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Old October 27, 2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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What's the CLOSEST you've ever shot a deer?

I remember before nearly everyone hunting had to run out and buy a 48mm quadruple extra ultra mega magnum to take a white tail deer at 2.39 miles, people used to use sensible cartridges and there was more honor in taking a close shot than one at driving ranges (with a car, not a golf club). This was when people went hunting instead of shooting. I am not knocking long range shooters, and I recognize that it takes a good skill set, and also admit that I do not have that skill set, only because I have never practiced it, as I have absolutely no use for it where I hunt. But anyway, my question, in remembrance of the art of hunting, what are the closest ranges you've ever shot a deer? I don't think I've ever shot one at more than 60 or maybe 75 yards, and the closest one was at about 8-10 yards. I am mainly talking rifle ranges, but you can include pistol and archery ranges also, but let's leave it to on-the-ground hunts, not in blinds or stands.
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Old October 27, 2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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I went on my first hunt and took my first deer last November.I shot it front on from about 30 yards away and dropped it legs up.I was using a .270 weatherby magnum with a high powered scope,not meant for that close,but it worked.
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Old October 27, 2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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I have never shot a deer. I did shoot squirrel at about 10 yrds when I was a kid with my dad's savage turkey gun. It was an old savage breach loader 12 ga.. I was 10 yrds away, but I think the barrel was only 6" from the little varmint. He had it loaded with some heavy shot, it nearly flipped me over! Not long after I shot it I got my first lesson in respect for nature.....One I did deserve, the biggest piece of that squirrel I found was the tail.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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I shot a deer at about 20' once. It was right at the bottom of my tree stand. I shot straight down at it with a 44 Mag revolver. I aimed for the base of the neck and it dropped DRT.

My Grand Pa killed a deer with an Axe once. He was chopping wood and I was along. He sent me into the woods with my 22 to shoot some squirrels for dinner. Well I scared up a deer and it took off running at my Grand Pa. I mean it ran right at him. He hauled off and hit it in the head with an axe he was using to buck off tree limbs. I came up and he finished it off with a bash in the neck. It was Deer season and he had a license. It was a young spike and he was very tasty. Grand ma cooked him up good. So I guess I can say I have seen a deer killed in Hand to Hand combat

That Deer must have been Crazy messing with Grand Pa. He was a WW1 Marine vet and was about 6'3". He had hands as big as Base Ball gloves. He looked like a cross between LBJ and John Wayne tough as the bark on a hickory tree. I miss him.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:04 AM   #5
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Ground only?

3 ft from the gun, one at about 25 feet, almost every deer I've ever shot was under 30 yards.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:08 AM   #6
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Let's keep it to the on-the-ground only, please.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:32 AM   #7
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15' give or take. btw a scope at 15' is not helpful.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:35 AM   #8
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From the ground, maybe 20yds. It was early in the season and I was easing along a ridge in Western Washington state near Pe-el. I shot a 3 point(western count) Blacktail. Gun used was a Pre 64 Winchester 30WCF with a Lyman Peep sight with handloaded 130gr Speer FNSP bullet at about 2100fps. One shot through the head. I had been in the woods maybe 45 min and was going to where I thought I would see some deer. It was a chance encounter. There was a road at the bottom of the ridge maybe 500yds away and a log truck was driving by. The deer was totally focused on the log truck and never knew I was there. I pulled a lot of deer out of those woods and Elk too when I was stationed there in the 80's. Beautiful Country after you get over the rain.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:49 AM   #9
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I shot a good 9 point at about 10 yards with a 300 WBY LOL. I was sitting on the ground. They get a little stupid in the rut.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:02 AM   #10
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I shot a good 9 point at about 10 yards with a 300 WBY LOL. I was sitting on the ground. They get a little stupid in the rut.
My deer was walking right at me,paying no attention at all,just sniffing and looking for does.If I had not shot him he would have walked right into the blind.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:07 AM   #11
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wait,did I read that right?A 300 wby?!That's like shooting it with 2 30-30s at the same time!Was anything left?
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:09 AM   #12
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Maybe 10-15 yards, but I could have killed at least one closer than that. I was on top of a brush pile when a doe ran into the lap and crawled literally between my legs. I could have bayonetted her.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:11 AM   #13
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About 10 yards.

