View Full Version : What average distance do you shoot deer?

chris in va
October 27, 2007, 12:15 AM
Basically the question is, what is your typical distance you find yourself harvesting deer? I'm restricting this to under 250 yards, as I'm ass-u-ming most are done below that.

October 27, 2007, 01:00 AM
i didn't vote because i've taken deer from 30 yards to 330 yards

October 27, 2007, 01:46 AM
Most of mine are 50 or less. I do a lot of bowhunting and I hunt some pretty thick country during gun season too. I occasionally get those beanfield shots but that's usually if I happen to catch one crossing the field as I'm walking to or from my stand.

October 27, 2007, 07:52 AM
I am another that shoots most deer under 50 yards. I usually handgun hunt, however, I have taking a deer at 175 yards with my 308.

Art Eatman
October 27, 2007, 10:20 AM
My seat of the pants feeling is that around a third of the deer I've killed were somewhere in the vicinity of a hundred yards. A fair number down around fifty yards, give or take. But, also a fair number from, say, 150 to 200 yards. Only maybe three or four beyond 200.

October 27, 2007, 03:46 PM
only a handfull past 150 if that. I've taken my fair share of yote's beyond. I can think of two deer I've shot over 200yds. Majority around 50-100, so I split the difference. My longest kill was last year w/ my 22-250. 233yds per range finder. Closest was 7yds w/ my bow. My average bow kill is about 30yds...

Charles S
October 27, 2007, 04:30 PM
For my first years of deer hunting I spent a great deal of time hunting power line right of ways from box stands and at one point my average kill was a little over 200 yards.

I now hunt with a bow in bow season (last kill 12 yards) and a rifle in rifle season, but I tend to hunt in bottoms instead of over clear cuts, I would be willing to guess that my average is running about 60 yards now.

October 27, 2007, 08:50 PM
i do practice all year out to 400 yards, but on Monday & Tues (10/22 & 10/23) my wife and I shot 6 Muley does, in very open river breaks, and the farthest was at about 145 vards.

2 were shot at 70 yards side by side. (30-06 & .257Rob)
1 was shot at 90 out of the same bunch. (.257Rob)
1 was shot at 80ish yards after a long stalk. (.257Rob)
1 was shot at about 110 yards up a near-cliff (.30-06)
1 final muley fell to a 140+ yard shot from an iron sighted Mosin-Nagant
Uh. . .7.62x54R of course.

October 28, 2007, 06:54 PM
Its been three years since I've shot a deer with a gun, I just have to much dang fun with my bow. The last 3 deer I've shot have been UNDER 12 yards.

October 28, 2007, 07:49 PM
farthest was 132 yards, closest was 10 yards and that took place yesterday 10-27-07:)

October 28, 2007, 10:34 PM
Everywhere from 50 to 300 yards deer have fallen to my .270 only a couple at 50 and only one at 300.

Most are right around the 75-120 mark i suspect.

October 29, 2007, 06:55 AM
50 or under
Ocourse I hunt BP only ;)

October 29, 2007, 10:09 AM
My longest has been right at 120yrds, the rest have been 70 or less


Brad Clodfelter
October 29, 2007, 10:32 AM
I've killed 14 deer. All except 2 were shot at 50yds or less. 3 of them were killed with a bow.


October 29, 2007, 08:11 PM
I've shot one deer at about 250 yds. Most of the rest of them were 50-80 yds with a few a little over a 100yds.

I took an elk at nearly 300 yds, but conditions were perfect. Other than varmints, most of my bigger game is less than 100 yds.

October 30, 2007, 12:30 PM
Bow- 20 yds give or take.

Gun- in my area of NY, 150 yds the most.

October 30, 2007, 12:49 PM
Except for a 50 yard shot (2 years ago) most of my shots have been right at 75 yards, the last 6 years.

October 30, 2007, 09:42 PM
Bow- numerous - under 20.
Muzzleloader- 2 bucks- 75yards
Rifle - 100 yard average

October 31, 2007, 03:26 PM
so how come you did not list under 50 yards as a choice? Most of my deer have been taken at around 40 yards or less.

October 31, 2007, 04:35 PM
i'm glad i can say that my longest possible shot would be about 100 yds and that probably won't happen, so my .30-30 fits the job perfectly

October 31, 2007, 07:30 PM
In the thick stuff here in Northeast Florida it is VERY unusual that I take a shot over 30 or 40 yards. Most have been MUCH closer. My old .35 Remington does a fine job in these situations and it does not mess a lot of meat up.

November 1, 2007, 12:51 PM
usually want a 80 to 120 Yd shot but have taken them closer and a few a little farther.

November 1, 2007, 07:47 PM
LONGEST 285 yards... two does on the last day of season 27 minutes after sunset. Two shots from a solid rest, two dead does. .270 Win

Shortest 7 yards or less same rifle as above

Most are 40 to 70 yards.

November 1, 2007, 09:11 PM
this is great. 2/3 indicate 100 yards and most less.

Many of those 150-250 are probably 85 to 100 in reality.

