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#6968402 - 11/21/17 03:46 PM Opinion on High Shoulder Shots
D'hanis Offline
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Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 170
Always grew up shooting behind the shoulder but have tracked too many deer perfectly shot deer that went hundreds of yards with very little blood. Our brush is thick so this is never an easy job. Shot one a few years back high shoulder thinking I could break the shoulder on the way in and reduce that long tracking job, and it seemed to work well the one time I did it. Thoughts from some of you who may be more experienced would be greatly appreciated, thanks. (Talking about "trophy" deer, not does)


Edited by D'hanis (11/21/17 03:46 PM)

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#6968408 - 11/21/17 03:54 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
JJH Offline
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High shoulder is my POI of choice on deer that need to drop on the spot (near thick thornbrush, near boundry fence, canyon, etc). Very consistent way to drop them IME. For deer in an open area, where I can watch them run, I like the heart/lung area.

I mostly hunt south TX so high shoulder shots are the most common.

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#6968425 - 11/21/17 04:08 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: JJH]
D'hanis Offline
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Originally Posted By: JJH
High shoulder is my POI of choice on deer that need to drop on the spot (near thick thornbrush, near boundry fence, canyon, etc). Very consistent way to drop them IME. For deer in an open area, where I can watch them run, I like the heart/lung area.

I mostly hunt south TX so high shoulder shots are the most common.


And when we say high shoulder, would you say about middle of the body height? Or a little lower?

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#6968432 - 11/21/17 04:12 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
TxBuck Offline
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Always shoot my bucks dead in shoulder or in the neck if am not mounting it. as far as does and spikes an such for meat I shoot them all in the head or neck shots.

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#6968437 - 11/21/17 04:15 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Originally Posted By: D'hanis
[quote=JJH]

And when we say high shoulder, would you say about middle of the body height? Or a little lower?


Follow the front leg straight up to the top of the back, then drop down about 5" or width of a hand below the front shoulder.

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#6968439 - 11/21/17 04:16 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: Jimbo]
D'hanis Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
Originally Posted By: D'hanis
[quote=JJH]

And when we say high shoulder, would you say about middle of the body height? Or a little lower?


Follow the front leg straight up to the top of the back, then drop down about 5" or width of a hand below the front shoulder.



About what I thought, thanks!

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#6968485 - 11/21/17 04:57 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
sprigsss Offline
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 989
Loc: Snyder, TX
Intentionally shooting anywhere there is edible meat is waste in my opinion. The shoulder roasts are my favorite part of the deer and pig.

I have also seen numerous shots that blew a 8" hole out of the opposite of the shoulder but the deer was not dying because no vitals were hit.

Double lung, and they are not going far, and zero wasted meat.

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#6968517 - 11/21/17 05:18 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
mid to high shoulder or just in front of the shoulder (breaks neck) for anything I need to drop in it's tracks and wastes little meat IMO


Edited by PMK (11/21/17 05:21 PM)
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#6968526 - 11/21/17 05:25 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: PMK]
spg Offline
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Originally Posted By: PMK
mid to high shoulder or just in front of the shoulder (breaks neck) for anything I need to drop in it's tracks and wastes little meat IMO


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#6968593 - 11/21/17 06:05 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
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I like high shoulder at the base of the neck. DRT.
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#6968674 - 11/21/17 06:52 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
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I killed almost 30 deer last season on our MLD lease - a little in front of the shoulder and a little over half way up - I am in south texas so deer are larger and I use 180 grain bullet - rarely do they not drop in their tracks
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#6968682 - 11/21/17 06:55 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
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Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
I have killed 2 with high shoulder shots and they dropped on the spot. One of them was not dead Just paralyzed...hate that so I shot him again in the head. No need in the animal suffering.

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#6968713 - 11/21/17 07:21 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
Conchocowboy Offline
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Registered: 10/26/15
Posts: 30
I always hunted with a .280 Remington and the shoulder did it every time. Bone fragments would shred the heart and lungs they dropped in their tracks.

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#6968736 - 11/21/17 07:35 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: Wilhunt]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Wilhunt
I have killed 2 with high shoulder shots and they dropped on the spot. One of them was not dead Just paralyzed...hate that so I shot him again in the head. No need in the animal suffering.


I prefer a shot with the largest margin for error. I have nothing to prove.
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#6968777 - 11/21/17 07:58 PM Re: Opinion on High Shoulder Shots [Re: D'hanis]
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Dang near every deer I have shot has been on the lower backside of the shoulder and blows the heart out and they usually drop right in their tracks. Now that depends on the position of the deer in relationship to where I am shooting from.
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