It was the first time my little cousin had gone hunting. He was sitting about 10 feet to my left. A buck ran along the ridge top, my cousin shot at it. The buck turned and ran straight at him. He shot a second time and the buck stopped. I looked at my cousin, he was trembling visibly and had not pumped his gun again. I wasn't going to give the buck a chance to gore my cousin so I shot it. Dropped like a rock, I hit it in the spine, was aiming for the vitals. I was a little shook up too.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:17 AM   #14
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was aiming at a deer about 100yds away across the ridge with my knight m/l. i see something out of the corner of my eve and a doe walked right in front of the gun 10' away. smoke was coming out of the hair for a good five mins.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:17 AM   #15
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A measured 18 feet. As it happened, I was actually in the process of urinating at the time. Saw deer, picked up gun, shot deer, zipped pants, dressed deer, went home.
Laughing all the way back.
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Old October 27, 2009, 11:19 AM   #16
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I shot a young whitetail buck at 6 yards once with a 7mm rem mag. I shot it through the neck to save meat.

I've shot far more deer under 75 yards than I have at ranges beyond that mark, but it's nice to have the skills and rifle to handle longer shots when they become necessary.

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Old October 27, 2009, 04:20 PM   #17
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About 10 feet. We walked right up to each other. He lost. When I shot him he ran right at me and ran by me with in arms reach. (yes, I had to clean my pants) To this date it was the biggest deer I have taking. just dumb luck. It was the beginning of the Rut and his mind was else where.
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Old October 27, 2009, 04:25 PM   #18
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I shot a 9 pointer in self defense once. He was about 8-10 feet away and running right toward me. 18 pellets of 00 buckshot changed that.


From a tree stand I shot an 8 pointer with a bow straight down. I was 15 feet up the tree.
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Old October 27, 2009, 04:38 PM   #19
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last year I shot a huge doe that was so close that I nearly missed it with my .06. We stepped it off and it was round 15 ft... Now thats a long shot
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Old October 27, 2009, 04:39 PM   #20
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If six feet isn't too far from ground level (I set my stand just high enough to get me over the brush), I shot my closest deer last season at about 20yds. I haven't take a shot yet over 50yds.

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Old October 27, 2009, 07:56 PM   #21
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About 40 feet almost straight down into the top of the shoulders and came out the brisket. I was on a cliff and a little 2 point muley let me see him below me, oops. The gun was a .54 caliber hawken with a patched round ball.
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Old October 27, 2009, 08:01 PM   #22
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About 10 feet. Top of ladder stand to under the ladder stand straight down..
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Old October 27, 2009, 08:10 PM   #23
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I was hunting in Harper, TX on a patch of land that my ex-wife's cousins took care of. I was in the blind, and somehow **cough cough** fell asleep, and I was awaken by the feeder going off. When I came to, focused, and looked around, there were about 50 deer standing 20 yards off. I looked for the biggest deer I could find when I heard something sniffing next to me. There was a buck literally looking right next to me about 2 foot away. I couldve taken my knife out and cut his throat, he was that close. I didnt move, and let him walk in front of the blind. A good 10-pointer. He wasnt 15' in front of the muzzle of my rifle before I popped him. So close, I didnt even really have to aim. After a 150 grain slug from my .300 Mag, he didnt move another inch. The otehr deer jsut stood there and kept on eating, like they didnt care. I rechambered a round, picked out a doe, and laid her out as well. Two shots, two deer, two minutes, two tags filled.
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Old October 27, 2009, 08:55 PM   #24
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I sorry I cant get in on this, I have never shot a deer, I love small game hunting, and turkey, but once I hit one with my chevy s-10 at point blank bumper and knocked him about 40 feet, thats all I got
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:12 PM   #25
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two hunting seasons ago i jumped up an antelope my uncle had wounded about an hour earlier, since i had already harvested my antelope i wasnt carrying a gun, my uncle shot his 3 shots left in his gun at it ( he is not known for marksmanship) since the antelope was moving slow and we had no more bullets we ran it down and i killed it with my knife.. i recon thats pretty close
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