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#6987572 - 12/07/17 06:49 PM Shoot em in the ear -what range?
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
Many times i’ve seen comments on shooting hogs in the ear or shooting deer in the head. Nobody ever said what their max range was on these shots. Yes, i’ve done that also, but only at short range. So, i’m interested in finding out at what range you ‘ear shooters’ feel comfortable with the shot. What say you?

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#6987580 - 12/07/17 06:55 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 284
Loc: Ellis County, TX
I prefer to shoot hogs just behind the ear towards the bottom part. I've done this out to about 250 yds and would go further if I had the chance and stable rest. I'm not a head shooter on deer so don't have an answer for that.

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#6987605 - 12/07/17 07:12 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 11/08/07
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Today I earholed 2 hogs in the trap at a whopping 2-3 yds with my 22 mag. I have shot many hogs in the head with my night vision from 133 yds. Thats the distance from stand to feeder.

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#6987620 - 12/07/17 07:22 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 08/12/06
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it depends on what range you can shoot them at and feel confident in your shot.

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#6987630 - 12/07/17 07:31 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Feeling comfortable with the shot is really up to the individual, and them knowing what their capabilities are.
The only shots I normally take on a deer is a behind the shoulder lung shot, or a high shoulder shot if I want to anchor the deer on the spot.
As for hogs, it's always slightly behind, and below the ear at whatever range I decide to shoot.
The heart and lungs are well forward on a hog so if I miss low, I will usually still catch the lungs or heart. Most of the time they are drt.

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#6987637 - 12/07/17 07:39 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 10/26/10
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Loc: Aledo, TX
My furthest head shot so far was on a pig a couple of weeks ago. 130yds with my 6.8 using 95gr TTSX.

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#6987642 - 12/07/17 07:42 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 02/07/10
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that just depends on your comfort level. if I know I can hit it and be comfortable taking the shot, range has no distance. for someone that shoots long range maybe thats 1k yards. for me I feel under 250 im very comfortable with. now for something thats not a hog or coyote that may change but for those Ill take more risk.

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#6987664 - 12/07/17 07:55 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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What everyone else has said: it's the range at which you are comfortable. As an old guy with vision issues, I do ear shots and head shots at about 100 yards, and then go for Center of Mass out beyond my comfort level of 100 yards.

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#6987671 - 12/07/17 08:00 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: TxBuck]
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Originally Posted By: TxBuck
it depends on what range you can shoot them at and feel confident in your shot.

Based on the firearm and your skill with it..... 2cents
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#6987673 - 12/07/17 08:01 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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I haven't done it but I would think that nearly any head hit would drop them. Missing and hitting them in the butt or shoulder I suppose is the worry?

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#6987716 - 12/07/17 08:26 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: gusick]
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Originally Posted By: gusick
I haven't done it but I would think that nearly any head hit would drop them. Missing and hitting them in the butt or shoulder I suppose is the worry?


Headshot low or front on a deer won't kill them. Just blow half their face/jaw off.

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#6987743 - 12/07/17 08:42 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Hog, doesn't really matter. I hit one last week in the shoulder at 648, and the next day one walking, in the shoulder at 750. Depends on the light, the wind, and my position as to where I am aiming on the body.

Deer, depends on the light, the wind, and my position as to where I'm aiming, or if I will make a shot at all.
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#6987745 - 12/07/17 08:45 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42905
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Originally Posted By: TxBuck
it depends on what range you can shoot them at and feel confident in your shot.

Based on the firearm and your skill with it..... 2cents


And conditions and animal context.

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#6987758 - 12/07/17 08:57 PM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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Loc: The Island Cres



109 yards




197 yards

Whatever shot presents itself, when I see a hog or varmint I'm not deer hunting anymore.
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#6987975 - 12/08/17 05:38 AM Re: Shoot em in the ear -what range? [Re: 603Country]
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About 300-350 for hog head shots. That's with the 6.8 and Thermal XQ50.

I don't shoot deer in the head.
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