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#5025555 - 03/17/14 04:23 PM Night Hunting Shot Distances
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I thought it would be interesting to get everyone's feedback on your closest, average, and longest night hunting shots. I have a feeling it might surprise some people. Also would be interested to hear the stories behind the longest and closest shots.
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#5025561 - 03/17/14 04:25 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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Iv shot at the same group of pigs from 7yrds until they hit the treeline at 200yrds lol few didn't make it out of the pasture many did not make it much further
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#5025568 - 03/17/14 04:28 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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My closest night hunting shot was right at 15 feet. This pig was hunkered down in some thick brush which you can see in the pic below. The plan was to walk up on him as close as possible but at 5 yards I threw in the towel and took the shot.

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#5025576 - 03/17/14 04:32 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Iv shot at the same group of pigs from 7yrds until they hit the treeline at 200yrds lol few didn't make it out of the pasture many did not make it much further

Sounds like that could have encompassed your shortest and longest all in one hunt!

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#5025586 - 03/17/14 04:36 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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Yup the hunt consisted of me hanging out the window of a Toyota going about 60mph to catch them in the middle of the pasture then stopped and started shooting lol
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#5025673 - 03/17/14 05:24 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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Had a huge Russian Boar over in SC (they are still pure along the coast) come charging at about 20 yards. I learned they cover that distance before you can say it. Stopped him at 3 feet. Hit him several times. Went back to the cabin and changed my drawers...

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#5025708 - 03/17/14 05:53 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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the average shot is 60-80 yards
My longest shot at night was 146 yards under a spotlight and 300 win mag.
Shortest shot on a good pig was 10-11 yards
Shortest shot on a shoat was about 4 feet.


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#5025995 - 03/17/14 08:44 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Yup the hunt consisted of me hanging out the window of a Toyota going about 60mph to catch them in the middle of the pasture then stopped and started shooting lol


I got my truck airborne chasing a coyote in a field one night when he went over a hill. After I caught up to him, he looked back at me when I topped the hill. I hit him square in the face from 200 yards with a spire point. I watched him flip through my scope, I'll never forget that shot and what was left of the back of his head when I got to him.
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#5026141 - 03/17/14 09:52 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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Natty Love

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#5026221 - 03/17/14 11:03 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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Most shots we take start out at 15 to 20 yards an go till hogs are out of sight. My wife has showed us all up with a shot over 300 yards in the head, which was the luckiest shot in the world in my opinion. Funny how our wives claim they meant to do that when it works out, an they wasn't trying to do that at all when it don't. Will say that she can unload a 30 round clip faster than any woman I know.

Those of you that have not tried it, need to. Its awesome.
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#5026240 - 03/17/14 11:21 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
Gwood88 Offline
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Unless you have NV I would consider anything over 75yrds to be somewhat of a dangerous shot. I always have to know exactly whats behind my target before my brain will allow me to squeeze the trigger.
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#5026726 - 03/18/14 11:32 AM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Gwood88]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

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Originally Posted By: Gwood88
Unless you have NV I would consider anything over 75yrds to be somewhat of a dangerous shot. I always have to know exactly whats behind my target before my brain will allow me to squeeze the trigger.


You need a better spotlight. And all the places I hunt I know whats were
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#5027132 - 03/18/14 04:24 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: Gwood88
Unless you have NV I would consider anything over 75yrds to be somewhat of a dangerous shot. I always have to know exactly whats behind my target before my brain will allow me to squeeze the trigger.


You need a better spotlight. And all the places I hunt I know whats were


And a scope with a large objective lens.

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#5027161 - 03/18/14 04:48 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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One of the longest shots I ever took and connected on was under a full moon without NV.

A big pig came onto the wheat field but wouldn't venture far from the woodline, I had a spotter who was double verifying ID of pig and distance estimates.

Had what seemed like all night to take the shot.

Let the .270 rip and THWACK!!! Watched him absorb the shot, roll over, and hobble off.

Never recovered him but a solid hit at I'd say 400 yards.

BTW - the back stop for the shot was multiple rows of bails of hay so of course safety was in practice at the time of the shot.

Longest recovered pig was around 300 on same field.

Love hunting the field from an elevated stand.

And my closest engagement would be 14 yards, with video!!!



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#5027199 - 03/18/14 05:11 PM Re: Night Hunting Shot Distances [Re: Bearclaw]
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The Ol' 3-legged hay thief! One of those video that you just never forget.

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