Deer Vitals: Kill Zone Explanation and Tips

  • May 1, 2017
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Before the season starts and you go out on a killing spree with your guns and bullets, you must be sure how about where to shoot a deer and get about your job in a lot easier way.

You have to know where to aim to get the deer killed instantly. You must possess the skills to do so which comes with a lot of practice and possessing the required field knowledge to know about the animal’s anatomy. We would discuss here about the deer kill zone and how to keep practicing to get your shot right.

Before we start check the video below on deer anatomy and shot placements:

Below are some tips and advice:

  • Most people which also include hunters have this notion that the best place to shoot in a deer’s body is the heart. But contrary to this popular belief, the reality is that the best place to shoot in a deer’s body to have success every time is the area just above the heart. This is the centre of the circulatory system which is surrounded by lungs and contains various blood vessels. A bullet piercing through this area causes blood pressure to drop so rapidly that a deer finally collapses after being hit. If a 180 gram bullet hits a deer on that particular area, it may hop along for a few seconds before collapsing and falling flat on the ground, dead.
  • Deer shoot placement i.e. placing the bullet on the exact spot is a skill which can only be mastered with practice. To do this, you have to take a really good shot. Most hunters think that any shot in the ribs will end up hitting the heart but if placed more than a hand’s width behind the shoulder it would puncture the lungs.
  • The farthest the hit from the lungs, the lesser the air pressure stands as the air passages and the blood vessels are quite tiny. If you are shooting from the sides do not aim the shot behind the shoulder but on a line drawn directly from the back of the front leg. There is nothing known asbest place to shoot a deer, you must take an aim keeping the situation in mind. A quick expanding deer bullet would make the animal collapse between 30 to 50 feet after being hit.
  • Deer headshot and deer neck shot were popular before but hunters do not prefer to hit a deer near its head any more. You can use the technique of moving images to practice your shooting technique so that one bullet ends up doing the required trick.

There is always room for improvement. No one can place the bullet at the required place instantly but it gets the work done even if the bullet is hit some way below or above the target area. You also have to know the angle at which you should fire the gun. Should you bend low or go down on your knees and aim or should you just stand upright?

There are the questions that would get answered when you experience movement of deer a lot more and try to understand how other experienced hunters are planning their next moves.

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