Woods Walker wrote:Well I'm happy for all of you that have had head/neck shots that didn't go bad. But having the the unpleasant task in the past of finishing off several deer that others had tried these kind of shots on and didn't so so well with, I'm not as positive. I'm talking about lower jaws shot off and dangling, and eyeballs hanging out or shot away. Yes, they ARE killing shots if you place them right, but if you miss........bad ending for the deer.
And I'm not saying that you folks in particular are guilty of this, and I sure hope you aren't, but just by the fact that these ARE percieved to be "drop 'em where they stand" type shots, there may be a tendancy for some to think that if they shoot at one this way and it doesn't go down immediately that they missed them, which maybe they in fact hadn't. Like I say, I had to deal with first hand the results of these kind of shots gone bad.
Give me the boiler room. Bigger target, bigger margin of error.
I understand where you are coming from Woods Walker. It is totally up to the shooter and his/her competency. For me, I do not hesitate on a neck shot. I've done it many times and have never lost or injured a deer. Like you said though, to each his/her own. I don't believe hunters should take the shot unless they are confident in their shooting abilities.