Only you won't have much of a head left and might ruin the antlers. One in the neck/spine would work as well. Otherwise one through the lungs will also work quickly and save more meat from getting ruined.

With a bow, one through the lungs will do it.

Do not try and put one through the brian head on. I know of someone who tried to put down a buck and richorchet (?) 4 round off its skull beacuse of the angle of his shot and tha angle of the skull.
 

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Orygun,

I've found that at extremely close range, even my .44 mag only makes a relatively small entry and exit when plugged in or behind the ear. Same with the -06 and .243. Not much risk to the trophy, and you get a quick (almost instantaneous) kill by scrambling brains, breaking the spine, and usually clipping the carotid artery. It's definitely my preferred coup d' grace shot with a firearm.

I gotta agree with not wanting to try to pop one head-on, though. Amazing how hard that skull can be, and with a bad angle your shot can potentially end up anywhere except in that animal's brain.
 

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Behind the ear. Hmm I try and remember that one.


I kind of perfected (for myself) that base of the skull thing when I was helpong trap yotes for the county. With the 22. muzzle up against the skull ands using a 22. short round, there was no noise at all, unfortunately there was a LOT of blood.
 

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when this happens I put a halter on him and lead him back to the truck.....alot easier than dragging.
 

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Brings a story to mind. Years ago, I took a friend out the Cache Creek area. He falls asleep while watching a meadow. Wakes up and sees a buck standing on his hind legs eating leaves out of the only tree in the meadow. So, he pops it. This is his first one so he is freaking happy and runs up to it. Just as he gets up to it, the buck wakes up, jumps up and comes at him. He is using a .308 semi-auto, sees the buck coming at him and opens up on it.


We left both of the front legs and part of a hind leg in the field because they were not even useable for burger.

That is the way NOT to finish one off. I usually carry a pistol and like Speck, if it twitches, cap it in the head.
 

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when this happens I put a halter on him and lead him back to the truck.....alot easier than dragging.[/b]



popping it in the head is the way to go from what my dad taught me. He used to cary a little pistole in the truck and sometimes he would carry his 357 as a sidearm. Luckly I have never had to do that, but if I had to it would be in the head.
 

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ok, say its buckzilla and he's got XXXX rated horn porn qualities; will capping it in the noggin screw up the deer for a shoulder mount? If so where's the next best spot to finish him off. After this I'll shut up and go back to preparing for my first D6 trip.
 

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Personally if it is a good buck that I definately want to mount I would go for a good lung shot. The heart would be good but lungs are a bigger target. Yes you ome people might say that at close range the target doesnt need to be that big but I know the excitement I get when I shoot a deer, I better aim for the biggest target that will get the job done. Thats just my opinion everyone has thier own way of doing things
 

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Duke,

I've popped my share of deer and hogs (and one elk) in the head, using everything from the .44 to the -06 and the 30-30, and the damage has always been minimal. But that's always been at or near touching distance.

Now if you're off a few steps and gotta shoot from the hip, I'd probably consider a lung shot. Just remember, a lung shot isn't necessarily going to put him right back down. But at that point, you do what you have to do.
 

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I look at the eyes. If they are closed, then get ready to shoot. 9mm behind the ear work just fine...
 

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I just give 'em a good solid Judo chop right between the eyes......works everytime.
 

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If I need a finishing job and the buck is not a wallhanger I will shoot it in the upper neck from usually straight on as the deer will be looking at you . From the side most ( I have ) will miss the vertebrae as it is not centered . For some reason I finished my 03 A-zone buck at real close range through the skull with a 7mm mag . Good thing I was going to bone out that buck for transportation , them antlers were real wiggley , They hang in my garage tied together with a leather tong ! I think a .22 in the top of the head would be best .
 


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