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#6009419 - 11/03/15 07:04 PM I am curious about just how far you are willing to
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6552
Loc: DFW
Take a shot with a rifle at a deer this coming Saturday? Curious if it would change based on the animal?

First is a doe:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Second is a cull buck:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Third is a Trophy buck:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Guys, I am really requesting honest answers here which means having the rifle, scope etc in which to make the shot.

This is the first year I have ever hunted when I have the rifle/scope combo along with appropriate practice where I would consider taking a shot beyond 200 yards on a buck.

So my answers are as follows:

Doe - Perhaps as far as 500 yards depending on the conditions which I will define below. That being said I won't have to because I will have a chance at a much shorter distance and I will always take the shorter shot.

Cull Buck - As far as 500 yards again depending on conditions.

Trophy Buck - I am pretty sure I won't take a shot at more than 300 yards.

The conditions I am talking about is the wind. The wind would need to be pretty sedate in order for me to attempt a shot beyond 300 yards.

As for a hog I would take a shot out to 1200 yards.

And just for the record. I have two 6.5 Creedmoor rifles that I have shot at long range and with my custom Creedmoor I have been able to hit out to 1200 yards in relatively calm conditions. In high gusty winds I wouldn't even think of shooting a deer at more than 300 yards.


Please guys do not make this about the ethics of taking said shots at least beyond your own ethics, IE: For me to shoot beyond XXX yards would be unethical. And please do not infer that those who would are unethical. I have come to realize that the shots above taken by someone who has the ability and equipment is just not that difficult.

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#6009450 - 11/03/15 07:12 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
Kenny Powers Offline
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1000 yds iron sights. 30-30 Model 94 150'grain bullet
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#6009477 - 11/03/15 07:22 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Kenny Powers]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6552
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Kenny Powers
1000 yds iron sights. 30-30 Model 94 150'grain bullet


Thanks for being so honest....and serious

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#6009488 - 11/03/15 07:26 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
8th1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 192
Loc: Houston
About 200 yards on all of the above for me.

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#6009499 - 11/03/15 07:29 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 44154
Loc: Kingwood
With the wind and rain we have forecasted I don't have a clue.

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#6009528 - 11/03/15 07:38 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
swmays Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 6118
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
200+ max for me. Not 300.

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#6009541 - 11/03/15 07:44 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 4215
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
400 max on a trophy, if I have a rock solid rest. I don't shoot Does or Culls, I let the kids take care of those. 400 max on Hogs. All my rifles are sighted in at 200.


Edited by Stompy (11/03/15 07:49 PM)
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#6009547 - 11/03/15 07:47 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: swmays]
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doe, cull??? 300-400 max. A trophy deer that is worthy of respect for who he is? 200 max.

I get the allure of long range shots. Do it all you want. But for me when it comes to a trophy animal there are too many variables. As you stated - wind alone is a factor that causes mistakes. On our lease a shot at a trophy buck that is more than 200 yards is not allowed. A majestic animal deserves the respect of minimizing any errors. If I see a trophy that is more than 200 yards I go after him - that means stalking and trying to do a sneak on him to within 200 yards - it is called hunting - not shooting.


Edited by tlk (11/03/15 07:48 PM)
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#6009552 - 11/03/15 07:49 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Why are some deer worthy of more respect than others? Why are some animals more respectable than others?
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#6009554 - 11/03/15 07:50 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: 8th1]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5226
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: 8th1
About 200 yards on all of the above for me.
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#6009569 - 11/03/15 07:57 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 34318
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
300 on all the above. I don't shoot as much as I used too and wouldn't trust my shot beyond that right now.
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#6009571 - 11/03/15 07:58 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
TexasKC Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1923
Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
My longest shot ever on a deer was 284 yds. measured with a range finder. I won't shoot beyond 200 unless I know the exact distance. Also, I have a ballistic plex scope so I don't have to guess hold over. If the wind is howling, I won't take a shot much over 100. Just my personal preferences. I'll sling lead at a hog no matter the distance.

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#6009612 - 11/03/15 08:15 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 12/05/06
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I'm happy to shoot 30 yards and under from my bow stands.
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#6009614 - 11/03/15 08:17 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61]
KennyLee Offline
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 2415
Loc: Cowtown
Longest shot from any of my stands is 600 yards. I've shot yotes at that range, but not deer.

Doubtful I take a shot at a buck from over 200 yards and likely much closer. I can't tell a trophy from some of the culls at 400 yards, so I wouldn't take the shot. I question those who say they can. I'm the only hunter on 450 family owned acres and have had that privilege for almost 20 years. I know my herd well, but not well enough to risk a mistake. Granted, I'm picky having taken 3 "trophies" in those 20 years and the first two wouldn't be trophies today.

Will say terrain makes a big difference. When I mule deer hunted on the plains, taking 600 yard shots wasn't out of question. Can't have a shot half that distance on place I currently hunt without many trees and elevation change.

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#6009627 - 11/03/15 08:25 PM Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: KennyLee]
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Posts: 4215
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Originally Posted By: KennyLee


Doubtful I take a shot at a buck from over 200 yards and likely much closer. I can't tell a trophy from some of the culls at 400 yards, so I wouldn't take the shot. I question those who say they can.

Swarovski optics, yea I can tell the difference between a cull and trophy at 400 yards.
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