View Full Version : Now not how far but how close a shot have you made?

October 21, 2007, 09:49 PM
What is the closest shot, gun or bow.............and I'm talking legitimate stuff.

I can think of two hogs that I took while stalk hunting in the palmettos that both probably had powder burns on them. One was so close that I had to step back as he crossed in front of me. The other came crashing through the palmettos after my buddy spoked the pack as we were trailing them. Just poked the rifle toward his shoulder as he passed........

Shot a couple of deer, one with a bow and one with a pistol, that were standing directly under my stand.........that translates into about 12 feet or so but I don't think that is all that unusual.

I'll admit that the long shots take a lot of skill but getting close is darn exciting.

October 21, 2007, 10:34 PM
I did a squirrel one time at my feet. I know it sounds small, and not that bad, but it was a weird situation. He and I got trapped in a small shop together, and he was not at all pleased about the fact that I was blocking the door. I was equally pissed that I only had 22 shot shells and a single shot rifle. Needless to say, those little shot pellets hurt when they bounce off of concrete at close ranges.

The other would be a coyote at about 10-15 yards. Spotlighted him with the truck on the way to the woods, came right in and I took the shot from the ground by the door, that was a little creepy.


October 21, 2007, 11:36 PM
Grackle: 2 yards (pellet gun)
Deer: 7 yards (bow)

October 21, 2007, 11:50 PM
First Deer i ever shot was at a yard. sitting in a ground blind after an all day hunt in TX. I'd like to say i was caught offguard, but asleep would be a better description. :) When i was startled to, she was crossing in front of the stand, at 13 years old you can imagine the nerves invovled. so nervous in fact i tried to look through the 3-9 power scope focused at 100 yds. all i saw were individual hairs. i just leaned back opened both eyes and squeezed one off. .270 175 grains. she just spun around and went straight down. wasn't a pretty kill, but i was the only one in the camp to come home with meat.

October 22, 2007, 08:08 AM
Woodchuck at 12" with a .22 and a deer at about 5yds with a 12 gauge slug. Oh, and almost forgot, a turkey at about 4-5 feet with a 12 gauge turkey load.

October 22, 2007, 09:03 AM
Got a whitetail doe at less than 10 feet from a ground blind with a rem 870 12 ga. I was on the verge of falling asleep and didn't notice her working her way past my stand. Thankfully she walked right in front of me so I barely had to move to shoulder, aim and fire. She still ran 100 yards with both lungs torn up...

October 22, 2007, 10:59 AM
I shot a coyote last deer season around 25', sure is fun when you call them in that close. Big game I've shot my first cow elk at about 25-30 yards. I shot my first muzzle loader deer 15-20 feet. I sure love it when it rains, makes it much easier to get close on deer.

October 22, 2007, 11:05 AM
Deer at about 8' with a bow (2 times actually). Squirrel at the end of my 20 ga shotgun barrel, removed his head quite nicely.

Charles S
October 22, 2007, 11:25 AM
Snake...at my feet with a broad head in my hand. If that don't get your hear rate up....well.

Squirrel about 5 feet with a 410 as a kid.

Deer 12 yards a couple of weeks ago.


October 22, 2007, 12:40 PM
I didn't shoot either but I could have. I had a Raccoon 4 feet from me yesterday afternoon while Turkey Hunting and a Couple of years ago had a bobcat at about 15 feet.


October 22, 2007, 12:47 PM
Deer with shotgun: 7 yards

Deer with bow: Several at 11 yds

Chipmunk: Touching the barrel

October 22, 2007, 07:35 PM
when I was 7 or so, I took my first deer at about 10 yards. Used a 20 Ga slug and an old Savage/Stevens single shot. Still have the gun.

Hog at contact range, as I was climbing up out of the water onto a hardwood hammock in Pinhook swamp, North Florida. .44 Mag Ruger Blackhawk.

charlie in md
October 23, 2007, 02:10 PM
I've taken a couple of deer at 5 yards with a bow, from a tree stand, and taken another couple on drives at less than 10 yards with a shotgun.

October 23, 2007, 03:29 PM
Turkey, 5 yds. spring season '06
alligator gar 12" w/ 12 ga. :D
Deer: 7 yds w/ bow
Deer 11yds w/ rifle
Hog 5 yds 300 win mag from the hip:eek:

I think it takes more skill on the deer and the turkeys to get em in close, than to shoot them at long distances. There is so much more that can go wrong at close range than at long range. The degree of stealth is just sooo much greater, which i/m/o takes much, much, more skill, and really shows' the true skills of a hunter.

October 23, 2007, 09:18 PM
Probaly the closest thing i have ever shot except for gophers was a coyote at ten yards this spring.

The next closest shot was somewhere between 25 and 50 on a dead run white tailed deer.

October 23, 2007, 10:18 PM
First turkey I ever shot, about 15 feet or so, 12 gauge, 3" mags. DRT Deer, a different story. I think I was higher up in my stand than the deer was from the tree. 300 winmag, not pretty.

October 23, 2007, 10:33 PM
My father dropped a pheasant with a right hook one time. It flew right at him so he swung, hit it, and the bird was done for.

I don't know how you would measure that... 3 feet or so if you count the length of his arm, or 0 feet because he hit it?

