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I got my latest issue of rifleshooter today and Craig Boddington wrote an article on spine shots, i myself generally aim behind the front shoulder, whats your style??

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When broadside I go for behind the shoulder. They don't go too far with Sierras. I do prefer a shot where they are quartering towards me. There isn't much meat damage going in, it breaks the shoulder and takes out the boiler room.
When they are coming straight on it's below the chin. That's not good for the neck roast but they drop right there.


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i shot one deer in the spine on accident i remember it well it was the first deer i shot in minnesota i was use to pounding the sides of the mountains in wyoming chasing mulies and i now have to sit in a tree stand all day and wait for the animal to come to me which was a hard adjustment, but anyways i had a doe and a fawn come in to a stand and i aimed behind the front should as i always do and i forgot to adjust for my sitting 10 feet above the ground and i squeezed it off and bam the doe dropped right there course with my 300wsm in hand i was some what expecting that, but didnt realize where the bullet landed until later, but anyways the fawn kinda ran around a little and i shot another shot to see if it would turn around and the stupid thing came right back towards the doe and i aimed lower this time and took the fawn where i wanted to and the 8" oak tree directly behind as well, but when i got out of the stand to start field dressing i noticed a huge chunk of the doe's spine was gone that 300 blew a 3" piece of the spine out completly, i was impressed i shot another deer last fall in the neck because of the tree branches it was all i had and once again the deer fell over right there but i dont plan on making neck or spine shots a common practice.
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Yep, I can see a spine shot when elevated. Even hitting the spine from below the chin. Other than these two instances, I can't see it.
 I haven't seen the article so I would like to see what scenarios he is talking about. 
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it was the same type of rookie move but he was in africa hunting cape buffalo yikes, he hit the bull some three feet from where he aimed, but he re-traced the flight path and found a branch he hit, but the ph didnt know the difference he just new the buffalo was dead.
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By default I have shot a couple of animals, including Kudu, through the spine. That is, at an animal standing sideways. The bullet goes high through or just behind the shoulders, shatterring the spine. Such an animal drops like it has been pole-axed. Very litte meat damage takes place and to quarter such an animal is a cinch.

The reason for the default is that I only used to shoot at animals over hounds. We intentionally set our sights to shoot high, so you saw the entire animal above your sights. Made it easier to follow the buck. When I started walk and stalk, I  aimed for the heart and lung, and the shot would go high, spine -shot.

I have not read your article, but a guy in South Africa wrote a similiar article, quoting there are times whenn a spine shot is justified, such as an animal standing at the edge of a deep gulley or something.

I personally would not deliberately try for a spine shot. To much can go wrong.

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me well, for broadside i like the a high sholder about 2/3 up on the running
gear.take out the running gear theres no where to go but down.the biggest
reason for that shot theres is no tracking,i mostly hunt with a 25-06 loaded
with 115 gr. moveing at about 3230 fps. or 120s at 3190 both a sierras.
i live in tensas parish,thats in northeast La. the woods are thick with
palmetto.it's hard to track with no blood trail.its hard to get a blood trail
shot behind the shoulder.even with my 7mm mag.now with my 300. or 308
well behind the shoulder is good also because i get an exit hole and thats
means blood trail. bow hunting,double lung when i can,thats mostly all i do
no is bow hunt when i'm in the woods.field hunting a use my 25-06 or 308.
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180 grain ballistic tip from close range inside of 50yds will make a blood trail with the 300

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there is no problem,that shoulder shot takes care of the tracking.
i was just saying why folks might make a back braking shot vs
behind the shoulder.i gess my first reply miss lead the readers.
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I've never intentionally aimed for the spine on any animal.  However, I am a fan of targeting the brachial plexus nerve that runs the length of the deer, between the spine and "high shoulder" area.  Deer fall like they've been struck by lightening with nary more than a kick.  I limit taking this shot to under 100yds and only where there isn't any brush or trees that could deflect the bullet.  The deer must also present a perfect broadside shot as you're trying to hit a pretty small area (like 3"x3").

 

Beside the advantage of no tracking of a blood trail, this shot leaves a lot of the shoulder intact (moreso than a standard shoulder shot) along with the backstraps.

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ceylonc,

thats the shot i'm talking about,didn't know that
it was called the brachil plexus nerve area,but it
will do the job very well.

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          Top of the back, to 2"'s under, bang, flop. 
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I took out this elk's electrical system because he was closer than I thought and I held too high.  140 grains in the right spot.........sure looked impressive.

 

>>> Elk Shot Video <<<

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that was impressive as hell that 6.5 stw must hit like a mack truck that elk didnt know what hit him.
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Good shooting, Chris.

 

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I shoot for the least amount of damaged meat, broadside just behind the front shoulder. If it's a doe I'll take a head shot, or just at the base of the skull, unless it's more than 175 yrds, then the lung/heart shot.
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Very nice Chris, Howsa bout some jerky ?
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dude you dont waste elk meat on jerky! whats wrong with you? a better question would have been how about a steak
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Of course How silly of me,

Then again I can't enjoy a steak in the deer stand.  and jerky would be safer and easier to send UPS or mail.

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it's hard to beat wild game jerky. BUT..........

 

at my processor, they have cheesy jalepano deer brats. talk about good eatin on a grill !!!!

 

but there is something to be said about a fresh cut cured venison steak on the grill.

 

what time's dinner?

 

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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

dude you dont waste elk meat on jerky! whats wrong with you? a better question would have been how about a steak


Nothing beats an elk steak!  I would eat a shoe leather elk steak before I would touch antelope that have been feeding on sagebrush.
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

dude you dont waste elk meat on jerky! whats wrong with you? a better question would have been how about a steak


Nothing beats an elk steak!  I would eat a shoe leather elk steak before I would touch antelope that have been feeding on sagebrush.

amen brother

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Originally posted by ceylonc ceylonc wrote:

I've never intentionally aimed for the spine on any animal.  However, I am a fan of targeting the brachial plexus nerve that runs the length of the deer, between the spine and "high shoulder" area.  Deer fall like they've been struck by lightening with nary more than a kick.  I limit taking this shot to under 100yds and only where there isn't any brush or trees that could deflect the bullet.  The deer must also present a perfect broadside shot as you're trying to hit a pretty small area (like 3"x3").

 

Beside the advantage of no tracking of a blood trail, this shot leaves a lot of the shoulder intact (moreso than a standard shoulder shot) along with the backstraps.



Thats my favorite deer shot, hunting the regrowth areas in maine where you can't even see the ground and have to kinda push your way thru it the deer can disappear in less than 40 yds without a trace. Long periods of looking especially if its in a wet area to boot. The high scapula shoot drops em like the earth is pulled out from under them, and don't waste much meat except some shoulder burger. Had a string of six bang flops going but this year I was too high in a tree and the buck got too close at a front facing angle.......took out a shoulder and one lung but he ran right into the thick stuff......took a bit of looking to find him. Picked up the meat today........did I mention how good fresh deer loin is? Backstrap - tenderloin - and strip steaks........seared but still pink inside.....Hmmmmmm....

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