November 2, 2007, 11:11 AM
About 1964, when I was young and living in New Jersey, I passed a hunter saftey course, bought a 12-gauge Mossberg, and went deer hunting for the first time. It was mid-December, very early morning, and very cold with snow on the ground. I sat in a depression for about one-hour scanning the thick woods around me until my feet became numb. Did not spot a single animal. I gave up and stood up and a two point buck and a doe appeared about ten yards in front of me. I pointed the Mossberg but had no clear shot and, after a quick moment of hesitation, the deer ran off. I was not too happy. Then I heard a clatter in their direction and ran to the noise. This is what I saw: a narrow gravel pathway, a 6-foot chain link fence surrounding Lakehurst Naval Air Station (USN was still flying lighter-than-air airships from Lakehurst), and a buck with antlers stuck in the chain link. From the hoof marks I determined that the doe made a successful turn at the fence but the buck lost his footing and skidded into the fence antlers first. Was it humane to either hop the fence and untangle the buck or walk away? Not at all. From about 2-yards I blasted the stuck buck.

I felt a bit embarassed about shooting a sitting duck (or buck) and, for many years, I could not tell the story of my first deer without saying that I heroically tracked and stalked a New Jersey whitetail through the oaks and swamps of Manchester Township.

My last deer was shot at about 200-yards in the White-Inyo mountains of California.

arizona hunter
November 2, 2007, 11:24 AM
It's always best to get as close as possible.:) One year though I was on one side of a ravine and a black bear on the other (250 yds), and having practiced at ranges out to 300 yds I knew I could easily make that broadside shot. The 30.06 Barnes 180 XLC went through both shoulders-then came the hard work of skinning, cutting and packing it out.:eek:

December 27, 2008, 10:07 PM
I have taken several deer in South Texas mostly 150-200yds

December 27, 2008, 10:26 PM
Half dozen or so in the 100-150 yd range-all m/l. Most 30yds or less-bow. Many 40-60-handgun.

Art Eatman
December 27, 2008, 11:21 PM
Hard to recall over a forty-year period. I'd guess that the majority were inside of 200 yards. Maybe most in the 75- to 125-yard range. Only a couple in the Ma Bell country. Very few up close and personal.

December 28, 2008, 01:10 AM
Art, as we get older our memories get worse:p.

December 28, 2008, 01:39 AM
I don't think I have ever pegged one beyond 85-90 yards. I haven't killed many either. I don't carry binos so I limit myself quite a bit there.

December 28, 2008, 05:10 AM
this is great. 2/3 indicate 100 yards and most less.

Many of those 150-250 are probably 85 to 100 in reality.

I wouldn't bet on it.

Seriously, I can't say what an "average" shot would be for me. I've shot deer at 10-75 yards, and I've shot deer at 300-500 yards. I can't think of too many that were in between those extremes.

On "average", a deer either appears on my side of the canyon, or the other. If it's on my side, it's usually a fairly close shot; if on the other side, it's a somewhat longer shot.

If I averages all the deer I've shot, the range would likely come out to be somewhere around 150-200 yards. That would be good, because that's a nice easy range to hit a deer at, but I can't think of a single deer that I've shot at that range.

I'm guessing by your statement that you hunt back east, or at least in an area where visibility is limited. Out west, longer shots are often the norm. I take a shot as it's presented, and I really don't know what I'd consider "average".

December 28, 2008, 05:14 AM
It's hard to get a good shot in Indiana woodlands longer than fifty yards. It's also tough to reach longer than one hundred with a 12 ga. which is my weapon of choice. I have had what would have been good shots if I had a good rifle. In explanation, when it comes to firearms in deer hunting in Indiana, there is not much to choose from.

December 28, 2008, 08:01 AM
Between 10-50 yards. All my hunting is with shotgun or bow.

Edit: Last week I made about a 100 yard shot with a slug, so that one is the exception.

December 28, 2008, 08:03 AM
I hunt in the hills of Kentucky. My last two deer were taken at 43 and 55 yards.

December 28, 2008, 08:52 AM
I shot 3 deer this last season. Two were at 35 yards, the other was 225yards. I have killed around 25 deer so far in my time and the closest was probably 10-15yards and the farthest was the one above at 225yards with the second farthest being 160 yards. I would say if I had an average distance it would be around 50-75yards for the majority of the deer I have taken.

December 28, 2008, 09:01 AM
I'd guess 3/4th of the shots I have taken on deer fall between 50 and 100 yards.

December 28, 2008, 09:32 PM
longes shot was a little over 350 and the closest was about 35. Average shots have run between 200 and 250. Untill recently I used to hunt the high sierras in areas where there was a lot of open space save the manzanita and sagebrush.

December 28, 2008, 09:34 PM
most a mine been around 50 or 60 yards... i only have to hunt for the first three days and ive never had to go longer than that to fill the tags i have

December 28, 2008, 09:49 PM
I like tight cover and shots can be very close, feet not yards. The other option is savannas and cow pastures where 200+ yds. is not uncommon. Around here there is not much in between.

December 29, 2008, 12:50 AM
Didn't get a deer this year, but my antelope was about 525 yds away ( the two that fell to my brothers, about 150 and 350-400). Last deer that was taken (by my older brother) was about 300 yds. I would say the average of myself and my brothers for deer and elk would be between 200-300 yds. There is quite a mixture of dense forest/brush and wide open canyons and meadows where we hunt, so ya never know what you are gonna get.

December 29, 2008, 02:20 AM
I would say 40-100yds.

December 29, 2008, 02:46 AM
Most of my shots have been less than 50 yards. I hunt in pretty thick cover so I rarely need to shoot over the 50 yard range

December 29, 2008, 03:23 AM
Nowadays 50-100 is about it but where I grew up hunting across soy bean fields if you couldn't make at least a 300 yd. shot you'd best stay at home.