I've jumped a few critters in dense vegitation before but that's not very impressive compared to downing a bird in flight with knuckles alone.

October 24, 2007, 10:26 AM
A doe with a .308 at less than 15 yards.

October 24, 2007, 10:32 AM
9 point buck with shotgun, about 7 feet. Yep, roughly two paces. He was spooked by another hunter and on the run. I saw him coming and froze right beside a tree. He almost ran me over. Turned broadside at the last moment as I raised my shotgun. Recovered all 18 pellets from the 3.5" shell under the offside hide. Even at that range none penetrated all the way through.

October 24, 2007, 10:34 AM
Last year shot a coyote directly under my stand with my .50 cal muzzleloader. Head shot. Head nearly removed (kinda turned inside out) :barf:. He was probably 10 feet or less from the base of the tree.

October 24, 2007, 08:43 PM
I was in a duck blind with a guy who hit a teal with the end of his double barrel as they flew tword us. One of those stories that no one believes.

October 24, 2007, 09:53 PM
hare. Just a groove where the shot column pass between.

No lead in that one.

charlie in md
October 25, 2007, 12:55 PM
I hunted released hungarian partridge a few years ago with two friends. One bird got kicked up and flew parallel to our line. I don't think he was more than 5 feet from the end of my 12 gauge when I pulled the trigger. I found the wad in his chest cavity. Feathers came down for about 10 minutes.

October 25, 2007, 07:10 PM
alligator gar 12" w/ 12 ga


October 25, 2007, 07:38 PM
Boar Hog with a 12 guage. Too close since he cut me after knocking me down. Pushed him off with the barrel and pulled the trigger. I have an awsome scar that I would love to show-off, but this is a PG rated forum and you do not want to see that part of my body. :D When we cleaned him the white buffer stuff around the buckshot was in him.

October 25, 2007, 08:18 PM
5 or 6 feet, running Whitetail doe, 12ga 00 buck.

The thing ran past broadside, but fell facing away from me with a golf ball sized wet hole in her neck.

I too have found a wad in a dead Hun. I got on him real quick when I was about 15 and just couldn't tell my finger not to pull the trigger in time.

October 25, 2007, 08:32 PM
I tried to shoot a hog that was about 10 ft away from me with a .270 but missed like a big dog I still don't really understand how. I had a armodillo chew on my shoe laces while sitting in a chair next to some brush but didn't shoot him and I had a Fox walk over my leg while sitting with my back to a tree in a makeshift ground blind. I barely saw the fox untill he was right there I was amazed because I didn't even know we had Fox's in Texas at the time and shooting it never crossed my mind.

October 26, 2007, 12:16 AM
I had a armodillo chew on my shoe laces while sitting in a chair next to some brush but didn't shoot him LOL probably a good thing you didn't shoot if you can miss a pig at 10'.:D

Semper Paratus
October 27, 2007, 07:38 PM
Bout 12' on a 90 or so lb doe from my treeestand. Last day of BP getting dark no bucks....hey watch your feet.....aim carefully...right through the spine and cliped a rib a couple inches off centerline on the way out. No ruined meat. Dropped right there. Rifle was a 50 tc with 370 Maxi over 80 gr of 777. Never found the bullet.

October 27, 2007, 08:29 PM
About 4 feet on a deer. When I was a kid I once jumped a doe hiding in a clump of bushes. I was mabey 12 years old, new to hunting, and filled with nervous energy. I shot her in the chest just as she got to her feet. She fell straight back down and for a few seconds, I thought the doe disapeared.:eek:

I was using #1 buckshot, but at that range, it acted like a slug. I doubt she knew what hit her.

October 28, 2007, 08:05 PM
Took an 85 lb doe at 10 yards yesterday morning 10-27-07

Art Eatman
October 29, 2007, 10:55 AM
I've had several "could have" opportunities at ten feet or so. Deer sometimes figured it was safe under my treestand. And I tippy-toed up to within about ten feet of a fat little eight-pointer, one time, but I'd already killed a bigger buck that morning--so I just hit him on the rump with a rock.

Shortest kill? I ambled across a rocky creek bottom and as I topped the far side, horns came up out of the grass. I dunno; 25 or 30 yards at most. All he could see of me was head, shoulders and rifle. When he raised a tad further and I saw how big his "swole-up" neck was, it was, "Damn! Blam!"

Walking quietly is Good. :D


October 29, 2007, 11:28 AM
Grey squirrel, just the other day, 6 feet!

I was walking up the dried crick bottom to my deer stand, and this squirrel is "Comin' right for me!" It did make me think of that killer squirrel thread a while back LOL.:p

Anyway, he stops about 5 yards away from me and stops. I very rapidly pull an arrow out of my quiver and nock it. Somehow the critter never even noticed. He then continues even closer to me. And draw and nail him. 2 steps! LOL

October 29, 2007, 01:39 PM
23 days ago (Sept 29th), I shot a mule deer from 30 paces. The 130gr .270 bullet went right through and out the other side. Exit wound was almost 2" in diameter. 3,000+ foot pounds of energy broke the spinal cord, even though it wasn't shot in the backbone. The bullet probably totally fragmented into several pieces and came out the other side like buckshot. The deer folded to the ground like a bag of dirt. Had I known the deer was coming in so close, I would have just pulled out my .357 revolver and done it that way.