Originally Posted by Lars
It's not always like that Rick. Two years ago, I shot a nice ten point right through the heart at fifty yards. Adrenaline rush and the deer ran another 80 or so yards before it expired.
Everyone says the best shot is a shoulder shot through the lung area. Shoulder shots drop the animal quickly but ruin alot of meat as the bone splinters.
Our deer season starts a week from Saturday. It's a great time to be in the woods. We have been chasing Coyotes and Turkeys the past couple weeks.
Yes, the shoulder meat is ruined with a shoulder shot, but the animal goes down. As you said, heart shots, and in my opinion lung shots are iffy: I have tracked heart and lung shot critters for hundreds of yards....in an evening hunt that can be tough, you need a big Maglite and an LED headlamp.
Using a smaller caliber saves meat. The 7mm or 6.5mm, moderate velocity rounds with long bullets, do not destroy meat. Magnums ruin (bloodshot)much more meat on a deer.
Lars good luck with this hunting season. I always live a little better in the Fall
Remember, the safety switch is between your ears.